Published on: 09/25/16
What is CBD oil good for? Pain relief, and other ailments.
An increasing amount of people are looking towards all-natural ways to treat their own ailments as many have lost trust in Big Pharma having their best interest at heart. This is because of the negative side-effects of many prescription medicines. More and more people are becoming aware of the benefits of CBD oil, hoping to find relief.
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What’s the buzz about CBD?
The buzz-word when people talk of medical marijuana is cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD. But what is CBD?
Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Nora Volkow explained in a Senate Caucus that CBD is one of 80 or more active cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. Just because it is from the marijuana plant some people worry that CBD products will produce the high associated with the drug. This is not correct.
She says the CBD compound doesn’t have the same brain-base response as THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive found in cannabis. It interacts with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the body without causing alterations in the way people think and without the perception changes caused by THC.
She concluded by saying that although more research is needed, there is already significant preliminary research supporting CBD’s therapeutic potential.
What is the difference between CBD and hemp oil?
A naturopathic doctor at Santa Cruz Integrative Medicine, Aimée Gould Shunney, specializes in women’s health. She explains that CBD or cannabidiol is one of 120 cannabinoids found in hemp oil. Hemp oil, unlike CBD contains plant sterols, terpenes, flavonoids, fatty acids, chlorophyll and Vitamin E. When hemp oil is sold as food, it contains very little CBD, while CBD supplements contain higher amounts of CBD for supplementary health benefits.
How can CBD oil benefit you?
Shunney says she uses orally administered hemp oil in her practice for anxiety, stress resilience and sleeplessness. Founder of the CHA (Cannabis and Hemp Association), Scott Giannotti, adds that supplements containing CBD are good for neurological conditions such as OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) as well as PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), and inflammation in conditions such as fibromyalgia.
In 2013, a study was published in the journal Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology, which found that CBD interacts with the serotonin protagonist and showed effects on receptors resulting in reduced obsessive-compulsive behavior.
Another study done in 2013 published in the journal Current Clinical Pharmacology stated that preclinical studies on CBD indicated promising outcomes in the “fear factor”, a core symptom of PTSD.
Giannotti says CBD helps subdue inflammation, and strengthen the auto-immune system to combat disorders and infections such as flu, colds and tuberculosis as stated in an article looking into a bunch of studies on the topic. This review was published in Future Medicinal Chemistry, back in 2009.
According to Chiro Eco, CBD has been tested on autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, colitis and hepatitis, and multiple sclerosis, and have shown it protects the patient from pathogenesis by induction of many anti-inflammatory pathways. Positive effects were cited on cancers instigated by constant inflammation.
Lastly Giannotti says CBD has shown that it eliminates plaques that hinder organ functioning, and this is an indication of CBD being beneficial to Alzheimer’s patients because of CBD’s ability to restore communication between the brain and the body.
When to use Hemp oil and CBD supplements or topicals.
Giannotti says CBD should be delivered where it is needed, so in dermatological conditions such as arthritis, joint pain, eczema, nerve pain and general pain topicals work well. CBD can be formulated as tinctures, suppositories, vapor and capsules, and make it easier to reach the root cause of a condition to bring greater relief.
What is CBD oil good for?
It is interesting to see the chiropractic community responding so positively to CBD, advocating uses that are still in the research process. Are they living dangerously, or are they ahead of their time?
Disclaimer: Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Endoca and its staff. This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or cure. Endoca CBD products have not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).