CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis plants. CBD has several health benefits and its use as a medical application has grown in popularity over the years.
You may have seen it online or in stores sold in various forms such as edibles, gummies, tinctures and oils. These variations are great for patients who prefer not to smoke cannabis. It also helps patients avoid consuming other cannabinoids that have psychoactive effects in marijuana such as THC. With the research of CBD continuing to advance, the underlining value is that CBD can help improve the quality of life for patients around the world.
Here is a look at the five key benefits of CBD oil and other CBD-infused products.
Anxiety is a common disorder with over 500,000 cases reported in Canada each year. Several studies in the last decade has shown that CBD was effective in treating social anxiety as well as treating insomnia and anxiety in children with post traumatic stress disorder. In one particular study in 2011, participants in a speaking contest were given CBD or a placebo. Those who got the CBD reported lower levels of social anxiety than those that had the placebo. Health experts suggest that the reason for this is because CBD changes how your body reacts to the level of serotonin in your system.
Many of those who use CBD oils have reported physical pain relief. Studies show that CBD interacts with the receptors in our body’s endocannabinoid system which helps reduce chronic pain and inflammation. Another study also found that CBD can relieve pain and inflammation in rats and mice. In this study, rats were given a daily dosage of CBD for four consecutive days. At the end of the treatment, there was a noticeable improvement in the inflammation and pain of the affected joints.
Although research is still in its infancy on this topic, many of those who use CBD say that one of the main reasons that they use CBD is to help with their sleep. It is certain however that CBD does help reduce anxiety which is helpful in reducing difficulties sleeping and improving sleep quality.
Reduce Cancer-Related Pain
Research suggests that CBD can help with alleviating pain and side effects associated with cancer treatment such as nausea and vomiting. Cancer patients that were administered with extracts containing both CBD and THC reported considerable reduction in pain compared to those who received only THC. Another study shows that a combination of CBD and THC extract was able to reduce the side effects of chemo-therapy versus other drugs that can remain inconsistent in its effectiveness.
Reduce Risk of Diabetes
Most studies on CBD’s effect on diabetes has been done on rats and mice. In one study, diabetic-prone female mice were given CBD. After the test, only 32 percent of the experimental group were diagnosed with diabetes compared to a 100 percent in the controlled group. It is still too early to suggest how CBD can treat diabetes in humans, but as research continues experts believe that it is promising.
The study of CBD has gained a lot of momentum amongst health experts over the years. Early evidence suggests that the potential benefits can be groundbreaking in treating pain, anxiety and other various conditions. As more conclusive studies develop, those who seek to use CBD oil should consult with a doctor to ensure that CBD is the right treatment for them.