The world is now starting to accept the medicinal value of marijuana and more and more states are now legalizing the use of marijuana and related products. With the legalizing, a product that gains much popularity is CBD. CBD oil is becoming popular as a therapeutic drug and is said to cure health issues like insomnia, anxiety, cancer and many more. Before jumping into the health benefits of CBD, let’s see what it is.
CBD and its Extraction
You might have heard of the cannabis plant and it has many chemical compounds in it, called cannabinoids. CBD or cannabidiol is just one of these compounds and does not have any intoxicating effects on the user. Moreover, it is believed to have many therapeutic effects on the users. As it is a non-psychoactive component, CBD oil will not offer a euphoric sensation to the user. As per the experts in the field, CBD oil has only very small traces of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the component that is responsible for the infamous marijuana high.
CBD is extracted from hemp plant (particularly the Cannabis Sativa variant) and then diluted with some carrier oil, usually coconut oil, to make CBD oil. The oil is available in a variety of forms, like concentrate, topical solution, tincture, wax, under the tongue sprays, edibles, and skin patches. All these products will have varying concentration of CBD.
Health Benefits of CBD
Various studies show that cannabidiol is a great remedy for many physical and mental health problems. Some of these benefits are discussed below.
Calms Down Epilepsy
Studies prove that CBD have anti-seizure properties and can be used to treat people with problems like epilepsy. In a recent study that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, it is claimed that CBD decreases the seizure frequency in epileptic patients by 23%. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisors have approved the use of Epidiolex (a pure form of CBD) under prescription for the treatment of two severe types of epilepsy in patients above the age of 2. These are rare and severe forms of epilepsy, called Dravet Syndrome (DS) and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS) and patients with these syndromes does not normally respond to the usual anti seizure medications that are available in the market.
Relieves Chronic Inflammation and Pain
Fibromyalgia patients suffering from choric pain felt great relief when they used CBD oil. It is also found that CBD oil is effective in treating pain and can also prevent nervous degeneration in users. CBD oil has been approved in Canada for the treatment of cancer pain and multiple sclerosis. Research conducted on rats and mice showed that CBD oil can reduce pain and inflammation in them. Therefore, it can be used as a modern treatment option for pain and inflammation. As per the studies of the National Center for Biotechnology Information, chronic inflammation can lead to many health issues like Type 1 diabetes, heart diseases, Alzheimer’s, and many more. CBD oil can be used to treat inflammation and hence it can help alleviate the issues related to inflammation.