Have you heard of CBD oil? Maybe not quite often as you have heard about lavender oil or rosemary oil or tea tree oil. CBD is a common term used for Cannabidiol that is gaining popularity in recent times and is especially available in selected stores. There was a time when CBD oil was considered a life-savior for the seriously ill as it can relief from pain to depression to anxiety.
What is CBD actually? It is one of the 104 chemical compounds found in the cannabis or marijuana plant and the compound id called cannabinoids. But it does not give you a sensation of ‘getting high’. It is used for medicinal purposes. The CBD oil is made by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant and diluting it with carrier oils like coconut oil or hemp seed oil. There is scientific research behind it to prove that CBD oil can heal chronic pain and anxiety.
Here are some other health benefits and uses of CBD oil:
Back in 2900 BC, marijuana was used to treat pain. It is a great natural pain-relieving treatment as compared to OTC painkillers and ointments. There have been human researches to prove the oil’s ability to reduce inflammation and interact with neurotransmitters. It reduces muscle spasms and manages the pain of rheumatoid arthritis.
There is a significant scientific evidence to prove that CBD treats epilepsy and other neurological disorders like multiple sclerosis. The United States FDA panel has approved usage of CBD medications to treat two forms of childhood epilepsy.
CBD has also been shown to effectively treat and improve neurological health issues like Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s but more research is needed.
Can reduce anxiety and depression
Anxiety and depression are serious mental health issues that are mostly treated with strong pharmaceutical drugs and counseling. But the drugs can cause a number of side effects like drowsiness, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, headache, nausea, and agitation. Sometimes these medications can also get addictive. In such cases, CBD oil has proved to provide natural treatment for severe anxiety and depression.
Alleviate cancer-related symptoms
There are many side-effects of cancer treatment like nausea, vomiting, headache, and pain. CBD has proved to reduce these symptoms induced by chemotherapy. A test conducted on a group of cancer patients has significantly reduced pain and other chemotherapy-related side effects.
Nevertheless, more studies need to be conducted on its safety and efficacy.
Might reduce acne
Is your skin acne prone? There are many reasons for skin breakouts like a bacterial infection, genetics, and overproduction of sebum or underlying inflammation. Recent studies have shown that CBD oil is very beneficial to treat inflammation and excess sebum production. There had been promising results from this study but more exploration of CBD’s effect on acne is needed.
As with every medication, CBD oil might have some minor side effects, so it is best if you consult a doctor before administering any medication on your own.