How CBD Can Benefit Moms & Dads!
On one hand, raising a child is one of the most stressful, most worrisome, most frustrating things you’ll do in your life … and on the other hand, it’s one of the most rewarding, most enjoyable and most important things you’ll ever do as well.
No one can deny the difficulties of raising a child. It’s important to remember the fact that his or her birth is not just a way to demonstrate fertility and prove that two people might be able to bring a life into the world.
Procreation is an event that doesn’t end at the moment a child is born; rather, it’s one that continues throughout the whole life of a child. As infants grow up, they continually evolve and change in personality, therefore making the role of the parents very significant.
As a parent you will face stress and uncertainty … you will have to make difficult decisions … and often you may feel like you and your spouse are overwhelmed or on an “island” by yourselves where you are unsure if you are making the right decisions in regards to your child.
One source of help for overwhelmed parents is CBD.
CBD stands for Cannabidiol and it is a chemical compound that is found in the cannabis plant. There are two types of cannabis plants – marijuana and hemp. Both contain CBD.
However, using CBD does not get the user high. A different ingredient in marijuana, THC, is responsible for getting people “high.”
CBD has been associated with a number of health benefits. It is typically made available in oils, powders, pills and tinctures though it is also available in lotions and candy and other edibles. CBD can be ingested, inhaled or absorbed through the skin.
A rested parent is a better parent. The good news is CBD has been shown in studies for promote better sleep. In fact, in a recent nationally representative Consumer Reports survey, about 10 percent of Americans who reported trying CBD said they used it to help them sleep, and a majority of those people said it worked.
Joseph Maroon, M.D., a clinical professor and neurosurgeon at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center told Consumer Reports in a story on its website: “CBD has properties that could help some people sleep better. Most notably, it appears to ease anxiety and pain, both of which can make it harder to fall asleep or stay asleep.”
Also, a new study entitled, “Cannabidiol in Anxiety and Sleep: A Large Case Series” suggests CBD might help people with short-term sleep problems.
Parents need to deal well with stress and CBD can help with that. In a study on Generalized Anxiety Disorder, the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that CBD reduces stress in animal subjects (rats).
In a study entitled “Cannabidiol in Anxiety and Sleep: A Large Case Series” researchers determined that “Cannabidiol may hold benefit for anxiety-related disorders.”
In yet another study entitled, “Cannabidiol as a Potential Treatment for Anxiety Disorders” scientists found that “Evidence from human studies strongly supports the potential for CBD as a treatment for anxiety disorders … CBD reduces experimentally induced anxiety in healthy controls, without affecting baseline anxiety levels, and reduces anxiety in patients with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).”
Parents need to have a good memory, too. And at a time when many people are worried about developing Alzheimer’s disease or just experiencing a worsening memory as they age studies are showing that CBD might be able to help.
A study entitled “Cannabidiol can improve complex sleep-related behaviours associated with rapid eye movement sleep behaviour disorder in Parkinson's disease patients: a case series” showed that CBD treatment improved quality of life and sleep quality for people with Parkinson’s disease.
Mood can have a significant impact on the job a parent does. CBD may also be able to help with mood.
Researchers are not completely sure of what CBD does once it enters our bodies. But one current theory is that it increases serotonin levels.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that affects a wide variety of human functions including mood. In other words, taking CBD could help you get into a better mood.
CBD has also been shown to improve the condition of the skin and looking better can also help a parent feel better.
Here are some ways CBD benefits the skin:
If You Have Acne –
CBD is known as a powerful anti-inflammatory and acne is an inflammatory condition.
When a person has acne their skin is literally inflamed and studies have shown that using CBD can “calm” the skin and reduce redness and diminish breakouts.
In a study entitled, “A therapeutic effect of cbd-enriched ointment in inflammatory skin diseases and cutaneous scars” researchers determined “based on skin evaluations (hydration, TEWL, elasticity), clinical questionnaires (SCORAD, ADI, PASI), and supported by photographic data and investigators' clinical assessment … that topical treatment with CBD-enriched ointment significantly improved the skin parameters, the symptoms and also the PASI index score. No irritant or allergic reactions were documented during the period treatment.”
If You Have Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema) –
The National Eczema Association (NEA) says this about CBD: “There have been myriad studies published on the potential benefits of cannabinoids in skin conditions. Many features of Atopic Dermatitis (AD) contribute to itch, particularly dry skin, histamine release and sensory nerve fibers. Cannabinoids, however, have a powerful anti-itch effect. There are receptors in the skin that interact with cannabinoids that could reduce the symptoms and appearance of AD. These effects happen through a constellation of interactions between phytocannabinoids and our endogenous cannabinoid system.”
If You Have Seborrheic Dermatitis –
Researchers at the University of Colorado in the US are currently conducting a study of 40 Parkinson’s disease patients who have seborrheic dermatitis to see if CBD can reduce or even eliminate the rash.
The scientists are, considering CBD’s effects on other skin conditions, highly optimistic that the results will be positive. About half of all Parkinson’s disease patients develop the rash on their face near the nose.
If You Have Psoriasis –
A study entitled, “Cannabinoids inhibit human keratinocyte proliferation through a non-CB1/CB2 mechanism and have a potential therapeutic value in the treatment of psoriasis” found that CBD helped slow down both the growth and division of skin cells involved in psoriatic skin rashes.
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