Medical marijuana has been legalized in many states, but despite its therapeutic effects, many are still uncomfortable with the fact that it contains tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, a psychoactive cannabinoid that makes people who use them “high.”
However, there’s another cannabinoid in marijuana that has no mind-altering effects but is reputed to be just as effective at treating a variety of health issues. It’s called cannabidiol or CBD for short, and it’s earning quite a reputation in the last few years.
CBD, one of many cannabinoids found in cannabis plants like marijuana but hemp, typically comes in oil or tincture form, but it’s popularity as a wellness product has inspired companies to produce not only CBD oil products, but CBD gummies, lotions, balms, and salves as well.
Here are seven different uses of CBD oil that you need to know.
CBD has been proven by one study to be effective at reducing the overall anxiety levels of people suffering from a social anxiety disorder.
Those with post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety, and even obsessive-compulsive disorder can also benefit from CBD in the short term, according to another scientific study.
Cannabidiol is believed to interact with our body’s endocannabinoid system, whose receptors play a huge role in controlling functions like behavior and mood.
As with anxiety, the interaction that CBD does with our endocannabinoid system receptors helps with pain relief and management, since those receptors help regulate a variety of functions which include pain response.
As to how much CBD is used for this purpose, a recent study says most CBD oil users who take advantage of the cannabinoid to treat a medical condition do so to alleviate chronic pain, joint pain, and arthritis.
Several things cause insomnia, including anxiety and pain. With CBD’s growing reputation for helping treat the symptoms of both, using it to help people sleep better wouldn’t be such a stretch. In fact, many people attest that their sleep cycles have been regulated by using CBD products.
Nine healthy men volunteered for a study that focused on CBD’s effects on blood pressure. They were given one dose of the cannabinoid, and all of them experienced a reduction in blood pressure. They were then exposed to stress, but their blood pressure only increased slightly.
Cannabidiol can inhibit oil production in the skin, according to research published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation. It also exhibited anti-inflammatory effects on the glands that produce oil, bolstering the claim that CBD can potentially treat acne.
Our pets suffer from anxiety and body aches, too, and that’s why manufacturers have seen fit to create chewable treats, capsules, salves, and creams infused with CBD just for them.
So far, the only CBD drug that carries the U.S. Food and Drug Administration seal of approval is Epidiolex. Meant to treat seizures caused by two rare forms of epilepsy called Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, Epidiolex contains a pure form of CBD and is classified as a Schedule V prescription drug.
With the exception of Epidiolex, all indications of CBD oil that we know of having yet to get FDA approval. It’s also a fact that scientific research on most of the long-term therapeutic effects of CBD remains limited at best. Still, the results of the said studies are quite promising, and good word-of-mouth about CBD oil is likely going to win over more people.
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