Top 10 Benefits of CBD Oil
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the 104 cannabinoids found in cannabis and has been the subject of much research due to its various medical applications. But it’s not only its therapeutic attributes that have sparked such widespread interest in CBD in recent years. The CBD compound is a non-psychoactive part of the cannabis plant, making it a safe and effective option for patients who may be concerned about the mind altering effects of other cannabinoids such as THC. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, and causes the sensation of getting “high” that’s often associated with marijuana.
CBD oils have been scientifically and clinically proven to offer a wide range of health benefits that could drastically improve quality of life and overall well-being.
Here are ten of the key health benefits of CBD oils:
1. Pain relief
Marijuana has been used to treat pain as far back as 2900 B.C. (See this study from US National Library of Medicine). More recently, scientists have discovered that certain components of marijuana, including CBD, are responsible for its analgesic (pain relieving) effects. CBD interacts with the receptors in the brain and immune system to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. Research shows (like this study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine , the National Institutes of Health, and this review) found that CBD significantly reduces inflammation and offers effective pain relief without any adverse side effects. Studies also show that cannabis can offer pain relieving benefits when taken after chemotherapy treatments.
Some pains that CBD has been reported to relieve are:
- chronic pain
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- muscle pain
- spinal chord injuries
2. Combat Anxiety and Depression
Researchers believe that may change the way your brain’s receptors respond to serotonin, a chemical linked to mental health. One study by the University of São Paulo found that CBD significantly reduces subjective anxiety, leading investigators to conclude that “These results suggest that CBD reduces anxiety in [social anxiety disorder] and that this is related to its effects on activity in limbic and paralimbic brain areas.” Another study found that a 600mg dose of CBD helped people with social anxiety give a speech. Other early studies done with animals have shown that CBD may help relieve anxiety by:
- reducing stress
- decreasing physiological effects of anxiety, such as an increased heart rate
- improving symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- inducing sleep in cases of insomnia
3. Fight Cancer & Tumors
Research indicates that CBD may be valuable in the treatment of cancer in a number of different ways. CBD as well as some of the other compounds found in cannabis have an antitumor effect and can amplify the death of tumor cells in both colon cancer and leukemia. In addition, investigations have shown that CBD can be used to stop the spread of cancer cells in cervical cancer cells. Studies on many different types of cancers can be found here.
Not only may CBD stop the spread of cancer cells, but it can offer pain relief to those that are battling cancer and getting chemotherapy treatments as well as relief from nausea and vomiting.
Note that these are test-tube and animal studies, so they can only suggest what might work in people. More studies in humans are needed before scientific conclusions can be made.
4. Reduce the Risk of Diabetes
A rarely discussed health benefit of CBD oil is how it can reduce the risk of developing diabetes. In a study published in Neuropharmacology, researchers set out to explore what effect CBD would have on non-obese diabetes-prone female mice. Only 32 percent of the mice that received the CBD were diagnosed with diabetes, compared to 100 percent of the untreated group.
5. Treat Sleep Issues
Canabo Medical Inc. has identified a few strains of cannabis that work well for treating sleep issues. The company has recently launched an online self-referral program for individuals with sleep issues.
Each patient is unique and should be assessed by one of Canabo’s Cannabinoid Specialists to get the correct strains and amount of cannabis.
6. Skin: Anti-Aging and Acne
Acne is thought to be caused by a number of factors, including genetics, bacteria, underlying inflammation and the overproduction of sebum, an oily secretion made by sebaceous glands in the skin. Based on recent scientific studies, CBD oil may help treat acne due to its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to reduce sebum production.
One test-tube study found that CBD oil prevented sebaceous gland cells from secreting excessive sebum, exerted anti-inflammatory actions and prevented the activation of “pro-acne” agents like inflammatory cytokines (24).
Though these results are promising, human studies exploring the effects of CBD on acne are needed.
7. Heart Health
8. Help Digestion
9. Neuroprotective & Anti-Seizure Properties
Seizures occur when there’s a dramatic fluctuation of electrical activity in the brain. Over the years, a number of high profile cases have raised awareness of CBD’s anti-seizure properties, but it’s only recently that science has been able to confirm this link. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial published in The New England Journal of Medicine explored the effect of CBD medication on young adults with Dravet syndrome, a rare type of epilepsy with seizures that are often induced by fever. Those who received CBD experienced saw their seizure frequency drop by a median of 38.9 percent.
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