Curious about the uses of CBD oil?
Today we’re listing thirty interesting ways that CBD oils can potentially be used for treating illnesses and supplementing health.
CBD Oil & The Endocannabinoid System
CBD oil, or Cannabidiol, is an extract from cannabis that’s typically diluted into a carrier oil such as coconut or olive oil. It works by targeting special cannabinoid receptors in the body that are a part of the endocannabinoid system.
Confirmed recently in the 20th century, the endocannabinoid system could be one of the most important physiological systems in biology. Animals, humans, and pretty much anything with a spinal cord, has a natural endocannabinoid system.
The body produces cannabinoid compounds that modulate many activities and mechanisms of the body and brain. These are referred to as endocannabinoids. The body produces endocannabinoids, such as Anandamide, as needed.
In large, the endocannabinoid system alters the signaling of immunological and nervous systems. CBD directly and indirectly targets the endocannabinoid system. This allows its therapeutic properties to activate the innate homeostatic mechanisms of the endocannabinoid system, returning balance to health.
Taking CBD Oil
There are a few different methods to use CBD oils. The method used to administer CBD oil may depend on the reason for using it. CBD oil can be –
- Titrated into gel capsules and ingested
- Ingested in drops, or in infused food and drinks
- Taken in drops sublingually
- Applied topically to the skin
CBD and other cannabinoid based therapies affect individuals uniquely according to many different variables. The potency and dosage, along with the method of administration are important factors in predicting how CBD oil may affect you.
Personal genetics, environment, tolerance, substance use, and personality type may also affect how CBD acts on the mind and body.
Now, let’s take a look at 30 interesting uses for CBD oil
Millions are suffering from anxiety related to stress, and the current drug treatments available, such as benzodiazepines and other anti-anxiety drugs, have toxic and dangerous side effects.
CBD can be taken as a daily supplement to help manage stress response. The compound dampens stress signals sent to the brain that lead to anxiety, reducing the bodies stress response.
Anxiety is largely a subjective experience. One may describe it as a sensation like drowning or being choked, while another may describe it a feeling completely overwhelmed mentally and physically.
Clinical and animal studies have shown that CBD may be able to reduce anxiety related to stress. Ingesting CBD oil could be a great option for those seeking relief from anxiety.
Studies show that not sleeping enough, or not getting enough quality sleep, can have severe negative affects on mental and physical wellbeing.
What’s keeping us up at night? In large, it’s chronic pain and anxiety. CBD oil targets the endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for attenuating functions of pain perception, emotions, and stress-related anxiety.
CBD may reduce pain, inflammation, anxiety, potentially helping those with chronic conditions such as PTSD rest better.
Whether pain is internal, related to acute injury, or on the skin, CBD oil may be able to provide relief. Cannabidiol targets endocannabinoid receptors and other neurological receptors that are responsible for modulating our perception of pain.
CBD may be the answer to providing a safe and non-toxic pain reliever, potentially replacing toxic and deadly NSIADs and opioids.
Tinnitus is a difficult disease in which people hear a variety of sounds with no apparent source. They can range in volume and intensity, usually worsening with stress and bettering with relaxation.
One of CBD’s greatest potential therapeutic benefits may its anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is a process protects and cleans damaged parts of the body. Too much inflammation can be deadly though, and chronic low-grade inflammation can lead to many different conditions.
Inflammation is a response of the immune system. CBD oil modulates the inflammatory response by targeting the endocannabinoid system through specialized receptors that are on the outside of cells and tissues throughout the body.
Depression can be difficult to manage and current drug treatments may be helpful for some, but in general are very dangerous, addictive, and toxic.
In the lab, CBD has been shown to bind with the receptor known as 5-HT1A. This receptor is related to serotonin production and is considered a “hub for emotional stability”. Anti-depressants target the same receptor. CBD’s difference is that it doesn’t come with the deadly and dangerous side effects that normal anti-depressants do.
CBD, in vitro and in vivo, has been shown to kill many types of cancer cells via apoptosis, and can even prevent them from metastasizing, or proliferating throughout the body. It may even prevent some cancers from developing as well as providing therapeutic benefit to chemotherapy patients.
Diabetes refers to a group of diseases that affects the way our bodies process glucose, or blood sugars, and produce and use insulin. High blood sugar can lead to multiple health conditions. CBD’s many therapeutic properties may be able to help diabetics with their condition as well as various common underlying health problems.
Insulin is what helps process blood sugars, but diabetics may have problems producing and/or using insulin. CBD may target endocannabinoid receptors located within the pancreas where insulin is produced. There it may help insulin production, potentially reversing diabetes and/or preventing its onset.
Obesity has become a worldwide epidemic affecting people of all ages, ethnicities, and socioeconomic statuses. For the most part, obesity is a preventable disease through lifestyle and dietary factors.
CBD has great potential value for those managing weight. It may suppress appetite, increase metabolism, and affect emotions related to eating. It may also provide relief from chronic inflammation and pain, as well as other health issues commonly associated with obesity.
Migraines are mysterious pains and sensitivities stemming from the cranial nerves. The root cause of migraines remains unknown, but factors such as stress, caffeine, and diet may be to blame. Typical drugs for pain have a hard time treating migraines and other neuropathic pains.
CBD, however, has shown great promise in clinical and animal studies. CBD is able to attenuate and reduce neuropathic pain perception through indirectly targeting nociceptors cells in the nervous system.
- Neuropathic pain
Neuropathic pain stems directly from the nervous system, such as in migraines, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, and fibromyalgia.
Treating neuropathic pain with opioids and other traditional pharmaceuticals has proven difficult, as most patients don’t experience relief.
CBD, however, has been shown to provide pain relief from neuropathies, especially for those who haven’t had relief from opioids and other pain medications.
CBD in the treatment of seizures has been the compound’s breakthrough into mainstream medical care. There are numerous studies demonstrating CBD’s amazing anticonvulsive abilities, but recently the American Epilepsy Society produced research that verifies what countless of epileptic patients have reported.
That CBD can potentially stop seizures and reduce the frequency of seizures in many types of convulsive conditions.
- Skin issues
Many people suffer from various types of skin conditions. It may be conditions such as Eczema causing skin issues, simply problems with dryness or irritation, or even a more serious condition like skin cancer.
The skin’s tissues and peripheral nervous system host many endocannabinoid receptors. CBD targets these receptors and is potentially able to reduce inflammation and pain on the skin. The oils replenish the skin, addressing dehydrated tissues, and CBD may even be able to kill and prevent skin cancers from developing.
- Crohn’s disease
Crohn’s disease, and other conditions affecting the gastrointestinal tract and organs, is a chronic inflammatory condition causing pain, anxiety, depression, and many other symptoms.
CBD’s anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties have been shown in the laboratory to provide therapeutic relief to Crohn’s patients. Some studies even report that cannabis-based therapies have induced long-term remission in patients.
- Muscle cramps and spasms
There are many reasons that muscles may cramp or spasm. Dehydration, injury, physical wellness, and severe medical conditions may be to blame.
Studies have shown cannabinoids effectively reduce frequency and intensity of spasms. CBD, or Cannabidiol, may also be effective in managing cramps and tense muscles. It’s thought that the compound provides muscles relaxation by indirectly modulating the nervous system.
- Chronic Fatigue
Having enough energy to get through the day and feel well is a huge issue for many people around the world. Stress, anxiety, pain, medications, emotional wellness, and severe disorders can all cause fatigue.
While fatigue may be normal, chronic fatigue should not be considered normal. A condition referred to as Myalgic Encephalopathy is commonly diagnosed for those having issues with chronic fatigue.
The root cause is still unknown; it’s thought that CBD may be able to help those with ME to manage common symptoms such as inflammation, pain, and depression.
- Mood swings
Our bodies produce compounds called endocannabinoids, which serve to assist many bodily functions, especially those related to emotional stability and well-being.
CBD may provide balance to mood and temperament by addressing irritability caused by stress-related anxiety. It may also provide therapeutic relief from depression by altering the brains biochemicals, which could potentially bring relief to those with bipolar disorders or other conditions with emotional instability.
PTSD comes with many symptoms such as anxiety, insomnia, depression, nightmares, and more. The illness is still not well understood, but is thought to be correlated with traumatic experiences, memory, and emotions.
Those suffering from PTSD may find relief with CBD from their symptoms. Furthermore, cannabinoid therapies may assist patients in restructuring how traumatic memories are related to emotional centers in the brain.
It’s well known that compounds from cannabis such as CBD are anti-emetic and can reduce sensations of nausea and vomiting. There are a number of mechanisms involved in CBD’s relief of nausea, but it’s thought that the compound indirectly dampens specific neuro-receptors involved in inducing nausea from acting.
Hypertension is also known as having high-blood pressure, which is a common pre-cursor to heart disease, a number one cause of death worldwide. Studies on CBD in humans and animals have shown that the compound can reduce hypertension as well as providing numerous other cardiovascular benefits.
It’s thought the arthritis is an autoimmune disease causing chronic inflammation and pain in the joints. Studies on transdermal applications of CBD present data that indicate that topical application of CBD has therapeutic potential for relief of arthritis pain-related behaviors and inflammation, without negative side effects.
- Eating disorders
Although not commonly discusses, eating disorders such as Anorexia and Bulimia are widespread and deadly. Those diagnosed with an eating disorder have mental and physical problems managing eating behaviors. Patients also commonly experience depression, anxiety, and other health complications.
Treatment of eating disorders is mostly focused on cognitive behavioral therapies, while little is done in terms of physical treatment. Studies on those diagnosed with eating disorders suggest that patients may have clinical deficiency of endocannabinoids or a dysfunctional endocannabinoid system.
CBD targets the endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for attenuating many aspects of mental and physical health, including appetite, hunger, satiation, depression, anxiety, and emotional wellness. Many eating disorder patients report great relief with CBD therapies.
- Pet health
Just like humans, and pretty much anything with a spinal cord, our pets have an endocannabinoid system. Many studies suggest that CBD, which targets the endocannabinoid system directly and indirectly, may have great therapeutic benefit to animals with symptoms of pain, anxiety, inflammation, and depression.
Asthma is a serious medical condition that can cause death. It consists of inflammation and spasms in the throat, lungs, and breathing muscles and passageways.
CBD’s anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, and anti-convulsive properties may provide relief from asthma symptoms. Current studies suggest CBD could be therapeutic for Asthma patients, however doctors encourage patients to keep their inhalers just in case.
Glaucoma is a disease that causes blindness from intraocular eye pressure. Compounds from cannabis, such as Cannabidiol, have been shown in animal and human studies to provide anti-inflammatory relief from intraocular eye pressure.
Research going back at least 50 years presents data that cannabis compounds may provide relief from glaucoma symptoms. For those at risk, CBD therapy may be a safe alternative to managing eye pressure.
Children and adults alike may experience hyperactivity, or exhibit some part of the attention deficit hyperactive disorders spectrum of symptoms including irritability, inability to focus, emotional instability, and mood swings.
ADHD is a complex condition and while over diagnosed, it is still a viable illness afflicting many. Research suggests that CBD may be able to provide those with hyperactivity relief from their symptoms by stabilizing cannabinoids in the body responsible for attenuating functions associated with focus, emotions, and pain reward mechanisms.
Research on CBD and sleep is still in its infancy, but data suggests the compound is a promising treatment for those suffering from chronic nightmares, REM sleep behavior disorders, and excessive daytime sleepiness.
While not fully understood, studies show that CBD therapy induces an improvement in sleep patterns in those suffering from nightmares. Nightmares occur during REM sleep, and scientists theorize that CBD can bring balance to sleep cycles, providing relief to those with conditions causing them to not sleep well at night.
- GI disorders
Gastrointestinal disorders affect the organs and GI tract. A GI disorder can lead to many other health conditions, but CBD may be able to provide relief for those underserved by traditional drugs.
Many studies on GI disorders such as Crohn’s disease and Colitis have shown that CBD may provide great therapeutic potential to patients.
It’s thought that CBD’s anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties are beneficial in healing GI disorders, but cannabinoid research suggests that CBD could help complex mechanisms related to digestion and metabolism as well.
Tremors refer to trembling or shaking and can vary from small, unnoticeable movements to severe inability to control trembling in one’s body. CBD may be a potential treatment for tremors due to its ability to effect motor coordination and movement.
Root causes for tremors aren’t well understood and the condition can stem from a variety of other illnesses. While not well understood, CBD shows promising therapeutic value to those suffering from tremors, such as with Parkinson’s patients.
Conclusion on the various CBD oil uses
There are countless interesting ways to use CBD oil. Whether it’s being utilized as a daily health supplement for wellness, or to treat severe diseases such as cancer, MS, or Alzheimer’s, CBD is just beginning to make its way into modern medicine.
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