Does CBD oil have natural health benefits?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the hundreds of compounds present in the cannabis plant. But besides Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), another active ingredient in the plant, CBD has garnered far much more attention than almost all the other compounds combined. That’s because it’s shown a greater range of potentials for solving various health ails than any other single compound in the plant. What’s more, CBD delivers health benefits without inducing the hallmark high of the drug.
With these qualities, CBD oil has gained significant traction in mainstream medicine. It’s become the go-to medication for a wide range of health ails, making it something close to a panacea.
The following is a rundown of some of the health benefits of CBD oil that’s backed by ample clinical evidence.
- Anxiety relief
According to some studies, CBD helps your brain receptors to better respond to serotonin, a chemical that affects mental health. These studies show CBD can help reduce stress, eliminate the physiological effects of anxiety such as heightened heart rate, and meliorate sleep cycles.
- Improved heart health
Several studies also show CBD oil is capable of improving the functions of the heart and circulatory system. It can help normalize blood pressure to prevent and treat ailments like stroke, heart failure, metabolism syndrome, etc. It can also prevent inflammation that causes cell death, which can lead to heart diseases.
- Seizure management
According to the American Epilepsy Society, CBD is one of the most potent substances for seizure treatment. Researchers are currently working on finding the exact amount of CBD needed to treat each seizure patient safely.
- Enhanced neuroprotection
Researchers have also shown that CBD’s antioxidant and anti-inflammation properties can help fight neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, parkinson’s, stroke, multiple sclerosis, etc.
- Pain relief
This is one of the most scientifically backed natural health benefits of CBD. A slew of studies shows that CBD can help fight various types of pains, including those caused by arthritis, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, and basically any type of pain-causing injury.
- Enhanced skin health
In addition to fortifying the immune system against skin ailments, CBD also helps regulate sebaceous gland secretions to prevent an overdrive, which can lead to acne and other skin blemishes, or an underperformance, which can lead to skin dehydration.
- Cancer treatment
CBD oil can help cancer patients in a variety of ways, from accelerating apoptosis (the programmed death of cancerous cells) to stimulating appetite and preventing nausea in chemo patients, and relieving cancer-related pain.
Do CBD oils have side effects?
A common thread that runs though various CBD-related studies is that the unique body chemistry of every individual determines the effects of CBD on the particular individual. Although it’s generally considered innocuous, CBD may generate adverse reactions in some users.
Some of the well-documented side effects of CBD oil include diarrhea, weight loss/gain, loss of appetite, nausea, and fatigue. Also, CBD is known to interact with several medications, generating undesirable effects. As such, it’s always advisable to consult with your doctor before taking up any CBD administration regimen.
How do CBD oils work?
As noted earlier, CBD’s effect on the body largely depends on the unique body chemistry of every individual. CBD interacts with the body via the endocannabinoid system, which differs in composition from one individual to another. The endoannabinoid system is responsible for the execution of a vast range of bodily functions, from metabolism to blood circulation, mood, appetite, etc.
CBD enters the body through two particular receptors of the endocannabinoid system known as CB1 and CB2. The CB1 receptors are mainly associated with movement and coordination, pain, appetite, emotions, memories, etc. On the other hand, CB2 receptors are more associated with immune functions and the body’s healing process.
Researchers believe that CBD influences bodily functions by altering the signals which are sent to these receptors, specifically through stimulating the production of certain cannabinoids within the body.
Final words — What are the medical evidence available for their efficacy?
Among its various potential benefits, CBD oil’s pain management and seizure management potentials have the greatest support of clinical evidence. There’s sufficient evidence proving that CBD is highly effective in reducing the severity of two of the most drastic types of epilepsy, the Dravet Syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS). These types of seizures are generally impervious to regular antiseizure medications.
Further, one of the most notable CBD studies providing the pain-relief prowess of CBD was carried out by the European Journal of Pain. In the study, the application of CBD directly on the site of arthritis pain in an animal helped reduce pain and inflammation.
Several studies also show that CBD helps effectively in relieving physiological symptoms associated with anxiety disorders, including through improving sleep patterns, normalizing blood pressure, etc.