Cannabidiol or CBD oil is derived from the cannabis plant, marijuana. Cannabinoids are extracted and mixed with a carrier oil such as hemp or coconut – to create CBD oil.
CBD oil is experiencing good surge in popularity in recent months. This is becoming a hot topic in the world of medicine at the moment, as getting popular for having various health benefits such as for the treatment of epilepsy, pain reliever and cancer.
Marijuana contains two compounds i.e. THC and CBD. THC has a psychoactive substance that creates a mind-altering “high” when a person smokes it or uses it in cooking. This is because THC breaks down when we apply heat and introduce it into the body. CBD is not psychoactive, meaning that it won’t make you ‘high’.
There are strict restrictions in place with regard to CBD oil’s THC content: for CBD oil to be legal in the UK, it must contain no more than 0.2 per cent THC, and the THC must not be easily separated from it.
What are the benefits of CBD oil?
1. Act as a pain reliever
Marijuana has been used to treat pain since years. CBD is thought to reduce inflammation and interact with neurotransmitters.
The researchers suggested that the non-psychoactive compounds in marijuana, such as CBD, could provide a new treatment for chronic pain.
2. Could reduce anxiety
CBD may help treat generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
In one study, 24 people with social anxiety disorder received either 600 mg of CBD or a placebo before a public speaking test. Person with CBD faced less anxiety, difficulty and discomfort during their speech.
3. Fighting cancer
CBD may help reduce cancer related symptoms and side effects related to chemotherapy, like nausea, vomiting and pain.
Though CBD has been shown to help reduce symptoms related to cancer and cancer treatment, and may even have cancer-fighting properties, more research is needed to assess its efficacy and safety.
4. Acne fighter
Acne is a common skin condition that affects most of population. It is thought to be caused by many causes bacteria, inflammatory process, sebum and oily skin. CBD oil may help treat acne due to its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to reduce sebum production.
CBD could become a future treatment for acne vulgaris, the most common form of acne.
5. Could Benefit Heart Health
CBD may be a natural and effective treatment for high blood pressure which is linked to higher risks of a number of health conditions, including stroke, heart attack.
For the study, nine healthy male volunteers took a single dose of either CBD or placebo. Compared to those given the placebo, those treated with CBD had lower blood pressure both before and after experiencing a stressful event.
Several other benefits
- slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
- delay the development of type 1 diabetes.
- help in controlling epilepsy
- help people to quit addiction of opioids and cocaine
- muscle spasm
- Parkinson’s disease
- anti depressant especially in PTSD
Though CBD is considered safe but we know nothing in excess is beneficial or not everyone behaves the same way to a particular substance. So, some of you may also face some side effects of CBD oil as well.
These side effects can be: