Thanks to its growing popularity, most consumers have at least some idea of the best uses for CBD. We know it supports both physical wellness (as a non-pharmaceutical pain reliever — a potential literal life saver in these days of opioid crisis) and mental wellness (as a soothing balm for symptoms of anxiety). From using CBD for chronic inflammation to picking up a topical cream to meet their beauty needs, people have familiarized themselves enough to at least know its basic uses (will it get you high? No. Can it help your sore shoulder? Potentially. Does it make a good lip balm? Sure.).
Still, every day, researchers are discovering a variety of lesser-known ways to utilize CBD that surprise even the most well-versed cannabinoid experts. And many doctors and scientists believe we’ve only scratched the surface of what CBD can offer our bodies. Of course, more research is needed, but even now, most people versed in the non-psychoactive cannabinoid consider it a versatile alternative health treatment with a slew of potential (and exciting!) uses.
Below, we’ve rounded up the most unexpected ways CBD may be able to support your or someone you love’s day-to-day wellness.
For anyone who is trying to cut down or stop smoking tobacco altogether, new research suggests that CBD may be a helpful support strategy. Most smokers suffer from nicotine withdrawal when they quit, which can be a major drawback and a reason many avoid quitting altogether. Using CBD may help reduce some of these withdrawal symptoms, including nausea, headaches, and insomnia.
Because the endocannabinoid system plays such an important role in controlling and signaling to the gut, CBD could make a big impact when it comes to managing some of the symptoms related to IBS and other conditions. The cannabinoid has the potential to therapeutically aid in reducing inflammation that can cause abdominal pain and diarrhea.
Thanks to CBD’s antibacterial properties, some dentists believe it’s a great option for reducing and preventing infections or bacteria that could possibly lead to cavities. And it may be especially useful for those suffering from gum disease caused by inflammation. Consider adding some CBD oil to your mouthwash or even try some cannabis toothpaste to give your routine a preventative wellness boost.
For parents who are interested in a natural way to treat diaper rash, topical CBD just may be the answer. Studies show that infused topical creams or oils may help to reduce inflammation and treat some of the symptoms associated with diaper rash, particularly pain, redness, and swelling. If you are going this route, make sure to choose a quality, lab-tested product with a soothing carrier oil (not peppermint, for example) and a high percentage of CBD.
Although most people associate cannabis with overeating due to an increased appetite (also known as the munchies), there are actually some studies that claim that CBD can actually help to break down fat tissue. Of course, proper nutrition and exercise are the core components of any healthy lifestyle but a little extra support never hurts!