CBD (Cannabidiol), or cannabis oil is made from the cannabis plant, better known as marijuana. While there is much debate for and against the use of this natural plant, it’s been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes. In the 1930s, the recreational abuse of marijuana resulted in the banning of this plant for any use.

In recent years, the attitude towards cannabis oil has changed because it’s been proven to have therapeutic value across several health conditions. The following will discuss the known benefits of CBD.

  • Anxiety – According to Dr. Axe, a doctor of chiropractic, natural medicine, and a clinical nutritionist, a 2011 study was done using CBD on 24 patients who were never treated for social anxiety before. The patients who received the CBD (not the placebo) experienced reduced anxiety with benign side effects.
  • Antipsychotic – Psychotropic drugs are often used for neurochemical problems, behavioral problems, schizophrenia, and other mental disorders. These drugs sometimes cause side effects that are worse than the disorder itself. However, CBD with benign side effects, produces antipsychotic effects with a substantial safety profile.
  • Neurological – Epilepsy, seizures, and other neurological conditions are conventionally treated with anticonvulsants, which come with many side effects from mild to severe. A 2014 survey at Stanford University resulted in good reports from parents with children suffering with epilepsy. Some children stopped having seizures and the rest had fewer seizures than normal. Other reported benefits included better mood, enhanced sleep, and a boost in alertness. The commonly reported side effects were fatigue and drowsiness.
  • Nausea – Cannabis has been used as a medicinal treatment for nausea and vomiting for hundreds of years. Both the THC and CBD help to reduce nausea and vomiting in animal research studies. However, due to the low toxicity levels of CBD over THC (both active compounds found in marijuana), CBD is good for reducing nausea and for suppressing toxin-induced vomiting.
  • Pain & Inflammation – CBD is one of the top benefits of CBD. Evidence shows that the cannabinoids appear to inhibit the neuronal transmission in the pain pathways. It is being studied for the treatment of chronic pain.
  • Cancer – Scientific reports have demonstrated that the anti-apoptotic and anti-proliferative effects of CBD inhibit cancer invasion, adhesion, and migration. It works without affecting non-cancerous tissue and can be used for prolonged treatment due to its low toxicity.
  • Diabetes – In 2006, a study in mice reduced the incidence of diabetes in diabetic mice that weren’t obese. In 2013 The American Journal of Medicine published a study related to how marijuana impacts insulin, insulin resistance, and glucose. This shows great promise for people living with diabetes.
  • Cardiovascular – Because of the glucose regulation of CBD, it may protect the heart against inflammation and reduce the vascular hyper-permeability. This is according to a 2013 study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.

It’s well-known that THC is the ingredient in cannabis that produces intoxicating effects like memory impairment and paranoia. CBD counteracts that problem. CBD also counteracts the sleep-inducing side effects and anxiety effect that THC sometimes causes in some people.

With the focus on higher CBD and lower THC in medical cannabis use, more states have legalized the use of Cannabidiol.

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