Cannabidiol (CBD) continues to grow as an alternative medicine, with the market for the cannabis compound expected to reach $1.9 billion in the United States alone by 2022, more than five times what it was in 2017. One reason for this is the sheer versatility of the cannabinoid – it can be applied to the skin, consumed as a foodstuff, mixed into a beverage, smoked and, of course, vaped. The vaping industry has also seen nothing but growth in recent times – the e-cigarette market could be worth as much as $43 billion globally by 2023.
But just what exactly is CBD helpful for? As it turns out, a range of conditions, because the compound has a regulatory effect on a giant network in our body that researchers have identified as the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This is a special system that appears to mostly work with endogenous neurotransmitters (endocannabinoids) and cannabinoids, a group of 113 compounds present in cannabis. As scientific research into cannabis has progressed, scientists have learned that each cannabinoid is unique and has its own therapeutic effects. Therefore, these cannabinoids all affect the ECS somewhat differently.
For instance, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and CBD are both cannabinoids, yet the former has psychoactive properties and the latter doesn’t. This is solely because THC has the ability to lock onto the CB1 receptor, where it can affect appetite, mood and other variables. CBD products derived from industrial hemp can be sold without the need for comprehensive medical cannabis legislation because there are no psychoactive effects. Hemp products with less than 0.3 percent THC are not prohibited by the federal government, thanks to the 2014 Farm Bill.
Now you know a little bit more about CBD, let’s get stuck into the cannabinoid’s benefits, and specifically how they can be experienced with vaping.
1) CBD is a useful all-round supplement
ECS research consistently shows that this system has a significant impact over our health, and that we our best served by keeping it as balanced as possible. This enhances general wellbeing by promoting homeostasis in the body. In normal circumstances, the body can solve issues on its own accord – the immune system knows how to kill off bacteria, for example. However, sometimes external assistance is needed, and that’s why we have medicine.
CBD doesn’t act as a substitute for missing endocannabinoids but gets the ECS back into natural balance by subtly interacting with endocannabinoid signalling, cannabinoid receptors and enzymes that degrade endocannabinoids. The occasional draw of CBD vapor during the day helps keep your body in equilibrium.
2) Vaping CBD eases panic attacks
All sorts of external and internal factors can cause anxiety, but sometimes these fears and worries are more intense than usual and lead to a panic attack. When suffering a panic attack, it’s crucial to get it under control as quickly as possible with a treatment that provides relief almost instantly. Vaping CBD e-liquid and vape oil is perfect for doing this, as within seconds the cannabinoids are making GABA-A receptors more open to GABA neurotransmitters, which mitigate anxiety by reducing brain excitation.
3) Vaping helps reduce sudden, acute pain
The worst pain is that which strikes suddenly and unexpectedly. It’s often so debilitating that it can affect quality of life, which has a knock-on effect on mental health, potentially causing depression – several studies have mentioned the connection between chronic pain and depression. Painkillers can be slow to take effect, but this is not the case for vaping CBD. As soon as a chronic pain episode begins, combat the discomfort with a dose of CBD, which interacts with receptors responsible for modulating pain perception.
4) Manage chemotherapy-related pain and nausea by vaping CBD
The side effects from chemotherapy treatment can be quite severe, however the analgesic and anti-nausea properties of medical cannabis have afforded patients some relief from symptoms. While THC is also required in some situations, vaping CBD is typically more than powerful enough to manage nausea and alleviate pain, much of which is neuropathic. The anti-inflammatory effects of CBD work to reduce any swelling, and the positive effects on wellbeing that the cannabinoid has can improve mental health.
5) Vaping CBD provides a quick mood boost
Speaking of mental health, the mood-boosting traits of CBD are harnessed very effectively when vaping it. Depression affects 300 million around the world according to latest World Health Organization figures, but the mood-modulating role of the ECS has opened the door for new mental health treatments. The primary antidepressant effects of CBD look to come from the extra anandamide that is kept in the body, thanks to CBD blocking the FAAH enzyme. Anandamide is a neurotransmitter that binds with the CB1 receptor to enhance mood – anandamide is commonly referred to as the ‘human THC’.
6) Eliminate fatigue and improve sleep with CBD vaping
A lack of sleep can spark a vicious cycle of fatigue, a decline in mental health and then further problems sleeping from the constant set of stresses and worries. Without sufficient sleep, it’s impossible to stave off fatigue and stress-related mental health issues for too long, as tiredness tends to breed moodiness.
CBD doesn’t just make you sleepy and give you a longer night’s sleep, but it increases the amount of non-REM sleep that the body gets – deep sleep is where mental and physical rejuvenation can take place. Vaping before bedtime helps to relax the body, and put the mind at rest, allowing you to drift off to sleep.
7) Vaping CBD may be good for the brain
All those stories about how cannabis could be a disaster for mental health are starting to be proven wrong, with studies into CBD and other non-psychotropic cannabinoids benefitting the brain in a few ways. Firstly, the additional time in deep sleep helps to remove neurotoxins from the brain that could cause neurodegeneration. CBD has been found to stop hippocampus shrinkage in rats, and the compound may even be able to regrow brain tissue. The hippocampus is the part of the brain which stores our memories.
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