How can CBD oil help you?

Many people take CBD oil for pain, stress, relaxation, and sleep issues that come on their own or are linked to some medical conditions. Nonetheless, the existing studies do not offer enough evidence to prove that CBD oil might help with most of the things it is claimed to help with.

CBD oil has become a staple ingredient from sports to the supplement world. Active people and sportspeople take it to boost performance and improve fitness. Are you new to CBD oil, and are you anticipating taking it for a medical challenge or recreational purposes? This article helps you know what CBD oil is and what early studies say about how it can help you.


The Basics About CBD Oil

It is an extract from cannabis plants, especially hemp and marijuana plants, although most brands use hemp to make it. There are many active compounds in cannabis plants called cannabinoids, and CBD oil is one of them. Unlike THC, another abundant cannabinoid, CBD oil is non-psychoactive and does not cause the 'high' effect linked to THC. It comes as tinctures, oils, topicals, edibles, and capsules and features three formulations, including;


  1. Full-spectrum CBD oil; has THC, CBD, additional cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids and has the full entourage effect of these compounds.
  2. Broad-spectrum CBD oil; features as many compounds as full-spectrum CBD oil but lacks THC, although it still has a full entourage effect of many compounds.
  3. Isolate-based CBD oil; features pure CBD without additional cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. It does not have the full entourage effect but still makes a great option for CBD, especially if you want pure CBD.

How CBD Oil Might Help You

CBD oil does not make you high since it's non-psychoactive. Therefore, you don't feel stoned when you take CBD oil, but THC makes you feel high. CBD oil may help you in other ways, as detailed below. More advanced studies are needed to prove the claims and their relations with CBD oil.


CBD Oil Might Relieve Your Pain

CBD oil promises to help the pain, both chronic and acute. According to Vuckovic et al. (2018), CBD oil may help with chronic pain from various conditions. The review looked at CBD studies that examined the relationship between the cannabinoid and pain from 1975 through early 2018 and concluded that CBD oil might help relieve pain from neuropathy, fibromyalgia, and cancer. It's no wonder that people with various chronic conditions that cause pain use CBD oil to manage the conditions. Furthermore, sportspeople find CBD helpful when they get hurt and suffer pain in the joints.


CBD Oil May Fight Inflammation and Reduce Its Symptoms

Inflammation is a naturally harmless condition that the body uses to respond to foreign organisms like pathogens that get into contact with it. However, it can become spontaneous or occur uncontrollably and affect immune cells, making it dangerous. Besides, when inflammation happens out of nowhere and attacks the body's cells, the effects are detrimental. It might cause, trigger, or worsen chronic conditions, including cancer, diabetes type 2, obesity, and heart disease. Can CBD help slow down inflammation? Bruni et al. (2018) noted that CBD oil could help with pain, and they attributed the pain-relieving benefits to CBD's anti-inflammatory properties. Still, more advanced studies are needed to prove that CBD oil is indeed anti-inflammatory and show the connection between these properties and inflammation in human beings.


CBD Oil Might Help Relieve Stress Anxiety, Depression, and Their Symptoms

The conventional treatment options for stress, anxiety, and depression keep becoming more expensive, and not everyone finds results in them. Many depressed people opt for CBD oil to help them manage stress and anxiety. So far, there is insufficient evidence to prove that CBD oil might help with stress, anxiety, and depression. Still, researchers like Blessing et al. (2015) claim that CBD oil might help treat anxiety disorders. Still, they recognize the CBD limitations, especially in measuring out CBD dosages and upholding the research findings.


CBD Oil May Help You Improve Sleep Quality

Can CBD oil help boost your sleep quality? Murillo-Rodriguez et al. (2006) noted that CBD oil could improve daytime wakefulness. By working as a waking agent, CBD oil seems to help one remain active in the day and find sleep at night. Still, insufficient evidence shows a direct connection between CBD oil and sleep. Most CBD brands add melatonin and other sleep-promoting compounds to CBD oil to enhance the cannabinoid's ability to improve sleep, showing that CBD oil may not boost sleep.


Conclusion

CBD oil is one of the many active compounds in cannabis plants that many have made part of their regimens. It does not make one high but is liked to have an uplifting effect. Studies suggest that CBD oil can help with sleep, pain, inflammation, and sleep problems, but more advanced research is needed to prove this true. In the meantime, if you choose CBD oil for any health benefit, consult a doctor beforehand.


References

Blessing, E. M., Steenkamp, M. M., Manzanares, J., & Marmar, C. R. (2015). Cannabidiol As A Potential Treatment For Anxiety Disorders. Neurotherapeutics: The Journal Of The American Society For Experimental Neurotherapeutics, 12(4), 825–836.

Bruni, N., Della Pepa, C., Oliaro-Bosso, S., Pessione, E., Gastaldi, D., & Dosio, F. (2018). Cannabinoid Delivery Systems For Pain And Inflammation Treatment. Molecules (Basel, Switzerland), 23(10), 2478.

Vučković, S., Srebro, D., Vujović, K. S., Vučetić, Č., & Prostran, M. (2018). Cannabinoids And Pain: New Insights From Old Molecules. Frontiers In Pharmacology, 1259.

Murillo-Rodríguez, E., Millán-Aldaco, D., Palomero-Rivero, M., Mechoulam, R., & Drucker-Colín, R. (2006). Cannabidiol, a constituent of Cannabis sativa, modulates sleep in rats. FEBS letters, 580(18), 4337-4345.

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