Cannabis has always been a controversial topic. A lot of people associate it with recreational use but it can also be a natural remedy for pain, aging, and mental disorders. CBD oil is a chemical found in cannabis. It is not a psychoactive, so it can’t get you high as it has low levels of THC. It can be used as a natural and safe way to treat a lot of different health problems. Here are just a few:  (1)

10 Healing Benefits of CBD Oil, Backed by Science

1. Helps Manage Anxiety

A study done in 2010 tested cannabis and its effect on patients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). What they found was those who took the pill containing CBD oil had decreased feelings of social anxiety. In a scan of their brain of the participants, they saw that the oil actually affected the brain chemistry that causes anxiety. (2)

2. Helps You Quit Smoking

This use of CBD oil is still fairly new but a study in the US National Library of Medicine found that it can help people quit smoking. Smokers were given an inhaler with the oil and instructed to use it for one week whenever they had the urge to smoke. What they found was those who used the inhalers has a significantly reduced urge to smoke and no longer had a strong craving for nicotine. (3)

3. Treats Seizures Associated With Epilepsy

CBD is also known to treat seizures associated with epilepsy. A review posted to Epilepsia found that it can help some patients that experience epileptic seizures.  When testing its effect on neurological disorders they found THC a compound found in the oil was able to reduce the number of seizures in some patients. (4)

4. Helps Manage Type 1 Diabetes

Research posted on Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation tested CBD oil on mice with diabetes. It was able to reduce inflammation in the pancreas of the mice reducing their symptoms of diabetes. (5)

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5. Prevents Cancer Cell Growth

The British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology explains that CBD can help prevent cancer cells from spreading and invading other areas of the body. The compound is the oil limits the growth of cancer cells, it can be a good option for treatment as it also has a low toxicity. (6)

6. Treats Acne

Acne is caused mainly by inflammation and overworked glands in the body. The Journal of Clinical Investigation published a study showing how CBD oil can help treat acne. Being an anti-inflammatory it lowers the production of sebum that causes people to break out. (7)

7. Could Reverse Alzheimer’s Disease

According to an article in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease cannabis oil has been shown to reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s in mice. The mice that were taking CBD oil has a better time remembering their way around a maze and recognizing their environment. It also helped them to have less social withdrawal. (8)

8. Has an Anti-Aging Effect

Our skin is mostly made up of basal cells and healthy skin relies on our body’s ability to discard dead cells and replace them with new ones. A study in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology found that CBD can help this process and keep the skin looking youthful. It is a powerful antioxidant helping skin to keep its elasticity. (9)

9. Helps Treat Arthritis Pain

CBD oil can help make life more comfortable for those with arthritis. A study in the European Journal of Pain monitored rats with arthritis while using CBD gel to treat them. Over a period of four days, they found the rats show a dramatic improvement in the amount of pain they were feeling. There was also less inflammation around the areas with arthritis. (10)

10. Could Reduce Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

Multiple Sclerosis is a disease that affects the body’s nerves and brain. A report on the health effects of cannabis found that CBD oil was able to reduce the number of muscle spasms patients were having. Muscle spasms are a common symptom of multiple sclerosis and can be very painful, so having a natural option to lessen these symptoms can be very helpful to patients. (11)

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Conclusion

CBD oil has a lot of amazing medical uses especially for people experiencing pain or inflammation. It can be a good alternative for those who are wary of taking medication for relief, as most of the time they will come with lots of side effects.

If considering using CBD oil to treat any of your symptoms talk with your doctor first to make sure it is right for you.

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2.Anon, (2018). [online] Neural basis of anxiolytic effects of cannabidiol (CBD) in generalized social anxiety disorder: a preliminary report  Available at: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0269881110379283

3.Morgan CJ, e. (2018). Cannabidiol reduces cigarette consumption in tobacco smokers: preliminary findings. – PubMed – NCBI. [online] Ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23685330

4.Debra Rose Wilson, C. (2018). CBD oil: Uses, health benefits, and risks. [online] Medical News Today. Available at: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317221.php

5. Lehmann C, e. (2018). Experimental cannabidiol treatment reduces early pancreatic inflammation in type 1 diabetes. – PubMed – NCBI. [online] Ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27767974

6.NCBI. (2018). Cannabidiol as potential anticancer drug. [online] Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3579246/

7.NCBI. (2014). Cannabidiol exerts sebostatic and anti-inflammatory effects on human sebocytes. [online] Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4151231/

8.Cheng, D. (2014). [online] research gate. Available at: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/263934508_Long-Term_Cannabidiol_Treatment_Prevents_the_Development_of_Social_Recognition_Memory_Deficits_in_Alzheimer’s_Disease_Transgenic_Mice

9.Carvalho RF, e. (2018). Increased mast cell expression of PAR-2 in skin inflammatory diseases and release of IL-8 upon PAR-2 activation. – PubMed – NCBI. [online] Ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19889021

10. NCBI. (2015). Transdermal cannabidiol reduces inflammation and pain-related behaviours in a rat model of arthritis. [online] Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4851925/

11. National Academies of Sciences, a., Division, H., Practice, B. and Agenda, C. (2018). Therapeutic Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids. [online] Ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK425767/

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