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11 Benefits of CBD Oil

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11 Benefits of CBD Oil

Jarett Quirk

11 Benefits of CBD Oil

(Cannabidiol)

Research shows that CBD products are actually helpful at

reducing many ailments. Such diverse ailments that they

seem to be unrelated, in fact... but they are not. Emerging

research shows that each of these ailments may be

related to dysregulation of the endocannabinoid system,

or ECS for short.

Haven’t heard of it? You’re not alone! It’s not as familiar to

us as the cardiovascular or immune system, but is a

critical component of the human body.

Understanding the Endocannabinoid

System

The endocannabinoid system is possibly one of the most

fascinating systems in the body. It was discovered

through researching the effects of cannabis on the body.

In fact, this amazing system that regulates the body’s

internal balance got its name from the cannabis plant that

made its discovery possible.

The endocannabinoid system is made up of

endocannabinoids and their receptors. These are found

everywhere in the body from the brain and other organs to

glands and immune cells. The endocannabinoid system

works differently in different parts of the body but the end

goal is homeostasis (internal balance).

Ever heard of a “runner’s high”? Research reported in

the Scientific American found endocannabinoids are

largely responsible for this natural “hit” of euphoria that

increases feelings of well-being and decreases the

perception of pain.

Cannabidiol (CBD oil) is another way to affect this

powerful body system ... but am I really saying “getting

high” is a good thing?

It turns out there’s a very important distinction still to be

made ...

Does CBD Oil Create a High?

The short answer is: No. (Though oils with THC can also

contain CBD).

There are two different types of CBD oil products —

hemp-based CBD oil (the one I’m talking about in this

article) and marijuana-based CBD (which is what

someone would buy at the dispensary). Both contain

CBD, and they’re both derived from the cannabis plant,

but hemp and medical marijuana are are different varieties

of the plant.

Marijuana-based CBD is generally going to have more

THC and other cannabinoids. CBD oil does not contain

THC (the compound that causes a “high” feeling). This is

an important distinction that many people don’t

understand.

The variety that is typically (and legally) used to make

CBD oil is hemp. How is hemp oil different? A plant can

only be legally considered hemp if it contains .3% per dry

unit (or less) of the compound THC.

In a nutshell, CBD oil or hemp oil contains the benefits of

the cannabis plant without the potential drawbacks of

psychoactive compounds typically found from inhalation

or other methods of consumption.

Cannabidiol (CBD) Benefits &

Uses for Pain, Inflammation,

Epilepsy & More

CBD oil is a great remedy for a lot of different ailments.

Here are some of the amazing uses people (and medical

research) report for CBD oil:

1. Relief for Chronic Pain

Those suffering from chronic pain from diseases like

fibromyalgia are finding relief with CBD. Topical and

internal forms of CBD offer similar benefits.Taking CBD

can offer pain relief and can even prevent nervous system

degeneration. In fact, it has been approved in Canada for

multiple sclerosis and cancer pain.

What’s really amazing is that CBD doesn’t cause

dependence or tolerance, so it’s a great choice for those

trying to stay away from opioids.

Other Remedies to Consider: Not into CBD? Research

also shows that turmeric consumption and heat

therapy (like sauna use) may be helpful as well. A low

inflammation diet also seems to be helpful for some

people.

2. Calms Childhood Epilepsy

CBD has anti-seizure properties that have been shown to

successfully treat drug-resistant children who have

neurological disorders like epilepsy (with no side effects!).

In one study published in the New England Journal of

Medicine, CBD decreased frequency of seizures by 23

percentage points more than those taking a placebo.

While I much prefer a natural remedy as a first course of

action, but even the Food and Drug Administration seems

to agree that cannabis-derived drugs may have

something to offer. In April 2018 FDA advisers cleared the

very first cannabis-derived drug for approval, one that

promises to help control seizures.

Other Remedies to Consider: Childhood epilepsy is a

serious condition and it is important to work with a

qualified practitioner with a specialty in this area.

Emerging research also shows that a ketogenic diet can

be very helpful for drug resistant epilepsy, especially in

children.

3. Reduces Anxiety and Depression

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of

America, depression affects 6% and anxiety affects 18%

of the U.S. population each year. Research shows that

CBD oil can help with both.

CBD has been shown to reduce levels of stress and

anxiety in those suffering from conditions such as PTSD,

social anxiety disorder, and obsessive compulsive

disorder. CBD even reduced the stress and discomfort

surrounding public speaking.

Though a B12 deficiency may also be to blame, CBD has

been shown to reduce depression by enhancing both

serotonergic and glutamate cortical signaling (both are

lacking in those with depression).

4. Fights Multi-Drug Resistant Bacteria

Researchers discovered that cannabinoids (including

CBD) have an unusual ability to destroy bacteria

(especially drug-resistant strains). More research is

needed to find out how and why it works.

A 2011 study found that CBD can also slow the

progression of tuberculosis in rats. Researchers

concluded that CBD likely does this by inhibiting T-cell

proliferation, rather than possessing antibacterial

properties.

Whatever the mechanism is for destroying bacteria, CBD

seems to be a potent weapon against the antibiotic

resistant “superbugs” that are becoming more and more

of a problem today.

Other Remedies to Consider: Don’t want to try

cannabidiol? There is also research on using garlic, honey

and oregano oil for drug resistant strains, but work with a

practitioner experienced in infectious disease.

5. Reduces Inflammation

Chronic inflammation is a huge problem in our society

that contributes to many non-infectious diseases

including heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, autoimmune

disease, and more, according to the National Center for

Biotechnology Information.

Diet and lifestyle play a huge part in chronic inflammation

but when folks are already eating a healthy, nutrient-

dense diet and optimizing their lifestyle (getting enough

sleep and exercise for example), CBD oil can help.

Research also shows that CBD oil can reduce chronic

inflammation that leads to disease.

Other Remedies to Consider: Research agrees that it is

important to address gut health to manage

inflammation. Removing refined sugar from the diet has

also been shown to reduce inflammation in as little as a

week.

6. Reduces Oxidative Stress

Oxidative stress is responsible for many ailments today.

Oxidative stress is when the body has too many free

radicals and can’t keep up with neutralizing them (with

antioxidants). This is more of a problem now than in the

past because our environment is so much more toxic than

it once was. A 2010 study shows that CBD oil acts as an

antioxidant and another study found CBD has

neuroprotective qualities. So CBD can reduce

neurological damage caused by free radicals.

7. Help for Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a complicated and serious disease that

is typically managed through therapy and pharmaceutical

drugs (that carry hefty side effects). Anecdotally, many

folks have found that CBD oil has helped reduce

hallucinations. Research is beginning to catch up too. A

March 2015 review of available research found that CBD

was a safe, effective, and well tolerated treatment for

psychosis. But more research is needed to bring CBD into

clinical practice.

It should be mentioned that THC, the psychoactive

compound in marijuana, may actually increase psychosis

for those at risk. CBD oil, on the other hand, only helps

reduce psychosis and may even counteract psychosis

brought on by marijuana use.

8. Promotes Healthy Weight

Cannabidiol can help maintain healthy blood sugar,

stimulates genes and proteins that helps break down fat,

and increase mitochondria that helps burn calories.

CBD also encourages the body to convert white fat to

brown fat. White fat is the kind of fat we typically think of

when we think about body fat. Brown fat is fat that is in

small deposits that behaves differently than white fat.

Brown fat is said to improve health by enhancing the

bodies ability to burn white fat, create heat, and even

regulate blood sugar.

9. Improves Heart Health

Heart disease is a growing problem today. In fact, it’s the

leading cause of death in the U.S. A healthy diet and

lifestyle is a top priority for heart health, but CBD oil can

also help. According to research cannabidiol reduces

artery blockage, reduces stress induced cardiovascular

response, and can reduce blood pressure. It may also

reduce cholesterol.

As mentioned earlier, CBD oil is helpful in preventing

oxidative stress and inflammation. Both of these are often

precursors to heart disease.

10. Improves Skin Conditions

CBD oil can be used topically to treat skin conditions.

Studies show CBD oil has a high potential for treating skin

conditions like eczema by encouraging abnormal cell

death. It can also help regulate the skin’s oil production,

reducing acne. CBD also contains many nutrients like

vitamin E that help improve and protect the skin.

Other Remedies to Consider: Diet is vitally important for

skin health. Many people find that removing foods like

sugar, dairy or grains (if sensitive) improves skin. I also

personally use a skin probiotic spray that has made a

huge difference for my acne prone skin.

11. Fights Cancer

CBD oil’s role in cancer treatment still needs more

research, but what is available is looking promising.

According to the American Cancer Society, CBD oil can

slow growth and spread of some kinds of cancer (in

animals). Because it fights oxidative stress and

inflammation (and both are linked to cancer) it makes

sense that CBD oil could help fight cancer cells.

CBD vs. Hemp Oil

This is a common question and misconception. As

mentioned above, while they come from the same plant,

they are different strains and CBD is harvested from the

plants that contain no THC (or negligible levels). CBD is

completely legal and is not considered a drug. Because of

the often confused history of these plants, many

manufacturers use “hemp oil” instead of the more

controversial “CBD oil” in their marketing. CBD levels can

vary drastically based on manufacturing, so it is important

to find a high quality manufacturer with verified levels.

From a sustainability standpoint, it is a shame that hemp

has gotten so much negative press because it comes

from a similar strain of plant. Aside from the CBD benefits,

hemp is one of the strongest, longest, and most durable

natural fibers and it can be grown without any type of

pesticides or herbicides! It also:

• makes up to four times as much fiber per acre as

pine trees

• can be recycled many more times than pine-based

pulp products

• is easy to grow without chemicals and is actually

good for the soil

• produces a seed and seed oil rich in protein,

essential fatty acids and amino acids

How to Use CBD Oil

CBD oil is most often used internally (through ingestion).

Because CBD oil is a relatively new supplement, exact

dosing isn’t well established. While more long-term

studies are needed, there is no established CBD

“overdose” and there are very few if any side effects at

any dosage.

When trying to find the right dosage, consider these

things:

• Start by purchasing a high quality oil from a reputable

company. A higher quality oil will be more

bioavailable, so a lower dose can be enough.

• Begin with the recommended dosage on the bottle

(especially if using preventatively).

• Some notice a change immediately, while others

don’t notice any improvement for several weeks. If

after several weeks there is still no change, increase

the dosage.

• As with most herbal supplements, a small dosage 3-4

times a day is usually more therapeutic than one

large dose.

Important note: Though CBD oil on its own is very safe, it

may interact with medications, particularly opioids. Speak

with your doctor if you’re concerned about interactions or

are unsure about using hemp oil for your conditions. I

know it’s tough to find a primary care doctor who

understands alternative practices, but there are options

that pair you with a doctor who fits your lifestyle.

CBD Oil for Pets

Sidenote for our furrier friends: All mammals have an

endocannabinoid system, CBD oil can have some of the

same benefits for pets as it does for humans.

For cats and dogs in particular, CBD oil may help with:

• excessive barking or crying

• pets getting along with other pets

• pain

• relaxing pets before a trip to the vet

• lack of appetite

• separation anxiety

How to Use CBD Oil for Pets

There may be some trial and error in finding the right

dosage for pets. Start with a low dose of 1 milligrams per

10 pounds of body weight and go up to 5 milligrams per

10 pounds of body weight if needed. A higher dose may

be necessary for some ailments. A low dose 3-4 times a

day.

This article was medically reviewed by Dr. Scott Soerries,

MD, Family Physician and Medical Director of SteadyMD.

As always, this is not personal medical advice and we

recommend that you talk with your doctor.

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