ad collaborative post // CBD has become a growing trend in the cannabis industry. Thanks to its calming effects, more and more people now use it in different forms to get relief from an assortment of medical conditions. CBD oil is the most popular form. Scientifically known as Cannabidiol, it’s one of the many chemical compounds found in the Cannabis Sativa plant and is non-psychoactive in nature, unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).
Recognizing the widespread use of CBD oil, researchers were keen to study the compound to discover its medical potential. And surprisingly, many studies found that the oil does help manage some health conditions. Based on the available data, we have shared seven science-backed health benefits of CBD oil. Read on.
Chronic Pain Relief
Pain relief is known to be the most effective medical benefit of using CBD oil. Many victims of chronic pain seek different forms of CBD, including CBD oil, to reduce the severity of their pain. Its popularity reached a point wherein 2005 Canada approved the legal use of Sativex (a spray containing equal concentrations of CBD and THC) to treat the neuropathic pain related to multiple sclerosis.
Manages Anxiety and Depression
Did you know 49% of Americans use CBD for anxiety and stress? Though smoking and vaping are the most common methods of administering cannabidiol into the human body, people also consume exceptional CBD hemp oil (extracted from hemp plants) for quick effects. Note that the oil can help manage some of the symptoms of anxiety and depression, such as poor sleep, restless mind, and rapid heart rate, but it does not promise to cure the disorder.
Since cannabidiol ( containing less than 0.3% THC) was legalized by FDA in 2018, most U.S. states have approved the use of CBD oil and other products. This paved the way for its popularity as well as made it easier for patients to seek cannabis treatment.
Helps Manage Epilepsy
CBD is also known to reduce the frequent episodes of seizures in epileptic patients. Even the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved the medical use of Epidiolex (a cannabidiol-infused medication) to treat seizures caused by two rare types of epilepsy – Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. However, more detailed research is needed to determine the long-term effects of Cannabidiol on patients with epilepsy.
Helps With Opioid Addiction
The available data on CBD and opioid addiction suggest that the compound might be helpful in treating opioid use disorders. In a human clinical trial, people with heroin use disorder were given CBD treatment for a week. After a week, the users reported a reduction in cravings, anxiety withdrawal, poor sleep, and slow heart rate.
People actively engaged in substance-use disorder also felt relief in medical symptoms, such as anxiety, insomnia, and pain.
Limited studies on CBD oil also suggest that it can help reduce the symptoms associated with neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease. In a study, the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of the oil were evaluated in patients with Parkinson’s disease for at least three months.
Later, the team of researchers assessed the patients and found that the severity of psychotic symptoms was reduced, and the compound had no effect on motor function. The participants reported no adverse effects during the treatment.
Moreover, many studies have been conducted on CBD for Huntington’s disease, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and other complex motor disorders. Though scientists suggest CBD to be a safe and efficacious compound in managing neurological conditions, the therapeutic potential of the compound was limited due to the psychoactive component THC.
Help People With PTSD
Multiple recent studies have also shown that using CBD oil for a particular period of time can help reduce the symptoms of PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder), such as nightmares and replaying negative memories. A 2016 study showed that CBD oil applied directly to the skin helped a child get relief from anxiety and sleeping problems; both are common symptoms of PTSD.
Treats Arthritis Pain
CBD treatment is quite popular among patients with chronic arthritis pain. Anecdotal evidence suggests that people with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis who consumed CBD oil reported
significant relief in pain, anxiety, and poor sleep. A 2017 study found that the oil might act as a promising agent in relieving joint pain associated with osteoarthritis. Having said all of that, again, the scientific community is still awaiting more detailed and thorough research on this subject.
Over the years, the use of CBD has skyrocketed due to its commendable therapeutic properties. Though CBD oil is considered safe for oral and topical consumption, its excessive use can cause some side effects too. Therefore, it’s advised to first consult your medical provider before starting your cannabis treatment.