Cannabinoid Oil: What Are The Benefits?
Before you start wondering if this article is meant to address stoners, we’d like to point out that you get cannabinoid oils and… well… other cannabinoid oils. There’s marijuana, which has a high concentration of THC and is often used recreationally because it gives one a ‘buzz’, and there’s hemp, which doesn’t make you high, but nevertheless contains health-giving cannabinoids.
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Fact number one: cannabis doesn’t have to make you high!
Although we’re not condemning those who enjoy the gentle high that THC gives, we realize that keeping a clear head, not falling into fits of the giggles or developing a craving for Oreos is important for many people – especially if they have to get through a demanding workday. So before we explore the health benefits of cannabinoid oils, let’s look at two of the major cannabinoids and their effects on your mind.
CBD vs THC
That sounds like the introduction to a boxing match, and in a way, the analogy isn’t far off. THC is psychoactive – it affects your brain and the clarity of your thinking – but CBD doesn’t. Not only that, but CBD actually counteracts the effects of THC; and while THC is linked to psychosis in some individuals, CBD is actually believed to have anti-psychotic effects. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s see how cannabinoid oils can benefit your health.
Health and curative benefits of CBD
Natural antioxidants help us to stay healthy, ridding our bodies of free radicals that cause ageing and disease. It may not be the fountain of youth, but you’ll certainly find that hemp seed oils live up to their reputation as a ‘superfood’. But what has people talking, is the curative effects of CBD that studies have uncovered.
Regretfully, it will take many years before the results of research are translated into further research and the registration of CBD as a cure for various illnesses, but many don’t want to wait for that to happen. It could take decades – so they’re seeking out CBD now, and there is plenty of evidence to back up their choice.
In fact, there’s so much evidence in favour of CBD as a treatment, that this article will only focus on the most highly publicized research results. Feel free to research the benefits of cannabinoid oil for specific conditions that affect you or your loved one!
There’s evidence to suggest that CBD not only helps to get ‘uncontrollable’ epileptic seizures under control, but may effect a lasting cure for epilepsy. Of course, the newspapers just call it ‘pot’. It’s so much more sensational that way!
2. Psychosis and schizophrenia
Although CBD doesn’t make one ‘high’ it has a calming effect. Oddly, another cannabinoid, THC, is linked to triggering psychosis, while CBD is seen as having great therapeutic potential in cases of psychosis. Perhaps nature intended them to be in balance. At all events, the research results are highly promising.
CBD can have the same effect as THC-laden medical marijuana in boosting the appetite and supressing nausea in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. But there’s also evidence to support the idea that CBD can actually cause cancerous cells to curl up and die – or at least not spread through the body. Unfortunately, a lot more research will have to be done, but for many, cannabinoid oil is offering a ray of hope.
4. And a whole bunch of other problems
Here are a few other conditions that CBD is believed to be good for, and that you might want to look into more deeply: chronic pain, nausea, diabetes, PTSD, alcoholism, cardiovascular disease, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and strokes. It’s far too soon to make any promises about just how cannabinoid oil will work for you, but many people are giving it a try. After all, it can’t hurt you, and might be able to help.
Author: Andrea Durrheim