Guest article by Jessica K. Edited by Leafwell.
In recent years, CBD oil has surfaced as a possible treatment for conditions such as anxiety, diabetes, and cancer. While scientists have made many important discoveries concerning the medicinal properties of CBD, it is only a confirmation of what people in eastern cultures have known for centuries.
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Thankfully, there is increasing acceptance of CBD as a medical remedy in the West, thanks to the improving legal environment. In the U.S., the legalization of medical marijuana in a majority of states has led to growth in popularity of CBD oil.
CBD oil is usually crafted from Cannabis indica plants, which generally have a higher CBD content than Cannabis sativa, which tends to contain less CBD and more THC. Legal CBD products are made from hemp, which contains little-to-no THC. In this guide, we show you many potential benefits of CBD oil as a food supplement.
1. CBD as Treatment for Anxiety and Stress
Research supports CBD oil as a potential treatment for anxiety and stress in animals and humans. CBD works by targeting the paralimbic and limbic areas of the brain. In a 2015 review of several international studies, it was concluded that CBD has the ability to potentially treat multiple types of anxiety disorder. Many consumers use CBD to regulate and manage stress, particularly due to its lack of the intoxication that THC products produce.
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2. Cancer Prevention and Treatment
One of the biggest benefits of CBD, as suggested by current studies, is that it can help prevent the growth of tumors in both humans and animals. A preliminary study from 2018 indicated that CBD oil could help prevent the development of colon cancer. Another study done by analyzing medical records of several male patients suggested that exclusive users of cannabis indica (i.e. those who use cannabis but not tobacco) were less likely to develop bladder cancer compared to those who used cannabis and tobacco or didn’t use cannabis at all.
3. Treatment for Epilepsy
There is a growing body of evidence supporting the effectiveness of CBD as a treatment for epilepsy. CBD has been shown to be able to reduce the frequency of seizures resulting from epilepsy. In fact, the Federal Drug Authority (FDA) has to date approved two CBD-based drugs, including Epidiolex, for the treatment of epilepsy-induced seizures. Tests done on this drug showed that it is effective when it comes to reducing the frequency of seizures in epileptics.
4. Diabetes Prevention
On average, cannabis users have a lower body-mass index (BMI). While that could be due in part to the effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV), it turns out that CBD plays a role in weight management and diabetes. In one study, CBD lowered the amount of diabetes cases in non-obese diabetic mice. According to the research, CBD reduces the risk of diabetes by regulating weight, reducing insulin sensitivity, and preventing obesity.
5. Brain Health Maintenance
As one of the cannabinoids in marijuana that can cross the blood-brain barrier, CBD could help regulate and maintain brain health. It works by improving mitochondria efficiency and getting rid of damaged cells. CBD has anti-inflammatory properties and is also an effective antioxidant capable of reducing toxicity due to glutamate. In these ways, CBD protects brain cells by keeping them healthy and properly functional.
6. Prevention of Brittle Bones and Bone Disease
Bone metabolism is key to the generation of brand new bones in place of old ones. Incidentally, cannabinoids like CBD play a very important role in this process. Particularly, CBD works by blocking an enzyme known to destroy bone-building material to help reduce the chances of osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and other bone diseases. It also stimulates the regeneration of new bone cells, thus speeding the bone healing process.
7. Skin Healing and Protection
CBD oil works as a powerful antioxidant to protect and repair the skin from damage due to UV rays and other free radicals. It works by targeting CB2 receptors, which are concentrated in the skin and serve to regulate how sebaceous glands produce oil. Thus, when applied topically, CBD oil can be very effective in treating conditions such as acne. It also prevents and helps to reduce skin cancer types such as carcinoma and melanoma.
8. An Effective Anti-Inflammatory
A growing body of evidence shows that the contents of cannabis such as CBD have anti-inflammatory properties. CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system to fight inflammation in most of the organs. By doing so, it plays a role in the prevention of several inflammatory-related diseases, including cancer and diabetes.
9. Pain Relief
Only recently have scientists confirmed the pain relief capabilities of CBD oil – relief that people in ancient civilizations have enjoyed and knew was a property of cannabis for centuries. It works by targeting the endocannabinoid system but produces perfect results when combined with THC. What’s important is to find the right quality and dosage of CBD oil that works for you.
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As you can see, CBD oil food supplements have multiple potential benefits. Whether CBD alone is enough to help depends upon your individual physiology, but there are many people who claim that CBD assists with their everyday health problems. Other people may need to combine CBD with THC to get its medical benefits, while others need another ratio of cannabinoids and terpenoids entirely.
CBD has a range of effects and can be used to potentially treat all sorts of everyday health and wellness issues as well as more serious conditions like cancer and epilepsy. Chronic pain, inflammation nausea, stress and anxiety, and skincare issues can all possibly be treated to some extent with CBD.
Author Bio –
Jessica has been closely studying cannabis industry trends from quite some time. Intrigued by the booming growth of this sector, she takes interest in penning down her views providing quality insight on current marijuana trends, particularly medical cannabis.
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