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The Many Uses of CBD Oil You Should Know

Updated on May 4, 2020
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Lauren Klesser is the Content Marketing Strategist for Half Day CBD, a thoughtfully-curated brand of organic hemp-derived products.

Civilizations across the globe have been benefitting from the remarkable properties of the cannabis plant for many generations. However, it was not until recently that cannabidiol (CBD), is manufactured and used in oil form.

CBD-infused products are becoming wildly popular these days as a natural remedy for several ailments. On the top of the list is CBD oil, which is made by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant and then diluting it with hemp seed oil or other types of carrier oil.

There's currently a strong buzz around CBD oil products online, and it will only get stronger.

Here are the uses and benefits of CBD oil you should know about.

Pain Relief

The human body has a special system that produces endocannabinoids, which were found to have a pain-relieving effect when they bind with the cannabinoid receptors in the nervous system. Further studies have shown that cannabinoids, including CBD, can also link with the cannabinoid receptors in the body and result in reduced sensitivity to pain.

Nowadays, the use of CBD oil is quite popular among people who are suffering from persistent or chronic pain. The topical application of CBD is said to be a potent defense against migraines. It can also help reduce inflammation and offer common pain relief.

Ease Anxiety and Depression

Mental health disorders like anxiety and depression can have devastating impacts on a person’s health and well-being.

While these disorders are often treated with pharmaceutical drugs, many medications for anxiety and depression cause negative side effects like agitation, drowsiness, insomnia, and sexual dysfunction. What's even more alarming is that some anti-depressants can be addictive, which may lead to substance abuse.

After numerous studies on the CBD’s effects on the brain's serotonin receptors (a neurotransmitter that regulates a person's mood and social behavior), CBD has emerged as a promising natural alternative for coping with the symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Stress Management

Stress can have an adverse effect on creativity and productivity, which is why being able to manage it is essential.

The calming effects of CBD can help people, especially those who are living a busy and hectic lifestyle, manage stressful situations better. For those who have insomnia or struggle to sleep soundly, CBD oils may help them get a good night’s sleep.

Moreover, studies on the nature and properties of CBD oil have shown that it possesses antioxidant and neuroprotective qualities. These characteristics can help reduce oxidative stress caused by free radicals and the rising toxicity in the environment.

Treatment For Epilepsy

Although further research is required to determine the safe and optimal CBD dosing for epilepsy treatment, results from clinical trials show that CBD is a highly effective treatment for certain types of epilepsy.

The anti-seizure properties of CBD can potentially treat drug-resistant types of neurological disorders. In fact, the USFDA has approved the prescription use of a purified form of CBD oil called Epidiolex for the treatment of two rare cases of epilepsy in 2018. The drug has the ability to reduce the seizures and, in some instances, stop them altogether.

Other researches on CBD suggested that it can also help treat complications that may arise from epilepsy, including psychiatric disease and neurodegeneration.

Skincare

The idea of using CBD for skin care might seem a little odd, but it actually has plenty to offer in this particular field. CBD has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging characteristics that can help people achieve clear and younger-looking skin.

High-quality CBD oil has both anti-inflammatory and soothing properties that can lessen acne breakouts and redness. Because CBD oil has antioxidants, regularly applying it on the skin will reduce the signs and effects of aging – wrinkles, dullness, and uneven skin tone – over time.

What more? CBD contains vitamin E and other nutrients that nourish and protect the skin. It also reduces excessive oil production in the skin and encourages the death of abnormal cells – reasons why many see it as a potentially effective treatment for severe skin conditions like acne vulgaris and eczema.

Other Potential Uses

Studies have been conducted over the years to further explore the benefits and possible uses of CBD. And although more researches are needed to support these reports, other potential uses and benefits of CBD include:

  • Reduced psychotic symptoms in schizophrenia and other mental disorders

  • Prevents the spread of certain types of cancer

  • Modifies circuits in the brain related to substance abuse and drug addiction

  • Reduced incidence and inflammation in diabetes patients

  • Lowers risk of heart attack and high blood pressure

Is CBD Safe?

While more scientific research and evidence are needed to solidify its medical uses and healing properties, unlike THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol – another chemical compound found in cannabis), it is non-psychoactive and generally safe for use. Still, it may cause adverse reactions in some people.

As CBD is known to interact with other medications, make sure to consult with a doctor before use.

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