CBD Oil: 9 Scientifically Supported Benefits

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CBD oil is often extracted from cannabis sativa plants in oil form. It’s then mixed with an inert carrier oil such as hemp seed oil to be consumed. CBD oil has seen a rise in popularity due to its calming properties. CBD oil can be found in many products, including simple oil tinctures and CBD-infused potato chips.

CBD research is also growing. These are nine ways CBD oil may benefit your health.

1. Reduce Anxiety, Depression and Stress

CBD’s ability to calm the mind is its most well-known effect. This is why CBD is so popular. In 2017, a study published in the Brazilian Journal of Psychiatry measured anxiety levels of 57 people who took part in a simulated public speaking exam. Some were given a placebo, while others received 150 mgs, 300 mgs, or 600 mgs of CBD before they gave their speeches. The anxiety levels of those who received 300 mgs of CBD were significantly lower than those who received the placebo. Participants who received either 150 milligrams or 600 mg of CBD had significantly less anxiety than those who received the placebo.

One study on mice showed that CBD has similar effects to antidepressant imipramine. To confirm that CBD can cause the same antidepressant effect in humans, human trials are necessary.

2. Treat Select Epilepsy Syndromes

CBD may be used in certain cases to treat epileptic seizures.

The FDA approved CBD use under the brand name Epidiolex in 2018 to treat seizures caused by Lennox-Gastaut and Dravet epilepsy. This is a rare form of epilepsy that affects patients aged at least 2.

The FDA’s decision is supported by three well-reviewed studies. These trials involved 516 patients suffering from Lennox-Gastaut or Dravet disorders. They were given Epidiolex or a placebo. Epidiolex was found to reduce the number of seizures in participants when combined with other prescribed medications.

3. Reduce symptoms of PTSD

A 2018 small study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary medicine found that 11 patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), received CBD in addition to routine psychiatric treatment for eight weeks at an outpatient clinic. Ten of the eleven participants experienced a decrease or improvement in their PTSD symptoms. The researchers found that CBD was generally well-tolerated.

Margaret Rajnic is a doctor of nursing who has extensive experience in medical cannabis and CBD. She stresses the importance of using therapy alongside any form of cannabis or CBD to treat PTSD. She says that there is a certain amount of therapy needed to treat PTSD. CBD can help with anxiety.

Four other human trials from 2012 to 2016 suggest CBD reduces PTSD symptoms, although some include THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, the main mind-altering element in cannabis. THC and CBD can work together to create an “entourage effect”, which complements each other’s potency and benefits. The “entourage effect” is when THC and CBD are combined. This means that the THC can be used together to temper the THC’s effects, while CBD with less THC will enhance the CBD’s effects.

4. Treat Opioid Addiction

Preclinical animal studies and clinical trials on humans suggest that CBD could be used in the treatment of opioid-dependent patients.

One such study involved the administration of CBD to heroin users. CBD significantly decreased heroin users’ withdrawal anxiety, cue-induced cravings and resting heart rate over a week. There were no serious side effects.

Another study found that CBD was effective in relieving symptoms such as insomnia, anxiety, and pain in people with substance abuse disorders. This suggests that CBD could be an effective treatment for opioid addiction. Further research is needed.

5. Allergy for ALS

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a condition that causes nerve cells to deteriorate in the brain and spinal chord, resulting in muscle control problems that get worse over time. Although it is possible to inherit ALS, the cause of ALS is not known. There is no cure for ALS and only two FDA-approved medications are available to treat it.

People with ALS may benefit from the entourage effect of CBD and THC, much like people with PTSD. A 2019 study found that patients were given a mixture of CBD and THC depending on their preferences and needs. Patients with severe, moderate, or mild spasticity (muscle stiffness and tightness) from ALS reported high satisfaction. Patients with severe spasticity had higher satisfaction than those with mild spasticity.

6. Get rid of unmanageable pain

Canada approved Sativex in 2005 for the treatment and prevention of central neuropathic pain related to multiple sclerosis. Canada approved the use of Sativex for treating cancer pain that was not responding to other medications in 2007.

Continuing studies in the U.S. have shown that CBD is effective in managing chronic, non-cancer pain. One 2020 study showed that CBD was applied topically to patients suffering from symptomatic peripheral neuropathy. This is a condition caused by brain nerve and spinal cord damage. A placebo group received the same condition. The results showed that CBD topical treatment resulted in a significant decrease in the intensity of pain and itchy sensations compared with the placebo. Participants reported no adverse side effects.

CBD oil is not absorbed directly into the bloodstream when it’s applied topically. Topical CBD oil is more targeted and treats pain in a specific area. Because it is more direct, it might have a stronger effect.

7. Diabetic complications can be treated

First, CBD was found to reduce the effect of high glucose levels in cells. This is a common precursor to diabetes and other complications. Further research has shown that CBD may have significant health benefits in diabetic patients, as well as plaque buildup within the arteries.

 

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