Before we explore the different benefits that CBD hemp oil may offer, I need to reiterate tat I am not a medical doctor and that I am not making any direct claims about what CBD will or will not do. I encourage you to do your own research about the topic. There is a huge volume of personal testimonies from self-doses, as well as promising initial results from scientific studies that we can use to explore some of the potential benefits of CBD.
What is CBD Oil?
CBD oil is derived from the hemp plant. Hemp is closely related biologically to marijuana, which is part of what prevented a full- blown scientific investigation into its properties sooner.
That stigma is now finally being erased, and more people are starting to separate CBD & THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) in their minds. While THC will make you "high", CBD absolutely does NOT. Because CBD doesn't result in any psychoactive effects, it's very unlikely to be used recreationally, and thus essentially quite dissimilar to THC.
CBD vs. Hemp
Hemp oil and CBD oil differ in what part of the plant they come from and how they are used. Hemp oil is from seeds and its used as a protein supplement and is also used in lotions and soaps. CBD oil is from plant flowers and leaves. It is used primarily for its healing and medicinal properties.
How do you use CBD?
One of the most common ways that CBD oil is extracted and used is in oil form. When CBD is extracted as an oil, it gives us a wider variety of options in terms of how they want to dose CBD; whether that's as a topical application, a tincture, or vaped as an e-liquid.
CBD & Pain
It's no secret that we have a serious problem with the way that pain is treated in America. Often times, patients are prescribed the most powerful class of pain relief drugs (opioids), which can quickly result in dependence and overdose tragedies. It's in the publics best interest to find alternative pain medications that perhaps aren't quite as strong as opioids, yet still effective.
Those suffering from chronic pain from diseases like fibromyalgia are finding relief with CBD. Taking CBD can offer pain relief and even prevent nervous system degeneration. In fact, it has been approved by Health Canada for multiple sclerosis and cancer pain. What's really amazing is theat CBD does not cause dependence or tolerance, so it is a great choice for those trying to stay away from opioids.
CBD & Skin
Cbd Oil can be used topically to treat skin conditions. Studies show that CBD oil has a high potential for treating skin conditions like eczema by encouraging abnormal cell death. It can also help regulate the skin's oil production, reducing acne. Cbd also contains many nutrients like Vitamins E that help improve and protect the skin.
CBD & Anxiety and Depression
According to Anxiety and Depression Association of America, depression affect 6% and anxiety affects 18% of the U.S population each year. Research shows that CBD oil can help with both. CBD has been shown to reduce levels of stress and anxiety in those suffering from conditions such PTSD, social anxiety disorder, and OCD. CBD has been shown to reduce depression by enhancing both serotonergic and glutamate cortical (both lacking in those with depression).
CBD & Bacteria
Researchers discovered that cannabinoids (including CBD) have an unusual ability to destroy bacteria (especially drug-resistant strains). More research is needed to find out how it works. A 2011 study founds that CBD can also slow progression of tuberculosis in rats. Researchers concluded that CBD likely does this by inhibiting T-cell proliferation, rather than processing antibacterial properties. Whatever the mechanism is for destroying bacteria, CBD seems to be a potent weapon against the antibiotic resistant "superbugs" that are becoming more of a problem today.
CBD & Cancer
CBD's role in cancer treatment still needs more research. But what is available is looking promising. According to the American Cancer Society, CBD oil can slow he growth and spread of some kinds of cancer (in animals). Because it fights oxidative stress and inflammation (both are linked to cancer) it makes sense that CBD oil could help fight cancer cells.
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