The growing awareness of health and well-being empowers many of us to seek the benefits of natural remedies in the hope of revealing new ways of finding much-needed relief. And one such hope could lie in CBD.
What is CBD?
CBD is often derived from the hemp strain of cannabis, which has little to no THC (less than 0.3%). Historically, hemp plants have been cultivated to be used industrially for clothing and manufacturing. However more recently, because of its high CBD levels and its low THC content, hemp is now being used in the production of CBD oil.
CBD or cannabidiol is one of many cannabinoids found in hemp oil. Hemp oil contains a variety of nutrients, such as plant sterols, terpenes, flavonoids, fatty acids, chlorophyll, and Vitamin E. CBD is purely used for its therapeutic value and doesn’t have any of the ‘high’-inducing effects of THC, therefore making it a great legal and natural alternative to stronger pharmaceutical drugs, that can have negative side effects. When hemp seed oil is sold as food, it often contains very little CBD, while CBD supplements and therapeutic oils contain higher amounts of CBD for supplementary health benefits.
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Is CBD Good for Pain Relief?
Those who try CBD are often those that are tired of the side effects of prescription pain medications. They want to try something that is good for their body and doesn't just treat the symptoms but enhances overall health without adverse side effects.
Studies have shown that CBD reduces inflammation in the brain and nervous system causing less pain responses. As well as inflammation, CBD also helps to stimulate your endocannabinoid system to produce more of the pain fighting cannabinoid, anandamide. CBD works to keep anandamide in your bloodstream instead of being absorbed by the body. This natural compound works to regulate pain, and high levels of anandamide in your bloodstream can reduce pain responses.
Studies have found CBD to potentially help with the symptoms of conditions such as:
- Arthritis pain
- Multiple sclerosis
- Chronic pain
- Back pain
- Joint pain
- Nerve pain
Is CBD Good for Neurological Disorders?
CBD has been known to aid neurological conditions. The majority of medical research has been on the effects of CBD on epilepsy. The most recent studies have been on the effects of CBD on Dravet Syndrome, a rare and extremely hard-to-treat form of epilepsy. Reports have seen reductions in the severity and frequency of seizures, and in some cases, CBD has stopped seizures altogether.
CBD is also thought to eliminate plaque that hinders organ function. This is why CBD could be potentially beneficial to Alzheimer’s patients, because of CBD’s ability to restore communication between the brain and the body helping reduce tremors and aid people in the early stages of Alzheimer's from losing their ability to recognize familiar faces.
Studies have found CBD to potentially help with the symptoms of neurological disorders such as:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Multiple Sclerosis- spasticity
- Brain damage prevention
Is CBD Good for Autoimmune Disorders?
Studies into the effects of CBD and autoimmune disorders have shown CBD to protect patients from pathogenesis by the induction of anti-inflammatory pathways.
CBD is a powerful antioxidant which helps fight inflammation by stimulating the vanilloid pain receptors. This inhibits the body from destroying the cannabinoid anandamide by suppressing the Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase (FAAH).
Studies have found CBD to potentially help with the symptoms of autoimmune disorders such as:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Crohn’s disease
- Diabetes Type 1
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Chronic inflammation
As you can see CBD has a wealth of issues that it can be useful for. These are just some of the conditions where CBD oil can help manage painful and debilitating symptoms.
If you didn’t see any of your ailments in part 1, don't forget to check out part 2. CBD’s list of benefits is so extensive, we had to list them all in two parts. Part 2 has even more of CBD’s benefits, including CBD for sleep function, CBD for stress, anxiety and depression, and much more.