New Year. New Decade. Same Resolutions?
Here are 5 of the most common New Year’s Resolutions that Americans make and some ways that CBD can help us keep them.
How many of us vow each year to lose that extra 10 pounds once and for all? You may be surprised to know that cannabidiol (CBD) can help you lose weight. A recent study suggests that THC Free CBD oil taken daily may aid in the reduction of belly fat. The study, conducted on rats, showed that rats given CBD saw an increase in brown fat cells, the cells that actually burn calories. The rats given the largest doses of CBD also tended to eat less, therefore losing weight over the course of the 2-week study.
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Nearly 50 million Americans suffer from addiction. The most common of these addictions being smoking, drinking alcohol and abuse of opioids. Several studies suggest that cannabidiol aids with craving reduction when taken daily. Study cohorts given CBD daily over two weeks showed a 40% reduction in their tobacco use on average. Research continues to show that CBD aids with anxiety, a common side effect for anyone quitting or reducing their dependence on a substance.
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Reducing Stress and Anxiety
CBD has effects on the limbic and paralimbic areas of the brain, the area that produces our “fight or flight” response to stress. The stimulation of these areas through a CBD/THC combination has shown to significantly decrease subjective anxiety (Crippa, et al., 2011). Moreover, it is reported that the oral use of CBD significantly reduces the anxiety, cognitive impairment and discomfort associated with public speaking in individuals with Generalized Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) (Bergamaschi, et al., 2011).
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Getting More Sleep
For all the millions of Americans who have trouble sleeping, rest assured: clinical trials have shown the benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) on sleep. One of the principal reasons that CBD has been shown effective in regulating sleep patterns has to do with its ability to mitigate the production of cortisol in the CB1 receptors of the brain and central nervous system, reducing anxiety and helping the brain enter into Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep patterns.
Living Life to the Fullest
Only you can make the decision to spend more time with the people and hobbies you love. Unfortunately, there is no study that CBD or any other over-the-counter solution can help with this. However, if you really want to prioritize time with friends, family, travel and hobbies, you may want to think about getting rid of all the extraneous baggage that eat up your time and energy. Mindfulness is the place to start, living in the present in a healthy body. Looking after your sleep and your diet, your stress levels and even your thoughts is a huge part of living life to its fullest. CBD can help with many of these factors, but it has to be part of a greater lifestyle change, a change that begins with you.