Top 5 Benefits of CBD Oil
Top 5 Benefits of CBD Oil
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of at least 113 cannabinoids identified in cannabis. This cannabinoid is naturally extracted from marijuana and hemp plants. CBD doesn’t create a “high” effect or any form of intoxication, that’s caused by another cannabinoid, known as Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
There’s some controversy around cannabis products like CBD oil because of the classification of cannabis as a schedule 1 drug by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). But there’s growing awareness about the possible health benefits of CBD oil. Here are six potential medical uses of CBD and where the research stands:
1. Pain relief
The effects of CBD oil on your brain’s CB1 receptors may also help you manage pain. Studies have shown that cannabis can offer some benefits when taken after chemotherapy treatments. Pre-clinical studies sponsored by the National Institutes of Health are also looking at the role of cannabis in relieving symptoms caused by:
Multiple sclerosis drug called Nabizimols (Sativex) is made from a combination of THC and CBD, is approved in the United Kingdom and Canada to treat MS pain. Researchers believe the CBD component of the drug may be contributing more with its anti-inflammatory properties than by acting against the pain. Clinical trials of CBD are necessary to determine whether or not it should be used for pain management.
2. Anxiety relief
CBD may be able to help you manage anxiety by changing the way your brain’s receptors respond to serotonin. Receptors are tiny proteins attached to your cells that receive chemical messages and help your cells respond to different stimuli.
Studies suggest, that a 600mg dose of CBD can help people with social anxiety giving speeches.
Other early studies done with other primates have shown that CBD may help relieve anxiety by:
- Decreasing heartrate
- Reducing Stress
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Researchers are looking at the CB1 receptor located in the brain to learn about the ways that CBD could help people with neurodegenerative disorders. These diseases cause the brain and nerves to deteriorate over time.
Researchers are studying the use of CBD oil for treating:
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
Studies have shown that CBD reduce inflammation which can relieve neurodegenerative symptoms. More research is needed to fully understand the effects of CBD oil for neurodegenerative diseases.
Researchers are testing how much CBD is needed to reduce the number of seizures in people with epilepsy. The American Epilepsy Society states that cannabidiol research offers hope for seizure disorders, and that research is currently being conducted to better understand safe use. For example, in 2016 a study was conducted with 214 people with epilepsy. In the study, an oral dose of 2-5mg of was give every day with their anti-epilepsy medication. They were monitored for 12 week and both positive and negative side effect were monitored. Overall, 36.5 percent of the participants had fewer seizures per month, however sever adverse effects were recorded in 26 people, and 62% of those participants researchers questioned.
5. Cancer treatment
Researchers have investigated the role of CBD in preventing cancer cell growth, but research is still in its early stages. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) says that CBD may help alleviate cancer symptoms and cancer treatment side effects. However, the NCI doesn’t fully endorse any form of cannabis as a cancer treatment. The action of CBD that’s promising for cancer treatment is its ability to moderate inflammation and change how cell reproduce. CBD has the effect of reducing the ability of some types of tumor cells to reproduce.
CBD in its many forms
CBD is extracted from hemp plants as either an oil or powder. These extracts can be mixed into creams, lotions, tinctures or vape products. They can be put into capsules and taken orally, rubbed on your skin, or inhaled. How CBD should be used depends largely on what it’s being used for. Talk to your doctor before using CBD oil. It hasn’t been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for any medical uses, and it can have side effects.
CBD oil side effects
CBD oil usually doesn’t have any major risks for users. However, side effects are possible. These include:
- low blood pressure
- irritability and insomnia
More human studies are needed to fully understand the range of risks and side effects that CBD may cause. Studies of CBD are not as common as you think. This is partially because Schedule 1 substances like cannabis are highly regulated, causing some obstacles for researchers. With the legalization of marijuana products, more research is possible, and more answers will come.
Is CBD legal?
CBD isn’t legal everywhere in the United States. Certain states that have legalized CBD for medical use may require users to apply for special licensing. It’s also important to know that the FDA hasn’t approved CBD for any medical conditions. In most states’ hemp-derived CBD products (with less than 0.3 percent THC) are legal. Marijuana-derived CBD products are illegal under some state laws unless your state has a medical cannabis program which you are required to have a special license. Check your state’s laws and those of anywhere you travel. Keep in mind that nonprescription CBD products are not FDA-approved, and may be inaccurately labeled