The world of cannabis is booming, specifically CBD, as its legality is making it easier for consumers to get their hands on products in many everyday places. With that said, what is all the fuss is about? CBD gummy bears, cocktails, facial serums. It. Is. Everywhere. The question you might be asking yourself: is there a use for me?
Let’s start here—what is CBD? CBD (Cannabidiol) is derived from marijuana and hemp plants, but unlike its well-known counterpart, THC, CBD does not contain psychoactive properties (pothead stereotype be gone!). CBD takes many forms, and users can ingest or use it topically through vapor, tinctures, capsules, and even lotions, making it easy for everyone to find their favorite use. As the cannabis craze continues blossoming, people everywhere are noticing, and we are seeing CBD make its way into existing and exciting industries. Women specifically are turning to its many uses to provide natural support throughout three major areas: mental health, menstrual health, and skincare.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the US, meaning a whole lot of us could use some support. With this many people suffering from mental health disorders, it makes sense why it is is one of the most common uses for CBD, and Studies have shown that CBD provides strong support for numerous mental health issues, such as generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder, among others.
Another area women are finding CBD supportive is with menstrual health. When we think of menstrual health, usually the first image we see is that of menstrual pain. That time of the month can bring woes and wallows, but many women are turning to CBD rubs, lotions, and tinctures to help ease discomfort in a natural way. According to Foria Wellness, “More and more women are reporting that CBD and THC products are the best tools they have for treating painful periods.” Women have an average of 450 periods over their lifetime, and with many suffering from a wide range of issues (1 in 10 suffer from Endometriosis) at least one week every month, women need options and support for easing their painful and frustrating symptoms, and CBD can be a huge help.
There is much to be said about CBD’s success if one of the largest industries, skincare, is stepping in, and companies are incorporating CBD into new and improved products, boasting about its positive properties, such as its anti-inflammatory benefits. The skin is the body’s largest organ, and CBD has been shown to provide help with issues such as eczema and acne, two of the most common skin issues out there. Through lotions, serums, or face masks, the options are growing, and there is likely a product all of us can benefit from when it comes to making our skin feel and look better.
Each of us is different, and there is not a one size fits all solution, but as people continue to turn to natural remedies over traditional solutions and the cannabis industry grows, CBD is proving to have a place for us all. Be sure to do your own research and try your best to use products that are organic, have been third party tested, and grown in the US.