Since the turn of the century, there has been a huge resurgence of interest in cannabis products and the many psychological and physical benefits they produce.

Pure CBD derived from hemp is federally legal in the United States since the passing of the 2018 Federal Farm Bill, although some states have not yet legalized it. Individual state laws for cannabis are constantly changing, so it is difficult to outline all the current regulations. As of April 2021, only two states still prohibit the use of CBD products.

CBD oil is a concentrated liquid containing the active compound. Many products containing CBD are available on the market, including tinctures, vaporizers, massage oils, lotions and other self-care products, edibles, teas, and other drinks, and many more.

And, people have been using hemp plants to improve their health and treat medical conditions for thousands of years. Researchers are finally catching up, studying the benefits of CBD oil for a wide variety of physical and mental conditions.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, often referred to simply as CBD, is the most prominent, naturally occurring active compound found in cannabis plants. Cannabis plants create a wide variety of compounds, more than 100 different compounds have been identified.

Now, CBD is not psychoactive, meaning it does not produce a “high” feeling. CBD is more like taking a multivitamin, you might not feel the effects, even if it is working hard inside the body. It is safe to drive, operate machinery, and perform other tasks while taking pure CBD products.

CBD has been widely researched in recent years and has been shown to work in the body in multiple ways, creating a wide variety of health benefits. Some of the healing properties of CBD include:

  • Anxiolytic benefits (stress relief)
  • Antiemetic benefits (nausea relief)
  • Analgesic benefits (pain relief)
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Regulation of appetite
  • Neuroprotective benefits

What Are the Health Benefits of CBD?

Pain Relief

As for pain relief, cannabis plants have been used to treat pain for as many as 5,000 years. The human body creates a type of neurotransmitters called endocannabinoids. This system of neurotransmitters and their receptors, called the endocannabinoid system (ECS) helps to regulate a wide variety of functions including pain, sleep, appetite, and immune functions. Studies have shown that CBD impacts these endocannabinoid receptors, reducing inflammation and pain responses.

Reduces Anxiety and Depression

Sadly, anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental health disorders worldwide. CBD oil has demonstrated efficacy as a treatment for both depression and anxiety through its ability to act on brain receptors for serotonin, another neurotransmitter that regulates mood and social behaviors. One study found that CBD reduced acute anxiety in people who were given a public speaking task.

Neuroprotective Properties

Perhaps the most impressive benefit of pure CBD oil is its effects on neurological disorders, including epilepsy. This benefit has been recorded many times anecdotally, and several clinical studies have shown promising results in treating epilepsy, Dravet syndrome (a complex childhood epilepsy disorder), multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Promotes Heart Health

Pure CBD oil has been linked with several benefits to the heart and circulatory system. This is primarily due to CBD’s ability to lower high blood pressure, which is linked to several potentially fatal health conditions including stroke, heart attack, and metabolic syndrome.

CBD may ease cancer symptoms as well as side effects of cancer treatments, like nausea, vomiting, and pain. Even more impressive, test-tube, and animal studies have shown that CBD may have anticancer properties. While these studies have not yet been conclusive in humans, this research shows great promise for the anticancer and antitumor properties of CBD.

Treats Acne and Other Skin Conditions

Acne is a common skin condition which is caused by a variety of factors, including inflammation, genetics, bacteria, and overproduction of sebum. CBD oil has been shown to treat acne through its anti-inflammatory properties. And, CBD has also been found effective in treating eczema, rashes, bug bites, and dry skin.

Other Potential Health Benefits

Researchers continue to study CBD as a treatment for a variety of other ailments including:

  • Inflammation
  • Diabetes prevention
  • Eating disorders
  • Chronic pain disorders
  • Sciatica
  • Muscle spasms
  • Movement disorders
  • Cognition dysfunction
  • Psychotic symptoms
  • Substance abuse

Are There Any Side Effects?

CBD is generally considered safe and is well-tolerated by most people. However, some studies have noted the following adverse reactions:

  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Changes in weight and appetite

The Takeaway

CBD is generally considered safe and effective for most people. It supports overall health and is a potent treatment for acute pain, making it a useful supplement to healthy individuals as well as those suffering from a medical condition.

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