In the pursuit of a healthier and more inclusive world, CBD has emerged as a potential game-changer. Beyond being a trend, it holds the promise of empowering wellness for individuals of all genders, bridging the gap between traditional remedies and cutting-edge health solutions. As we celebrate National CBD Day, we embark on a journey to explore how CBD is breaking barriers and fostering a holistic approach to health and wellbeing.
First discovered in 1940, CBD, or cannabidiol, has experienced a remarkable surge in popularity and is derived from varieties of the cannabis plant. CBD is one of the many phytocannabinoids present in these plants, which is most abundant in the hemp variety.¹ ²
Phytocannabinoids are a diverse group of naturally occurring compounds found in cannabis that interact with our endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for maintaining balance in our bodies.³ Phytocannabinoids such as CBD bind to receptors in this system to block the breakdown of our naturally occurring endocannabinoids, supporting and enhancing pain modulation, immune response, mood regulation and overall balance throughout the body.⁴
THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is another phytocannabinoid found in the cannabis plant, and is the cannabinoid known for its psychoactive properties.⁵ Unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive, so therefore does not get you ‘high’. This is because CBD has a different structure to THC, and interacts differently in the body.
In the UK, CBD is a non-controlled phytocannabinoid present in cannabis, and products containing CBD are legal provided that they contain less than 0.2% THC.⁶
CBD holds great promise for gender-inclusive health and wellbeing, offering a natural and holistic approach to addressing various health conditions, such as multiple sclerosis and epilepsy, amongst others. Research suggests that CBD may also provide significant benefits for conditions associated with chronic pain and inflammation, as well as conditions that contribute to painful sex, transcending gender boundaries.¹ ⁸ ⁹ Moreover, its potential to enhance overall wellbeing extends beyond the physical realm, as CBD's calming effects may contribute to improved mental and emotional states.⁷
Whether CBD is ingested or applied topically, CBD products can provide a range of formulations to cater for individual preferences.⁹ It is worth noting that full-spectrum CBD products in particular are recognised for their entourage effect, where the combined presence of various phytocannabinoids and other compounds called terpenes are thought to enhance their potential benefits.¹⁰
Among the diverse range of CBD products, CBD patches stand out for their controlled and sustained topical delivery, making them particularly advantageous for managing chronic pain associated with conditions like endometriosis.¹¹ On the other hand, CBD-infused lube holds significant promise for promoting sexual health, specifically addressing challenges related to vaginal dryness, vaginismus, and vulvodynia.¹² The inclusion of topical CBD in sexual wellness products can potentially offer localised relaxation and increased comfort, empowering individuals of all genders to embrace a more pleasurable and fulfilling intimate experience.
Safety is paramount, and we encourage everyone to take a cautious approach when incorporating CBD into their wellness routines. Before you start taking CBD, consult your healthcare professional for further advice, especially if you are on any medications. Also, choose products from reputable brands that undergo third-party testing to ensure quality and safety.
As we commemorate National CBD Day, let us celebrate the remarkable journey of CBD in empowering gender-inclusive health and wellness for all. Embrace the possibilities of this natural remedy, as it opens doors to a brighter and healthier future. Remember, wellness is a journey, and with CBD by your side, the path to empowerment is within reach - for everyone, regardless of gender.
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This article was first published on 8th August 2023.