Can CBD Oil Really Solve Health Issues?
We hear a lot about CBD oil, especially in the context of treating different diseases and physical or mental health issues. But which of all those stories are true? Can Cannabidiol oil really cure cancer? Let’s not get that far with its healing possibilities. Although some studies have shown that Cannabis may have potential as a treatment for cancer, thanks to triggering cell-suicide in diseased cells, these researches are still ongoing. But what’s definitely true is that CBD (Cannabidiol) has many beneficial side effects—from handling anxiety to pain relief and even helping manage epilepsy. Here we have listed all the proven fields and medical conditions where CBD oil can help you.
Here are the Common Health Issues that are Aided by CBD Oil:
- Anxiety, Stress, and Depression
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Pain Relief
- Other Uses for CBD Oil
What is CBD Oil?Cannabidiol or CBD oil is extracted from Cannabis plants, commonly the Hemp plant. It is rich in Cannabinoids, the chemicals that bind to specialized brain receptors. The most well-known Cannabinoid is Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical that causes the “high” in people consuming Marijuana (a different type of the Cannabis plant). However, CBD oil, especially the type that is extracted from the Hemp plant, has as little as 0.3% of THC which cannot get people “high”. Also, researchers suggest that Cannabidiol has heaps of health benefits—this binding of Cannabinoids to specialized brain receptors is what brings the health benefits to people consuming CBD oil, even with just a few drops. These benefits range from improved mental health to slowing the growth of cancer cells.
Anxiety, Stress, and DepressionStudies have shown that CBD, the non-intoxicating compound of the Hemp plant is a great help for people who are dealing with anxiety, stress, and depression. Cannabidiol interacts with our endocannabinoid system which is responsible for regulating balance in the body and it also has a positive impact on the serotonin level in our bodies—the chemical that maintains positive mood balance. Still, If you are suffering from any mood disorders, it’s important to make sure that you have consulted a health specialist before using CBD oil for the first time. Generally, doses from 300 - 600mg have been shown to reduce anxiety, but the effects will always depend on your personal tolerance and underlying condition. If you have a long history of marijuana smoking, your tolerance might be higher.
EpilepsyOne of the greatest potentials of CBD is helping those with epilepsy... and just last year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Ireland finally approved synthetic CBD for treating two rare forms of children epilepsies. The Lennox-Gastaut (LGS) and Dravet Syndrome (DS) are the two rare conditions characterized by epileptic seizures that are too difficult to control. Luckily, these conditions seem to be controllable with the right use of Cannabidiol. As patients reported, the use of CBD oil decreased the number of their seizures.
Multiple SclerosisAnother research showed that CBD oil is effective in decreasing symptoms of spasticity in Multiple Sclerosis—an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system. Multiple Sclerosis is often the cause of muscle spasms which can be reduced with Cannabidiol. In these cases, CBD even repairs damaged nerves. However, for patients with Multiple Sclerosis, CBD can only be prescribed by a doctor when the person isn’t responding to any other treatments. Some of these patients are using the combination of THC and CBD and it turned out to be a good solution for controlling spasticity, frequent urination, and central pain.
Pain ReliefYes, CBD oil can be used for basically any kind of chronic pain, such as:
- Arthritis pain
- Back pain
- Knee pain
- Joint pain
- Menstrual pain
Other Uses for CBD OilAlthough many studies are in early stages and more research is required to confirm some of the uses of CBD, currently, Cannabidiol showed promising results for helping treat other health concerns, such as:
- Sleep disorders
- Smoking and drug withdrawal