10 Benefits of CBD Oil
The medicinal use of marijuana has brought some attention to the subject of using cannabis products for your health. It's important to understand how CBD Oil differs. The key difference lies in the parts of the plant being used to make the product. For example, CBD Oil is also different from hemp seed oil, since it is extracted not from the see but from the flowers, leaves and stalks of hemp.
Research shows that CBD products are helpful at reducing many illnesses. Emerging research shows that each of these illnesses may be related to dysregulation of the Endocannabinoid System, or ECS for short.
What is ECS?
The Endocannabinoid System is possibly one of the most fascinating systems in the body. The Endocannabinoid System is made up of endocannabinoids and their receptors. These are found everywhere in the body from the brain and other organs to glands and immune cells. The endocannabinoid system works differently in different parts of the body but the end goal is homeostasis (internal balance).
CBD Benefits & Uses for Pain, Inflammation, Epilepsy & More
CBD Oil is a great remedy for a lot of different illnesses. Here are some of the amazing uses people (and medical research) report for CBD oil:
1. Relief for Chronic Pain
Those suffering from chronic pain from diseases like fibromyalgia are finding relief with CBD. Taking CBD can offer pain relief and can even prevent nervous system degeneration. In fact, it has been approved in Canada for multiple sclerosis and cancer pain.
What's quite amazing is that CBD doesn't cause dependence or tolerance, so it's a great choice for those trying to stay away from opioids.
2. Reduces Depression and Anxiety
Depression affects 6% and anxiety affects 18% of the U.S. population each year. Research shows that CBD Oil can help with both.
Though a B-12 deficiency may also be to blame, CBD has been shown to reduce depression by enhancing both serotonergic and glutamate cortical signaling (both are lacking in those with depression).
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. CBD even reduced the stress and discomfort surrounding public speaking.
3. Calms Childhood Epilepsy
CBD has anti-seizure properties that have been shown to successfully treat drug-resistant children who have neurological disorders like epilepsy (with no side effects!).
The Food and Drug Administration seems to agree that cannabis-derived drugs may have something to offer. In April 2018 FDA advisers cleared the very first cannabis-derived drug for approval, one that promises to help control seizures.
4. Reduces Inflammation
Chronic inflammation is a huge problem in our society that contributes to many non-infectious diseases including heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, autoimmune disease and more.
Diet and lifestyle play a huge part in chronic inflammation, but when individuals are already eating a healthy, nutrient-dense diet and optimizing their lifestyle (getting enough sleep and exercise for example), CBD oil can help. Research also shows that CBD Oil can reduce chronic inflammation that leads to disease.
5. Soothes Anxiety
Anxiety and anxiety disorders are some of the most prevalent mental health issues in our society today, they permeate every aspect of social health and are associated with higher healthcare costs.
CBD Oil has been used to treat anxiety and anxiousness in both humans and pets. The mechanism of action CBD Oil regulates over-stimulated neurons that contribute to nervousness and panic, making it an excellent candidate for over-the-counter anxiety therapy.
6. Help with Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is a complicated and serious disease that is typically managed through therapy and pharmaceutical drugs (that carry hefty side effects).
Many individuals have found that CBD Oil has helped reduce hallucinations. It should be mentioned that THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana, may actually increase psychosis for those at risk. CBD Oil, on the other hand, only helps reduce psychosis and may even counteract psychosis brought on by marijuana use.
7. Reduces Oxidative Stress
Oxidative stress is responsible for many illnesses today. Oxidative stress is when the body has too many free radicals and can’t keep up with neutralizing them (with antioxidants). This is more of a problem now than in the past because our environment is so much more toxic than it once was.
So CBD can reduce neurological damage caused by free radicals.
8. Promotes Healthy Weight
Cannabidiol can help maintain healthy blood sugar, stimulates genes and proteins that helps break down fat, and increase mitochondria that helps burn calories.
CBD also encourages the body to convert white fat to brown fat. White fat is the kind of fat we typically think of when we think about body fat. Brown fat is fat that is in small deposits that behaves differently than white fat. Brown fat is said to improve health by enhancing the bodies ability to burn white fat, create heat, and even regulate blood sugar.
9. Improves Heart Health
Heart disease is a growing problem today. In fact, it’s the leading cause of death in the U.S. A healthy diet and lifestyle is a top priority for heart health, but CBD Oil can also help. According to research cannabidiol reduces artery blockage, reduces stress induced cardiovascular response, and can reduce blood pressure. It may also reduce cholesterol.
As mentioned earlier, CBD Oil is helpful in preventing oxidative stress and inflammation. Both of these are often precursors to heart disease.
10. Improves Skin Conditions
CBD Oil can be used topically to treat skin conditions. Studies show CBD Oil has a high potential for treating skin conditions like eczema by encouraging abnormal cell death. It can also help regulate the skin’s oil production, reducing acne. CBD also contains many nutrients like vitamin E that help improve and protect the skin.