Top 5 Benefits of CBD Oil
Contributor: B. O’Neal
We have all heard of CBD oil. It is the latest craze and it is everywhere these days. There is a general understanding amongst the public that it can be used for its healing properties. But what can it actually do for its users, and what can it actually heal? Let’s dive a little deeper into CBD and its healing components to see what is actually going on when this ever so popular cannabinoid is put to work.
Cannabis has been used around the world for centuries. The purpose of its use has varied over time. The utilization of cannabis for medicinal purposes began around 2900 B.C. in China. From treating joint pain and muscles spasms, to gout and malaria. The plant was used in conjunction with wine as an anesthetic during surgical procedures. Around 1000 B.C. cannabis became medicinally used in India. It was not until the early 19th century that cannabis started to be explored in Western medicine.
Nearly five thousand years later scientists are still trying to determine the exact medical benefits, if any. Research has been hindered by legality. When cannabis was deemed a Schedule I drug in 1976, that defined it as having “a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical uses.” Over the past few years, as the wave of legalization has begun to take place, doors are now opening for professionals to conduct the proper research necessary.
CBD stands for Cannabidiol, which it the second most prevalent compound found in cannabis. CBD comes from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant. CBD by itself does not cause a “high.” While the legal status is still in flux, all 50 states now have varying degrees of restriction. The federal government still considers CBD to be in the same class as marijuana, which only adds to the complication. The government’s position on CBD can be confusing, because it depends in part on whether the CBD comes from hemp or marijuana.
So why has this become the latest media craze suddenly gaining so much popularity? CBD has been praised for its wide variety of health uses. The strongest scientific evidence for effectiveness is treating childhood epilepsy. Two main cases, Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome typically don’t respond to anti-seizure medications. In many studies, CBD was able to reduce the number of seizures, and in some cases stop them altogether. Epidiolex, which treats these symptoms, contains CBD, and was the first cannabis derived medicine to be approved by the FDA.
CBD has also been known to be used to treat different types of chronic pain. When applied to the skin, it can help lower inflammation due to arthritis. It inhibits inflammatory and neuropathic pain, which are two of the most difficult types of chronic pain to treat. Whether it is the best treatment for pain or not, many patients around the world believe it has helped them with their pain.
It is widely marketed as a supplement and not a medication. This can lead to a lack of credibility because the FDA does not regulate supplements like they do medication. So, one cannot know for sure the accuracy of the ingredients and dosage listed on the label.
Just as in any industry, there is always someone out there attempting to take advantage for capital gain. Some manufacturers have boasted wild claims that CBD is a cure-all for cancer. Bold and indefensible claims by companies like this are clearly not constructive to the overall credibility and evolution of CBD as a useful product.
Healthcare providers are also in a difficult situation, as there are currently only two cannabinoids that are approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. As more states legalize cannabis, more patients are asking their doctors if it would be an effective treatment for their condition.
A report from the National Academics Committee on the Health Effects of Marijuana states there is “conclusive and substantial evidence that cannabis is effective for the treatment of chronic pain in adults.” Even if medical professionals do not recommend cannabis use to their patients, they should at least be educated regarding the effects that it could produce.
So, where does all this leave us today? Let’s break it down with the top five most common benefits and uses of CBD oil.
1. Stress and Anxiety
There are many prescription drugs available on the market today that can do the same, however CBD can help manage these issues naturally. CBD can help reduced your body’s natural stress and help manage the hormones that are responsible for creating stress. A 2010 study found that an oral dose of 400 mg of CBD reduces social anxiety disorder in humans. Results have shown that individuals had a reduced discomfort while speaking in social situations. The result is a life filled with more joy and relaxation, and much less stress. The key here is that CBD is natural, while the long-term use of prescription drugs, in many cases, can be damaging to one’s overall long-term health.
2. Pain and Inflammation
Research suggests that both oral and topical use may support moderate chronic pain and reduce inflammation. A study was conducted in 2015, in which a topical CBD for arthritis was given to mice. Four days later there was a significant reduction of inflammation and pain signals without any side effects.
3. Improve Sleep
Getting better sleep helps the body heal and feel rejuvenated. This is in part related to the relief of pain and inflammation. Because the body is not inflamed and not in as much pain, it is able to achieve a deeper and better sleep, allowing for a faster recovery time.
4. Healing Without Addiction
Many prescription pain killers on the market are known for being highly addictive to their users. CBD is not known for being addictive. Keeping the same dose in your regimen on a day to day basis is perfectly fine and without any attached complication
5. Keep a Clear Head
Unlike THC, CBD does not have the psychoactive counterparts attached to it. Yes, it is derived from the same plant, but each of these compounds, when separated, have their own medicinal properties and uses. In short, CBD will not get you high. Even the prescription pain killers prescribed by a medical professional can alter one’s state of mind. Why not achieve the same thing and keep a clear head with no long-term effects?
As time marches on and legalization falls into place, we will have the freedom and ability to research these benefits more openly. Everyone has witnessed the use and abuse of perception drugs and the terrible long-term effects they can have on their users. Perhaps CBD is one of big pharma’s worst nightmares, and that is why it has been suppressed for so long. Whatever hurdles may be standing in the way of the getting this natural solution into the public’s hands and educating them on the benefits, we are very quickly on the right track.