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7 Science-backed Health Benefits of CBD Oil

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December 18, 2018

Cannabidiol (CBD) is among the over a hundred cannabinoids derived from the cannabis plant.

CBD is different from Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Although they are all derived from cannabis, THC causes a high’ sensation. CBD, however, isn’t psychoactive and doesn’t make you feel high.’ This feature makes it a desirable alternative for those who want to reap the health benefits of CBD without experiencing the “wild side” of cannabis.

Cannabidiol has been the subject of research for quite some time.  It has sparked serious debate over the recent past with some countries legalizing the use of the mother plant. Besides, several online retailers sell CBD in the form of hemp oil.

What are the health benefits of CBD Oil?

When making CBD oil, CBD is first extracted from the marijuana plant before it is diluted with a carrier oil such as from hemp seed oil or coconut oil. CBD oil has gained a lot of attention recently in the wellness realm. It was previously viewed as a remedy for the extremely sick but even the wellness fanatics now use it for the following benefits.

CBD Oil Benefits

Chronic Pain Relief

Marijuana was used by ancient people during 2900 BC to relieve pain. Scientists have done deep research and established that CBD is the component responsible for the analgesic or pain-relieving property of cannabis. Studies have found that CBD interacts with brain receptors and the body’s immune system to reduce inflammation and fight pain. The human body endocannabinoids (neurotransmitters) bind to cannabinoid receptors in the body’s nervous system thus helping to control and alleviate pain. The endocannabinoid controls most body functions like appetite, sleep and immune response. Sativex, an oral spray which contains CBD have been approved in some countries to manage multiple sclerosis and chronic arthritis.

Reduces Depression and Anxiety

Depression and anxiety can cause distressing effects on the overall well-being of an individual. Although pharmaceutical drugs can be used to manage these conditions, CBD oil has been proven to be very effective and not cause any undesirable side effects like headaches, sexual dysfunction, insomnia, and drowsiness. A research done by the University of Sao Paulo confirmed that CBD oil impacts the paralimbic and limbic sections of the brain to help combat stress. It also activates the brain receptors for the production of serotonin hormone (a neurotransmitter that controls mood, sleep, and appetite). Its anti-depressant and anti-anxiety properties make it very effective both in animal and human studies.

Reduce Diabetes Risk

Although it is barely talked about, CBD oil has the potential to reduce the chances of developing diabetes. A study done by Neuropharmacology researchers on the effects of CBD on non-obese diabetic-prone mice showed that only a small percentage of those treated with CBD oil were diagnosed with diabetes, unlike the other control group. It is evident that CBD significantly reduces inflammation and prevents diabetes.

Beneficial for Heart Health

CBD has been shown to be beneficial for the heart and entire circulatory system. It may help lower high blood pressure and control conditions such as heart attack, metabolic syndrome and stroke. Researchers suggest that the anti-depressant and anxiety-reducing property contributes to CBD’s ability to control blood pressure. To confirm this, a study was done on diabetic mice, and CBD effectively prevented heart damage and reduced oxidative stress.

Battles Cancer Symptoms

The effectiveness of CBD oil in cancer management is recognized by both the National Cancer Institute and American Cancer Society. It has been shown that CBD oil may help to slow the growth and spread of cancerous cells in the breasts, colon, prostate, and lungs. Although it doesn’t cure cancer, CBD oil may possibly inhibit its progression. More clinical research needs to be done to fully standardize these findings. 

Further, CBD also curbs cancer symptoms such as pain, vomiting, and nausea that results due to chemotherapy.

Helps Control Substance Abuse

Due to its ability to counteract psychoactive properties of THC, CBD oil can help those addicted to drugs such as tobacco, alcohol, heroin, and marijuana itself. It has the potential to treat nicotine addiction and is recommended for those who want to kick their smoking habit.

Champion in Skincare Products

CBD is packed with anti-inflammatory properties. This quality of CBD oil has enabled it to champion the beauty industry. Dermatologists have confirmed that CBD oil is rich in fatty acids that help formulate healthy skin. It also helps to minimize moisture loss and enhance hydration. Other studies have also suggested that CBD oil helps to treat acne, and this has been confirmed in various lab cell cultures.

New studies and research are coming up each year. Other benefits of CBD oil include treatment of seizures in epilepsy and autism and many more.

Bottom Line

While CBD oil is a derivative of the cannabis plant, it doesn’t possess the mind-altering effects like THC. There are several health benefits of CBD oil. It is utilized in skin care products, control of cancer symptoms, substance abuse, diabetes, anxiety, depression and pain relief and many more.

As always, please make sure to consult with your Doctor prior to using CBD and make sure it is safe for your immediate conditions. 

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