Chances are that you've either heard of CBD, or maybe you've already added it to your supplement lineup. Along with its growing popularity in the health and beauty industries, CBD is also gradually gaining ground in research. Read on for some ways CBD might be beneficial to you.

For Taking the Edge Off

Every single day, life happens. And when life happens, along comes stress and its sidekick, anxiety. Anxiety can cause a multitude of unpleasant symptoms, with a fast heart rate, interrupted thoughts, sweating, and insomnia taking some of the top seats. Relationships, finances, work, and your health are all major contributors to your overall sense of well being and stress level, and sometimes, you might need a little extra help to calm everything down. While many people are prescribed drugs like Zoloft for anxiety, many others are starting to turn to CBD for help.

For a Healthier Heart

You know the importance of a healthy heart, and you probably know the things you should do every day to stay healthy. A promising takeaway from CBD is that it has shown to have a positive effect on blood pressure numbers and cholesterol levels. Also, the stress relieving properties of CBD can be beneficial in reducing or controlling potentially dangerous stress-related spikes in blood pressure. One of the best parts about CBD is that you have options for how you take it. Trying cbd gummies would be a fun, treat-like way to see if your blood pressure or cholesterol respond well to CBD.  

For Pain and Inflammation Relief

If you have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, you know that the pain and discomfort can be so debilitating. Even though there is limited research regarding CBD's positive affect on humans living with rheumatoid arthritis, animal testing using rats has shown a positive effect on pain and inflammation. Regardless of research (or lack thereof), some arthritic patients trying CBD for their symptoms have reported an improvement in morning stiffness, and better sleep

As Part of Your Beauty Routine

CBD has made its way into makeup, cleansers, serums, masks, and body treatments, quickly gaining popularity in the world of beauty products. CBD's anti-inflammatory properties may have positive effects when applied to acne breakouts, or other skin conditions like eczema. And because it is rich in antioxidants, you might notice its ability to smooth wrinkles or reduce signs of aging. Adding CBD to your bath and taking a good long soak is a great way to absorb its calming and antioxidant benefits all throughout your body. That sounds relaxing, doesn't it?    

For Your Four-Legged Friends

Humans aren't the only ones with ailments, aches and pains. Your cat or dog could benefit wholly from CBD treatment, too! While the research for use of CBD on cats and dogs is pretty limited, there is some evidence pointing to CBD's effectiveness on treating things like neuropathic related pain and arthritis, seizures in epileptic pets otherwise not responding to regular treatment, and even pets undergoing treatment for different types of cancer. For the pets who tremble and whine the minute they know you're leaving for work, giving them a few drops of CBD could help with that. Just like CBD has been known to help with human anxiety, you may notice that it can help your anxious pets, too. CBD has a reputation of being very safe for pets, but it's still a good idea to run it by your veterinarian first.   

Talk with your doctor or pharmacist before starting CBD, especially if you're already taking prescription medication. You can also find out which type of cannabis strain is right for your type of body. There are some known drug interactions that are important to be aware of, some of which can be dangerous. When you're given the green light, start with a small dose and work your way up, paying close attention to how your body responds. Here's hoping you find yourself feeling great, and soon!