You may have come across CBD oil recently, due to its potential benefits in treating a number of ailments. Cannabidiol, better known as CBD oil, is one of 104 chemical compounds found in cannabis and has made headlines recently due to its potential role in treating many health problems.
With the negative stigma sometimes found around cannabis and even hemp, many people are confused with what CBD is, and its association with THC. Unlike THC, another chemical found in cannabis (the part which gets you 'high'), CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it is legal in many countries.
This week we look at some of the reported benefits of CBD; it should be noted, many of these benefits are early indications from recent studies and require further tests to prove their effects in humans.
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Reduce anxiety and depression
Depression and anxiety are two of the largest causes of disability worldwide (ranked 1st and 6th). Many drugs prescribed for these ailments have unpleasant side affects and are often addictive. CBD oil has been shown to be an effective alternative with an anti-depressant effect. It's also been shown to alleviate anxiety, from temporary cases (such as the type often found prior to stressful activities such as public-speaking), through to more devastating conditions such as PTSD.
Reduced anxiety levels often naturally leads to better sleep, but CBD oil may also increase the amount and quality of our sleep by regulating our serotonin and melatonin levels, two important chemical/hormones in the body's sleep cycle.
Interestingly, in small doses CBD may also help improve alertness and reduce daytime-sleepiness.
Cannabis has been used for thousands of years for pain relief, and indeed in many countries, it is now prescribed by doctors for exactly that reason. Recent studies have shown that CBD is one of the primary chemicals responsible for these pain-reducing effects of cannabis.
CBD can be used effectively for relief of chronic pain such as arthritis or multiple sclerosis.
Alleviate some symptoms of cancer treatment
CBD has been shown to reduce many of the unpleasant side affects that result from cancer treatments such as chemotherapy. CBD oil has been shown to effectively reduce nausea, vomiting and pain, all sadly common symptoms of cancer treatment.
Early studies have even indicated, CBD oil may even have anti-cancer properties, stopping the spread of cancer cells. These are only test tube studies at this point so further tests are needed to confirm if this would be as effective in humans.
Reduce Acne and other skin problems
CBD oil is a natural anti-inflammatory and reduces sebum production in the skin which are major causes of skin redness and acne breakouts.
It may also benefit the heart
Recent studies have suggested CBD oil may have positive effects on the circulatory system such as reducing blood pressure. CBD has also been shown to reduce inflammation and cell death which can result from some heart diseases.
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