Everyone’s heard of CBD. But do you really understand what it is, where it comes from and why it’s become such a hot topic so quickly?
Not to worry! This post breaks down all of the essentials (without getting too science-ey). Plus, we’ll share some details on the ever-popular CBD-infused spa services we’re currently offering.
Let’s get started…
What is CBD?CBD stands for cannabidiol—a non-psychoactive chemical compound found in hemp plants (a variety of Cannabis). Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of more than 100 cannabinoids found in these plants. Other well-known cannabinoids include CBG, CBC, CBN and THC.
Cannabinoids are phytochemicals so imperative to human health that our bodies actually make some of them for us. Cannabinoids bind with receptors found all over the body, from the brain and spine to skin and other organs.
These receptors make up the endocannabinoid system responsible for regulating various bodily functions, including appetite, memory, immune response and more.
Researchers are currently investigating the role this physiological system plays in depression, anxiety, chronic pain, neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, Autism and many other conditions.
CBD TerminologyThere are many misconceptions about what CBD is and isn't. Hopefully, these definitions help clear up any confusion!
There are two basic things to takeaway here.
First, hemp and marijuana are plants from the same family that consist of very different cannabinoid levels. And second, CBD and THC are both cannabinoids with very different effects on the body.
Hemp plants contain about 0.03% THC (the high-inducing sensation associated with marijuana). On the other hand, marijuana plants contain only about 1% CBD.
Benefits of CBDSo why has CBD gained so much popularity in recent years? In short, because research shows that CBD has numerous health and wellness benefits that won't leave you reeling from the mind-altering, intoxicating effects of THC.
Research is currently focused on how CBD may impact everything from anxiety and depression to chronic pain and neurodegenerative diseases. Here's what we know…
FDA Approved CBD Drug for SeizuresIn 2018, a CBD-based prescription medication, Epidiolex, was approved by the FDA as a treatment for seizures caused by Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, Dravet syndrome or tuberous sclerosis complex.
These rare but debilitating diseases that often begin in infancy and are considered neurological conditions. Read up on more of the science behind Epidiolex here.
Anti-Inflammatory PropertiesMedicinal plants often provide anti-inflammatory benefits, and CBD is no different. Whether referring to chronic pain, irritated skin or frayed nerves, CBD is thought to have a calming, soothing effect encouraging our bodies to regain a sense of balance.
A 2014 study in The Journal of Clinical Investigation and a 2016 study in Experimental Dermatology both state that the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD show promising effects for acne sufferers.
Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Alzeheimer's can be painful and devastating. Yet reviews like this one from 2018 shine a bright light on the use of CBD to soothe and alleviate chronic neurological pain and dysfunction.
Researchers are also learning a great deal about CBD as a treatment for anxiety and depression. This 2020 study in Biomolecules describes CBD as having antipsychotic and antidepressant effects.
This list of CBD health benefits could go on and on. And we expect further research to reveal greater findings soon.
But for now, we're going to continue indulging in Southpoint Hemp's CBD-infused chocolates (more on those in a bit!) and wait for science to catch up.
How to Use CBD
Much like any other medicinal plant extract, there are a variety of ways to use CBD. And how you use it depends on the results you’re looking to achieve.
CBD SupplementsPeople looking to reap CBD's calming properties to help ease anxiety, insomnia and other stress-related conditions most often take CBD supplements. Today, it's pretty common to find CBD tinctures, capsules and gummies, in addition to other food-based hemp products.
At Washington Green Spa, we carry CBD-Infused Chocolate Flavor Bites made by local CBD manufacturer South Point Hemp. These delicious chocolates are perfect for spa day parties or a simple afternoon indulgence.
We even feature these soothing sweets in our Mellowed Out Spa Day Package! Find all of the details on that here.
CBD for External UseTopical products containing CBD are just as abundant and diverse as supplements. High-quality CBD topicals are excellent for targeting areas of the body where chronic pain and inflammation persist.
Serums, creams, balms and body oils containing CBD extract are applied directly to the skin for soothing relief. We feature CBD topicals in our Mellow Groove Facial and offer to use CBD Daily's Triple Strength Cream for clients experiencing chronic pain.
You can purchase a variety of hemp-infused products in our store or online.
At this point, it's important to note that not all CBD products are made equal. We recommend these brands because we've used them ourselves and many of our clients agree on their effectiveness.
It's best to do your research to ensure quality. And if you don't experience the benefits, you may need to try a different brand.
Achieving Results with CBDAlthough we've just scratched the surface here, we hope your main CBD questions now have answers. CBD is a plant extract that has many beneficial properties and none of the mind-altering effects of marijuana.
If you'd like to work toward improved health and wellness utilizing high-quality CBD products, our knowledgeable team of massage therapists and estheticians are here to help!
By signing up to become a Lifestyle Wellness Member, you'll receive a whole host of benefits from monthly member perks to retail credits you could use to purchase CBD products for home use!
This is one of the very best ways to take care of yourself. Don't wait—sign up today and be one step closer to a well-rested, ultra-relaxed, and supremely-rejuvenated you!
Washington Green Spa & Wellness
1713 Madison Ave. Suite 110
Washington, MO 63090