More and more countries around the world regulate the use of marijuana, and in all the uproar there is one product that consumers accept best – that is CBD oil.
This oil has gained popularity and the number of consumers is growing exponentially. Of course, the media has also made a lot of money from CBD ads and the trend is unlikely to change in the near future.
A recent World Health Organization report has shown that CBD has no adverse effects and is not linked to any health issues. In fact, to date, no medical evidence has emerged that the use of pure CBD can cause health problems.
In this short article, we will discuss some of the potential health and medical benefits that CBD brings to people. A world-renowned organization, the Arthritis Foundation, will share its thoughts on the benefits and drawbacks of using CBD as well as hemp-based medicines.
We will also review the best and most appropriate uses of CBD in its purest form. Some of the advice is to start with low doses and increase gradually, buy from reputable companies, consult with doctors before using CBD etc.
Interestingly, this is the first CBD instruction of its kind from a known patient advocacy organisation in the world. The focus will be on how to use CBD safely, responsibly and rationally to prevent or treat various ailments. Although there are still insufficient clinical studies on the effectiveness and safety of CBD in pain management, filling an information vacuum can help reduce fears, especially among older users.
It looks like it’s going to be an interesting session, as we go together through an overview of some recommendations, and also clarify some points on the use of hemp-based ingredients.
Well, let’s get started. What is CBD?
CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol, a non-intoxicating product derived from hemp. Studies have shown that CBD remains the second most dominant active ingredient in hemp. It does not intoxicate the user, and CBD has also become a major component of medical cannabis.
Health benefits of CBD
Cannabidiol is a natural therapy for many conditions. It includes some of the conditions associated with arthritis symptoms, such as pain, insomnia and anxiety, but also depression, addiction and nerve pain.
1.Suitable for the treatment of arthritis
New research shows that CBD extract from hemp is capable of relieving pain and treating osteoarthritis and related symptoms. Arthritis is known to be a cause of many chronic pain cases in the European Union, and over 50 million Europeans suffer from it.
Various studies confirm the effectiveness and power of CBD to relieve the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. One study claims that CBD can be a safe and beneficial treatment for osteoarthritis-related joint pain.
2.CBD as a great treatment for anxiety and depression
CBD has therapeutic properties in reducing anxiety and depression. Anxiety and depression are two health conditions that can taint a healthy lifestyle and well-being. According to the World Health Organization and a review in the Journal of Neurotherapeutics, depression is the number one factor that contributes significantly to the causes of various disabilities, and anxiety ranks sixth.
Typically, these two conditions are treated by pharmaceutical means. Ironically, the risk factors for the use of pharmaceutical drugs are quite high, and include sleepiness, nervousness, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, and others. In addition, the use of medical devices such as benzodiazepines has adverse effects on the health of the user and can lead to addiction and substance abuse.
On the other hand, CBD oil has shown to be a promising drug for depression and anxiety, because of its potential to affect the brain receptors responsible for serotonin, the brain cells regulating mood and social behaviour.
3.CBD relieves insomnia
CBD has extremely effective anti-anxiety and sleep-prolonging properties that make it suitable for the treatment of insomnia. Insomnia is often accompanied by severe pain and discomfort, and CBD can help greatly relieve these symptoms.
CBD oil also increases adenosine levels. It is a neurotransmitter in the brain that helps the heart and the functioning of the vascular system, relieving painful inflammations in the body.
Moreover, CBD oil is also believed to help maintain alertness during the day, especially at low doses. Generally, people with insomnia can take CBD in the form of capsules, vapor, ointments or tinctures if they feel extremely tired due to the lack of sleep.
CBD is also great as a therapy for children suffering from post-traumatic stress or anxiety disorders, and it has anti-depressant-like effects when given to animals. Many use this natural product to treat these conditions, which increases the interest in the product.
5.Reducing blood pressure
Research also shows that practitioners are now choosing to use CBD instead of placebo when it comes to lowering blood pressure at rest. This happened after a recent study found that it successfully helped a relatively large number of people with a single dose 600 mg of CBD oil.
Researchers believe that CBD oil’s antioxidant, anti-stress and anti-anxiety properties enable it to lower blood pressure as well.
6.Active as protection for neurology patients
Patients suffering from neurological disorders may now get some relief from their condition, as studies show that CBD offers many health benefits preventing these disorders. The ability of this product to affect brain signalling systems is a boost to neurons.
Studies show that CBD can help with neurological disorders such as epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. Although research in this area is still new, the results from early studies already indicate some probable benefits.
CBD use for arthritis and related symptoms
Whether in oil or powder form, CBD is great for arthritis therapy. CBD also comes in the form of creams or gels, commonly referred to as topicals. People can use CBD creams and gels on their skin in areas affected by arthritis.
Also, people can take CBD in the form of capsules or oral spray.
Dosage and preparation
There are certain instructions to follow when preparing and using CBD oil. Experts say there is no “right” dose of CBD oil, but the daily dose ranges from 5 to 25 mg for the average consumer and far more in extreme cases.
However, you will not know it unless you read the product label. The ingredients listed there must be of natural origin. Natural CBD contains natural ingredients, including proteins, terpenes and chlorophyll, which provide many health benefits.
Whether you buy CBD isolates or full spectrum CBD oils, some products with flavours or diluents can have adverse health effects. Always check online or ask your supplier if you do not understand the ingredient list.
In all cases, research is still ongoing as to assessing the clinical benefits claimed in the hypotheses and theories of natural medicine practitioners.
This article was written by an independent and impartial author who specialises in CBD, industrial hemp and cannabis research. Any opinions, advice or recommendations expressed in this article do not represent the views of Ozzo CBD or our staff.