CBD is one of many compounds known as cannabinoids, which are found in cannabis and the cannabis sativa plant (Hemp). Oils that contain concentrations of CBD are known as CBD oils. The concentration and uses of different oils vary. Even though CBD oil comes from Hemp, CBD is an isolated compound that doesn’t create a “high” effect or any form of intoxication — that’s caused by another cannabinoid, known as THC.
Since CBD oil is Hemp derived, there’s some controversy and confusion around products containing it, but there’s growing awareness around the many possible health benefits of CBD oil. Here’s what you need to know about some of the potential medical uses of CBD and where the research stands:
CBD may be able to help you manage anxiety. Researchers think it may change the way your brain’s receptors respond to serotonin, a chemical linked to mental health and happiness. Receptors are tiny proteins attached to your cells that receive chemical messages and help your cells respond to different stimuli.
One study found that a 600mg dose of CBD helped people with social anxiety give a speech. Other early studies have shown that CBD helps to relieve anxiety by:
- reducing stress
- decreasing physiological effects of anxiety, such as an increased heart rate
- improving symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- inducing sleep in cases of insomnia
Relieves Pain and Inflammation
Among common CBD benefits, natural pain relief tops the list for many. Evidence suggests that cannabinoids may prove useful in pain modulation by inhibiting neuronal transmission in pain pathways. Researchers found that CBD significantly suppressed chronic inflammatory and neuropathic pain without causing analgesic tolerance. Researchers suggest that CBD and other non-psychoactive components of Hemp may be the non-addictive answer to chronic pain.
Some studies have investigated the role CBD plays in preventing cancer cell growth, but research is still in its early stages. Research says that CBD may help alleviate cancer symptoms and cancer treatment side effects. The action of CBD that’s promising for cancer treatment is its ability to moderate inflammation and change how cells reproduce. CBD may be able to reduce cellular reproduction ability in tumors.
The effects of CBD on receptors in the immune system may help reduce overall inflammation in the body. In turn, CBD oil may offer benefits for acne management. A human study found that the oil prevented activity in sebaceous glands. These glands are responsible for producing sebum, a natural oily substance that hydrates the skin. Over production of sebum, however, can lead to acne.
CBD Beauty Products
Studies have shown that the cannabinoids, like Hemp CBD, are anti-inflammatory and anti-aging; topical CBD has proven helpful for acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Hemp seed oil is reputed to be the most unsaturated oil derived from the plant kingdom, so it is an amazing, non-comedogenic moisturizer for dry and irritated skin.
CBD is extracted from Hemp plants as either an oil or powder. These can be mixed into creams or gels. They can be put into capsules and taken orally, or rubbed on your skin. How CBD should be used depends largely on what it’s being used for. Depending on the ailment and symptoms, a different cannabidiol dosage is needed. Also, each body reacts differently to CBD: Some people are extremely sensitive and need very little while, in rare cases, some don’t feel effects even with powerful doses. Each person is unique, and you’ll need to find your own sweet spot. As with any new treatment, talk to your doctor before using CBD.
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