Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is an extract derived from
Cannabis sativa (marijuana plant). CBD oil contains only CBD as the active ingredient after excluding tetrahydrocannabinol [THC] or terpenes. It does not have the same psychoactivity but becomes an effective sedative and hallucinogenic substance, an eminent cure for relieving pain and other symptoms without the mind-altering effects of marijuana or certain pharmaceutical drugs. The oil is made from the CBD extract of the cannabis plant and further diluting it with a carrier oil like coconut or hemp seed oil.
Due to its therapeutic benefit, CBD is gaining momentum in the health sciences in order to ease chronic pain and anxiety.
What are its uses?
As a pain relief
The human body produces endocannabinoids, a neurotransmitter that binds to cannabinoid receptors in order to regulate vital functions of the nervous system including pain. CBD impacts the endocannabinoid receptor activity, reducing inflammation and interaction with neurotransmitters. Henceforth it has been shown effective in reducing pain in diseases like multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.
CBD has the ability to act on the brain’s serotonin receptors that regulate neurological activities like mood, anxiety, aggression, and social behavior. Hence it is used as a treatment for insomnia, anxiety, depression, or any post-traumatic stress disorder.
Reduce cancer-related symptoms
The chemotherapy involved in the cancer treatment induces certain symptoms like nausea, pain, or cognitive issues. A study shows that a one-to-one combination of CBD and THC administered via mouth spray reduces chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting. CBD helps to reduce symptoms related to cancer and even contains cancer-fighting properties.
CBD oil prevents sebaceous gland cells from secreting excessive sebum and even strives for anti-inflammatory actions by restricting the activation of “pro-acne” agents like inflammatory cytokines.
Since CBD acts on the endocannabinoid system and other receptors of the neural system, it shows a valued impact in treating neurological disorders like epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis.
CBD has powerful antioxidant and stress-reducing properties that help in reducing the inflammation and cell death associated with the heart. Due to such anti-anxiety and stress properties, CBD may help lower blood pressure.
What are its side effects?
CBD or CBD oil shouldn’t be used without medical prescription or supervision. Verify the proper method and use it with your doctor to ensure your safety and avoid potentially harmful interactions.
Here are certain side effects noted with the use of CBD or CBD oil.
Changes in appetite and weight
It can certainly interfere with undergoing medications.
Is it Legal?
Though there is much to be researched about the efficacy and safety of CBD, recent studies prove it as a safe, powerful natural treatment for many health issues. The legality of the CBD depends upon its nature and derivation like Hemp-derived CBD products (with less than 0.3 percent THC) are legal for medical use at the central level but still illegal under some state laws. The Marijuana-derived CBD is illegal under the central level but remains legal under some state laws. However, the nonprescription CBD products are not FDA-approved.