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Marijuana is big news nowadays. With the publicity has come a growing interest in cannabidiol, or CBD, oil. While research into CBD oil is still in the preliminary stages, there are some exciting findings that show its potential to improve a range of health conditions. In this article, we highlight 10 ways that CBD oil can make you a healthier human being.
CBD Oil Benefit #1: Stress Reduction
Statistics reveal that 6 in 10 people in the United States suffer from stress and anxiety daily. The vast majority of them rely on drugs to help them to cope. CBD oil offers the promise of a healthy, side-effect free alternative.
A recent study showed that CBD oil can reduce the symptoms of social anxiety disorder (SAD). Researchers found that the oil acted on the limbic and para-limbic areas of the brain to calm the person down.
Other research has revealed that CBD oil lowers the body’s release of the stress hormone cortisol. A 1993 study out of Brazil gave dosages of 300 mg and 600 mg of CBD oil in a double-blind fashion over a period of two weeks. Plasma cortisol levels were decreased significantly after CBD oil, with the higher level of administration, have a greater effect. In the same study, CBD oil was seen to also produce a sedative effect.
CBD Oil Benefit #2: Fights Diabetes
The group of metabolic disorders known as diabetes affects nearly half a billion people, killing some 5 million annually. Type 2 diabetes results from improper insulin production and resistance. The out of control rate of sugar consumption in society is a key contributing factor.
A research paper from the American Alliance for Medical Cannabis (AAMC) listed the following benefits of CBD oil for people with Type 2 diabetes . . .
- Stabilizes blood pressure
- Arterial anti-inflammatory properties
- Prevents nerve inflammation
- Vasodilation which keeps the blood vessels from constricting, helping to improve circulation
- Helps to lower blood pressure
- Helps to reduce effects of diabetic restless leg syndrome (RLS)
CBD oil has also been seen to improve insulin sensitivity. A 2013 study that was published in the American Journal of Medicine showed that CBD oil derived from marijuana lowered levels of fasting insulin.
CBD Oil Benefit #3: Helps Overcome Cigarette Addiction
Recent research has found that CBD oil has great potential in helping people to quit the smoking habit. In one study, twenty-four smokers were divided into two groups. The first group were given inhalers containing CBD while the other group were given a placebo substance. The participants were told to use the inhaler whenever they had a craving for a cigarette. The study was conducted over a period of seven days.
It was found that the researchers had a 40% reduction in cigarette consumption while the placebo group showed no difference.
CBD Oil Benefit #4: Appetite Control
A number of studies have linked the endocannabinoid system, which keeps the body in a state of homeostasis, to appetite control. CBD has been shown to control the appetite by keeping the endocannabinoid system in balance. This prevents the overstimulation of such hormones as Grehlin and Leptin which may cause us to either over or undereat.
CBD Oil Benefit #5: Weight Loss
CBD Oil has been seen to have potential as a weight loss aid due to the following effects . . .
- CBD oils promote the reduction of protein suppression involved in lipogenesis (fat cell production).
- CBD oil stimulates protein and genes to enhance the breakdown of fat cells.
- CBD oil increases the activity and number of mitochondria which help in the calorie burning process.
Preliminary research also shows promise in the conversion of ‘white fat’ into ‘brown fat’. Brown fat has a greater calorie-burning capacity.
CBD Oil Benefit #6: Combats Cancer
There has been some promising research into the potential of CBD oil to fight cancer. However, it should be noted that, thus far, studies have been conducted on non-human subjects. This research shows that CBD may be able to . . .
- Enhance the anti-cancer effects of radiation.
- Inhibit the vascular endothelial growth factor pathway in gliomas.
- Inhibit MDA-MDB-231 breast cancer cell migration.
- Reduces the ability of some tumour cells to reproduce
The United States National Cancer Institute (NCI) has stated that CBD oil has the potential to alleviate cancer symptoms and to enhance treatment but has not, as of it, officially endorsed its use.
CBD Oil Benefit #7: Acne Treatment
CBD oil has been seen to have a general anti-inflammatory effect on the body. This is good news for people who suffer from acne. The oil appears to prevent the build-up of sebum in the sebaceous glands. Overproduction of sebum is responsible for acne.
In a 2014 human trial, the researchers concluded that ‘due to the combined lipostatic, antiproliferative, and anti-inflammatory effects, CBD has potential as a promising therapeutic agent for the treatment of acne vulgaris’.
CBD Oil Benefit #8: Relieves Pain
The ability of CBD to bring relief from pain has been noted anecdotally for decades. However, there have only been a handful of studies to quantify this ability and most of them have been done on rodents. To complicate things further, much of the research has involved a combination of CBD and THC, the compound in marijuana that has a psychotic effect.
The research indicates that the most likely cause of CBD’s ability to relieve pain is its effect on a pain receptor in the brain known as TRPV1. This receptor causes the burning type of pain that you get from nerve damage. CD appears to de-sensitize this receptor.
A 2008 meta-study, after considering two major clinical trials, neither of which involved humans, concluded that CBD oil is a promising pain reliever that is non-addictive and carries only minor side effects.
A 2016 study focused on the ability of CBD to relieve arthritic pain, concluding that it was effective at reducing inflammation and associated pain.
CBD Oil Benefit #9: Prevents Seizures
CBD shows potential as a cure for epilepsy as it appears to be able to reduce the number of seizures in people who have epilepsy. In a 2016 study, 214 people with epilepsy were given oral dosages of between 2 mg and 5 mg of CBD oil daily in addition to their usual epilepsy medication. Over a period of 12 weeks, it was recorded that participants had a reduced rate of seizures of 36.5%.
CBD Oil Benefit #10: Improves Asthma Symptoms
Early research shows that CBD oil has the potential to bring relief to asthma sufferers. This is primarily due to the anti-inflammatory properties of the oil which help to reverse the inflammation of the air passageway which leads to the narrowing of the lungs that causes an asthma attack.
CBD oil is a safe, natural and non-addictive alternative to the medications that are being prescribed to treat the conditions that we have mentioned in this article. Although more research is needed to solidify its place as a legitimate treatment, the research and anecdotal evidence to date looks very promising.