Have you thought about using CBD? Here's why you should.
Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is a product that’s derived from cannabis. It’s a type of cannabinoid, which are the chemicals naturally found in marijuana plants. Even though it comes from marijuana plants, CBD doesn’t create a “high” effect or any form of intoxication — that’s caused by another cannabinoid, known as THC.
CBD for Inflammation
Inflammatory conditions like arthritis, lupus, irritable bowel syndrome, eczema, or every day aches and pains, can be debilitating. Most medical solutions attempt to treat and control the symptoms without addressing the underlying causes of the inflammation. CBD helps alleviate those painful symptoms while also altering the mechanisms responsible for the inflammation.
CBD Oil for Anxiety Relief
CBD may alleviate severe social anxiety. Generalized Social Anxiety Disorder, or SAD, is one of the most common forms of anxiety disorders that impair quality of life.
In a 2011 study, scientists wanted to study the effects of CBD on people with SAD. The scientists selected 24 people with this condition who had never received treatment for SAD then divided participants into two groups. One group received 600 mg of CBD while the control group received a placebo. The scientists then asked study participants to take part in a simulated public speaking test while researchers measured blood pressure, heart rate, and other measurements of physiological and psychological stress.
The CBD group showed significantly reduced levels of anxiety, cognitive impairment, and discomfort during their speech performance. In comparison, those in the placebo group presented the opposite.
CBD for Pain Relief
One of the greatest benefits of CBD oil is its ability to relieve pain. Studies have found CBD to be effective in treating pain from a wide range of conditions, including arthritis, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, back pain and muscle spasms. Studies have also found CBD to be effective in reducing the pain, spasms. and involuntary movements in individuals with Parkinson’s Disease.
Significant amounts of research have shown CBD to have a major impact on the glycine receptors found in the central nervous system. These receptors play a key role in our perception of pain. CBD increases the effect of glycine receptors and, in doing so, decrease our sensation of pain. As mentioned above, CBD also has an anti-inflammatory effect that reduces redness and swelling.
CBD for Cancer Patients
Some studies have found that CBD can reduce the growth of cancer cells. One of the ways CBD may do this is through antagonizing the GPR55 receptors. When active, these receptors have been shown to promote the growth of cancer cells. One particular study suggests that CBD oil can “turn off” the ID-1 gene, the gene responsible for the spread of breast cancer.
CBD may also be able to reduce the spread of cancer through its effects on cellular function. While the mechanisms are still being investigated, CBD has been shown to play a role in apoptosis, or cell death, of cancerous cells, preventing them from further replicating and spreading.
There is a lot more research left to be done in the area, but the fact that CBD can reduce inflammation in the body and alter the reproduction of certain cells offers some hope.
Finally, CBD oil may help manage the side effects of cancer treatments. Because of its pain-relieving properties, CBD oil may be able to help mitigate the painful after-effects of chemo and radiation treatments. There have also been some studies examining cannabidiol's ability to reduce anticipatory nausea, often experienced by cancer patients prior to treatment.
CBD for Sleep
My own personal experience is that it helps me fall asleep quickly and although I might wake up during the night, I can quickly fall back asleep and get 7-8 hours of sleep. I wake up refreshed and ready to start my day. I take a non THC 1000 mg (33mg per dose) half hour before bed. My father has tried it since he can't sleep at night and now he falls asleep and can stay asleep (and he's 90yrs. young). If you'd like to know more about how CBD can help you, contact me
The more tests that are done, the more benefits they are finding. Available in non THC and .3% THC