Understanding CBD Oil: 3 Health Benefits

Understanding CBD Oil: 3 Health Benefits

December 27, 2018

What is Cannabidiol aka CBD?

There are over 100 cannabinoids in cannabis, and CBD has been the one found to have various medical applications. CBD oil that is hemp-based does not create a high, but marijuana-based CBD oil does. They are two different variations of the plant, and hemp-based CBD oil is legal because it typically contains less than 0.3% per unit of the THC compound. THC is what causes the feeling you get of being high. CBD is not psychoactive, so this makes it a great option for those worried about having mind-altering effects.

 


By extracting CBD from the cannabis plant you get the oil, then it is diluted with a carrier oil like coconut oil, olive oil or hemp seed oil. Carrier oils are used to aid in the transportation of the CBD into the bloodstream or tissue depending on how it is applied.


CBD has been known to help with a number of different ailments. Listed below are some of the uses people (and medical research) report for CBD oil:


  1. Epilepsy and Seizures

There have been a number of high profile cases over the years that have brought awareness to the fact that CBD oil helps treat children who have neurological disorders. This has led to medical marijuana being legalized in various states as well. Texas just legalized only to patients that have a severe case of epilepsy.


2. Pain Relief

CBD doesn’t cause dependence or tolerance, so it works well for those that experience chronic pain, which includes, but not limited to, sclerosis and cancer pain. There is an endocannabinoid system (ECS) in the human body. It is responsible for regulating a variety of functions including sleep, appetite, pain, and immune system response. Studies have shown that CBD may help reduce pain by impacting ECS receptor activity. Researchers suggest that CBD and other non-psychoactive components of Hemp may be the non-addictive answer to chronic pain, so it’s a great choice for those trying to stay away from opioids.


3. Reduces Anxiety and Depression

There has been a stigma around mental health for years, but research has shown that CBD can be used in the therapy of a number of mental conditions. Researchers think it may change the way your brain’s receptors respond to serotonin, a chemical linked to mental health and happiness. CBD has been shown to reduce levels of stress and anxiety in those suffering from conditions such as PTSD, social anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. In one study, 24 people with social anxiety disorder received either 600 mg of CBD or a placebo before a public speaking test. Those given CBD had less anxiety and discomfort in their speech performance.


CBD can be taken in several formats, but infused food and beverages are becoming more popular.  A few of the popular items are:


Tea

Chocolate

Water

Oils

Gummies


CBD is a great alternative to opioids and is a natural treatment for various health issues. Make sure you do your homework so that you are purchasing high-quality products. If you are using medications, then please consult with your doctor prior to combining the two. There are also studies that show CBD as a treatment for pets as well. Recommended dosages vary between individuals, and depend on factors such as body weight, the concentration of the product, and the health issue. For a more in depth look at CBD, check out The Ultimate Guide to Cannabidiol



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