What about CBD Oil?
By Mélanie Préfontaine-Darius – Communications
Chances are you’ve heard that CBD oil has many healing properties, but you never took it beyond that. Perhaps attempting to determine where to start your research was too daunting or required too much of your time. The following paragraphs can provide you with some information and clarity.
The cannabis plant has over 400 chemicals and at least 60 different cannabinoids — chemical compounds the human body is uniquely equipped to respond to. Of the two primary chemicals, cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it is THC that has psychoactive properties, only.
THC is the compound in cannabis triggering a “high,” whereas CBD has no psychoactive effects. Both compounds, and other phytochemicals found in medical marijuana plants, have a long list of beneficial effects on health. CBD oil is made by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant, then diluting it with a carrier oil like coconut or hemp seed oil.
Uses for CBD
Is your shoulder or back causing you pain while you type or while sitting at work? Do you get really bad anxiety at the thought of driving, leading a meeting or being interviewed? You are not alone. Other than proven nutritional adjustments that can be made to your current diet, CBD oil can help, also.
There are a myriad of medical uses attributed to CBD, and the list keeps growing. The list below identifies some uses that have recently been scientifically documented.
1. Allergic asthma
“CBD treatment decreased the inflammatory and remodeling processes in the model of allergic asthma,” according to the European Journal of Pharmacology.
2. Anxiety and sleep
“Cannabidiol may hold benefit for anxiety-related disorders,” The Permanente Journal.
3. Autism spectrum disorders (ASD)
“Cannabis in ASD patients appears to be [a] well tolerated, safe and effective option to relieve symptoms associated with ASD,” Scientific Reports.
4. Blood pressure
“This data shows that acute administration of CBD reduces resting BP and the BP increase to stress in humans,” JCI Insight.
5. Cancer pain, nausea and lack of appetite
“The National Cancer Institute (NCI) currently recognizes medicinal C. sativa as an effective treatment for providing relief in a number of symptoms associated with cancer, including pain, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, and anxiety,” BioMed Research International.
“Cannabidiol (CBD), one of the compounds present in the marijuana plant, has antitumor properties,” Cancer Letters.
“These results suggest that the neuroprotective effects of CBD in middle-aged diabetic rats … are related to a reduction in neuroinflammation,” Neurotoxicity Research.
“CBD is a well-tolerated and effective anti-seizure agent and illustrates a potential disease-modifying effect of CBD on reducing both seizure burden and associated comorbidities well after the onset of symptomatic seizures,” Epilepsia.
“CBD that exerts prolonged immunosuppression … might be used in chronic inflammation, the terpenoids … might thus be used to relieve acute inflammation,” Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research.
10. Irritable bowel diseases (IBD)
“Clinical trials suggest that there may be a therapeutic role for cannabinoid therapy in the treatment of IBD,” Current Gastroenterology Reports.
12. Neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases
“CBD has been found to possess antioxidant activity in many studies, thus suggesting a possible role in the prevention of both neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases,” BioMed Research International.
13. Ovarian function/female reproductive system
Impacts “the female reproductive system where it affects folliculogenesis, oocyte maturation and ovarian endocrine secretion,” Journal of Ovarian Research.
14. PTSD and nightmares
“Administration of oral CBD in addition to routine psychiatric care was associated with PTSD symptom reduction … CBD also appeared to offer relief in a subset of patients who reported frequent nightmares as a symptom of their PTSD,” Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.
15. Pain, migraine, detoxification from opioids
“There is accumulating evidence for various therapeutic benefits of cannabis/cannabinoids, especially in the treatment of pain, which may also apply to the treatment of migraine and headache. There is also supporting evidence that cannabis may assist in opioid detoxification and weaning, thus making it a potential weapon in battling the opioid epidemic,” Headache.
16. Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases
“CBD may be effective in the “treatment of five syndromes, currently labeled recalcitrant to therapeutic success, and wherein improved pharmacological intervention is required: intractable epilepsy, brain tumors, Parkinson’s disease (PD), Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and traumatic brain injury,” Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience.
17. Pediatric seizures
“The efficacy and safety profile of CBDV suggest it may have therapeutic value for early life seizures,” Neuropharmacology.
About the Author
I no longer have an autoimmune disease and have been cancer free for more than ten years. I attribute much of this restorative success to the body's ability to self-regulate, my positive attitude and commitment to making specific lifestyle changes, being disciplined in the process and continuously learning/studying. I respect and understand that a one size fits all approach to health or medicine is the wrong approach and can leave many harmed. I am currently a student enrolled in a holistic nutrition program and anticipate successfully completing the program and becoming a Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant (C.H.N.C) in Alberta, soon. In good health, Mélanie.
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