Are you struggling with chronic pain, anxiety, diabetes, or cancer? CBD oil has been shown to work true natural miracles for those who live with these and other chronic conditions.
Let’s take a look at how it can help you.
CBD Is Not THC
We’ve known about cannabidiol (CBD) since the 1940s when it was first successfully extracted from the Cannabis sativa plant. However, its medicinal benefits took a bit longer to be discovered, thanks to the stigma associated with another Cannabis sativa extract, THC, and the ‘stoner high’. Even though it has been proven that CBD oil doesn’t alter our mental state, the stigma has delayed the medical world and society’s interest in this possible miracle substance.
Currently, only a handful of states still prohibit any form of cannabis in the United States, and most have legalized the use of medical cannabis, including CBD oil, though with a myriad of distinctions and exceptions.
For example, in Europe, medical cannabis is legal in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, The Netherlands, Romania, Spain, and Italy. In the United Kingdom, CBD oil is legal, but it has to be derived from hemp, which is accepted and legally grown.
Switzerland allows for CBD with less than 1% THC, and the same is true for Luxembourg. Canada made history this year by legalizing recreational cannabis, which means CBD is also allowed (though it has already been for a while). Furthermore, South Africa recently legalized the recreational use of marijuana (in private only), and CBD oil is allowed for medical use through strict channels. So, access to this natural healing tool is still largely prohibited but under assessment.
Medical studies focus on administering the extracted compound, rather than simply using the cannabis in its original form, so that the other components (like THC) can’t interfere with the treatment.
As an extract, there are several options available, depending on your needs, including the straight oil, which can be swallowed neat or mixed into food/drinks. It can also be inhaled via a vape pen, used in creams to be applied topically, and even as an oral CBD spray. There are even CBD jelly sweets available, which makes it much more fun to take than most medicines.
Is CBD Nature’s True Panacea?
Studies have become more prevalent in recent years as scientists are realizing the potential benefits of this misunderstood chemical compound. While all of the studies listed below showed a positive result following the use of CBD oil, most of the researchers noted that further testing would be necessary to confidently prove their theory.
Also, not all studies mentioned have been carried out on human subjects, which means that, for most of these, FDA approval is still a long way away. That said, CBD has a broad scope of potential uses, and the list of ailments that could possibly be helped by taking CBD oil is truly impressive.
One of the first diseases proven to be positively affected by CBD oil use was epilepsy, in a study in the 1980s. It was only this year, however, that the FDA officially approved a drug for the treatment of two rare forms of epilepsy; Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome that specifically arise in children. Studies are still being carried out on other, more common forms of epilepsy.
Dealing With Addiction
The University College of London carried out a study that showed smokers smoked 40 percent less when trying to quit cigarettes after using a CBD inhaler. CBD has even been tested in a study by the Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which shows it can be helpful in preventing relapse in drug rehabilitation, specifically regarding opioid addiction.
Chronic pain affects almost 20 percent of Americans and is part of the reason I Told You I Was Sick exists, so there has been much interest in studies that have shown it is possible to use CBD oil for pain treatment and its related sleep issues.
Given that chronic pain can be caused by any number of issues, including disease and injury, if CBD could be proven to alleviate their symptoms, up to 50 million people could return to happier and healthier lives.
Affecting several parts of the body, multiple sclerosis is just one of the neurodegenerative diseases that could benefit from CBD oil. A recent review in Frontiers in Neurology suggested CBD could help both the pain and muscle spasticity related to the condition, and research is underway to determine if other areas can be positively affected, too.
This year, a study in Modern Medicine Times showed significant improvement in subjects who were given CBD oil as a treatment for schizophrenia. Another study from the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute, in Australia, focused on cognitive impairment specific to schizophrenia and how CBD could reduce this without the standard side effects of traditional medication.
CBD oil is commonly mentioned when discussing the treatment of cancer symptoms, and even as a cure for the disease itself. Personal testimonies abound online, claiming CBD was the only thing that worked once chemotherapy and radiation had failed. However, the medical world is still awaiting scientific confirmation of CBD’s efficacy. Studies have shown that CBD specifically impairs the ability of cancer cell growth and thus reduces the spread of infected cells.
Also, unlike common cancer treatments, CBD is not destructive to the rest of the body as with radiation or chemotherapy. Studies have been conducted on breast and cervical cancer cells so far, and other studies are underway, however, no definitive proof has been confirmed.
Those who live with type 1 diabetes may have relief in sight thanks to CBD oil. A recent study by Dalhousie University in Canada showed that CBD oil can help to reduce the inflammation in the pancreas caused by diabetes, thus limiting the symptoms it causes.
Given that type 1 cannot be influenced by diet and fitness, this is an encouraging step towards helping individuals with this disease live happier, healthy lives.
The inflammation in the brain caused by Alzheimer’s symptoms can be reduced by CBD oil. Also, as an antioxidant, CBD can be instrumental in eradicating excess oxygen on the brain, which is also a symptom of dementia. Furthermore, research is being conducted on CBD oil positively impacting Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative disorders, as symptoms often affect parts of the brain and body in similar ways, according to the Salk Institute in California.
Anxiety comes in many shapes and sizes, though, essentially, is triggered in the same parts of the brain. CBD oil has been shown to positively affect obsessive-compulsive disorder, general anxiety, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a joint study by universities in the United States and Mexico.
This is particularly noteworthy, as CBD’s cousin, THC, has been known to cause negative reactions in those suffering from anxiety, so cannabis and marijuana use, in general, have always been warned against in these cases.
This Is Just the Beginning for CBD Oil
Though the legal side of things has been caught up in the muddy waters of marijuana and THC legalization, even the law has loosened up a bit, and CBD oil has been legalized in many states thanks to its existing medical uses. Major pharmaceutical companies have been hesitant to get on board. However, the current findings seem to be the tip of the iceberg, and if the various theorized uses prove accurate, CBD oil should soon become an easier, legalized ‘pill’ to swallow.