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CBD oil is one of the many cannabinoids found in cannabis (marijuana and hemp) plants. The majority of CBD oil comes from hemp and so it does not produce the ‘high’ people associate with marijuana. However, people swear it can be very effective in treating the symptoms of many different medical conditions.
Here are 10 medical conditions you can consider using CBD oil.
CBD oil has shown to be a very promising treatment (1) for reducing seizures, especially in rare forms of epilepsy. As a bonus, it also seems to produce fewer side effects than the current medications available.
Fun Fact: The first FDA approved prescription drug derived from cannabis was for epilepsy.
Arthritis is typically described as inflammation, pain, and stiffness of your joints. As you can imagine, bone grinding and inflammation can be extremely painful.
CBD is thought to impact the bodies cannabinoid receptors (2) found in our immune system. It encourages the body to make more cannabinoids helping how we respond to pain and inflammation.
In some animal and test-tube studies (3), CBD has induced cell death and inhibited the spread of certain cancer cells.
Not to mention, when combined with THC, other studies have shown a decrease in pain, nausea, and vomiting due to chemotherapy.
CBD has been linked to lowering blood pressure. People often associate stress and anxiety with having high blood pressure. Since CBD can lower blood pressure, people conclude CBD has anxiety-reducing qualities.
However, it also has a lot to do with its ability to interact with the Endocannabinoid System and serotonin receptors. In case you didn’t know, serotonin is a stress-reducing, mood-enhancing machine of a neurotransmitter.
Depression and CBD Oil
Again, CBD’s ability to interact with the serotonin receptors in the brain means it can impact a person’s emotional state. A person could go from, let’s say, ‘sad’ to happy.
Several animal studies have shown CBD to have antidepressant qualities (4), however, more human testing is needed to assess its true benefits.
Acne is often caused by bacteria and follicles clogged with oil and dead skin. However, CBD can reduce the amount of sebum (5) (oil) produced by the sebaceous glands in the skin.
Not to mention, its anti-inflammatory properties truly shine here.
CBD may help prevent mental decline and neurodegeneration (6) associated with this disease. In animal and test-tube studies, this has shown to be the case thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
In case you didn’t know, the more inflammation that there is in the brain, the more negative the impact of this disease is.
Diabetes and CBD Oil
People with diabetes have trouble producing and regulating insulin. Due to CBD’s well known anti-inflammatory properties, it may help with circulation, stabilizing blood sugars, and blood pressure.
Studies even suggest that in Type 1 diabetes, CBD can reduce the incidence (7) of this terrible disease.
In a study that combined CBD and THC, muscle spasms and pain were reduced (8) even for those that were previously resistant to other medications. Due to these benefits motility was often increased too.
Due to CBD’s ability to reduce pain and anxiety, it improves your sleep quality. This means sleeping deeper and falling asleep easier.
While CBD is being studied to help a variety of conditions more human research is needed to prove its validity. While found to be a safe, natural alternative in most circumstances, you should talk to a doctor familiar with both your specific condition and the use of CBD before consuming it.
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.