What is CBD oil used for?
The effects of CBD oil have been proven to be positive in regard to a wide range of medical conditions. While there was a stigma around the usage of it initially, due to the fact it is derived from cannabis, the health benefits of using CBD speak for themselves, leaving more room for people to be open minded. In fact, statistics show that the number of people using CBD has grown significantly over the past 10 years and is expected to continue growing.
What is CBD oil?
CBD is a type of cannabinoid extracted from cannabis, hence why some people have been reluctant to use it. However, CBD oil will not give you the ‘high’ effect that cannabis does. Instead it’s meant to have plenty of benefits such as pain relief, treating insomnia and helping those suffering from anxiety. The benefits will depend on what you are using CBD oil for and the dosage of CBD you are using. But the question is, what do you use CBD for?
What is CBD oil used for?
- CBD for pain
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Much research has been made in order to see what the correlation is between using CBD oil and pain relief. The European Journal of Pain released a study in which they used CBD oil on a rat with arthritis. The results showed that there was a significant drop in the amount of pain and inflammation experienced by the rat due to the arthritis.
They same report has also revealed that the use of CBD oil could help in tackling chronic pain. These results are also supported by another study found in the Journal of Experimental Medicine. Interestingly, this research also found that the subjects of the study did not build up a tolerance to the dosage they were given, so an increase was not necessary.
- CBD for anxiety and depression
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Another popular use of CBD is to treat anxiety and depression sufferers. Research has shown a link between CBD and increased serotonin levels in those who use it. So perhaps it is unsurprising that the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has found a decreased level of stress in rats using CBD. Not only that, but other signs associated with anxiety were minimised, such as an increased heart rate.
Sufferers of other forms of anxiety could also benefit from the use of CBD, such as PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and SAD (social anxiety disorder) sufferers. Multiple studies on the effect CBD has on anxiety related disorders have shown that the subject experienced fewer nightmares, a better night’s sleep and fewer intrusive negative memories.
- CBD for cancer
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Plenty of research has been done to see if there is any way in which CBD could be beneficial to people suffering from cancer. The general results have been revealed to be quite positive, with evidence that CBD may aid those suffering from tumours.
In fact, research from 2019 has revealed that those suffering from pancreatic cancer noticed a slower growth of the tumour, furthermore the use of CBD was also linked to the death of some cancerous cells. Those who did the study emphasise the importance of having more research on the usage of CBD in cancer patients, but thus far the positive effects are promising.
Plenty of other studies have shown that CBD has a positive effect on different kinds of cancer, and what’s more only bad cells are targeted, leaving healthy cells unaffected in the process.
- CBD for neurodegenerative diseases
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‘Neurodegenerative diseases’ is an umbrella term for a multitude of conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone diseases and spinal muscular atrophy. Studies have shown that these disorders can be positively affected by using CBD oil.
When it comes to Alzheimer’s disease, research has shown that CBD can reduce the impact of inflammation, and even remove it completely. CBD also helped with oxygen build-up and worked against brain cell decline.
Patients with Parkinson’s disease experience muscular rigidity, tremor and imprecise movements, which gets worse as the disease progresses. Research has shown that using CBD can lessen the effects of Parkinson’s on some patients, making them less severe.
- CBD for seizures
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Small studies over the years show that CBD can help patients suffering from seizures. When it comes to conditions such as Epilepsy, patients who were given medicine containing CBD have noticed a drop in the number of seizures they experienced, both in adults and children.
Amongst people experiencing Dravet syndrome (a type of epilepsy which is usually triggered by fevers), research has shown a drastic decrease in convulsive seizures after using CBD.
In some cases, CBD alone didn’t affect the rate of seizures, and patients were given a combination of CBD and THC – this last chemical is also being a component of cannabis used in medicine to treat different conodonts.
How does CBD work?
Now that you know the different uses of CBD, you might be asking yourself how it all works.
There are many different receptors in our bodies, which are protein-based structures. These structures are attached to our cells and can receive signals from stimuli. Research has shown that CBD can interact with some of these receptors, CB1 and CB2, which are usually found in the central and peripheral nervous systems.
Scientists have yet to understand what makes these receptors react to CBD, however the effect it has on them in undeniable. In fact, they found out that it may also change serotonin signals, which pay an important role in our mental health.
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