Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is used for health purposes. But, the oil isn’t legal in each state.
CBD is one of the compounds, called cannabinoids, present in the cannabis plant. Scientists have been looking at the potential therapeutic uses of this compound.
The Benefits of CBD Oil Include:
– It may help lower oxidative stress
The oxidation process takes place as your body metabolizes (or processes) the oxygen that you breathe and your cells produce energy from it. The process also creates free radicals that interact with the molecules within your cells leading to stress or damage to nearby cells, DNA and mitochondria.
Free radicals are normal as well as necessary to certain extent. Aside from causing some damage, they may induce repair, as well. But, if the amount of free radicals produced begins to overwhelm the repair processes, it can become a problem. It’s what we call oxidative stress. However, CBD may help lower neurological damage triggered by free radicals.
– It helps alleviate the symptoms of many skin problems
CBD possesses many nutrients such as vitamin E that help enhance and protect the skin. The oil can be applied topically to alleviate the symptoms of various skin problems. Studies show that the oil may help treat skin problems, including eczema by stimulating abnormal cell death. It may also help regulate the production of the skin’s oil, fighting acne.
– It may help decrease the risk of heart disease
Research shows that CBD may reduce stress-related cardiovascular response, artery blockage, and LDL (bad) cholesterol, and high blood pressure.
– It helps reduce inflammation
The National Center for Biotechnology Information notes that chronic inflammation is a great problem in our society that results in various diseases, like autoimmune disease, Alzheimer’s, cancer, heart disease, and more. Research suggests that CBD oil may help decrease chronic inflammation that causes disease.
– It helps promote healthy weight
CBD may help increase mitochondrial count that helps burn calories, maintain normal blood sugar, and stimulate protein and genes that help break down fat.
– It helps relieve the symptoms of depression and anxiety
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America estimates that anxiety affects eighty percent and depression affects six percent of Americans every year. But, research suggests that CBD oil may help alleviate the symptoms of both anxiety and depression.
CBD has been found to help lower the levels of anxiety and stress in people suffering from mental illnesses, including obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and social anxiety disorder.
– It may help relieve the symptoms of drug-resistant epilepsy in children
The anti-seizure properties of CBD have been found to successfully relieve the symptoms of drug-resistant epilepsy in children. In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, CBD reduced the frequency of seizures by twenty-three percent compared to the participants in the placebo group.
– It may help soothe chronic pain
People who suffer from diseases characterized by chronic pain such as fibromyalgia may find relief with CBD. Taking CBD may help prevent nervous system degeneration and relieve chronic pain. It’s been approved in Canada for cancer and multiple sclerosis-related pain.
– It may help slow the spread and growth of some types of cancer
The role of CBD oil in the treatment of cancer still needs more research. However, the American Cancer Society notes that CBD oil may help slow the spread and growth of some types of cancer (in animal studies). As the oil may help fight inflammation and oxidative stress (both are associated with cancer) it comes as no surprise that it may help fight cancer cells.