Benefits of CBD Oil

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CBD (Cannabidiol) is a natural treatment used for many common ailments. CBD is one of the most common chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant “Cannabis Sativa.” Unlike Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) found in the cannabis plant and feel you “high,” CBD is not psychoactive.  The non-psychoactive nature of CBD makes it an appealing option for pain relief and other symptoms associated with physical and mental wellness.  Whether applied topically, consumed through smoke, or edible consumption, CBD interacts with neuroreceptors in the endocannabinoid system; it sends signals between cells to regulate mood, homeostasis, and the immune system.

CBD oil is derived from the cannabis or marijuana plant in oil form and diluting with coconut or hemp seed oil for consumption. CBD oil has skyrocketed in popularity due to its calming effects in the health and wellness world. Scientific studies have confirmed its significance in the treatment of several medical conditions. It is now available in a wide range of products, from simple oil tinctures to CBD-infused potato chips. In this article, we will discuss some health benefits of CBD oil backed with scientific evidence.


CBD can offset Anxiety and Depression

CBD's ability to calm is its most common effect and popular reason for its widespread use. CBD oil has proven its medical significance in the treatment of anxiety and depression. People who live with these disorders become more interested in this natural approach than anxiety medicines.
In 2017, the Brazilian Journal of Psychiatry tested the anxiety levels of 57 men in a simulated public speaking test.  Some men were given a placebo, while others received different doses of CBD: 150 milligrams, 300 milligrams, or 600 milligrams. It was observed that people who received 300 milligrams of CBD experienced fewer anxiety symptoms than those who received a placebo. While participants who received less CBD dose also experienced more anxiety during the test than the 300-milligram group.

Similarly, one study in mice revealed the same CBD effects as antidepressants imipramine. However, human trials are needed to confirm whether CBD can induce the same antidepressant reaction in our bodies or not.
Likewise, CBD oil has proved its safety to treat anxiety and insomnia in children with post-traumatic stress disorder.


CBD Can Alleviate Cancer-Related Symptoms

CBD may help reduce cancer-related symptoms and side effects related to cancer treatment, such as pain, nausea, and vomiting.  A study was performed to look at the effects of CBD and THC in 177 cancerous people who did not get relief from medication. In contrast, those treated with extract of THC and CBD experienced a significant reduction in pain. On the other side CBD oil also reduce chemotherapy effects which are hazardous for cancer patients.

Another study revealed the benefits of using CBD oil in cancer patients.  A one-to-one combination of THC and CBD was administered via mouth spray in 16 people and found that it shows better results than standard treatment alone.
Likewise, one test-tube study found that concentrated CBD also induced cell death in human breast cancer cells. CBD inhibited the growth of aggressive breast cancer cells in mice. However, more studies are needed in humans before any conclusion can be made.


CBD Inhibit Arthritis Symptoms

CBD oil provides great benefits in arthritis pain and is an alternative to arthritis medicines. Arthritis causes the deterioration of the tissues in and around your joints. It involves pain, stiffness, and loss of motion, and CBD oil targets pain relief and improved joint function.
In 2006 a study revealed that Sativex, a CBD-based botanical drug, promoted significant improvements in pain during movement, quality of sleep, and pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis patients compared with patients given the placebo. It was the first controlled trial for rheumatoid arthritis on 58 patients and found that CBD has a pain-relieving effect and can suppress disease activity.
Similarly, in 2018 another study was performed, and researchers administered a synthetic CBD gel in 250 milligram or 500-milligram doses daily or a placebo to patients with knee pain due to osteoarthritis. During and before the study period, patients also stopped taking any other anti-inflammatory medicine or painkiller.
The study's conclusion was interesting; patients treated with CBD did not experience much pain compared with placebo patients. While those receiving 250-milligram dose and the placebo group showed significant differences when measuring the average improvements in their pain level and their WOMAC (Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Arthritis Index) physical function rating. However, it was observed that men get more benefit significantly than women.


Protection against Neurological Disease

Clinical studies show that CBD has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Researchers found that these characteristics provide significant neuroprotection against several pathological disorders. Several preclinical studies suggest that CBD is effective against Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis. However, it is not beneficial against Huntington’s disease and cerebral ischemia as significant results were not recorded. To confirm the CBD’s benefits further, clinical studies are needed.


CBD may reduce acne 

A common skin condition that affects almost 9% of the population. It is thought to be caused by bacteria, overproduction of sebum, and underlying inflammation. CBD has anti-inflammatory properties and can reduce sebum production; according to research, that’s why it is used to treat severe acne.

CBD Oil blocks the sebaceous glands and prevents the overproduction of sebum from skin cells. CBD exerted anti-inflammatory action by preventing the activation of pro-acne agents such as inflammatory cytokines.
Another study (25Trusted Source) had similar findings and concluded that CBD oil is the safe and most effective way to treat acne and has remarkable anti-inflammatory qualities. More human studies are in the process of exploring the effects of CBD on acne.


Other benefits of CBD Oil

CBD oil is also used to study several health issues, such as
  • Antipsychotic effects: CBD also helps people with schizophrenia and other mental disorders by reducing psychotic symptoms.
  • Diabetes prevention: In diabetic mice, CBD reduces the diabetes incidence by 56% by reducing inflammation.
  • Anorexia
  • Chronic pain
  • Depression
  • Drug addiction and withdrawal
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • High blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle spasms

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