If you’re into health and wellness then you’ve probably been sold a bottle of snake oil or two along the way. There are a lot of unregulated supplements, oils and creams out there that may or may not really have any benefit. It’s easy to see why some people might be skeptical of a popular new ultra-trendy health craze that everyone is talking about. An all natural miracle cure for everything from migraine to cancer? Here is some hype-free facts about what CBD oil actually is, what you might use it for, and some thoughts on how effective it is. In other words, does this stuff really work?
What Exactly Is CBD Oil?
CBD is short for cannabidiol which is a chemical compound derived from the cannabis sativa (marijuana) plant. You may not know this but your body has its own natural endocannabinoid system that influences how your body, brain and immune system all work. CBD works alongside your endocannabinoid system to give you health benefits.
CBD can be added to many products, when blended into an oil it can be rubbed into the skin and absorbed. You can also ingest CBD with a vape, or add it to other cosmetic products or foods. In fact, a cafe chain in Chicago even put it in their coffee, according to CoolThingsChicago.com.
CBD Oil contains no THC, the psychoactive property that alters your brain chemistry and makes you feel “high.” Regardless, since it comes from the same plant it has been difficult to legalize or harvest. The Farm Act of 2018 made things much easier, and CBD oil became virtually legal in all states. According to HealthCareWeekly.com, the vast majority of CBD oil in the US is a by-product of industrial hemp and not from marijuana plants. The main difference between jarijuana and industrial hemp is the amount of resin in the plant. It’s a sticky legal matter and one that has made it difficult to product and market CBD until now.
The Potential Benefits Of CBD Oil
While the current trend is to use CBD oil to help with anxiety, depression and chronic pain conditions, it garnered the most attention in the medical industry when scientists discovered that CBD oil had a therapeutic use for epilepsy patients. In fact CBD oil was thrust into the spotlight when it helped tremendously reduce the seizures of a young girl named Charlotte whose family fought a very public legal battle over its use. Epilepsy affects the lives of over 50 million people around the world so this could help a lot of people. The use of CBD oil for epilepsy is the most studied use of the compound to date.
CBD oil’s use for treating chronic pain could be key in reducing the nation’s opioid epidemic. It could end up being a much safer but also effective option for treating back pain, migraine headaches, joint pain and more. It has also shown to be good at curing nausea, even after chemo treatments.
Another popular use for CBD oil is to treat stress, anxiety and depression. Anxiety and depression can be debilitating, stopping people from working or even enjoying their lives. Being able to find relief that doesn’t involve prescription or recreational drugs can truly change lives.
In addition to being used to relieve stress, it’s also been used to help people sleep. Millions of Americans complain that they don’t get enough sleep and have trouble either falling asleep or staying asleep through the night. Not getting enough sleep can make anxiety or depression worse. It’s been shown to help people stay asleep longer and achieve a better quality of sleep. While you sleep your body carries out crucial tasks related to your health and healing.
How Safe Is CBD Oil?
While CBD oil is now legal on the federal level, state laws vary and make things a little less clear to the public. Is CBD oil safe to use, or not? The fact that the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) gave the OK to use CBD to treat epilepsy should ease your mind that this all natural compound is safe to use. Furthermore, a US National Library of Medicine review of clinical data from CBD studies suggests that science hasn’t found any significant negative side effects caused by CBD. More studies are needed to be conclusive but early results indicate that CBD is safe.
This article, published by DailyCBDMag.com, details why many pregnancy women are turning to CBD and why this is a safe option for them. CBD helps with nausea, pain, anxiety and can even help you sleep. These are all common pregnancy ailments. With little to no side effects, it’s a great alternative to pharmaceuticals. Again, more research is needed to ultimately determine if CBD is safe to use during pregnancy.
Does CBD Oil Actually Work?
Due to hazy laws on the legality of CBD oil, there simply aren’t enough clinical trials and studies out there to prove definitively if CBD oil works or not for most of these ailments. However, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t work, there simply isn’t a lot of scientific data about it working. You can see a lot of anecdotal evidence, first hand accounts, of how well CBD oil works in forms all over the internet. Early studies that have been concluded are very positive and the medical community is starting to get excited about all the potential benefits CBD oil may bring us in the future. For example, doctors and scientists are already working on trials to see if CBD could be the answer for some forms of cancer, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkenson’s Disease, Alzheimers and many auto-immune disorders.
Author bio: This article comes from Andrew Peterson at VegasForAll