What are the Potential Health Benefits of CBD Oil?
CBD or cannabidiol is one of more than 100 chemical compounds found in the marijuana or cannabis plant, but it is not a psychoactive substance. The ‘high’ which is commonly associated with cannabis is caused by a different chemical compound called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC); THC is not present in CBD. This means that CBD can deliver a lot the pain-relieving and anxiety-reducing effects as cannabis without the psychoactive effects. CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant and then diluted with a carrier oil such as hemp seed oil or coconut oil. CBD oil drops are increasingly being adopted by the health and wellness industry in the treatment of many physical and mental health conditions.
This guide details some of the potential health benefits of CBD oil which have been corroborated by scientific research.
The marijuana plant has been used to relieve pain for centuries but it’s only in more recent years that scientists have found that the pain relief is provided by specific chemical compounds in the plant such as CBD. Inside our bodies, we have an endocannabinoid system that regulates several functions such as appetite, sleep, immune response, and pain receptors. According to Pet Life Today, "Scientists have found that CBD can interact with neurotransmitters, reducing pain and inflammation. This has been found in studies with animals and humans and CBD is present in medications used to treat pain caused by multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis."
Treating symptoms of anxiety and depression
Depressions and anxiety are some of the most common mental health issues. They are typically treated with pharmaceutical medication but an organic CBD oil drop has been found to have beneficial effects for people suffering with mental health disorders including post-traumatic stress disorder. The CBD is believed to affect the brain’s capacity to respond to serotonin which regulates our mood.
Relieving side effects of cancer treatment
People undergoing treatment for cancer such as chemotherapy will often experience side effects such as nausea, vomiting, and pain. It is believed by some that CBD can have the potential to reduce these symptoms. In fact, in a study when people with cancer-related side effects were given either just THC or a combination of THC and CBD, the patients who received CBD and THC reported less pain than those who received just THC. In another study people who were having chemotherapy took an oral spray of CBD and THC which resulted in less nausea and vomiting than people who had standard treatment for these side effects.
Acne can be caused by a range of factors such as bacteria, hormones, genetics, inflammation and the overproduction of sebum. CBD has been found to reduce inflammation and the skin’s production of sebum making it a viable treatment for people struggling with chronic acne.
Treating neurological disorders
CBD is believed to have an effect on the body’s endocannabinoid system which may make it effective in the treatment of neurological disorders such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis. CBD has also been shown to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, although this has only been seen on test-tube and animal studies.
Lowering blood pressure
Studies have found that CBD may also be beneficial for the heart and circulatory system and even has the potential to lower blood pressure. This is believed to be linked to its stress and anxiety-reducing properties and that it is a powerful antioxidant that can help reduce inflammation and the death of cells around the heart. A particular study administered CBD oil and a placebo to men with healthy blood pressure. The CBD oil was found to be more effective at reducing blood pressure.
Other potential benefits of CBD
There are also claims that CBD oil could be useful in the treatment of other health issues, although the evidence is mostly based on studies with mice and further study involving humans is required before these can be verified. It has been proven in some studies that CBD could have antipsychotic effects that could help people with mental disorders such as schizophrenia. It may also be able to help re-program the areas of the brain involved in addiction which could help those with substance abuse disorders. CBD has also been shown to prevent the spread of certain types of cancer, reduce inflammation and to prevent diabetes in animals. Here are 15 more surprising facts about CDBD including medical benefits, concerns about psychoactivity, the potential for the treatment of PTSD, epilepsy, and substance abuse.
Side-effects of CBD
CBD is generally considered a safe substance, but it can cause side-effects such as fatigue, changes in appetite and weight and diarrhea. CBD can also interfere with some medication as it can affect the body’s ability to metabolize medication, so you should always seek medical advice before taking CBD.
Important note: CBD products that are derived and have less than 0.3% THC are legal on a federal level but are illegal in some states, while marijuana-derived CBD products are illegal on the federal level but are legal in some states. This is why it’s important to check the law in your state and wherever you intend to travel.