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Your questions about CBD answered.

CBD (short for cannabinoids) are found in the cannabis sativa plant. If you haven't heard about this on the health and wellness circuit over the last 12 months, you've been living under a rock. Not sure how it could help you? Read on...

Can CBD relieve pain?

Studies have shown that CBD is an effective reliever of chronic pain. It impacts the endocannabinoid receptor activity which works to reduce inflammation and interacts with neurotransmitters. "It alters the perception of pain by normalising the brain chemicals" says Dr Sarah Brewer (no-nonsense doctor and nutritonist) so yes, it can inhibit pain.

Can CBD reduce anxiety?

CBD oil has been shown to be a very effective treatment for anxiety. It acts positively as a receptor of serotonin which helps to regulate mood. There have been a mass of studies to back up this theory, with outcomes showing effective treatment for depression, low mood, generalised anxiety, stress and social anxiety.

Could CBD reduce acne?

Yes. But beware - the amount and quality of CBD in beauty products varies greatly from brand to brand. CBD can help to improve surface inflammation and irritation. It is also potentially anti-aging for skin - watch this space for further studies on that!

Can CBD relieve cancer-related symptoms?

Anecdotally there have been many reports to say that side effects from cancer treatment (such as nausea, vomiting and pain) are eased significantly with CBD. It is not a cancer treatment, but a food supplement to help ease the nasty side-effects patients can experience.

Can CBD benefit heart health?

Research has linked CBD with several heart-healthy benefits, including lowered blood pressure. High blood pressure it' linked to a number of health conditions - think stroke, heart attacks and metabolic syndrome. With its anti-anxiety properties, we can say hello to a healthier blood pressure.

Can CBD ease joint pain?

"If you have a niggling pain, its a great alternative to paracetamol" explains Dr Brewer.

What's the go with CBD + diabetes prevention?

There is no current evidence to say CBD directly correlates with blood sugar control, yet, but long term this is possible.

What about drug addictions?

CBD has been shown to modify the circuits in the brain that are related to drug addiction. Users have said that CBD can help chill the effects of THC (read about that here) and therefore reduce any cravings to get 'high'. CBD itself is not addictive.

What are the side effects of CBD?

CBD is awesome, but in high doses it can interact with prescribed medications so it's important to consult your doc. Though it's generally well tolerated and considered safe in the UK, USA and Canada, it may cause adverse effects in some people such as an upset stomach or changes in energy levels.

More questions about CBD? Leave them below and I'll come back to you!

Sal xo

Sally O'Neil - Editor in Chief

Sal is on a mission to prove that healthy and nutritious doesn’t have to be boring – and that even while staying in shape you can have your cake and eat it too. After losing 14kg from adopting a healthier lifestyle, she shares her journey with others on The Fit Foodie Blog. She also works as a commercial food photographer and stylist, is studying a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, and is the author of two cookbooks: Love Move Eat (Bauer Media, 2017) and Meal Prep Plan (Murdoch, 2019).

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