Benefits of Using CBD Oil
With the legalisation of marijuana in many US states as well as countries around the world, CBD products are becoming increasingly common. CBD or cannabidiol is a substance derived from the cannabis plant but without the psychotic effect of THC.
CBD oil has many advantages for our physical health and emotion wellbeing. Here are some of the main benefits of using CBD oil.
1. It can help to manage stress and anxiety
Studies have indicated that CBD can help to manage stress. CBD reduces the stress hormone cortisol, the body’s natural stress response. Although cortisol can be useful in certain situations, too much of the hormone over long periods of time can damage our physical and mental health.
There is also evidence that CBD can assist with anxiety and other mental health issues. It is believed that CBD changes the way our brain’s receptors respond to serotonin, which is a chemical related to mental health. In modifying how serotonin interacts with the brain’s receptors, CBD can help to reduce the symptoms of anxiety.
2. CBD can help to reduce pain and inflammation
CBD is becoming widely accepted as helping to manage chronic pain and inflammation. CBD blocks the pain signals for up to four days, reducing symptoms of even chronic and persistent pain issues. In the same way, CBD can help to reduce the effects of inflammation.
CBD and other cannabis products are already being used to manage a number of chronic conditions, including chemotherapy side effects, arthritis, MS, fibromyalgia, and spinal cord injuries. Not only can this help ease the pain of patients with serious conditions, but it can also help to prevent new conditions developing. For example, chronic inflammation can contribute to serious conditions such as heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Type 1 Diabetes. In helping to reduce inflammation, CBD may lower the risks of these conditions developing.
3. Improved sleep
Getting sufficient quality shut-eye is essential to our physical and mental health. However, for a variety of reasons, many people struggle to get enough sleep. CBD can help to address sleep disorders, particularly those associated with chronic pain and anxiety.
CBD oil can, therefore, help people to get a good night of deep sleep. This been borne out by a range of studies and even supported by the World Health Organisation who have reported that CBD has shown promising signs of removing chronic pain barriers to receiving sufficient sleep.
4. Improvement of Skin Condition
Another benefit of cannabidiol is in improving the symptoms of certain skin conditions. Research has indicated that CBD oil can reduce the production of oil and acids by the sebaceous glands which are linked to acne.
The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD oil can also help to manage the symptoms of certain skin conditions. Additionally, cannabidiol contains certain nutrients that help to improve skin health, including vitamin E.
5. Boost brain health
CBD oil can also help to improve the health of arguably one of the most important organs in the body: the brain. Although research still needs to be conducted, initial studies have found that cannabidiol has improved the function of animals with neurodegenerative conditions such as mice with Huntington’s disease.
It follows, therefore, that CBD is likely to benefit humans with similar conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease, MS, Parkinson’s disease, as well as stroke. This is believed to occur due to the way CBD interacts with receptors in the brain. CBD also acts to reduce inflammation, which can help to lessen the symptoms of neurodegenerative conditions.
6. Ease the symptoms of cancer
CBD oil has great potential for reducing the symptoms of cancer, and could therefore be very helpful to cancer patients, particularly in the latter stages. In particular, CBD can reduce the pain associated with cancer, and has been found be more effective in doing so than THC alone.
Additionally, CBD oil can help to reduce the effects of cancer treatment. Treatment for cancer can often by just as severe as the symptoms of cancer themselves. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy have drastic effects such as nausea, vomiting and pain. CBD oil helps to reduce these side effects.
7. Better heart health
CBD oil can also help to improve heart and circulatory health. Most particularly, CBD can help to lower high blood pressure, which is linked to increased risk of heart attack, stroke, metabolic syndrome and other conditions. This may be because of the way CBD oil can help to reduce stress and anxiety, and then, in turn, reduce high blood pressure issues.
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