The benefits of cannabis continue to generate controversial headlines in the field of medicine and wellness. But with more doctors, scientists and users experiencing the many and surprising benefits of CBD (especially the oils), it is probably within a matter of time before it becomes a common substance as part of your wellness products range.
What is CBD?
Short for Cannabidiol, it is a natural cannabinoid derived from the cannabis plant. It is one of more than a hundred cannabinoids identified in the hemp plant. Nevertheless, unlike the complete plant of cannabis, it does not contain THC, that is the substance responsible for the sensation of being high and that exerts that type of drug with recreational aims. Extracted of the flowers and the buds of the hemp plants, the CBD is pressed to turn it into an oil that is becoming incredibly popular to help with a multitude of health problems.
Most common science-endorsed use: Pain relief
CBD oil is widely known to be an effective product for treating and controlling pain. The endocannabinoid system is a specialized system in the body that helps regulate sleep, appetite, the immune system, and the response to pain. These cannabinoides produced of natural way are neurotransmitters that tie to the cannabinoides receptors of the nervous system of the body. It can help to reduce the chronic pains affecting the activity of the receptor, reducing this way the inflammation and interacting with the neurotransmitters. Currently, studies are underway to determine to what extent it can help in diseases such as arthritis and multiple sclerosis.
Pioneering Research: Mental Health
The Alzheimer's Association in the US estimates that by 2050, about 14 million Americans will be diagnosed with the disease and it will cost the country $1.1 billion. A recent study published by MBG Health highlighted the latest research on CBD oil and its benefits for mental health, especially for protecting the brain from diseases such as Alzheimer or dementia, since it can help prevent free radical damage, reduce inflammation and not only protect neurons, but also help create new brain cells. This is one of several reasons why it is gaining popularity in patients suffering from seizures.
Studies are already underway to determine if Cannabidiol can be beneficial for those suffering from epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. Because it possesses potent antioxidant (even more so than vitamins C and E), anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective properties, it is widely known as a natural way to promote brain health in addition to overall well-being. The FDA advisory board unanimously approved a CBD-based medication as a treatment for two particular forms of childhood epilepsy.
Heart health and blood pressure
New research published by the American Society for Clinical Research has shown that CBD can be an effective natural treatment for lowering blood pressure. The study revealed that the use of Cannabidiol oil reduced resting systolic blood pressure and systolic volume in subjects exposed to stress. The researchers concluded that the anxiety-regulating properties were responsible for the reduction in blood pressure, which ultimately helped heart health. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties may also help prevent heart disease.
Help for cancer patients
There is growing research advocating the efficacy of CBD oil for the treatment of symptoms related to cancer treatments, such as nausea or pain. In a recent study, patients undergoing chemotherapy used the oil and found that it helped them reduce the side effects of the chemo, especially the feeling of nausea. Most of these patients commented that it helped them relieve pain and discomfort.
Anxiety and lack of sleep
CBD oil has been safely used to treat anxiety, including insomnia and post-traumatic stress disorders. It has the ability to act with the brain's serotonin receptors, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood and social behaviour. It works similarly to antidepressants, except that it is more natural. However, care must be taken when using CBD oil to treat anxiety-related conditions, as any trace of THC can increase anxiety and cause the opposite effects to those sought.
Research suggests that CBD oil can be used to treat acne. This is thanks to its proven effectiveness in treating inflammation and its ability to reduce sebum production, while preventing the activation of small secreted proteins called cytokines. Different products are also appearing in many sexual health-related products in addition to skin care products, as they are a more natural solution for keeping skin healthy and looking good. Research is also currently underway to study the effects of CBD on arthritis, allergies and other respiratory conditions, or cancer prevention, among many others.
The demonstration of its efficacy in treating inflammation has been observed in animals to date, however, as more scientific evidence is emerging that suggests it helps in the prevention of inflammation-related diseases, it is becoming a widely accepted opinion.
With more and more clinical trials taking place, and more success stories reaching the general public, it is very likely that CBD oil will soon become more widely available and accepted in our healthcare.