28 CBD Oil Health Benefits and Uses

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Cannabidiol, or CBD oil, has recently gained attention as a possible complementary support for managing the symptoms of a large range of illnesses. This comes as little surprise to the hundreds of thousands of individuals worldwide who already use marijuana for medical purposes.

One of the fascinating aspects about THC’s lesser-known cousin is that it can offer relief from a number of health problems without getting the user “high” like THC does.

With the rise in popularity, CBD is getting more attention than ever, from researchers, the medical community and even big pharma getting in on the action. In fact, in the US the first ever FDA drug based on CBD has recently been approved.

With Twice as many people using the oil this year than last, its popularity is expected to keep soaring as marijuana and cannabis-related products become legalized in various jurisdictions around the globe.

So what exactly makes it so popular? Read on for an overview of what it is and why so many people are turning to it for health support.

What is CBD Oil?

Cannabis plants have over 85 different cannabinoids, with the two most popular and talked about compounds being cannabidiol (CBD) and (tetrahydrocannabinol) THC.

CBD oil is similar to THC in that it is a derivative of the cannabis plant, but it doesn’t actually have the same effect on your brain because it is a non-psychoactive compound. This means that individuals can take the recommended dose of the oil and still function effectively throughout the day, living their lives as they normally would. From work activities to driving, the user will not be impaired in the way they would be from THC.

How is it made?

After the cannabis oil is extracted from the plant, the extract is then mixed with a carrier oil before being sold, often organic olive or coconut oil. While these products may also contain small or “trace” amounts of THC, they are only legally acceptable if they contain less than 0.2% THC, and some producers will guarantee and third-party test after filtration to ensure 0% THC altogether.

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There are a range of health benefits and uses for CBD oil, which can be infused or made available in various mediums and applications such as topical creams and oils. You can also purchase a paste, a liquid to vape, or even sublingual lozenges that dissolve under your tongue. And for the chef in your life, it’s also possible to infuse raw oil into your favourite foods.

What does it feel like?

Users claim that, in general, the substance gives them a sense of calm and well-being. While it should not be considered a “cure,” by any means, this remedy shows plenty of potential as an alternative therapy for a broad range of ailments.

Is it safe?

CBD is generally considered safe when taken in reasonable doses and in the absence of any other underlying health conditions. In fact, the World Health Organization claims that it is generally safe and non-addictive.

Read on for a comprehensive list of CBD benefits and uses…

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Recent research points to cannabis for its potential health benefits as it relates to various disorders related to hyperactivity, such as ADHD. In one survey-based study, the majority of over 2800 cannabis users reported fewer symptoms of hyperactivity when using it.

There is no proof that ADHD can be handled with cannabis products alone, however, its ability to bring a sense of calm and well-being to many users makes it seem promising for such illnesses. In addition, it may be a possible alternative to habit-forming prescription drugs which can often have harsh side effects such as dizziness, paranoia and high blood pressure.

Acne

Using topical creams infused with cannabidiol could help to prevent the spread of acne in any area of the body.

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CBD oil is being researched as a treatment of acne, and so far, results have been promising. Research points to its effectiveness in terms of three benefits: Lipostatic (which has to do with fat metabolism), anti-proliferative (prevents the spread of certain types of cells), and anti-inflammatory.

So, CBD-infused substances may work by, for instance, lessening the chance of pores and hair follicles getting clogged, because it is an anti-inflammatory. It also helps to regulate cell growth and prevent excessive oil production.

To find out more about Acne and how CBD may help please visit our report which can be found here https://420meta.com/cbd-oil-health-benefits/acne.

Anxiety

Anxiety is one of the most well-researched areas when it comes to the health benefits of new cannabis-based products like CBD. This is especially important given the prevalence of anxiety among the world’s population, with the WHO (World Health Organization) reporting that around 18% of the global adult population suffers to some extent from this ailment.

A number of studies, while not all conclusive, positively support the theory that this cannabinoid may help with anxiety disorders like post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

One important point about this potential alternative treatment is that CBD is not considered to be addictive or toxic, making it a potentially non-addictive treatment with side effects that pharmaceutical drugs many individuals take for anxiety disorders.                 

Arthritis

Arthritis is a common ailment affecting adults of all ages (not just the elderly) and is becoming increasingly common among the population due to lifestyle factors and poor diet. Cannabidiol is well-known for its anti-inflammatory properties which makes it a potentially suitable treatment for a range of problems caused by inflammation.

Cannabis research shows a strong correlation between a reduction in inflammation and tissue injury correlated with topical cannabis use. Thus, it may be used as an effective pain reliever for arthritis, without the harsh side-effects that some prescription drugs and creams might have.

Asthma

How can you use CBD oil for asthma? As an anti-inflammatory, cannabidiol has the potential to lessen the inflammatory response in the body. This applies to many different diseases and problems and is the basis for the reason why it may be an effective pain reliever.

Ingestible cannabis products (which you don’t smoke) offer a promising solution to smoking, since the latter may provoke asthma attacks. CBD may be a promising asthma solution in its ability to reduce inflammation and even promote relaxation, but more research is to be done in this area.

Autism

It may be surprising that CBD oil benefits may extend to those with chronic, lifelong conditions such as autism. What’s more interesting is that this cannabinoid may be a safe treatment for children with autism.

One recent study involved treating 60 children with cannabis oil over the course of 7 months. Children and parents worked together to report on various changes that took place after the treatment. Reports included a reduction in problem behaviours, better communication, and even less anxiety.

This type of research is significant since autism, a genetic disease characterized by difficulty in communication and relationship-building, currently has no cure, despite the fact that that the disease may affect some 1 in 59 children.

Back Pain

CBD may be used to treat many types and severity of body pain, including back pain. Back pain is one of the most common types of pain in the world, affecting around half of the American adult population alone.

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As back pain tends to have a range of causes, factors and even treatments, often it requires ongoing pain management such as over-the-counter drugs. CBD oil could serve as a safer pain relief option for those suffering from chronic back pain.

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder is a serious mental disorder characterized by intense fluctuations of manic “highs” and extreme lows. This mental health issue generally requires ongoing medical support by mental health professionals, and prescription medication is often necessary to help those afflicted lead a normal life.

Cannabis products have been touted as a possible support for people suffering from this disease, and there is some evidence supporting this as a possibility. However, those with bipolar disorder should be wary of using regular marijuana to ease the symptoms, since some experts suggest that it can worsen mental health.  

Cholesterol

Having too much “bad” cholesterol in our bodies puts us at a greater risk for serious, life-threatening health problems such as heart disease and stroke. Typically lowering cholesterol levels takes the form of a combination of lifestyle changes and medication.

Cannabidiol may be an effective solution when it comes to reducing cholesterol. One study done on mice showed that CBD oil reduced cholesterol by about a quarter of its original levels after only 4 weeks. Other research has been promising in this area, but the results are not conclusive.                              

Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s disease is a serious health disorder which is characterized by lifelong, incurable bouts of serious pain and digestive problems. It is essentially Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) at a serious and lifelong level.

But Dr Timna Naftali, who has been studying the effects of cannabis products on disorders such as Crohn’s for several years, sees plenty of promise in this area. In one randomized study, Crohn’s symptoms improved in 65% of people who were given cannabis oil for eight weeks. Interestingly, Naftali has also found that this is not linked to gut inflammation, as was previously thought.

Depression

Depression, which typically shows up as symptoms expressed as lack of interest, a “flat mood,” low energy, and difficulty or prolonged sleeping (to name a few symptoms), can range in severity and can take on many forms. In its most severe form, it may result in self-harm or even suicide. There are many different types of depression, including PTSD and bipolar depressive disorder, and for the most part it is a complex and difficult disease to treat.

Traditional treatments for depression often involve a combination of medication and therapy. Though it should never be used as a replacement for medication, CBD oil may be useful as a non-addictive and non-psychoactive option for reducing stress and encouraging a better state of well-being.

Diabetes

Diabetes is a complex disease involving the inability to produce enough insulin to regulate blood sugar. There are two types: Type 1 and type 2. With type 1 diabetes, people don’t produce insulin at all, and with type 2, they produce some insulin but not as much as they need.

Complications can include seizures, blindness, neuropathy, circulation problems, and a host of other serious problems. In its capacity to possibly prevent seizures, reduce pain, reduce stress, promote circulation and even brain health, CBD could be helpful in managing a myriad of diabetes symptoms. There is also evidence that CBD oil can help regulate glucose levels.

Eczema

Eczema, a skin condition which results in itchy and cracked skin, affects millions of people worldwide, and many individuals struggle to find natural and effective treatments. There is no cure for eczema, and many turn to potentially dangerous treatments, such as steroid-based creams to ease the discomfort and pain.

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However, researchers now know that CBD may be an effective all-natural alternative for those who want to step away from prescription creams and ointments. Using CBD creams topically can help to ease itching and inflammation, bringing eczema sufferers more day-to-day comfort and ease.

Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a serious disease which is characterized by seizures that can range in severity and frequency. Recent studies show strong evidence in CBDs ability to prevent seizures in at least some children.

In one recent study, a new CBD-based drug called Epidiolex was given to 225 epileptic patients of varying ages. Patients were then tracked for 14 weeks. Though some mild side effects were reported, a significant number of patients reported a reduction in seizures.

Heart Health

Our heat is the primary organ responsible for pumping life-sustaining blood through our bodies. Even minor complications in and around the heart, caused by genetics, environmental or lifestyle factors can cause serious problems (and even death). Do to the increasingly sedentary lifestyles we all lead, coupled with poor dietary habits, cardiovascular issues are (and have been) on the rise.

High blood pressure is one example of a problem which can negatively affect heart and blood vessel health. Touted as a “silent” killer, hypertension often has no outward symptoms and can worsen with time and with stress. A supplement like CBD may indirectly help by relaxing blood vessels, providing a calming and mood enhancing effect that reduces stress and improving sleep habits. 

Heart Disease

Heart disease is a serious medical issue that over 600 000 US adults die from each year. Globally that number is even more staggering. Its causes are complex and varied, with effective management and treatment requiring professional medical care.

One of the possible applications for CBD oil is the management of heart disease as a supportive addition to traditional treatment options. According to a 2017 paper, it has the ability to lower resting blood pressure, which is one of the main causes of heart disease and contributing factors for heart-related incidents.

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is a common problem often associated with high stress and lifestyle choices.

While in many cases hypertension can be effectively controlled, in some instances it’s root cause is genetic or hereditary and medication may be necessary. When left untreated, high blood pressure may lead to severe health problems such as stroke and heart attack.

Cannabis research shows promising results when it comes to managing blood pressure. A study on 10 men who took 600 mg of CBD oil showed that it was effective in lowering blood pressure, and their blood pressure remained low through subsequent stress-inducing tests.

High blood pressure tends to be exacerbated by stress, along with other lifestyle factors, may help to manage this problem. As cannabidiol can help manage stress and anxiety, it may also help to manage resulting symptoms.                     

Inflammation

One of the better understood pathways through which CBD oil benefits may help improve the symptoms of a broad range of ailments is due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

Inflammation is a known biomarker for many ailments, with chronic inflammation suspected of contributing to everything from IBS, to poor circulatory health, and even certain cancers.

Inflammation is also often associated with diseases involving chronic pain, such as arthritis and multiple sclerosis. A growing body of research continues to support cannabis as a legitimate way to manage both mild and even acute pain and inflammation of most kinds, as well as other symptoms associated with inflammation. Moreover, cannabis may be taken on an ongoing basis without the risk of addiction or side effects.

Insomnia

Most people who have tried marijuana products probably know that it tends to be an effective relaxant and sedative. One of the most simple and promising uses of CBD oil is its ability to combat anxiety. Anxiety is often associated with sleep issues, and if the two are present, each can exacerbate the other, creating a vicious cycle which is difficult to treat.

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Chronic pain and other health issues may also contribute to insomnia, on a regular or even occasional basis. Due to its ability to relieve both pain and anxiety, cannabis-based products can offer great relief to insomnia sufferers.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

CBD oil may be useful for easing the pain and discomfort of IBS. While experts are not exactly sure of the mechanism behind this, there is a strong connection between bouts of IBS and stress. As cannabidiol can help to ease stress and promote a greater sense of well-being, it could be an option for those who have stress-related IBS.

Joint Pain

Joint pain is most often associated with arthritis, but it can also be caused by everyday wear and tear, overuse or strain on muscles and limbs. CBD oil in the form of creams and ointments may be used topically to reduce the pain and inflammation associated with localized joint pain, including arthritis. Ingestible formats like tablets and capsules, may very well work to stop inflammation responses inside the body, thus lessening discomfort. While more research is needed, CBD may offer relief to those with joint issues and offer an effective alternative to popping over the counter medications all day to deal with the pain.

Libido

A common, yet lesser talked about medical issue (especially as we age) is the loss or decrease of libido. Both men and women can suffer from sexual dysfunction, and while seeking medical counsel is always a good idea, CBD may offer relief. For the occasional loss of libido, cannabis products like CBD may help in numerous ways. Some individuals claim that CBD helps lessen anxiety and heighten sensations during sex, a factor which may be useful for both men and women. Its pain-reducing qualities may also be of use for those who regularly experience pain during intercourse.

Migraines

Migraines are intense, long-lasting headaches which tend to last over the course of hours or even days. They are often accompanied by severe symptoms such as nausea and blurred vision. One recent study on 26 adult individuals showed promising results for those taking a cannabis-based product over a six-month treatment period, where patients reported improved feelings of overall well-being and a higher quality of life.

More research is needed to understand, whether, and how, CBD oil could reduce the severity of migraines, but it may provide relief or prove as a useful tool for preventing nausea and reducing pain.                

Multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a serious autoimmune disease characterized by chronic pain and the deterioration of multiple bodily systems. CBD may hold the potential to reduce a variety of these symptoms, including pain. It has, for instance, been researched in its potential to improve mobility in MS patients and future research is currently underway to help the medical community to better understand its potential use.

Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s Disease has been gaining more attention in the news as it has become an increasingly prominent issue with our ageing population. Typically characterized by uncontrollable tremors, the disease is progressively by nature and there is currently no cure available.

Health experts have discovered that the endocannabinoid system—which is what CBD effects—is related to Parkinson’s Disease, and that cannabinoids may both protect neurons and prevent inflammatory responses associated with this progressive disease.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is characterized as an autoimmune disease caused by infections, medications, or other environmental triggers. Stress and anxiety may also be a part of the reason why psoriasis tends to flare up at certain times and not others. The disease has been associated with Crohn’s, depression, arthritis and even heart problems, and can be extremely difficult to treat.

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With psoriasis, skin cells are replaced every few days instead of the normal cycle of every 30 days. This causes sore, scaly patches which may be anywhere on the body. Sufferers of psoriasis and other skin disorders may find both topical and ingestible cannabis-based products soothing for sore, cracked, dry, and inflamed skin.

Seizures

Epilepsy and numerous other health disorders can cause seizures or seizure-like symptoms which can drastically impact the day-to-day quality of life for individuals of all ages, forcing them to take prescription drugs, often with harsh side effects. But for several years now there have been reports of people using CBD for reducing seizure symptoms and onset. While these reports were mainly anecdotal at best, it brought attention and further research interest.

It wasn’t until 2017 that enough evidence and clinical studies were completed that experts are now close to developing a cannabis-based prescription product specifically for seizures and seizure-related disorders.

Today, both studies and reports show great promise with CBD oil and seizures, with one study finding more than half of participants showing a 50 percent reduction in the number of seizures.

Skin Health

Cannabidiol oil contains various properties which make it excellent for helping soothe various skin conditions, such as those that may cause itching, burning, and redness. From bug bites to burns to acne, there are plenty of ways that CBD oil may support skin health.

We’ve already mentioned that CBD is an anti-inflammatory, and this is one reason why it works so well on skin. However, this kind of oil also contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, or “good” fats. Fatty acids help to support strengthen and support cell membranes, keeping toxins out and even possibly combatting wrinkles.

When taken internally, or used topically, products with omega fats have a good chance at helping your skin stay healthier on pretty much every level.                     

Tinnitus

There is limited research on the potential for CBD to help with tinnitus, a condition which most people know as “ringing in the ears.” Tinnitus may appear as ringing, buzzing or other sounds and is often temporary. The condition may affect about a quarter of American adults. So far, there are no cures for this problem, but some tinnitus sufferers use CBD and report a noticeable difference in the occurrence of symptoms and associated stress or anxiety.

Conclusion

With the medical and healthcare community coming to terms with the use of cannabis-derived compounds as a potentially all-natural alternative treatment for a number of health conditions, we expect to see continued research, use and application of CBD in the future.

A whole host of individuals already buy these products in the hopes of coping with symptoms of medical problems, with many anecdotally reporting positive results.

Though it continues to be a promising (and in many places legal) alternative potential treatment for many symptoms worldwide, it’s important to note that the above list is not meant to be a substitute for medical treatments; rather, CBD oil may be used as directed by your doctor and as a complementary therapy to traditional medicine.

It is also important to note that results may vary by product/producer, concentration and even on an individual basis. Overall there is not enough conclusive proven data to show that CBD oil will help everyone in all situations and we urge users to use their own judgement and discretion.

However, its ability to reduce pain and bring about an improved quality of life for some, makes this compound one of the most promising natural and non-addictive substances out there.