By now, we're probably all a little bit sick of trying to separate fact from fiction when it comes to CBD. Does it work? Does it not work? What does it work for? Who does it work for? There are innumerable purported benefits from slathering on CBD in oil form (or even ingesting it), meanwhile few doctors are willing to talk about it as a valid option. These vestiges of stigma have created a barrier for anyone who wants to start using CBD; that's why we've tapped Jenna Rice of cannabis brand Gron in order to set the record straight. Here, the most promising uses for CBD.
It's Been Shown to Help With Acute Pain
If you're experiencing pain, reaching for CBD can seriously help. Rice recommends a topical for "joints, [muscle pain], headaches, skin issues, or bug bites," and shares that it lasts for about two to three hours. However, two is better than one in this case: "I find that using a topical for targeted acute pain, coupled with an ingestible gives me the best, most long-term pain relief," she says.
It Can Help You Fall (and Stay) Asleep
Insomnia can be triggered by plenty of factors, including anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and medications. Luckily, evidence suggests that CBD treats a few root causes of anxiety. But also, CBD just relaxes most people—and it's usually much easier to sleep when you're relaxed. Try popping one of these gummies before bedtime for a delicious (and festive) way to chill.
It Can Ease Anxiety and Depression
The question of whether CBD works is often rooted in the fact it's been touted heavily as a treatment for anxiety and depression. For some people, CBD is pretty effective in relieving some of the symptoms of anxiety and depression when ingested via edible sources and tinctures. Although more research has to be done before we start treating it as anything more than a supplement, there's promising scientific evidence. But as always, consult your physician before taking up CBD to treat a mental health disorder (or any other ailment), especially if you plan to take it in tandem with (or in place of) prescribed medication.
It Can Reduce Inflammation, Including From Eczema
CBD has been shown to reduce inflammation so effectively that it even helps with eczema, which is notoriously difficult to treat. When it comes to choosing the right CBD to treat eczema, "The most important markers for me are ingredients and dosage," says Rice. "For inflammation, pain, or eczema relief I would look for more of a salve or balm that has a higher dosage of CBD than a lip balm or face serum." Keep in mind that your dermatologist should definitely be part of the conversation if you plan to sub in CBD to treat your eczema (or any other inflammation, for that matter).
CBD Has Been Shown to Fight Acne
Acne is related to inflammation (and we already know CBD can help treat inflammation), but CBD actually has a few properties that help specifically fight acne. Most importantly, it regulates sebum production. This means that using CBD skincare should, in theory, help balance oil levels on your face. Combined with its anti-inflammatory properties, this makes CBD a potential skincare hero.