What are the Benefits of CBD Oil?

A rising trend since the legalization of marijuana and hemp in many states is the use of CBD oil to treat common ailments. It’s a natural and effective way to treat pain and inflammation among other things. One of the biggest benefits is that it treats the root cause of many issues instead of just treating the symptoms. This means you can restore balance to your body without some of the awful side effects of traditional pharmaceuticals.

What are the Benefits of CBD Oil?

Cannabidiol has been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments. The Chinese first used it in 2900 B.C. to treat pain, constipation, malaria, and female reproductive problems. As marijuana becomes legal in more states, there has been a rise of CBD oil use as people turn to more natural remedies. 

But, is it really effective in treating these ailments and if so, why does it work? Science is just now starting to catch up with this growing trend and today it’s one of the most widely studied topics. Below, you’ll see the benefits and how this natural substance can help you out.

CBD Oil for Pain Management

One of the biggest uses of CBD oil is for pain relief. It’s quickly replacing traditional pharmaceuticals to treat pain. In fact, 52% of pain sufferers now turn to CBD oil to find relief. Studies show that it can lower your pain levels and reduce inflammation by impacting receptor sites in your body.pets

1. Treatment for Migraines

While research in this field is limited, what information we do have confirms that CBD oil is an effective treatment for chronic pain, including migraines. It works to reduce inflammation and pain in the head and neck. It also works to inhibit pain receptor activity to reduce your pain levels and provide relief.  

It also inhibits the breakdown of certain chemicals in your brain to help alleviate pain and inflammation. Because of how it works, these effects are also long lasting.

2. Treats Arthritis Pain

CBD oil works to treat arthritis pain by offering pain relief and by reducing the inflammation caused by arthritis. The more inflammation you have the more pain you experience. It also works to protect layer around your nerve called the myelin sheath. Therefore, it is not only effective at treating arthritis but it can actually prevent further nerve damage.

3. Reduces Inflammation

Untreated inflammation in our bodies leads to what is known as oxidative stress. This causes damage to the proteins, fats, and even DNA in our bodies. Scientists have discovered that cannabidiol significantly lowers inflammation in both humans and animals. 

One particular study showed a vast reduction in inflammation in diabetes patients revealing that it’s an effective treatment for autoimmune diseases as well. Inflammation is a vicious cycle. Certain issues cause it which leads to more issues. CBD oil is an effective treatment to reduce inflammation and other inflammatory diseases. 

4. Can Reduce Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

One of the biggest problems in treating fibromyalgia is that little is known as to what causes it. Therefore, the best treatment for it at this time is to treat the symptoms. Two of the biggest symptoms of fibromyalgia include pain and inflammation in the body’s soft tissues. 

CBD oil has already been shown to be an effective treatment for these issues. This study suggests a reason for fibromyalgia might be a lack of endocannabinoid receptors in your body. Since CBD oil works to increase your body’s own cannabinoid production it could be an effective treatment for fibromyalgia

Safely Use CBD Oil On Your Pets

Many pet owners are now turning to CBD oil to safely treat their pets. There aren’t any serious side effects and it won’t get your pet high. Some of the common issues it can help with include:

  • Treatment for seizures
  • Reduces nausea
  • Lowers stress and anxiety
  • Alleviates pain from arthritis and back pain
  • Reduces symptoms from cancer
  • Effective treatment for gastrointestinal problems

Of course, you should consult your veterinarian before beginning a CBD oil regimen on your pets.

How Does It Work On Dogs and Cats?

It uses the same mechanism to work on your pets as it does in humans. Your dogs and cats have an endocannabinoid system. CBD oil either inhibits or promotes cannabinoid receptor sites and production in your pet. 

Essentially, it helps to balance out your pet’s naturally occurring chemicals. It also works by preventing the breakdown of these chemicals in your pet so they see pain relief and other benefits for much longer than with traditional pet medications.

For Use On Aging Pets

One common ailment with aging pets, especially dogs, is hip and joint pain. CBD oil has been shown to be especially effective at reducing joint inflammation and preventing further damage. This means that your faithful companion can once again run around and play fetch. 

CBD oil also increases the effects of pain medications your dog is taking. This means you can drastically reduce the dose of the narcotics your pet is on.

For Use in Treating Seizures

Seizures are the most commonly reported pet problem worldwide. A relatively new study brought about exciting results for pet owners whose dogs suffered from seizures. In the study, dogs were given CBD oil over the course of 12 weeks. 

Nearly 90% of the dogs that were given the treatment versus the placebo showed a marked reduction in seizures. The study also revealed that the higher level of CBD oil the dogs were given, the greater reduction in seizures. Research continues in this field to determine exact dosage to treat seizures in dogs.

Side Effects

There have been few reported adverse effects of using the oil on your pets. Some of the most common reported side effects include:

  • Dry Mouth: The oil can decrease the production of saliva in your pet’s mouth. This can be taken care of by simply drinking more water
  • Drowsiness: A natural byproduct of reducing anxiety is that it can make your pets more sleepy
  • Low blood pressure: High doses have been shown to cause a temporary drop in blood pressure

Proper Dosing for Your Pets

Because there’s no federal regulation for the use of CBD oil in your pets, dosage is not specific. Speak with your vet first to see if they can tell you a dosage to start off with on your pet. It’s always best to start small and then increase it weekly in small increments until you see results.

Things to Look for When Using CBD Oil On Pets

If you’ve decided to give it a try on your pet and you’ve discussed it with your pet, there are a few important things to consider. Look for the following when getting CBD oil for your pet:

  • Is it organic? Because of the way the oil is processed, it’s important to only use organic oil to ensure it’s free of concentrations of pesticides
  • Don’t buy just for price: Generally speaking, the more expensive the product the more pure the product is. Look for an analysis: Companies should provide you with a certificate of analysis that includes the purity of the product as well as the level of THC to ensure there’s little or no THC found in it
  • Get it in liquid form: You can buy it in many forms for your pets but the easiest way to give it to them and also ensure proper dosing is when you buy it in liquid form with a dropper

It’s also important to verify the information claimed by the CBD oil company is backed up by a third party for purity and potency.

Other Uses for CBD Oil

Because of the way it works on your body, it’s also been shown to be beneficial in treating other ailments. CBD oil works with the naturally occurring chemicals in your body and receptor sites to either increase or inhibit these chemicals. 

It also prevents the breakdown of natural chemicals found in your body so the benefits last much longer than traditional medicines. It basically works by balancing out your body to restore your body’s natural responses.

1. Promotes Healthy Sleep

CBD oil works to promote better sleep by promoting serotonin release in the brain. Serotonin is the chemical responsible for those feelings of relaxation. It can help you get better sleep in a few ways:

  • Gives you more restful sleep
  • Effective at treating insomnia
  • Relieves pain that prevents sleep
  • Helps you stay in restful sleep cycles longer
  • Helps you fall asleep faster Effective treatment for sleep apnea

Unlike traditional sleep aids, CBD oil works to balance your body and alleviate the root causes of your sleep issues. This means you can get a restful night of sleep without feeling drained the next day.

2. Effective in Treating Depression

Cannabinoids work with the receptors for serotonin in your brain. Since low serotonin levels lead to depression, it helps by balancing out the natural serotonin levels in your body to boost your mood. It also has antipsychotic properties to effectively treat depression. In one particular study, 80% of participants showed a dramatic decline in anxiety levels after just a month of using CBD oil. This is important because anxiety and depression often go hand in hand.

Another problem of depression is sleep. Lack of sleep can lead to depression and depression leads to lack of sleep. As discussed earlier, CBD oil promotes healthy sleep patterns. It works faster than antidepressants and has far fewer and less severe side effects.

3. For Weight Loss

Unlike its cousin marijuana, CBD oil actually suppresses your appetite and boost your metabolism. It works by interacting with receptors in your lymphatic system, which plays a hand in your weight. In one study, rats were injected with varying levels of CBD oil. After just two weeks, the rats displayed significant weight loss with the ones receiving the higher dose achieving the most weight reduction.

In another study with rats, CBD oil was effective at not only decreasing the appetite but also at decreasing the amount of food the rats consumed at each feeding. Both of these studies show promising research that CBD oil can be used to aid in weight loss.

4. Can Help Manage Symptoms of ADHD

The idea of using CBD oil for ADHD is relatively new and, therefore, research in this arena is limited. However, cannabidiol has been shown to be an effective treatment for anxiety which is a common complaint for ADHD sufferers. One study done in 2017 looked at patients who were already self medicating with cannabidiol.

This study did show a small increase in cognitive function and hyperactivity/impulse control. If you get on social media, you’ll hear many people praising it for the positive effect it had on their ADHD symptoms. With the relatively few side effects, it’s worth using for ADHD and the anxiety that accompanies it.

5. Reduces Anxiety

Anxiety and depression are one of the most commonly reported mental health concerns. Historically, people have turned to strong pharmaceuticals such as benzodiazepines to treat their symptoms. These come with a host of their own side effects such as weight gain, sexual dysfunction, and even suicidal thoughts. 

CBD oil can interact with neurotransmitters found in your endocannabinoid system to regulate feelings of anxiety. In one study, researchers investigate the effect of CBD oil on anxiety suffers before speaking in public (a common fear in those with anxiety disorders). Those that received CBD oil had significantly lower levels of anxiety versus those who received a placebo.

6. Helps with Cancer Symptoms

Cannabidiol has been shown to alleviate nausea and vomiting that often accompanies chemotherapy treatment. In one study, patients were given CBD oil and their results were monitored after receiving chemotherapy. A majority of the patients reported a large reduction in nausea and vomiting episodes compared to before they received the oil.

Several studies conducted in a test tube show that CBD oil has anticancer properties. In one study, it caused cell death in breast cancer cells. In another study on mice, it prevented the spread of aggressive forms of breast cancer.

7. Can Reduce Acne

Since CBD oil is such a powerful anti-inflammatory aid, it makes sense that it can reduce acne. Although the exact causes of acne aren’t known, most agree that common causes include genetics, bacteria, inflammation, and an overproduction of oil.

Studies show that it’s an effective treatment for acne. It works by reducing inflammation and oil gland production. It also comes with far fewer and less severe side effects than other acne medications out there.

8. Promotes Heart Health

The same properties of cannabidiol that reduce anxiety also help lower blood pressure. About 30% of Americans have high blood pressure, which can lead to many other issues. In one study, participants were given a large dose of CBD oil. After just one dose, a significant portion of participants had lower blood pressure.

This same study also revealed that one dose can also reduce the overall rise in blood pressure that follows a stress-inducing activity. Another study confirmed that CBD oil can reduce or even prevent heart damage that can occur in diabetic patients.

9. Effective Treatment for Seizures

Recently, the FDA approved the use of CBD oil to reduce seizure symptoms in those with epilepsy. A low dose has been proven to reduce the amount of seizures children experience by around 40%. Sometimes, it can also stop seizure activity altogether.

It’s the most tolerable when taken in a lower dose because it causes fewer side effects. It works by altering chemicals found in the brain. Even with the few side effects it can cause, it’s much more tolerable than the side effects that can come with traditional seizure medication.

10. Can Help Prevent Cognitive Decline in Alzheimer’s

An interesting benefit of CBD oil that was recently discovered is its ability to prevent neurodegeneration in those with Alzheimer’s. In one study, lab mice, who are genetically predisposed to get Alzheimers, were given cannabidiol. 

After 8 months, the mice had a reduced level of neuroinflammation and cognitive decline. While this area needs further research, it seems that CBD oil can stop the progression of the disease.

How Does It Work for These Ailments?

In recent years, scientists have discovered a part of your body called the endocannabinoid system. This system is responsible for certain physiological and cognitive functions such as appetite, mood, fertility, and pain sensation.

The receptor sites for cannabidiol are found mostly in the brain and immune system. Neurons at these sites then use the chemicals from CBD oil to tell your body what to do; either inhibit or produce more of your own naturally occurring cannabinoids.

Binds to Certain Receptor Sites in Your Body

Cannabidiol binds to a certain receptor site in your body found mostly in your immune system. That’s how it works to balance out your body. The THC in marijuana binds to a different receptor site, which is why it affects your cognitive abilities and gives you that high feeling. 

This is an important concept because it explains why CBD oil is effective at treating many different ailments without many negative side effects. That’s why, for example, marijuana can increase your appetite while cannabidiol can decrease it. 

Does CBD Oil Have Any Side Effects?

There have been a few reported side effects for those that take it orally for up to 6 months. These side effects include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Lightheadedness
  • Drowsiness
  • Low blood pressure
  • Increased appetite in a small percentage of users
  • Nausea
  • Irritability

It’s also been shown to interact with medications that are affected by grapefruit juice. Speak with your doctor if you’re on any medications that advise you to stay away from grapefruit products. You should also speak with your doctor before beginning any cannabidiol regimen.

Is It Habit Forming?

It does not become addictive as long as you’re using a pure form of cannabidiol. This means it has been verified to have miniscule or no levels of THC. This also means you will not experience any withdrawal symptoms once you stop taking it.

Other Things to Consider When Using CBD Oil

It’s important to note that research into the uses of CBD oil is relatively new. This is because until recently, it was illegal. The FDA didn’t approve research trials with it until 2015. Also, it’s currently marketed as a supplement and not a medication so the efficacy and purity of CBD oil products are not regulated.

Dosage

Because it’s not regulated by the FDA, dosage for CBD oil can be tricky. One study that injected mice with a large dose discovered it caused liver toxicity. Even though it’s a natural substance, it’s still important to ensure you take the right dosage.

The only FDA regulated dosage is for an anti seizure medication known as Epidiolex. Otherwise, your specific dosage depends on a few things such as:

  • Your body weight
  • What ailment you’re treating
  • Your body chemistry
  • The concentration of CBD oil product you’re using

Talk to your doctor about dosage. If they don’t provide you with a specific dosage then it’s best to start off small and then gradually increase the amount you’re taking. For example, start off with about 20-40 mg per day and then increase by 5mg/week as needed.

Should It Be Used On Children?

The FDA has approved the use of it as a treatment for children who suffer from rare epileptic disorders. CBD oil does not contain THC which is the chemical found in marijuana that makes people high. It also has relatively minor side effects compared to many of the traditional medications prescribed by doctors for children.

As with anything, it is recommended that you discuss with your child’s doctor before using cannabidiol. Many parents are finding success with CBD oil for helping their children with:

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Seizures
  • Autism
  • Pain

It’s also important to note that because of the way CBD oil interacts with your body’s naturally occurring chemicals, what worked for one child might not work for another.

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