The Benefits of Cannabidiol: What's the Big Deal?

As word gets out about the myriad of benefits associated with cannabidiol, often abbreviated to CBD, more and more people have started to wonder: what is CBD and why has it become so popular? 


At Little Rick, we believe the benefits of CBD are something to shout about. We’re fascinated by CBD, which is one of the principal cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Despite this, it isn’t responsible for causing any mind-altering effects or the feeling of being ‘high’. 


It is, however, accredited with a range of benefits, such as working to relieve stress and pain.  That’s why we’ve created a range of cannabinoid-infused drinks expertly blended to help our customers relax and unwind. 


Want to know more about the benefits of CBD? Here are just six reasons why so many people are celebrating the rise of this fascinating compound. 


CBD is available in a variety of forms

One of the qualities that has contributed to CBD’s rising popularity is the fact it’s available in a variety of forms. This gives people the opportunity to take CBD in a form they prefer and have a positive experience with.

For some people, this may be consuming CBD oil, which is sold on high streets across the UK. This is one of the most popular ways of ingesting it as CBD oil contains one of the highest concentrates of cannabidiol, however, there are many other ways to reap its benefits.


For instance, some people prefer to sit back with a CBD-infused beverage. Depending on the quantities of CBD blended into drinks, consumers can enjoy the relaxing effects of cannabidiol and other cannabinoids as an alternative to drinking alcohol.


In addition to this, you can also purchase CBD-infused sweets, cakes, cosmetics and much more, depending on your preferences! 

CBD has been linked to anxiety relief 


CBD has been accredited with a long list of benefits, however, it has been associated with anxiety relief in particular. This is one of the main reasons why CBD-infused products have exploded in popularity in recent years, as an increasing number of people struggle with anxiety-related issues and feeling burned out.


For many people, anxiety disorders can be debilitating and distressing. Finding ways to relieve the feelings of paranoia and uneasiness characteristic of such disorders can help people to feel more comfortable in certain situations, such as when socialising or going to work. For this reason, therapies and medications which can relieve these symptoms are highly sought after. 


While CBD is not yet considered to be a type of therapy, treatment or medicine, research has found that it may have anxiety-reducing qualities. CBD has been linked to reduced stress, better sleep quality and a lower heart rate, and in the future, may be used as a treatment for anxiety disorders, including PTSD and insomnia. 


CBD has been linked to pain relief


Another great benefit of CBD is that it has been associated with pain relief. The use of CBD to provide relief to people in pain is an interesting one, as many people search for natural alternatives to pain relief medication.


The effects of THC on pain relief have been debated for decades, but as it is a psychoactive cannabinoid, some people also experience negative effects after consumption, such as feelings of paranoia and nervousness. These feelings can be especially counterproductive for people who struggle with stress and anxiety, which is why CBD has spiked in popularity as an alternative to THC for pain relief. 


This is largely because CBD doesn’t cause any mind-altering effects. It simply encourages the brain to use the body’s naturally occurring endocannabinoids more efficiently, which in turn, helps the body to regulate and manage pain more effectively. 


This has made CBD a point of interest for researchers across the world, many of whom believe that CBD-based medicines could become commonplace in the future. 


CBD has been shown to reduce inflammation of the joints  


Over time, inflammation of the joints caused by a variety of issues can lead to chronic pain in people of all ages. Chronic inflammation can be the symptom of a number of conditions, such as arthritis, tuberculosis and asthma, and as a result, research surrounding pain relief treatments for inflammation has been extensive.


In recent years, a lot of this research has centred around CBD in particular. It has been suggested that using CBD could help to reduce inflammation by encouraging the body’s endocannabinoid receptors to block pain pathways and reduce sensitivity to painful stimuli. 


This is just one theory. According to a 2017 study, it is yet to be determined whether or not cannabidiol reduces inflammation by interacting with the endocannabinoid system or whether it directly targets immune cells. 

More research is necessary to determine exactly how cannabidiol has an effect on inflammation, however, it’s a promising field of research for people living with rheumatoid arthritis and other affected conditions.

CBD is associated with improved sleep quality


Insomnia is something that many people struggle with at some point in their life. For some people, a particularly stressful event or period of time can lead to sleepless nights, whereas for others, bouts of insomnia may develop as a result of anxiety-related disorders.


This is another area where research has heralded the benefits of CBD. Similarly to how cannabidiol interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) to help the body manage pain, it also encourages the ECS to regulate sleep processes. 


By encouraging the body to regulate its sleep cycle, CBD appears to improve sleep quality for people who would otherwise struggle to unwind at night. In turn, improved sleep quality has been linked to a reduction in feelings of anxiety and stress levels, making CBD a highly interesting area of research for scientists focusing on natural therapies and remedies.


CBD has been used to treat epilepsy and multiple sclerosis 


Perhaps one of the most impressive benefits of cannabidiol is that it has been used to treat conditions such as epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. In fact, the research surrounding the effects of CBD on people living with epilepsy and multiple sclerosis has been so positive that as of November 2019, the NHS has approved two cannabis-based medicines for the treatment of these two conditions. 


In the UK, doctors can now prescribe Epidyolex - a medicine used to treat children with two types of epilepsy, Lennox Gastuat syndrome and Dravet syndrome. According to the BBC, studies have shown that the CBD-based solution could ‘reduce the number of seizures by up to 40% in some children’. 


This ruling by the NHS also means that doctors can now prescribe Sativex to patients with multiple sclerosis. This treatment, which also contains CBD, is used to treat muscle spasms. However, as the solution also contains the psychoactive compound THC, it cannot be prescribed as a treatment for pain relief. 


This is a truly exciting time for researchers and doctors, as the future of cannabis-based medicines could be revolutionary. In the future, it is predicted that CBD-based medicines will be used to treat a range of disorders and conditions across the globe. 


Embrace the benefits of CBD with a cannabinoid-infused drink from Little Rick


At Little Rick, we want everyone to experience the relaxing effects of CBD and other non-psychoactive cannabinoids. That’s why we’ve come up with three delicious cannabinoid-infused drinks packed with the legal limit of cannabidiol (CBD), cannabichromene (CBC) and cannabigerol (CBG), not to mention a tantalising blend of fruity flavourings.


Our cocktail-inspired drinks, available in Mint & Lime, Raspberry Coconut and Piña, contain 32mg of CBD per 330ml and are expertly mixed to offer you a refreshing alternative to alcohol. We’ve harnessed the relaxing effects of cannabinoids to create the perfect end to a long day, so whenever you feel the need to unwind, you can simply sit back and relax with a Little Rick in hand. 


The best part? You don’t have to worry about waking up with a hangover. Little Rick drinks are completely alcohol-free and contain only naturally occurring cannabinoids. The relaxing effects of one Little Rick drink can last up to eight hours, so you can truly unwind and sink into your evening after a stressful day at work. 


Interested in trying your first taste of our fruity cannabinoid-infused mocktails? Browse our online shop for more information today. Our drinks are available in packs of 6, 12 and 24 and all nutritional information is listed on our website. 

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