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CBD oil or Hemp oil: what is it and what does it do?

CBD Oil has many benefits that seem to include every possible medical treatment in modern medical science. The medical use of marijuana has drawn some attention to the health use of hemp-derived products, but it’s important to understand how CBD oil is different.

The key difference is which parts of the plant are used to make the product. For example, CBD oil is also different from hemp seed oil, as it is not extracted from the seeds, but from the flowers, leaves, and stems of hemp. Surprisingly, studies show that CBD oil probably helps heals many diseases. 

Diseases are so different that they seem unrelated, in fact, but they’re not. New research suggests that each of these diseases may be due to dysregulation of the endocannabinoid system, or ECS for short. Haven’t heard about it? You are not alone! It is not as familiar to us as the cardiovascular or immune system but is an essential component of the human body.

The Endocannabinoid System and Its Importance

Every mammal has what is called the Endocannabinoid System, which is a lipid signaling system that was discovered in the 1990s. It was discovered by studying the effects of cannabis on the body. This amazing system that regulates the internal balance of the body takes its name from the cannabis plant that made its discovery possible.

Endocannabinoids and receptors are found throughout the body from the brain and other organs to glands and immune cells. The endocannabinoid system works differently in different parts of the body, but homeostasis (internal balance) is the ultimate goal.

Have you ever heard of “runner’s good health”? Research published in Scientific American has shown that endocannabinoids are largely responsible for this natural “hit” of euphoria, which enhances feelings of well-being and reduces the perception of pain. Cannabidiol (CBD oil) is another way to influence this powerful body system.

Properties of cannabidiol oil.

There are two different types of CBD products-hemp-based CBD oil (which is what this article is about) and marijuana-based CBD (which is what someone would buy at a dispensary). Both contain CBD and both are derived from the cannabis plant, but hemp and medical marijuana are different plant varieties.

Marijuana-based CBD usually contains more THC and other cannabinoids. CBD oil does not contain THC (a compound that causes an “uplifting” sensation). 

The variety that is commonly (and legally) used to make CBD oil is hemp. How is hemp oil different? A plant can legally be considered cannabis only if it contains 0.3% per dry unit (or less) of the THC compound. In a nutshell, CBD oil or hemp oil contains the benefits of the cannabis plant without the psychoactive compounds normally found through inhalation or other methods of consumption.

Benefits of cannabidiol (CBD oil) and its use for pain, depression, epilepsy, and other diseases.

Relief from chronic pain

Taking CBD can relieve pain and even prevent nervous system degeneration. It has been approved in Canada for multiple sclerosis and cancer pain. What’s amazing is that CBD doesn’t cause addiction or tolerance, so it’s a great choice for those trying to stay away from opioids.

The dose of CBD oil for pain can vary considerably. For mild pain, such as mild arthritis, mild PMS pain, or low back pain, light to moderate dose of CBD oil usually helps. For more severe pain, nerve pain, treatment-resistant multiple sclerosis, or cancer pain, you will likely need a higher dose of CBD oil.

Some people experience the pain-relieving properties of CBD oil right away, others need to take the oil for several days or weeks before they notice any improvement.

The time it takes to notice an improvement depends on the underlying condition causing the pain. Inflammatory pain, cancer pain, or pain from endometriosis can last for a long time – while arthritis pain, digestive pain, muscle pain, and PMS pain usually decrease within hours of taking CBD oil.

For arthritis or joint pain, you can get faster results by using CBD pain relief cream along with CBD oil.

Does CBD Has anti-epileptic properties

CBD has anti-epileptic properties that have been shown to successfully treat drug-resistant children with neurological disorders such as epilepsy (no side effects!). In one study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, CBD reduced seizure frequency by 23 percent more than those who took a placebo.

Even the Food and Drug Administration seems to agree that hemp-derived medicines have something of value to offer to society. In April 2018, FDA advisors approved the very first cannabis-derived drug that promises to help control seizures.

Other Treatments: Epilepsy in children is a serious condition and it is important to work with a qualified professional who specializes in this area. New research also shows that a ketogenic diet may be very beneficial for drug-resistant epilepsy, especially in children.

Reduces anxiety and depression

According to the Russian Anxiety and Depression Association, depression affects 6% and anxiety affects 18% of the Russian population each year. CBD has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety levels in those suffering from conditions such as PTSD, social anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

CBD has even reduced the stress and discomfort around public speaking.

While B12 deficiency may be to blame, CBD has been shown to reduce depression by enhancing both serotonergic and glutamate cortical signaling (both are absent in depressed patients).

Other Remedies: Dr. Kelly Brogan provides a lot of helpful information about anxiety and depression in this podcast episode. Vitamin B12 is also linked to mental health and it may be helpful to work with someone who has experience optimizing B12 levels.

Fights multidrug-resistant bacteria.

Researchers have found that cannabinoids (including CBD) have an unusual ability to kill bacteria (especially drug-resistant strains). More research is needed to find out how and why this works.

A 2011 study found that CBD could also slow the progression of tuberculosis in rats. The researchers concluded that CBD likely does this by inhibiting T cell proliferation rather than having antibacterial properties.

Whatever the bacteria-killing mechanism, CBD appears to be a powerful weapon against antibiotic-resistant “super popular insects” that are becoming more and more of a problem today!

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