CBD Oil has been prominently covered in the media recently. Blogs, radio and social media flaunt this marijuana extract as a potential cure-all formula. The thing with science and medicine is that you only believe something when you see it documented in a study. This article unravels the recent scientific studies that have fueled the CBD oil popularity in the medical sphere.
First things first, CBD oil is a derivative of the marijuana plant. Whatever is right for CBD (Cannabidiol) which is the medicinal component of marijuana is also true for CBD oil. CBD Oil contains optimized concentrations of the Cannabidiol compound. In the process of making the oils, manufacturers extract the CBD compound from the marijuana plant and stem and then mix it with a carrier such as maize or coconut oil.
Below are the recent scientific studies on the benefits of CBD Oil.
CBD Oil in the Management of Chronic Pain
Marijuana has been used to cure pain for many centuries. Recently scientists put it marijuana to the test and revealed that the pain relief is because of CBD. A study published in the NCBI by Ethan B Russo shows that CBD oil may be the answer to chronic and difficult to treat pain. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2503660/
Our bodies have an in-born endocannabinoid system that is made up of CB1 and CB2 receptors. This system works to regulate pain, emotions, sleep, and immune responses. Use of CBD Oil helps to relieve pain by reducing inflammation and influencing the activities of the endocannabinoid neurotransmitters. The pain relief happens because CBD activates the body’s natural cannabinoids to numb pain.
The European Journal of Pain details that scientists applied CBD oil on rats with arthritis and noticed reduced inflammation in just four days. Currently, people are using CBD oil for pain relief against the symptoms of injuries and diseases such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, HIV AIDS, arthritis, and chronic back pain.
CBD Agents in Treatment of Anxiety and Depression
One out of every thirteen individuals suffers from anxiety and depression the world over. These people usually have to grapple with various conditions such as panic attacks, post-traumatic stress and, obsessive-compulsive disorder among others. If a study published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information by Simone Tambaro and Marco Bortolato is anything to go by, CBD oil might be good news for anxiety patients.
The scientific study https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3691841/ showed that people with anxiety and depression displayed reduced symptoms after treatment with CBD Oil. The anti-depressant medical effects of CBD oil result when the cannabinoid compounds influence the workings of serotonin, a hormone responsible for mood and behavior.
CBD Oil in the Treatment of Cancer-related Symptoms
CBD oil has the potential to alleviate cancer symptoms. Research published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology reveals that CBD can stop cancer cells from spreading https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/cam/hp/cannabis-pdq#section/all?redirect=true. A test-tube study also found that the use of highly concentrated CBD could kill cancer cells in the case of human breast cancer.
Equally, CBD Oil helps cancer patients to deal with pain. It hushes the harsh effects of chemotherapy and restores appetite. In cancer pain management, medical marijuana has been found to work better than traditional pharmaceutical treatments.
CBD Oil in the Management Spasticity in with Multiple Sclerosis
CBD Oil has been found to improve brain functioning. More importantly, though, scientific research supports the fact that CBD Oil can indeed be used to reduce the effects of neurological disorders. These among others include epilepsy and multiple sclerosis.
Recently, a study published in the NCBI revealed that CBD Oil reduced spasticity effects in 75 % of people with multiple sclerosis https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2626929/. These effects are usually resistant to other types of treatments. In another
case, the use of CBD oil helped to reduce seizures, fever, and convulsions in children with epilepsy. Again, CBD oil worked better than benzodiazepines a group of pharmaceutical drugs used for this condition.
CBD Oil in the Management of Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia Symptoms
Another exciting study published in Alzheimer’s Society showed that CBD oil has powerful medical properties against Alzheimer’s disease https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/about-dementia/treatments/alternative-therapies/cannabis-and-dementia. This condition is associated with rapid deterioration of neural tissue leading to effects such as memory loss and irritability. CBD oil not only helps to reduce the symptoms of Alzheimer’s condition, but it also helps in neurogenesis, which is a process of renewing and replicating neural tissues.
CBD Oil for Heart Diseases
CBD oil might be the right formula for a healthy heart. The marijuana extract can reduce high blood pressure and prevent stroke and heart attack. Studies conducted in people with various heart conditions revealed that they displayed fewer symptoms when administered with CBD Oil https://www.projectcbd.org/heart-disease.
The US National Library of Medicine details that there is a reason to believe that CBD Oil enhances heart health by reducing stress and anxiety, which are the primary causes of high blood pressure and heart attacks. On the other hand, the anti-oxidant effects of CBD Oil help to reduce inflammation in heart cells and blood vessels thus helping to reduce the chances of heart disease.
Even though further studies are needed, one can be optimistic that CBD Oil is a new dawn in the alleviation of symptoms and treatment of conditions that were once believed to be untreatable.
As a nature/natural-living enthusiast and passionate researcher with ten years in the cannabis industry, Kelsi enjoys playing her part to educate the world on the benefits of alternative health and medication options.