Over the past few years, market analysts have noticed a marked increase in the number of people investigating (and using) holistic therapies, natural remedies, and plant-sourced alternatives that help support physical and emotional wellbeing.1 The search for plant-sourced solutions eventually leads a significant number of people to the health and wellness potential of CBD (cannabidiol).
CBD is a non-intoxicating plant element classified as a cannabinoid. Unlike many pharmaceutical options, CBD has an impressively low risk of side effects, is generally well-tolerated, and has the potential to address many health and wellness concerns.2 Browsing the 6 most commonly reported benefits of CBD oil could help you decide if one of our high-quality hemp-derived products could be right for you.
Why Does CBD Oil Seem to Help with So Many Concerns?
While CBD is not a treatment or cure for any known health concerns, current research suggests the cannabinoid has considerable therapeutic potential. Individual effects seem to depend on which essential processes might be restored to balance (homeostasis) as the cannabinoid interacts with the receptors of the largest regulatory system in the body, the endocannabinoid system (ECS).3
ECS signaling regulates nearly every critical function, from your moods, emotions, and stress responses to organ function and hormonal regulation. That’s why so many researchers believe supporting ECS function with CBD has such remarkable health and wellness potential.4
The 6 Most Impressive Benefits Reported by CBD Users
While many people investigating the potential benefits of CBD find the latest lab tests, animal studies, and clinical trials quite intriguing, most often, it’s the real-world experiences of actual CBD users they find the most compelling. The following examples of the cannabinoid’s many potential benefits are based on data collected from the survey responses of nearly 2000 CBDistillery® customers.
#1 – Soothing Overworked Muscles
The pain and stiffness many people experience after strenuous physical activity is usually caused by microscopic injuries to muscle fibers. Most often, it takes several days of rest for the body to fully recover.5 While over-the-counter pain relievers provide temporary relief, many people prefer easing their discomfort naturally.
Of the many CBD users responding to our survey, 84% report that CBD helps ease activity-induced pain and stiffness. Of those reporting favorable results, 90% prefer CBD over turmeric, a natural supplement often used by athletes for post-workout discomfort because of its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.6
#2 – Calming Post-Activity Inflammation
Microscopic muscle damage isn’t the only potential consequence of pushing your body to the limit. Overworked joints and muscles are also susceptible to inflammation. While inflammation is a natural defense triggered by your immune system to protect your body from further injury, that inflammatory response also causes secondary damage to surrounding tissues.
Engaging in similar activities before the inflammation subsides can cause an ongoing cycle of trauma and chronic inflammation. If you’re looking for a natural way to alleviate post-activity inflammation, you may find it helpful to know that 88% of our survey respondents also prefer using CBD over turmeric for inflammation.
#3 – Better Sleep
Market analysts predict the sleep aid industry is on track to be taking in revenues of $102 billion by 2023. While the industry is obviously thriving, researchers estimate that up to 70 million adults in our country are sleep deprived.7,8 Of course, sleep medications can help, but many people are hesitant to use them because of the high risk of side effects or morning grogginess.
The search for natural sleep solutions leads many people to hemp-derived CBD. According to the results collected from our 2019 survey, 89% of our survey respondents tell us that CBD helps them sleep better. We’ve also learned that 62% of those using multiple product types felt that CBD was more effective than when using a single product on its own.
#4 – Taming Mild or Temporary Anxiety
The symptoms and sensations associated with anxiety are directly linked to the way your body is wired to respond to danger. But knowing that rarely makes anxiety symptoms any easier to deal with. While there are several anti-anxiety medications available for short-term use, doctors usually prescribe anti-depressants for long-term symptom management. But those options aren’t right for everyone.
A 2019 article published in the New York Post revealed that 74% of their survey respondents considered natural, holistic alternatives were much safer to use than over-the-counter options.9 Those are the people most likely to calm anxiety symptoms with meditation, yoga, natural remedies, or plant-sourced products. Based on our 2019 survey results, 88% of CBD users report that CBD helps with mild or temporary anxiety symptoms.
#5 – Relaxation
Stress affects everyone differently. For some, unresolved stress makes them feel increasingly tense, overwhelmed, or irritable. Others develop physical symptoms, including digestive issues, frequent headaches, or difficulty sleeping. Many people find that once their stress levels are elevated, it can be difficult to relax and unwind without turning to comfort foods, wine, alcohol, or tobacco.
At best, those habits provide only short-term relief. For relaxation, 73% of our survey respondents prefer CBD over indulging in a glass of wine, 76% prefer the effects of CBD over alcohol in general, and 92% find CBD more relaxing than cigarettes. Plus, an impressive number of CBD users also prefer CBD over the relaxing effects of yoga (79%) and meditation (82%).
#6 – Skin Health and Appearance
Many commonly used ingredients in skincare products are known to irritate sensitive skin, harm the environment, and interfere with the skin’s natural ability to rejuvenate and repair. Many health-conscious consumers make the switch to natural skin care products after learning just how few of the ingredients listed on product labels have been evaluated for consumer safety.10,11
The search for safe, natural, effective skincare products leads many people to the nurturing, skin-revitalizing potential of CBD. As the cannabinoids in our CBDefine® Skin Care Cream penetrate the surface of your skin, they interact with important ECS receptors found on nearly every type of skin cell.12 While we don’t have survey feedback specific to skin benefits you’ll find numerous 5-star reviews on our product pages.
How Many Ways Might You Benefit From CBD Oil Products?
Current reports investigating consumer behavior show that a growing number of people favor natural health and wellness products over conventional options. While searching for safe, effective, plant-sourced solutions, many people turn their attention to the therapeutic potential of CBD oil. Knowing some of the many reasons adults of all ages are using hemp-derived CBD products could help you decide if this non-intoxicating plant element could also benefit you.
If you’d like to learn more about CBD products, ECS function, or the cannabinoid’s many potential benefits, visit CBDistillery® to download The Ultimate CBD User Guide. Then consider browsing our selection of third-party tested CBD oil tinctures, softgels, gummies, topicals, and CBD pet products.
Based on the feedback of nearly 2000 CBDistillery® customers, most survey participants report favorable results using CBD for relaxation, better sleep, and activity-related discomforts within 7-14 days of consistent use.
1. Investopedia. S Delventhal. (2020 February 29) New Generation of Consumers Increase Demand for Natural Products.
2. World Health Organization. (2018 June) Cannabidiol (CBD) Critical Review Report.
3. Journal of Young Investigators. CSallaberry, L Astern. (2018 June 01) The Endocannabinoid System, Our Universal Regulator.
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5. Nature Reviews Immunology. J Tidball. (2017 February 06) Regulation of Muscle Growth and Regeneration by the Immune System.
6. WellSeek. M Radloff. (2019 May 04) Here’s How Turmeric Can Boost Recovery for Athletes.
7. P&S Market Research. (2018 May 28) Sleeping Aids Market Size to Hit $101.9 Billion by 2023.
8. CDC. (2021) Sleep and Sleep Disorders.
9. New York Post. SWNS (2019 December 09) More and More Americans Trading in Prescription Drugs for Natural Remedies.
10. Treehugger. (2014 June 23) Everything You Need to Know About Natural Skin Care.
11. Mademoiselle Organic (2019 December 14) Dirty Secrets About the Environmental Impacts of the Cosmetic and Skincare Industries.
12. Phytecs.com (2020) Introduction to the Skin’s Endocannabinoid System.