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Latest Uses of CBD

Lance Griffin
Written by Lance Griffin

The uses of cannabidiol (CBD) have historically outpaced scientific research. Someone uses CBD for epilepsy and claims that it works; next thing we know, the FDA sponsors double-blind clinical trials and approves CBD as a pharmaceutical drug. It would be unfair to ignore novel uses of CBD even if specific research is not available to back them up. So, without further ado, here are some of the latest, greatest, occasionally strangest, uses of CBD.

  1. Sunburn

We’ve all been there: we get back from a day at the beach and notice our skin is pinkish. Then it turns red. Maybe it blisters, peels, and radiates stinging heat. When the sun’s ultraviolet radiation damages the DNA in our skin cells, we get sunburned.

There are anecdotes of individuals using CBD to soothe sunburn with great success. The mechanism makes sense. Sunburn causes inflammation through cytokine release, and CBD reduces inflammation by inhibiting cytokines. Pain from sunburn could hypothetically be reduced as CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system in the skin. The antimicrobial actions of CBD may help prevent infection from blisters.

  1. Hair Growth

Nobody likes a bad hair day. Never fear — CBD is here! Infused shampoo, hair cream, and even beard oil are available to stimulate, enhance, strengthen, and grow our hair.

Some proponents conflate CBD with hemp seed oil, which includes omega fatty acids and vitamin E. These compounds are believed to contribute to hair growth and hair health. But does CBD help directly?

There is a hypothesis that CB1 receptor antagonists (like CBD) may counteract hair loss. Positive effects of CBD on the skin of the scalp — including reducing inflammation and regulating oil production — may also help.

  1. Suppository

CBD suppositories are pill-sized capsules that dissolve when inserted (with plastic applicator) into the vagina or rectum. They are marketed primarily to help relieve menstrual pain. Many women report significant symptom relief following use. However, some women believe that the use of un-prescribed suppositories is a bad idea.

Although there is no research on the use of CBD suppositories and menstruation symptoms, CBD has been demonstrated to reduce other forms of inflammation and pain.

  1. Sex

CBD is quietly taking the reigns of America’s sex market, with anecdotes featuring words like “revelation.” Men last longer, women arrive quicker, orgasms are more intense, and relationships improve. Products range from the generic tincture to CBD-infused lubricant.

The endocannabinoid system is linked to sexual activity and orgasm. It is unclear how CBD directly boosts sexual performance/pleasure, but reducing anxiety and/or pain may play a key role.

  1. Cats

CBD pet products are often geared toward dogs. Think bacon-flavored biscuits. Of course, there is the generic hemp-flavored pet tincture… also usually designed for dogs. Fortunately, more companies are offering infused goodies for our feline friends. What cat won’t come running for a salmon-flavored chew?

Several studies have been conducted on dogs to determine CBD’s utility and safety for canine epilepsy and osteoarthritis. There is no research on CBD for cats, but there are anecdotes that report similar benefits as those found in dogs. These include reducing anxiety and joint pain.

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Lance Griffin

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