CBD oil is helping lots of people just like you to manage conditions such as anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain. Could it help you to feel better too?
As a hypnotherapist, most of my work centres on helping people to cope with long standing and difficult conditions such as stress, anxiety, insomnia, phobias and addiction. Sometimes I’m asked to help with pain management solutions too, especially if that pain is exacerbated by stress – for example in conditions such as IBS.
My kind of hypnotherapy is science based. I use proven techniques to help the human brain to change the way it reacts when faced with triggers. My primary motivation in life is helping people to feel better. And as well as hypnotherapy, I’m interested in anything that helps my clients along their path to healing.
One emerging trend that I’ve been watching for a while is CBD oil. The scientific research around this very special substance has found evidence that it works well for alleviating many conditions. There is growing evidence that CBD oil is safe and effective. Many of my clients use it regularly, as do I.
What is CBD Oil?
Let’s start by debunking the myths. Yes, CBD does come from the cannabis plant family, but it’s certainly not the substance that makes people high. The CBD oil I’m describing is derived from the hemp plant. Whereas the illegal drug cannabis, comes from the marijuana plant. In the same way as wheat is related to barley, hemp and marijuana are related but they are NOT the same.
The cannabis plant family has been used by healers for centuries. In ancient Chinese medicine it was used to treat malaria, menstrual problems, gout and constipation amongst other things. Medieval physicians used cannabis to treat pain, epilepsy, nausea and vomiting and indeed, cannabis was used as an analgesic right up until the 1930’s. But it’s only relatively recently that scientists have learned how to extract CBD oil and discover how it can heal without stimulating a “high”.
Hemp is grown for it’s fibre which has a myriad of uses – for building, motor manufacturing and many other things that would surprise you. CBD oil is also extracted from the plant.
CBD Oil Benefits
What extensive scientific experiments around the world have found, is that CBD oil is brilliant at a great many things.
- Reducing anxiety
- Controlling muscle spasms
- Helps insomniacs to fall asleep and stay asleep
- Easing chronic pain
- Can reduce the pain and inflammation caused by arthritis
- Lowers cravings for some addictive substances such as alcohol, tobacco, opiates and stimulants
The full name for CBD is cannabadiol – which is a bit of a mouthful to pronounce and not the easiest word to spell either. And so I’ll stick the abbreviation. It works by attaching itself to nerve receptors in the brain and fooling them into changing the way they react to triggers.
Scientists have done a lot of work to help us understand how CBD works in the body – if you are interested in the research, and you are comfortable with the jargon used in scientific papers, you can click on this link to read a detailed report.
I’m sure you’re beginning to understand by now, why I’m so interested in the healing power of this oil, and why I think it will help a great many people, either used as a stand alone product or in conjunction with a course of hypnotherapy treatment.
Who can take CBD Oil?
CBD doesn’t usually have any uncomfortable side effects and scientific tests have found that it is normally well tolerated in the human body. However, if you are thinking of trying it and are already taking medication from your Doctor, please have a chat with your GP first.
Likewise, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, please don’t take CBD oil without consulting a Doctor.
Is CBD Oil Addictive?
All of the evidence so far shows that CBD oil is not at all addictive….which is why it’s a useful tool for weaning anyone off substances such as cigarettes or alcohol.
How do I take CBD Oil?
You can buy CBD oil capsules, or, for joint pain, you can rub the oil into your skin around the affected area. But personally I would recommend taking CBD oil by applying a fine spray under your tongue. We don’t know for sure whether the active ingredient can be absorbed through the skin. And the capsules that you swallow could take a while to be absorbed.
An under-the-tongue spray is super-easy to administer and takes less than a minute to find it’s way into your system. Don’t worry – it doesn’t taste nasty.
Access CBD oil comes in a choice of flavours and has a handy spray attachment to make the oil easy to use. I’ve done a considerable amount of research into different CBD oil brands and this one is my favourite by far. Not least because it’s affordable as well as effective.
Got a question about CBD? Get in touch, I’m happy to help
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