Cannabidiol (CBD) has become a very popular substance used to treat or manage several types of conditions and is being targeted by many scientific studies.
What science says
Moreover, the World Health Organization (WHO) has emitted an official report regarding CBD, in which the substance’s potential applications include cases of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, multiple sclerosis, Huntington’s disease, hypoxia-ischemia injury, pain, psychosis, anxiety, depression, cancer, nausea, inflammatory diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, infection, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn disease, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetic complications.
Also, the WHO states that “CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile”, and that “to date, there is no evidence of any public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD”.
Following the same line, the US National Institutes of Health also recognized the anti-seizure, neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-tumour, anti-psychotic, and anti-anxiety effects of CBD.
Top 5 health benefits of CBD oil
CBD oil is made by extracting CBD from its source and diluting it in a carrier oil. It’s thought to have many health benefits, due to this substance’s natural properties.
Here are the top 5 health benefits of CBD oil:
Regulates cognitive function and promotes mental health
Cognitive function regulation is among the most important actions of CBD; it can successfully regulate the brain’s functioning and act on several brain signalling pathways.
The most known and widely researched uses for CBD are related to neurological and psychiatric disorders such as epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, and schizophrenia, and this substance may also contribute to its prevention.
Studies suggest that CBD has antipsychotic properties and may be effective in managing emotional and cognitive deficits in schizophrenia, as well as in modulating emotional memory processing, usually altered in these types of conditions.
Given the benefits of CBD oil in the treatment of neuropsychological disorders, CBD-based medicines are currently being developed for many conditions. For example, the FDA has recently approved a CBD-containing medicine for treating severe forms of epilepsy, and the UK has also approved one for the management of multiple sclerosis symptoms.
Promotes muscle and mind relaxation
CBD oil is a natural antidepressant usually used in the treatment of depression and anxiety.
Also, since it can successfully promote mental and muscle relaxation, it promotes coping with stress, reduces social phobia symptoms, and alleviates epileptic seizures and febrile infection-related epilepsy syndrome (FIRES) seizures in children.
Given these properties, it’s also a very effective approach in cases of insomnia and sleep disorders. According to a few studies, CBD can effectively reduce episodes of sleep behaviour disorder in Parkinson patients, reduce anxiety and promote sleep in children with post-traumatic stress disorders, and significantly improve overall sleep quality, as well as pain and anxiety symptoms of moderate to severe complex motor disorders in children.
Helps in pain management
CBD´s analgesic properties are also widely known. CBD oil can be used for pain management, be it acute or chronic, and it often replaces opioids, since it does not cause addiction and does not get you high.
Studies show it can alleviate chronic pain, neuropathic pain, arthritis pain and, when combined with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), yield very effective results in the pain management of cancer patients.
Has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties
Besides its brain function interactions, CBD also has immunomodulatory properties: it’s anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial and immunosuppressive.
According to the published research, this compound can control inflammation processes, reduce inflammation in cases of multiple sclerosis, reduce bowel inflammation in patients with ulcerative colitis and other inflammatory bowel diseases.
Moreover, other studies found that CBD can also potentially treat viral hepatitis C, and that it’s strong anti-bacterial against certain bacteria strains.
Has cardio-protective properties
CBD oil can also yield benefits for our blood, circulatory and cardiovascular systems.
For example, it can successfully thin the blood, reduce blood pressure and heart rates in stress responses, thus reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Also, research indicates that it may protect the heart integrity in cases of heart disease and diabetes.