- by Dean Pagliaro
People like marijuana for all kinds of reasons, including relaxation, pain relief, and overall good vibes, right? It’s the same story with CBD, just without the mind-altering high (or the munchies). You’re essentially getting that chill factor without actually feeling different, and you’re leaving behind the red eyes and hysterical laughing, too.
The FDA has officially approved the use of CBD for seizures and epilepsy, but people are finding that it’s helpful with so much more. Users who swear by this stuff have become enthusiastic advocates in online reviews and social media, trumpeting the benefits they’ve experienced: For these fans, CBD has helped them combat anxiety, depression, sleep troubles, stress, pain, and inflammation — take that, cortisol. Apparently, it can also help with your sex drive and sexual pleasure.
Professional athletes are also starting to join the CBD party. The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD already made it attractive to heavily active folk for better recovery times and pre-game stress reduction. Once CBD was removed from the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) list of banned substances, it gave runners, bikers, NBA, NHL, and NFL players alike more of a reason to ditch OTC pain pills.
AARP is even pro-CBD for seniors, citing it as an option to combat arthritis and other pains, help manage osteoporosis and blood pressure, and even tremors due to cancer. While your conservative grandma probably isn’t going to roll a joint anytime soon, these benefits may just have her asking to hit your CBD pen.