Cannabidiol, known as CBD for short, is one of those most well known cannabinoids found in the cannabis or marijuana plant. It has become more popular in the last year or so for being a natural remedy for common ailments. Tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC, is a psychoactive cannabinoid also found in cannabis that is very common and some people may get confused with CBD. But, unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive and you do not get that same feeling of being “high” that is more often then not, associated with marijuana. This makes CBD attractive for those that want the health remedies, but not the effects of marijuana or other pharmaceutical drugs that may affect the mind or give them that “high” feeling. CBD is made from extracting CBD from the plant, then diluting it with an oil such as hemp seed or coconut oil.
Health Benefits of CBD Oil
The most common benefit of CBD is pain relief and marijuana has been used to treat pain for centuries. In recent news, scientists and researchers have discovered CBD as a component of marijuana that is responsible for the pain-relieving effect. Studies have shown that CBD reduces chronic pain by impacting endocannabinoid receptor activity, this reduces inflammation and interaction with neurotransmitters.
Reduce Anxiety and Depression
CBD oil has shown promise as a treatment for both anxiety and depression. In one study, over 2 people with social anxiety disorder received either 600 mg of CBD or a placebo before a public speaking test. The group that took CBD had less cognitive impairment, less anxiety, and less discomfort with their speech performance compared to the other group.
Alleviate Cancer-Related Symptoms
Cancer patients smoking marijuana is something most people have witnessed if not in real life, but in movies and TV shows. CBD can significantly help reduce the symptoms related to cancer side effects related to the treatments like nausea, vomiting, and pain.
May Reduce Acne
CBD can help treat acne due to its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to reduce sebum production. A test found that CBD oil prevented sebaceous gland cells from secreting excess sebum, and prevented the activation of “pro-acne” agents.
Some studies have shown that CBD’s ability to act on the endocannabinoid system and other brain signaling systems may provide benefits for those with neurological disorders. For example, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. Sativex, which is an oral spray consisting of CBD and THC, has been proven to be effective and safe to reduce muscle spasms in people with multiple sclerosis. A study found that the spray reduced spasms in 75% of 276 people with multiple sclerosis who were experiencing some sort of muscle spasms and were resisting medications. Another study was given to 214 people with severe cases of epilepsy .9-2.3 grams of CBD oil per pound of body weight and it reduced their seizures by a median of 36.5%.
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