Benefits of CBD

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It helps smokers quit

Naturally, one of the best ways you can ensure a healthy, long life is to abstain from smoking cigarettes. Unfortunately, it’s one of the nastiest habits to kick, and it’s no easy feat.

One study found that smokers who used CBD each time they had the urge to use nicotine ended up smoking around 40% less cigarettes than those who received the placebo dose. Over time, this could help smokers completely replace cigarettes, and quit for good.

Powerful anti-inflammatory properties

Autoimmune diseases such as fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis are often marked by chronic pain due to inflammation in the body. They cannot be cured, but they can be treated.

One of the most popular ways to reduce symptoms is through diet; a paleo diet or the autoimmune protocol can often reduce symptoms significantly. Turns out, CBD oil has potential to eliminate pain, too.

This study shows that it was effective in improving the quality of fibromyalgia patient’s lives overall with noted mood changes, as well as decreased stiffness and pain. In another study with rheumatoid arthritis patients, CBD decreased inflammation by around 50%.

 

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Better mental health

While medicinal marijuana is often used to treat anxiety, it can also be a serious cause of anxiety and/or paranoia for some. CBD not only counteracts the negative effects of THC, but it works on its own as a natural remedy for anxiety, depression, and even PTSD.

How so? Neurogenesis. CBD is thought to encourage new neurons in the brain. Neurogenesis tends to happen when we partake in stress-relieving activities such as exercise, and this study was promising in showing that CBD oil does the same.

 

Crohn’s disease treatment

Evidently, CBD can be used for a wide variety of autoimmune disease treatment. Both THC and CBD interact with the gut.

It can reduce intestinal inflammation, which is also promising for those who suffer from IBS or individuals who simply want to improve digestion.

 

Beating insomnia

It’s a common side effect of THC, and it’s a common side effect of CBD – users tend to start feeling a little drowsy! While CBD oil generally presents no issues in terms of operating a vehicle during or after use, for instance, it can relax you enough to get a good night’s rest.

This is especially helpful for people who suffer from insomnia or other sleep disorders as it provides a safe alternative to strong sleep aids. For one, many sleep aids are habit-forming which causes the body to need more for the treatment to be effective.

 

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Epilepsy treament

One of the most widely studied medicinal marijuana treatments is its therapeutic effects on epileptic patients – children in particular – and the results are astounding. Many patients using THC or CBD-enriched THC have seen reduction in epileptic seizures.

Clinical trials have found CBD to be highly effective in the treatment of certain types of epilepsy. There is also growing evidence to suggest it could help more types, although further research is needed to fully understand safe and optimal dosing.

Balancing hormones

CBD has been proven effective in endocrine regulation which impacts proper energy levels, the body’s response to stress by lowering cortisol levels, and even addressing appetite which means it could be an effective weight loss treatment or intervention for obese patients.

Contrary to its sister plant THC which is known to induce a serious case of the munchies, CBD can actually be an effective appetite suppressant. With that said, CBD also has potential to prevent type 2 diabetes as it helps to control blood sugar. Read more about balancing hormones naturally.

While the majority of research done into the effects of CBD oil has been based on animal studies and anecdotal evidence, some pretty clear benefits have been highlighted:

CBD oil can alleviate pain and cancer-related symptoms

Many studies – both animal and human – have examined the link between CBD and pain relief, which are thought to be down to the oil’s ability to reduce inflammation and interact with neurotransmitters.

One study found that multiple sclerosis sufferers experience increased mobility, reduced muscle spasms and reduced pain when treated with a combination of CBD and THC for one month; while another study demonstrated CBD and THC improved pain management for those with rheumatoid arthritis.

What’s more, CBD has been found to alleviate symptoms associated with cancer treatment, including chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.

CBD has been shown to reduce tumor growth and decrease cancer cells in the body, making it a fantastic therapeutic treatment for cancer patients with minimal side effects.

CBD oil can ease anxiety?

Several studies have found that the use of CBD oil is helpful in reducing anxiety, meaning it could be a beneficial natural remedy for sufferers. Back in 2011, a studypublished in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology found that when people with generalised social anxiety disorder (SAD) were given 600mg of CBD oil prior to a public speaking test, as opposed to a placebo, they experienced significantly less anxiety, difficulty and discomfort during their speech.

CBD oil is a natural antidepressant

Many studies have examined CBD oil’s antidepressant-like effects. It’s also been shown to safely improve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children.

Can CBD oil treat acne?

Due to the effects of CBD oil on the immune system and its ability to help reduce inflammation, it may offer relief from acne. In fact, a study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation found that CBD oil inhibited the production of sebum in the sebaceous glands in the skin.

Research has argued it can:

  • reduce pain
  • help reduce side effects to chemotherapy in cancer patients
  • reduce muscle spasms
  • help reduce ocular pressure in glaucoma patients
  • lower blood pressure
  • relieve symptoms of asthma, constipation, depression, epilepsy and insomnia

Finally, CBD oil won’t leave you feeling groggy when you wake up the next morning.


Does CBD oil have any health risks?

While the majority of CBD oil users don’t experience any negative effects, as with any treatment – natural or otherwise – there are possible side effects. These include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, bloating and dizziness.

More seriously, a small percentage of users have had to discontinue with CBD oil due to suspected liver damage. As well as this, CBD oil could interact with common prescription medications, so it’s important you always seek the advice of your GP before giving it a go