With every the news cycle, political pundits misrespresent CBD oil
to either bolster their own platform or demolish that of a rival. Even well-intentioned supporters are prone to spreading misinformation. It’s about time somebody cut through the fog, don’t you think? Read on for an objective look at the facts.
What is CBD Oil?
, or cannabidiol, is a natural substance found in the herb cannabis
. It belongs to a class of plant chemicals referred to as “cannabinoids.” While some cannabinoids, like THC, produce mind-altering effects, CBD does not. It’s easy to lose yourself in the terminology, but here’s the gist: cannabidiol (CBD) is the substance in cannabis that offers all of the health effects of the plant without the high.
To best understand the medical uses of CBD oil, we should first discuss how the body uses its own supply. That’s right: Your brain produces its own cannabinoids. Referred to as the “endocannabinoid system,” this network of millions of cannabinoid receptors in the brain ties to several vital functions. Some of these functions include sleep regulation, memory, pain regulation, appetite and even pregnancy. Cannabinoids themselves, then, are neurotransmitters
(substances used to send signals to these many receptors).
How is CBD Used?
We’ll get into greater detail in other posts, but for now, here’s a survey of just a few of the conditions and diseases treated by CBD.
Unfortunately, not every day is without its stomach aches and upsets. Thankfully, CBD oil proves to alleviate the mild symptoms of the average American. And even better, it can ease the severe symptoms suffered by cancer patients. Many types of cancer entail persistent nausea, vomiting, and pain (especially at night). Sound familiar? Even the National Cancer Institute released a report
in January of 2019 stating that CBD oil promoted an antiemetic
) effect in cancer patients. The same report went on to list the substance’s analgesic
) effect in cancer patients.
The same analgesic effects of cannabidiol that make it an apt cancer pain remedy also make it perfect for chronic pain patients. More specifically, CBD works wonders for those with fibromyalgia. This is a degenerative joint disease that can cause a world of pain for patients post-surgery. Instead of potentially toxic alternatives like opioids, CBD is much, much healthier option for you, your liver, and your brain.
Possibly the most exciting application of CBD oil
is to date is for epilepsy. This common neurological condition causes abnormal electrical activity in the brain. This leads to frequent seizures in its most severe form. This use is particularly exciting because in many cases epilepsy medication promotes harmful side effects. Luckily, just weeks before we penned this post, the FDA approved its first prescription CBD oil product for epilepsy symptom management!
But Wait, There’s More!
As more and more states begin to legalize medical marijuana, more and more scientists begin to conduct clinical studies using CBD on a range of conditions. In addition to pain management, researchers are beginning to explore the anti-inflammatory
effects of cannabinoids. If successfully proven, this would allow millions of inflammatory conditions (irritable bowel syndrome, Coeliac disease, arthritis, to name a few) access to prescription anti-inflammatories in the future.
As you can see, cannabidiol has already given the medical community more than a peek at a very promising new horizon. By supporting cannabis research initiatives and giving CBD products a try for yourself, you can help us elevate this natural solution to so many ailments over its side-effect-heavy rivals.