Health Benefits of CBD Oil Use
According to a recent survey of 5,000 people, more than 60 percent were taking CBD for anxiety. Does it help?
CBD an effective option for anyone looking for relief from pain and a myriad of other symptoms, sans the mind-altering effects of marijuana or other pharmaceuticals.
The process of making CBD oil is natural and made by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant, diluting it with a carrier oil like coconut or hemp seed oil.
In the Holistic and Health and Wellness work CBD is gaining popularity, with scientific studies confirming it may ease symptoms of a variety of ailments.
1. Pain Relief
Variants of the Marijuana Plant have been used to treat pain as far back as 2900 B.C.
Our bodies contain a specialized system called the Endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system is involved in regulating a bodily function such as sleep, appetite, pain and immune system response.
The human body produces Endocannabinoids; neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors in your nervous system.
Recent Studies have shown that CBD can help reduce chronic pain by affecting the Endocannabinoid receptor activity, reducing inflammation and interacting with neurotransmitters.
In one example, a study of rats found that CBD injections reduced pain response to surgical incisions, while another rat study found that oral CBD treatment significantly reduced sciatic nerve pain and inflammation.
CBD, especially in combination with THC, may be effective in reducing pain associated with diseases like multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.
2. Reported Reduction in Anxiety and Depression
Anxiety and depression are growing mental health concern that can have devastating impacts on your health and well-being.
The World Health Organization reports that depression is the single largest contributor to disability worldwide, while anxiety disorders are ranked 6th..
Anxiety and depression are usually treated with pharmaceutical drugs, many of these can cause a number of side effects including drowsiness, agitation, insomnia, sexual dysfunction and headache.
Medications used to treat Anxiety and Depression such as Benzodiazepines can be addictive and lead to substance abuse.
CBD oil has shown great promise as a treatment for both depression and anxiety, many people who live with these disorders are making the change to this natural approach.
During a Brazilian study, 57 men received either oral CBD or a placebo 90 minutes before they underwent a simulated public speaking test. The researchers found that those receiving a 300mg dose of CBD had significantly reduced anxiety compared to those receiving the placebo.
CBD has also shown antidepressant-like effects in several animal studies.
These qualities are linked to CBD's ability to act on the brain's receptors for serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood and social behavior.
Using CBD has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression in both human and animal studies.
3. Can Relieve Cancer-Related Symptoms
CBD has been shown to help reduce symptoms related to cancer and side effects related to traditional cancer treatment, such as nausea, vomiting and pain.
One study looked at the effects of CBD in 177 people with cancer-related pain who gained no relief from traditional pain medication.
CBD has been reported to also help reduce chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, the most common chemotherapy-related side effect for those with cancer.
Pharmaceutical drugs are sometimes ineffective in treating these symptoms, leading the sufferer to seek alternatives.
Some test-tube and animal studies have even shown that CBD may have anticancer properties. In one example a test-tube study found that concentrated CBD induced cell death in human breast cancer cells.
Another study showed that CBD inhibited the spread of aggressive breast cancer cells in mice.
Though CBD has been shown to help reduce symptoms related to cancer and cancer treatment, and may even have cancer-fighting properties, more research is needed to assess its efficacy and safety.
4. Some Users Have Reported Reduction In Acne
Acne is a common skin condition plaguing many adults, it affects more than 9% of the population.
This ailment is said to be caused by a number of factors, including genetics, bacteria, underlying inflammation and the overproduction of sebum, an oily secretion made by sebaceous glands in the skin.
Based on the most recent scientific studies, CBD oil may help treat acne due to its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to reduce sebum production.
During a test-tube study it was found that CBD oil prevented sebaceous gland cells from secreting excessive sebum, exerted anti-inflammatory actions and prevented the activation of "pro-acne" agents like inflammatory cytokines.
Other studies had similar findings, concluding that CBD may be an efficient and safe way to treat acne, thanks in part to its remarkable anti-inflammatory qualities.
CBD may have beneficial effects on acne due to its anti-inflammatory qualities and its ability to control the overproduction of sebum from the sebaceous glands.
5. Possible Neuroprotective Properties
Many Researchers believe that CBD's ability to act on the endocannabinoid system and other brain signaling systems can provide benefits for those with certain neurological disorders.
One study found that oral CBD(spray) reduced spasms in 75% of 276 people with multiple sclerosis who were experiencing muscle spasticity that was resistant to medications.
One more study found that CBD oil significantly reduced seizure activity in children with Dravet syndrome, a complex childhood epilepsy disorder, compared to a placebo.
CBD has also been researched for its potential effectiveness in treating several other neurological diseases.
For example, various studies have shown treatment with CBD improved quality of life & sleep for people with Parkinson's disease.
Additionally, animal and test-tube studies have shown promise that CBD may decrease inflammation and help prevent the neurodegeneration associated with Alzheimer's disease.
In one long-term study, researchers gave CBD to mice genetically predisposed to Alzheimer's disease, finding that it helped prevent cognitive decline.
Though research is limited at this time, CBD has been shown to ease symptoms related to epilepsy and Parkinson's disease. CBD was also shown to reduce the progression of Alzheimer's disease in test-tube and animal studies.
6. Possible Benefits To Heart Health
Recent research into CBD and heart health has linked CBD with several benefits for the heart and circulatory system, including the ability to lower high blood pressure.
High blood pressure can lead to a number of health conditions, including stroke, heart attack and metabolic syndrome.
One recent study treated nine healthy men with one dose of 600 mg of CBD oil and found it reduced resting blood pressure, compared to those receiving the placebo.
The same study also gave the men stress tests that normally increase blood pressure. Interestingly, the single dose of CBD led the men to experience a smaller blood pressure increase than normal in response to these tests.
Researchers have suggested that the stress- and anxiety-reducing properties of CBD are responsible for its ability to help lower blood pressure.
Additionally, several animal studies have demonstrated that CBD may help reduce the inflammation and cell death associated with heart disease due to its powerful antioxidant and stress-reducing properties.
For example, one study found that treatment with CBD reduced oxidative stress and prevented heart damage in diabetic mice with heart disease.
Though more human studies are needed, CBD may benefit heart health in several ways, including by reducing blood pressure and preventing heart damage.
7. For Help With PTSD
CBD oil has been used to safely and effectively treat insomnia and anxiety in children with post-traumatic stress disorder.
For college students with generalized social anxiety, a four-minute talk, with minimal time to prepare, can be debilitating. Yet a small experiment in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology found that CBD seemed to reduce nervousness and cognitive impairment in patients with social anxiety in a simulated public speaking task.
Many soldiers return home haunted by war and suffer through PTSD, often avoiding certain activities, places or people associated with their traumatic events. The Department of Veterans Affairs is funding its first study on CBD, pairing it with psychotherapy.
"Our top therapies attempt to break the association between reminders of the trauma and the fear response," said Mallory Loflin, an assistant adjunct professor at the University of California, San Diego and the study's principal investigator. "We think that CBD, at least in animal models, can help that process happen a lot faster." While large clinical trials are underway, psychologists say there isn't compelling evidence yet as to whether this is a viable treatment.
CBD Oil is being used effectively for the treatment of PTSD related symptoms
8. Better Sleep and Sleep Disorders
It is reported that 31% of people taking CBD for other conditions such as anxiety or non-cancer-related pain reported improved sleep with CBD.
In a recent case study of 72 people, 48 patients (66.7%) reported an improvement in sleep scores within the first month.
Other trials of 300 mg of CBD in people with anxiety or depression showed that CBD appeared to preserve sleep architecture, meaning it was unlikely to have any negative effects on sleep quality.
Up in the wee hours of the night, stuck watching videos of puppies? CBD may be promising as a sleep aid; one of the side effects of the CBD trials for epilepsy was drowsiness, according to Mr. MacKillop, a co-author of a review on cannabinoids and sleep. "If you are looking for new treatments for sleep, that may be a clue," he said.
Sleep can be disrupted for many reasons, including depression. Rodents seemed to adapt better to stressful conditions and exhibited less depressive-like behavior after taking CBD, according to a review in Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy. "Surprisingly, CBD seems to act faster than conventional antidepressants," wrote one of the authors of a new review, Samia Joca, a fellow at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies in Denmark and an associate professor at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, in an email interview. Of course, it's difficult to detect depression in animals, but the studies that Ms. Joca and her colleagues reviewed suggested that in models of chronic stress exposure, the mice and rats treated with CBD were more resilient.
CBD does not appear to interfere with sleep and may help many people achieve better sleep.
9. Treatment of Epilepsy
A recent study gave 214 people with severe epilepsy 0.9–2.3 grams of CBD oil per pound (2–5 g/kg) of body weight. Their seizures reduced by a median of 36.5%.
In fact, one of the most studied uses for CBD is in treating neurological disorders like epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. Though research in this area is still relatively new, several studies have shown promising results.
In June 2018, the FDA approved a plant-based formulation of CBD to treat seizures for people 2 years of age and older with Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), which are two rare forms of epilepsy.
CBD has also been investigated for use in other forms of treatment-resistant epilepsy, usually in addition to conventional epilepsy medications. Results varied, but several trials showed CBD significantly reduced seizure frequency by almost 44% in most people.
CBD is beneficial for treating certain types of epilepsy.
10. Treatment of Arthritis & Multiple Sclerosis
A study of 47 people with multiple sclerosis examined the effects of taking a CBD for one month. The participants experienced improvements in pain, walking, and muscle spasms. However, the study didn't include any control group and placebo effects cannot be ruled out.
Another study found that CBD significantly improved pain during movement, pain at rest and sleep quality in 58 people with rheumatoid arthritis
Animal studies showed that topical CBD applications relieve pain and inflammation associated with arthritis with few side effects. The topical application of CBD is beneficial because CBD is poorly absorbed when taken by mouth and can cause gastrointestinal side effects.
Several human studies have found that CBD is effective in treating pain related to multiple sclerosis and arthritis.
Topical CBD may be beneficial at relieving arthritis but no high-quality human studies prove this.