Cannabidiol – CBD oil is a buzz term these days. Everyone seems to be speaking about it. People consume it by dropping it into their tea, by capsules, or through vape pens.
They claim that it alleviates their depression, reduces chronic pain, and makes them sleep better. Even though CBD oil comes from cannabis plants, it doesn’t get you high. CBD oil is extracted from the resin glands on cannabis flowers and buds or purple kush seeds. It can also be derived from the industrial, fibrous form of cannabis called hemp. It has tiny buds and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in 0.3 percent or less concentration.
CBD dominant oils are called CBD oils. However, the exact ratio and concentration of CBD to THC can be varying as it depends upon the manufacturer of the product. CBD is also one of the 100+ cannabidiol you find in cannabis and subject of research among the other researchers due to its different applications in the medical field.
Regardless of the many benefits of CBD oil, here are the top 6 benefits of it.
1. Helps in relieving pain
Since 2900 B.C, marijuana has been used to relieve pain. CBD found in marijuana is responsible for pain-relieving effects along with some other components.
Endocannabinoid (ECS) system present in the human body is responsible for various functions including appetite, sleep, immune system response, and pain. ECS that your body produces are neurotransmitters that bind to receptors of cannabinoid in your nervous system.
According to a study, CBD helps in reducing chronic pain by impacting ECS receptor activity, interacting with neurotransmitters, and reducing inflammation. Nowadays, it is even legal in some places to use marijuana for the patient’s treatment.
For example, Florida medical marijuana dispensaries allows Florida residents with physician-approved deliberating conditions legal access to medical marijuana products. Though to use those products, patients must possess Florida medical marijuana cards which is a state-identification card issued by the Florida Department of Health Medical Marijuana Program.
2. Reduces acne
Acne is the most common skin problem. More than 9 percent of the population suffers from this condition. Various factors such as bacteria, genetics, inflammation, and overproduction of sedum cause acne.
CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties and sedum reduction ability help in reducing acne. Sebaceous glands in the skin produce an oily secretion called Sebum. CBD oil prevents sebaceous glands from producing excessive sebum and activation of inflammatory cytokines, which are pro-acne agents.
As CBD has anti-inflammatory properties, it also plays a valuable role in reducing inflammation. Inflammation contributes to diseases such as cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and autoimmune disease.
3. Lowers the incidence of diabetes
Several researchers performed an experiment to study the effects of marijuana associated with diabetes. That study included 4,657 men and women, who showed that current usage of cannabis was associated with 16 percent lower fasting insulin level. It also lowers levels of HOMA-IR and smaller waist circumference.
Cannabidiol can restrain and delay the destruction of pancreatic cells which is responsible for the production of insulin. It is also responsible for the production of inflammatory cytokines in diabetics.You can also use CBD as a therapeutic agent for the treatment of type-1 diabetes during an early stage of the disease.
4. Helps with Epileptic seizures
CBD is a promising therapy for the treatment of epilepsy. Seizures generally occur when there is a dramatic fluctuation in the electrical activities of the brain. CBD has anti-seizure properties that treat neurological disorders like epilepsy in children.
CBD decreases the frequency of seizures by 23 percent which is more than those taking the placebo. Aside from helping with seizures CBD also improves alertness, helps in sleeping better, and improves mood swings.
People with epilepsy should consume 0.9-2.3 gm of CBD oil per pound of body weight for better effects.
5. Beneficial for heart health
CBD oil has great benefits over the heart and circulatory system. It has the ability to lower the blood pressure. Higher blood pressure leads to many problems related to heart such as metabolic syndrome, stroke, and heart attack.
CBD is a natural and very effective treatment to alleviate the high blood pressure. Anxiety and stress-related properties of CBD oil are responsible for its ability to reduce the high blood pressure. Also, CBD’s powerful stress reducing and antioxidant properties reduces cell death associated with heart disease and inflammation.
6. Reduces anxiety and depression
Both of these are the most common mental health disorders. Majority of the population suffers from the anxiety and depression. They have the devastating impact on one’s well-being and health. According to WHO (World Health Organization), depression alone is the most significant contributor to the disability in the whole world and anxiety disorders ranks sixth.
Most of the depression and anxiety originates from one of the brain parts called the hippocampus. CBD oil produces new neurons in the hippocampus which can reverse all the negative feelings generated by anxiety and depression.
The above benefits were just a few of the many benefits of CBD oil. As scientists are discovering more benefits of CBD, some countries have started to legalize marijuana. Canada has become the first country to legalize it.
Like Florida medical marijuana, Louisiana is following the footsteps of legalizing medical marijuana. Till now nine Louisiana medical marijuana dispensaries have licenses.
However, it is advisable to consume marijuana in the moderate amount specified by your physicians.