CBD is advertised as providing relief for anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. It is also marketed to promote sleep. Part of CBD’s popularity is that it purports to be “nonpsychoactive,” and that consumers can reap health benefits from the plant without the high.
Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is a product that’s derived from cannabis. It’s a type of cannabinoid, which are the chemicals naturally found in marijuana plants. Even though it comes from marijuana plants, CBD doesn’t create a “high” effect or any form of intoxication — that’s caused by another cannabinoid, known as THC.
There’s some controversy around cannabis products like CBD oil because of recreational marijuana use. But there’s growing awareness about the possible health benefits of CBD oil. Here’s what you need to know about six potential medical uses of CBD:
1. Anxiety relief
CBD may be able to help you manage anxiety. It may change the way your brain’s receptors respond to serotonin, a chemical linked to mental health. Receptors are tiny proteins attached to your cells that receive chemical messages and help your cells respond to different stimuli. 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
CBD has been in the news before, as a possible treatment for epilepsy.
CBD could help people with neurodegenerative disorders, which are diseases that cause the brain and nerves to deteriorate over time. This receptor is known as CB1.
Researchers are studying the use of CBD oil for treating:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Parkinson’s disease
CBD oil may also reduce the inflammation that can make neurodegenerative symptoms worse.
4. Pain relief
The effects of CBD oil on your brain’s receptors may also help you manage pain. Cannabis can offer some benefits when taken after chemotherapy treatments. Other pre-clinical studies sponsored by the National Institutes of Health are also looking at the role of cannabis in relieving symptoms caused by:
- chronic pain
- MS pain
- muscle pain
- spinal cord injuries
The effects of CBD on receptors in the immune system may help reduce overall inflammation in the body. In turn, CBD oil may offer benefits for acne management. The oil prevents activity in sebaceous glands. These glands are responsible for producing sebum, a natural oily substance that hydrates the skin.
5. Cancer treatment
CBD may help alleviate cancer symptoms and cancer treatment side effects. 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.
How to use CBD oil:
CBD Oil Drops are extremely easy to use.
All you have to do is place a few drops (5-10 depending on your condition and build) under your tongue, wait 30-60 seconds, and swallow– simple as that.
Additionally, you can add the drops to juice or tea and drink as normal.
The effects should be noticeable within several minutes after ingestion.