More people in the health and wellness community are turning to cannabidiol (CBD) for its health benefits. The compound belongs to a classification known as cannabinoids, which are found in the cannabis plant and in the human body. CBD comes from the hemp plant variety of cannabis and many products like CBD oils, tinctures, and creams are now under the umbrella of medical marijuana and being used as a natural remedy for many health concerns and conditions. Even though it is non-toxic what are the effects of cannabidiol?
Safety and Side Effects
CBD is known to be a safe and natural medicine. No known deaths have been recorded due to CBD use. Cannabidiol works with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) in the body. As part of this system, there are CB1 and CB2 receptors that distribute cannabinoids (THC and CBD) throughout the bloodstream. Even though supplementing with CBD is generally considered safe, it’s important to be aware of side effects. One adverse effect is tiredness. One study showed other side effects include diarrhea and changes in both weight and appetite. For further medical advice consult with a professional.
CBD vs. THC
CBD and THC come from the same Cannabis sativa plant family, and both have medicinal qualities but CBD, unlike THC, doesn’t have any psychoactive effects. It won’t give you the “high-like” effect you expect from marijuana, and you pass all drug testing. CBD is derived from industrial hemp. The flowers of the hemp plant contain the most CBD. Products that don’t explicitly state CBD or cannabidiol on the ingredient listing are not technically CBD. Hemp oil comes from the stems of the plant and contains traces of CBD only. If the packaging states cannabis oil than THC will be present.
No Psychotic Symptoms
Research suggests that CBD helps improve mental health. It has an antipsychotic effect because CBD receptors use cannabinoids to promote homeostasis throughout the body. Those who are using CBD treatment report only positive CBD side effects in reducing anxiety and bipolar disorder.CBD Oil Benefits
More research needs to be done on the scientific effectiveness of CBD, but what is for certain, significant anecdotal and preliminary analysis suggest that CBD oil has health benefits.
Blood Pressure & Heart Health
Studies indicate that CBD might be a natural treatment for reducing blood pressure. Having high blood pressure is directly linked to heart disease. Men who took one dose (600 mg) experienced lower blood pressure. Another reason experts believe CBD is a healthy dietary supplement for heart health is that it helps reduce oxidative stress which is linked to high blood pressure.
The Journal of Experimental Medicine released a study showing that CBD products help control neurological pain connected with multiple sclerosis (MS). The debilitating disease affects the nervous system and the immune system by causing problems with balance, vision, brain, and spinal cord. People with Parkinson’s Disease have reported relief as well as using CBD.
A study in humans showed that cannabidiol is particularly useful for controlling seizures. In particular, people born with a rare and deadly form of epilepsy called Dravet’s Syndrome, have seen significant improvements using products containing CBD to help control seizures.
Anxiety and Depression
Millions of people report problems with anxiety and depression each year. CBD helps to relax and uplift people’s moods. Common anxiety disorders include social anxiety and PTSD. Taking CBD oil for anxiety is a safe and effective method for finding a sense of peace.
Struggling to sleep causes stress and poor performance in all areas of life. Evidence suggests that one significant health benefit for men’s and women’s is taking CBD one hour before bedtime. Each person is different and will need different amounts, but CBD helps balance emotions and moods, leading to a calmer state of mind, and in the end more sleep.
People report that CBD makes them think better. Since you can’t get high with CBD, your brain receives the medicinal benefit without feeling foggy. Some preliminary research suggests that CBD helps control Alzheimer’s disease.
The British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology published research revealing that CBD is a possible anticancer drug. CBD is currently being used in cancer patients to help control symptoms connected with cancer treatment, such as nausea, lethargy, and weight loss. Another study showed CBD reduces tumors for cancer cells in breast cancer patients. Other forms of diseases showing significant promise with cannabidiol treatment is prostate cancer.
Pain and Inflammation
Living with chronic pain lowers the quality of life. CBD products like creams and balms are effective in reducing inflammation and helping people find pain relief. Check the label when purchasing CBD to make sure the ingredients don’t list cannabis plant or cannabis strain in the ingredients. This will mean THC is present. Although CBD effects may be stronger with THC included in the treatment plan.
Migraines make going about daily life extremely difficult. Currently, there are medications useful in treating, but now Pharmacology published a clinical trial in 2016 showing migraines decreased with CBD usage. CBD helps ease inflammation throughout the body, including the brain.
What is the Best Dose?
Everyone is different and will need various dosage amounts for effectiveness. Experts suggest starting with a lower dose and increase as needed. Remember to follow package instructions and buy high-quality and “real” CBD. The ingredients should list CBD or cannabidiol in the ingredients list. Also, if you have pain and inflammation, a cream or balm might be the best choice. Or if you need help with sleep, a capsule or edible might work better. Experiment with dose and method of consumption for best results.
Research on the possible effects and benefits of CBD is ongoing. All of which will more than likely reveal additional therapeutic uses for CBD products in the future. CBD is a safe and natural choice to help relieve many health conditions. Add it to your essential oils arsenal and reap the possible health benefits.
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