Cannabis oil is quickly gaining momentum in the health industry as it has become an appealing option for people who are looking for relief from pain and from other health issues.
In this article, we will be looking at what scientific studies show when it comes to how cannabis oil might treat a wide variety of common ailments.
The following health benefits have been reported when using cannabis oil and are also backed by scientific research:
Cannabis Oil Can Relieve Pain
Marijuana has been used to treat pain for many years. Recently, it has also been discovered that cannabis oil (CBD), which is a certain component of marijuana, also has pain-relieving properties.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) within the human body helps to regulate many important functions such as immune system response, pain, appetite and sleep. The body produces neurotransmitters or endocannabinoids which bind to cannabinoid receptors in the nervous system. It has been shown that CBD will reduce pain as it impacts the endocannabinoid receptor activity, interacts with neurotransmitters and reduces inflammation. Research shows that CBD injections reduce the pain of surgical incision in rats and that it also reduces inflammation and nerve pain. Humans studies showed that it is also effective in treating the pain of arthritis and multiple sclerosis sufferers.
If you want to read a bit more about whether cannabis oil is the right choice for managing your pain, go to Authority Health to find out about the different natural ways to help alleviate pain.
It Reduces Depression And Anxiety
Depression and anxiety can have catastrophic impacts on your well-being and health and even though these disorders are usually treated with pharmaceutical drugs, they often cause many side effects such as headaches, insomnia, agitation, and drowsiness.
Many people who live with anxiety and depression have become interested in cannabis oil’s natural approach as it has shown to treat these disorders without the side effects experienced when using other conventional drugs. It has been shown that CBD reduces anxiety, speech performance and cognitive impairment. This is because CBD is believed to act on the receptors of the brain for serotonin (the neurotransmitter that regulates social behavior and mood).
It Can Reduce Cancer-Related Symptoms
Not only can CBD reduce cancer-related symptoms, but it can also reduce negative side effects of cancer treatment such as pain, vomiting and nausea. Some studies even found that CBD may have anticancer properties as it induces cell death in breast cancer cells in humans. However, these are animal studies and test tube studies which means that it is not certain yet whether it will also be effective in humans.
CBD Reduces Acne
Acne is believed to be caused by many different factors such as the overproduction of sebum, underlying inflammation, bacteria, genetics and more. Due to CBD’s ability to reduce the production of sebum and because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it will be able to help treat acne.
It Is Good For Brain Health
It is said that CBD may provide some benefits for those who have neurological disorders, such as multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Studies have found that cannabis oil can reduce spasms in up to 75% of multiple sclerosis sufferers. Another study gave people with epilepsy CBD oil after which their seizures reduced by 36.5%.
It has also been shown that CBD treatment improved the sleep quality and quality of life for patients with Parkinson’s disease.
Read more about how CBD may help promote healthy sleep.
It Is Good For Your Heart
Research shows that CBD has been linked to many benefits for the circulatory system as well as for the heart. This includes the ability to lower blood pressure (which is linked to many health conditions such as metabolic syndrome, heart attack and stroke).
It might be because of CBD’s ability to lower blood pressure that it is also effective at reducing anxiety and stress. Animal studies have also shown that CBD may reduce cell death and inflammation associated with heart disease because of its powerful stress-reducing and antioxidant properties.
More Potential Benefits
CBD is believed to provide benefits for the following conditions as well, although more studies are needed:
- CBD may help people with mental disorders such as schizophrenia as it reduces antipsychotic symptoms.
- It can be used as substance abuse treatment as it has been shown to modify brain circuits related to addiction. It has further been shown to reduce heroin-seeking and morphine dependence behavior in rats.
- In animal studies and test-tube studies, it has been shown that CBD has anti-tumor effects. It has also been shown to prevent the spread of lung, colon, brain, prostate and breast cancer in animals.
- Treatment with CBD has the potential to reduce diabetes by 56% and it also reduced inflammation. It, therefore, acts as an excellent diabetes prevention method.
Are There Any Side Effects?
CBD may cause some negative side effects in some people, even though it is considered safe and generally well tolerated. The following side effects have been noted or reported:
- Changes in appetite
It is also important to note that CBD does interact with a variety of medications and it is, therefore, essential to discuss the fact that you take it with your doctor to ensure that you are safe and to avoid any possible interactions.
What It All Comes Down To
Studies have shown that CBD oil can be effective in treating many health issues such as heart disease, depression, anxiety, acne, mental health disorders, substance abuse treatment and diabetes. It has even been shown to have anti-tumor effects and that it might be a natural alternative for pain relief and the treatment of cancer.
Even though research is quite new, the research of potential benefits of CBD is still ongoing and the chance is, therefore, good that new therapeutic uses will soon be discovered.
It seems like CBD is relatively safe to use with minor side effects reported by some. It is a powerful and safe natural treatment which might reduce symptoms for many health-related issues.
Barrett Jones is a clinical pharmacologist who studied at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas. He currently works in a chemistry laboratory in Columbia University (where he also lecturers occasionally) investigating how pharmaceuticals interact with our biological systems. He specializes in and is passionate about how medication used for treating ADD and ADHD may impact long-term cognitive abilities. He has written many papers and is often consulted in a number of lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies.