Cannabidiol, or CBD, has taken the wellness industry by storm. Extracted from the cannabis plant, CBD is a chemical that has been credited with everything from alleviating pain to reducing anxiety. Unlike its distant cousin tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which also comes from the cannabis plant, CBD does not get you high. And with so much hype surrounding the substance, it is little wonder that celebrities have also started getting in on the action. Some of Hollywood’s biggest names are staunch proponents of the compound. Here are just a few A-listers who can’t stop raving about the benefits of CBD.
Actor and producer Morgan Freeman started using cannabis for pain relief after he was involved in a serious car accident in 2008. The crash had a devastating effect on Freeman’s left shoulder, elbow and arm, and he eventually developed fibromyalgia, which is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain. As such, it is little wonder that Freeman started using the substance to deal with his discomfort. According to Nordic Oil, CBD inhibits the pain in the central nervous system by shutting down the lines of communication between neurons.
On a lighter note, singer, dancer and actress, Mandy Moore has been using CBD oil on her to alleviate heel pain caused by wearing high heels. “This year I’m trying some CBD oil on my feet, which my stylist recommended. I asked her if there was some kind of numbing cream, and she was like, ‘No! Try Lord Jones CBD Oil.’ So it could be a really exciting evening! I could be floating this year,” she said referring to the recent Golden Globes.
Kim Kardashian swears by the benefits of CBD oil. So much so that the socialite has even organized a CBD-themed baby shower for her newborn Psalm West. The busy mum of four under-six-year-olds who has recently revealed that she has an auto-immune condition called lupus says that CBD helps her get through the stresses of daily life. “How do I do it all? It is exhausting. I just say CBD. But I do. I really think that has gotten me through a lot.”
Tom Hanks is adamant that CBD has helped him with his acting career. The actor and filmmaker says that he has switched from using pills to CBD to soothe his anxiety. “It wasn’t how I wanted to live my life anymore. So I gave CBD oil a try. It was a huge relief for me to feel like myself, yet the edge was gone. A bonus to the whole thing was the relief from various aches and pains I have. Especially the arthritis in my knees. It immediately alleviated 90% of my pain”
Period Pain and Menopausal Discomfort
Not many know that actress Whoopi Goldberg is also a co-founder of Whoopi & Maya medical cannabis, a CBD brand that focuses on products designed to alleviate menstrual and menopausal discomfort. Having used CBD herself, Goldberg is a staunch proponent of the natural substance.
“I used to be under the table with my cramps, and my daughter and granddaughters are the same way,” she said. “With all these different [CBD] products, there wasn’t something for women. That says a lot about us as a nation. People don’t think about menstrual cramps as something that’s real.”