10 Evidence Based benefits of CBD Oil
Of the hundreds of cannabinoids produced by the cannabis plant, CBD (cannabidiol) has evolved as the one with the most therapeutic potential. Alongside THC, it has been extensively studied over the last few years in many different ways to try uncover what it can really do —
With our endocannabinoid system spreading through all the main organs of our body, it is easy to understand how CBD can have such a wide reach. In each organ, the cannabinoid system performs different tasks but the goal is always the same, and that is to maintain a stable internal environment, despite fluctuations in the external environment.
Here are 10 of many evidence-based benefits of CBD Oil.
1. CAN RELIEVE PAIN
Using cannabis to relieve pain dates back at least to 2900 BC from Chinese transcriptions.
1 While the whole plant has been used for thousands of years, scientists have more recently been able to isolate the key compounds that reduce pain, specifically CBD and THC. These two cannabinoids work thanks to our endocannabinoid system which is important for some key functions including pain, sleep, appetite and the immune system.
Several human studies have shown the combination of CBD and THC to also be effective in treating pain related to arthritis and multiple sclerosis. While CBD alone can be effective, the combination of the cannabinoids could prove to be even more powerful.
2. CAN REDUCE ANXIETY
With the growing number of people suffering from anxiety and depression, it is important that a natural, harmless solution becomes widely available. The World Health Organisation quotes depression as the single largest contributor to disability, with anxiety at sixth. 6 Generally, these issues are treated with pharmaceutical drugs which can create a whole host of other negative side effects including headaches, drowsiness, insomnia, hormonal imbalance, agitation and digestive issues.7
3. CAN ALLEVIATE CANCER SYMPTOMS
4. CAN REDUCE ACNE
Acne can be a very frustrating skin condition than affects more than 9% of the population. With many potential causes, it can be very hard to treat as isolating the root cause can take months and be very difficult. However, present with the majority of acne is inflammation. CBD is regarded as a safe and efficient way to treat acne because of its remarkable anti-inflammatory qualities. 16 A test tube study also found CBD oil prevented sebaceous glands from secreting excessive sebum, the oily secretion by the skin that is often attributed to the cause of acne. 17
5. CAN PROTECT THE BRAIN
Thanks to the endocannabinoid system and its receptors present in our brain, the potential therapeutic benefits of cannabinoids like CBD could be huge. One of the most well studied uses for CBD oil is for the treatment of neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. The US government even owns a patent for the use of CBD oil as a neuroprotector, which they can only be granted with substantial research. The FDA have also approved a prescription cannabidiol drug for Epilepsy. 18
6. CAN IMPROVE HEART HEALTH
Research has found CBD to have a few heart and circulatory system benefits, including lowering blood pressure and reducing inflammation associated with heart disease. High blood pressure in isolate scenarios, like inflammation isn’t a problem, however when it comes chronic, it can lead to complications such as heart attacks, strokes and metabolic syndrome.
7. CAN HELP AGAINST DIABETES
A study found CBD can ease inflammation in the pancreas. 26 One study showed CBD lowers the incidence of diabetes in diabetes prone mice and diagnosed diabetes in only 32% of mice treated with CBD compared to the 100% in the untreated group. Another study showed treatment with CBD helped reduce inflammation and diabetes by 56% in diabetic mice. 27 Further research suggested CBD may reduce inflammation and protect against the development of diabetes. 28
8. CAN HELP WITH SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT
9. CAN ACT AS AN ANTIPSYCHOTIC
With cannabidiols ability to influence the brain it has been shown to have antipsychotic properties in patients with schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease. 33 34 A review of the antipsychotic properties ofo cannabidiol in humans stated that cannabinoids were a highly promising treatment option. Results showed CBD to counteract psychotic symptoms and cognitive impairments associated with cannabis use. Another study found CBD can actually produce similar effects to antipsychotic drugs and could be a much safer and effective treatment for those with schizophrenia. 35
10. CAN HELP TREAT SKIN BURNS AND WOUNDS
Dr Ron Goedeke, specialises in alternative and functional medicine. He is a foundation member of the New Zealand college of Appearance medicine and has been a member of the American Academy of Anti-aging medicine since 1999. With over 20 years of experience in the anti-aging field, Dr Ron Goedeke is recognized as one of New Zealand’s leaders in this new and growing field of medicine.
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