CBD Oil Can Help Anything, From Chronic Pain To Acne

How CBD Oil is Helping Millions of Americans Suffering From Chronic Pain and Other Ailments

It seems like everyone is raving about the benefits of CBD, but what exactly does it do for you? I did some research, and have broken down of all the numerous benefits of CBD products.

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Before we begin, you may be asking, what exactly is CBD? Cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD, is a naturally occurring compound found in the resinous flower of the cannabis plant. Though closely related to TCH, CBD does not produce a high when used and is similarly non-addictive.

So, what are the benefits?

Chronic Pain Solutions

CBD oil has been shown to reduce pain for those suffering from arthritis, back issues, and even the pain of many suffering from chronic migraines. As a result of these discoveries, CBD has become a safer alternative to Opiates for people with extreme chronic pain. For decades, Opiates have been the top prescribed medication for patients suffering intense chronic pain, but Opiates are highly addictive and have caused the deaths of many who’ve abused it. However, CBD has proven to be a safer and non-addictive pain relief alternative.

Treating Epilepsy 

In April of 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel unanimously approved CBD medication to treat two rare forms of childhood epilepsy. The drug, Epidiolex, has become the first FDA-approved drug containing substances substance derived from marijuana and it is also the first FDA approved drug for the treatment of patients with Dravet syndrome.

Calming Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders including OCD, Depression, and PTSD are suffered by about one in three Americans at some point in their lives. CBD oils act as solutions for many of the symptoms associated with anxiety-related disorders because CBD allows its user to destress enough that they find relief from the worry-filled thoughts which are associated with their disorder. Since many anxiety disorders are also characterized by an inability to fall asleep or get good sleep, CBD oil is recommended because it also aids in getting people a good night’s sleep.

Clearing Up Acne 

Some studies suggest that CBD oil can even help clear acne. The results do vary from person to person however, based on the type of acne they're suffering from. CBD oil helps reduce various types of acne thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to adjust how the body creates sebum. Sebum is created by our body to protect our skin, but when it mixes with dead skin cells, dirt, or other pollutants and become trapped inside our pores. This clogged pore then becomes acne. So for acne which is caused by the over-production of sebum, CBD oil provides a very effective skincare solution.


Editor's note: The views expressed in this article are not intended to replace professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

Cover Image Credit: Lauren Margliotti

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One Moment Changed My Family's Life, And I Will Never Forgive Nicotine For The Years I Lost

I knew a storm was coming even before that dreaded phone call.

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At 12 years old, I got a phone call that honestly changed my life.

The phone rang. It was around 7 p.m. on a Wednesday night. My mom had a board meeting that night and Dad had been taking care of us. The home phone rang repeatedly. I checked the number, I didn't know it. Dad said, "Who is it"? "Not a number I know," I replied. We let it go to voicemail.

Only a few moments later, the ring came again. "The same number called again." "Let it go to voicemail. Probably telemarketers."

See, it made sense that my mom wasn't home because her board meetings were, frankly, unpredictable. Little did we know, this would be a very unexpected phone call.

It sounds implausible, but I could tell something was wrong. It wasn't much later than I usually expected her, but it was late enough that I had been concerned for at least half an hour. I have no idea how I knew, but I knew.

Finally, they called my Dad's cell phone. That moment changed all of our lives as quick as a pencil's led snaps.

Since then, I have had a hatred of cigarettes, smoke, and nicotine.

My mom has COPD and needs a lung transplant. It's seven years later and she's still making it through, but it's not easy. It's not easy for any of us.

After that day I had to grow up at 12 years old. Even today, everyone thinks I'm 2-4 years older than I am. I'm mature because I had to grow up fast.

Sometimes I think of that as a blessing. In some ways, many of the things that resulted from that moment were. My mom stopped smoking, I really learned how to support myself and be self-sufficient, and I've gotten to travel to raise awareness about the real-life consequences of smoking.

But in so many more it has been the worst thing to happen to me. Hopefully, the worst thing that will ever happen.

In that time, and in my high school years, I got to constantly be concerned about my mom. I spent my 13th birthday visiting my mom in the hospital. During those dark times, all I really wanted was to bring red velvet cupcakes to the hospital and go to Taco Bell. I felt lucky to even get that. Every time I got a call during school I knew what was on the other side of that phone.

At 14, I was asking my parents about our money concerns. They told me to not worry, but I knew better. I knew that it was desperately hard for them to afford me, my sister, and all the hospital bills.

At 15, I was cooking, cleaning, and beginning to look at colleges. I had no idea how I would pay, but I knew I needed to for my parents. (Also, I sucked at cleaning and I only knew how to microwave.

At 16 I actually learned how to cook, and I began applying for colleges. I did it all on my own. I found scholarships, I wrote all my essays, all without help. My mom didn't need to worry about that.

Now, I've made it to college and I'm two years in, but 3.5 hours away from home and 4 hours from the hospital that my mom will inevitably someday get her lung transplant at.

One day, I got a call right before class. My mom got 'the call', and she was going to get ready to go to the hospital for that transplant. I cried for 30 minutes and almost missed class. It was the middle of the week, I had work and an exam on Monday and she would be 4 hours away. How could I go? On the other hand, though, it's possible that the transplant wouldn't go well, and this would be my last chance ever to see her. How could I not go?

That lung turned out to be non-viable, so it was a fluke, but regardless, the situation was real in the moment.

I fear constantly at college that I will get that call again. A call that could mean my mother's life will be completely turned around for the better or it could mean her life ends.

I worry every day about my mom and I have for the past seven years. I will never forgive nicotine and tobacco for taking away my childhood and making me fear for my adulthood, a part of my life that might not include my mom.

Don't let nicotine ruin your life. Don't make your children grow up too soon.

See more about my Mom's story from The CDC, "The Doctors," or Columbus news.

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