What Is CBD Oil: Pain, Benefits, Side Effects
Updated: Mar 2
Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is a popular product used to ease many common health issues such as pain, anxiety, and depression. CBD comes from the cannabis or marijuana plant, Cannabis sativa. Unlike marijuana, CBD is not psychoactive, does not make the user “high,” and can provide much-needed relief without any mind-altering effects.
To make CBD oil, CBD is extracted from the plant and then diluted with a carrier oil. It is sold in this form in many states and is growing in popularity nationwide to provide relief from myriad types of pain.
Many Seek Relief from Pain
Scientists and doctors have learned that CBD oil helps relieve pain and reduce inflammation by impacting endocannabinoid receptor activity and interacting with neurotransmitters in the body.
Common pain ailments treated with CBD include rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, muscle spasms, pain experienced when walking, pain at rest, and poor sleep attributed to pain. Many people experience improvement in their conditions when taking CBD oil as directed.
Benefits Other Than Pain Relief
Many patients seek help from CBD oil for ailments other than pain relief, including:
· Neurological Conditions
· Mental Disorders
· Substance Abuse
CBD oil has helped patients to lessen their depression, insomnia, and anxiety. It has shown help with anxiety in children suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. It acts on our brain’s receptors that regulate mood and social behavior. CBD can reduce problems related to cancer and chemotherapy side effects such as pain, nausea, or vomiting.
Other people who suffer from epilepsy seizures, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, and muscle spasms have found relief from CBD. Other studies and trials show it has the ability to lower high blood pressure which helps with strokes, heart attacks, and metabolic syndrome. CBD may also have the ability to reduce the rate of blood pressure increase over time.
Recent studies show this product can help treat acne because of its anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to reduce the body’s sebum production. CBD may help patients suffering from psychotic symptoms and disorders such as schizophrenia and some mental disorders. It can also help with reducing addiction to substance abuse, reducing tumors and certain cancers, and diabetes.
If you suffer from any of the health conditions in the list above, consult with your family doctor to see if CBD oil may help you. This plant derivative is promoted primarily for pain relief while continued research is being conducted to learn other ways it can help us.
Note: CBD can offer an alternative for people who rely on opioids for chronic pain that can be dangerously habit-forming and cause more side effects.
Side Effects Of This Product
CBD oil is not totally free from some side effects you should understand when seeking its benefits. It is typically tolerated well by most people and considered safe. However, some people experience these common side effects:
· Appetite Changes
· Dry Mouth
· Medication Complications
· Weight Changes
As with any new treatments you think may help, always discuss them with your family physician first. You need to know they are safe and do not produce harmful interactions, such as with your current medications.
If you take medications or supplements that warn against eating grapefruit or drinking the juice, be careful. CBD and grapefruit can interfere with a group of body enzymes that are critical to your body’s metabolism. A study is now underway to determine if DBD oil may cause liver toxicity.
A Final Thought About CBD Oil
Research on CBD oil is ongoing to find additional therapeutic uses for this natural plant product. Dr. Brent Bauer at Mayo Clinic reports that “There needs to be more research on CBD. Early indicators show that it’s safe, but many questions remain. If it’s strong enough to help you, it’s strong enough to hurt you. Patients should do their homework and be sure to talk with their health care provider.”
We learn this about hemp-derived CBD oil from Healthline.com. “Hemp-derived CBD products (with less than 0.3 percent THC) are legal on the federal level, but are still illegal under some state laws. Marijuana-derived CBD products are illegal on the federal level, but are legal under some state laws. Check your state’s laws and those of anywhere you travel. Keep in mind that nonprescription CBD products are not FDA-approved, and may be inaccurately labeled.”
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