Everyone’s talking about CBD, but the question is why? If you’re someone who enjoys outdoor activities year-round, CBD is a game-changer. More than ever before, people with active lifestyles are seeking relief for the aches and pains that result from outdoor adventures and CBD is becoming their natural companion.
What is CBD?
CBD, or Cannabidiol, is a very distant cousin of the more well-known THC. Unlike THC, CBD has no psychoactive effects when consumed or used topically. Since it is extracted from the hemp plant, which under federal regulations contains little to no THC at all, you can be certain CBD will not make you feel high.
The Body’s Endocannabinoid System
There are a number of receptors in the human body that specifically interact with cannabinoids. These receptors are located throughout the body in the nervous system and many organs, but especially within the brain. In the early 1990s, scientists dubbed these receptors “the en- docannabinoid system.” Nearly 30 years later, scientists are finding the endocannabinoid system helps to regulate metabolic function, influences hormone production, impacts immune response, and can even positively affect people suffering from neurological disorders.
Why Take CBD?
1. Numerous studies have found that CBD has a beneficial impact on the body. As a cannabinoid, CBD provides natural relief to the many aches and pains you might experience when you’re exploring the outdoors.
2. CBD is a well-researched anti-inflammatory and a natural alternative to over-the-counter medications for relief from sore muscles and joints. Using the endocannabinoid system, CBD helps calm the immune system’s inflammatory response to adventurous exertions.
3. CBD is also an antioxidant. If we could, we’d spend all our time outdoors, right? Unfortunately, our busy lives introduce oxidative stresses to our cells, which can be a precursor to many illnesses and diseases. As an antioxidant, CBD works through brain receptors to provide your cells with natural relief.
How Can I Take CBD?
CBD can be taken orally or used topically, making it a versatile, adventure-ready companion. There are CBD products available in droppers, capsules, gummies, lotions and even salves. Regardless of the method you choose, your body will thank you for taking CBD.
xx R.R. Noall
This article was originally published in RANGE Magazine Issue Eight.