Health Benefits of CBD
This page will illustrate the specific ailments that CBD has been reported by research and people to be used to assist against, as well as the ways and reasons in which CBD affects those who use it. The availability of CBD, as you will see, can do wonders for its users and help people with conditions that would otherwise go unaided. Despite the spotty reputation that such products get in the media, CBD could be the difference, for many people, between leading a life of health, and one of illness.
CBD shows great promise in helping to treat anxiety-related disorders. While research is currently being performed, experimental research has shown that in patients suffering from generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder, CBD oil has been an effective means of aid. In a 2011 study run by the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, 12 people with social anxiety disorder were given either 600 mg of pure CBD, while 12 others were given a placebo before performing a public speaking test. Of the 24, the half that received CBD reported significantly less anxiety, cognitive impairment, and discomfort in their performance when compared to the placebo group.
In other cases, CBD oil has been used to safely treat anxiety and insomnia within children suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. In the 2016 study, it was shown that children who received treatment with CBD oil received improved sleep and reduced anxiety than those who did not receive any treatment with CBD oil. According to the National Institute of Health, after five months of treatment with CBD, the patient was “sleeping in her own room most nights and handling the new school year with no difficulties.” Furthermore, it should be noted that, after this period, there were no signs of any lasting side effects within the patient, and no forms of addictive behavior towards the substance.
Links to the information on CBD oil’s benefits on peoples’ anxiety can be found linked at the bottom of the page for your viewing. CBD can do many things in aiding those who suffer from such anxiety disorders. Though, with research on CBD like that shown above, we can be confident that CBD holds the answer towards helping these people, and not only offering them a means of aiding their ailments, but of overcoming them and improving their lives as well.
CBD has proved successful in aiding people suffering from substance abuse and addictive behaviors. According to the 2015 journal, “Substance Abuse,” published by the National Library of Medicine, it was determined that CBD may have a form of therapeutic effect in people who suffer from opioid, cocaine and/or psychostimulant addiction. Furthermore, in a form of irony, it was noted that, in addition to the aforementioned addictions, CBD could prove beneficial in those who suffer from tobacco and marijuana addictions.
It must be noted that CBD and marijuana are not the same thing. While CBD is derived from marijuana, as stated above, CBD has shown no addictive properties in testing. Marijuana differs from CBD because of the compound THC. THC is the psychoactive element within marijuana, and the one responsible for creating a “high.” Because CBD is a completely separate substance, it does not share the same properties as THC, and is, in fact, much more beneficial.
While not performed on humans, as of yet, it has been theorized through animal testing that such properties of CBD and CBD oil could be translated to human subjects over a period of time. According to the study, mice with induced addictions were given CBD oil over the course of several weeks. Over the course of the experiment, it was noted that the number of rodents suffering from a dependence on such drugs decreased, as well as an overall diminishing of withdrawal symptoms. Based on these studies, it has been hypothesized that, with further testing, a form of CBD could be used on humans to help people suffering from addictions.
This is why CBD research and informing people on how beneficial it can be is important. Even though it’s still being tested to see exactly what the effects are, it is public knowledge that will allow this to develop. If CBD, in its infancy, has been shown to do such things as aid animals with addictions, then the possibilities and people it could help with the right kind of development is vast. It’s not a matter of whether this should be developed, but rather how soon, so that those who need it most have the means to do so.
Depression is a mental health disorder that can cause negative impacts to families and one’s personal health and well-being. Depression is not something that should be taken lightly, and continues to be a prevalent problem in the lives of thousands. Many different drugs and medications have appeared over the years claiming to aid those who have depression, but they can be ineffective. Furthermore, the more someone uses these drugs, the higher chance there is, according to a 2015 NLM study, of dependency and misuse to arise.
CBD is so important to those who have depression for exactly this reason. With how addictive these antidepressants can become, weaning people off them could stand to cause more issues for those suffering from this disorder. According to the NLM study, they work by helping to slow and more or less sedate the users of the drug. However, with these forms of drugs, there are increased chances that people can become addicted to them. This can have terrible effects, especially if the person is prone to addiction, or if they begin to suffer from withdrawal as a result of the medication.
Unlike conventional medication, CBD does not share the same withdrawal symptoms. As stated previously, CBD is a non-addictive substance. Furthermore, it can provide similar effects to the conventional medication, and provide aid to those suffering from depression and similar disorders. However, because CBD isn’t an addictive substance, it means that there is less of a chance of withdrawal symptoms. In addition, CBD can produce similar effects to that of conventional medicine without the risk of its users becoming addicted or suffering symptoms of withdrawal should they decide to stop usage.
Arthritis is a condition that more than 350 million people suffer from, worldwide. From rheumatoid arthritis to gouty arthritis, people all over the world suffer joint pain and a lack of mobility. This disease can wreak havoc on peoples’ lives, and prevent them from doing the things that they may have once enjoyed. It is a debilitating disease that can cause inflammation of people’s muscles and joints, and may, at times, prove too painful for those afflicted to even move.
While there are many commercial and prescription drugs that can help to alleviate the symptoms of arthritis, they can come with a variety of side effects on their own that, while providing initial relief from the effects of arthritis, could cause other harm. The last thing you’d want is to take a medication for one thing that then leads you to developing another condition. And then from there, more medication is required to assist in trying to ease the condition caused by the medicine. What’s worse is if these medications cause further harm, then they would be defeating their purpose of helping someone. Instead of solving their problem, they’d be only adding more issues to their health.
This is why CBD could prove to be such an effective tool for the medical community in treating those with arthritis or similar symptoms. Unlike current medications with many other side effects, studies have shown that the only major side effects of taking CBD products include dryness of mouth, dizziness, and drowsiness. Furthermore, CBD can have potential similar effects to these over-the-counter and prescription drugs. This can be seen in a 2017 study performed by the National Library of Medicine; CBD was shown to prevent pain and further nerve destruction in rats suffering from arthritis.
What this could mean for humans, with more testing, is astronomical. If such results could be seen when testing against a population of lab rats, then it’s only a matter of time before we could see similar testing in humans. If similar results in human subjects, then we could have an answer to finding a treatment for arthritis with the possibility of being more safe than current methods. We could see this development so long as research on this new medicine continues to evolve and improve to the point that it can be commercially used. Should further pushes for CBD continue, we could see a revolution in medicine for those who suffer from arthritis, and offer them a new and safer way of bettering their lives.
As with any up and coming product, we encourage those interested to perform their own independent research, and consult with medical professionals to see if such a product would be right for you. We strive to provide the most scientific and crystal-clear information about CBD and CBD oil products, as well as the benefits that it could have for those interested in the area. All of our sources of information and the research studies we note have been listed below for your independent viewing. We hope that you will take the time to research CBD, and see for yourself the astounding benefits that it can have.
CBD has shown in small clinical trials to increase heart health by helping to prevent stress-related changes in a person’s blood pressure. In a 2017 National Library of Medicine study, nine healthy volunteers were given either 600 mg of pure CBD, or a placebo. When the volunteers were placed into stressful situations, it was observed that those that had taken the CBD had a considerably lower heart rate than those volunteers who had taken the placebo. Based on the findings of this study, it was concluded that, with proper administration, CBD could be used as a way of reducing people’s heart rates by a safe amount in order to relieve stress.
But what does this mean for overall heart health? Research shows that excess stress, or hypertension, could lead do several types of stress and heart related diseases. As exemplified in a 2014 National Library of Medicine journal, high blood pressure was the 1st leading concern of risk that could be linked to heart related diseases based on the Global Burden of Disease (GBD). Among these conditions, it was noted that high blood pressure could be linked to a variety of harmful heart conditions, not limited to stroke, heart attack, and metabolic syndrome. And with a calculated 26.4% of the world’s population suffering from hypertension, that a lot of people at risk of these diseases due to excess stress.
With something like CBD which, through study, has been shown to aid those with these forms of condition, it only makes sense that it should be researched further to discover to what extent CBD can help people who suffer from hypertension. It’s for this reason – the overwhelming number of people that CBD has the potential to help – that we must continue research on it, and push for it being used to help those who need it most. If CBD can help people who struggle with high blood pressure in their day to day lives, then we need to take it upon ourselves and make the appropriate strides towards development of CBD into a commercial product. Not for monetary gain, but to help those who absolutely need it.
Acne vulgaris, or more commonly referred to as just acne, is one of the most common skin conditions, affecting more than 9% of adult populations, and most commonly found in teenagers and young adolescents. Acne is believed to be caused for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to hormonal changes and a general overproduction of oils in the skin called sebum. This can often lead to redness, inflammation, and in extremely serious cases, scarring of the skin tissue where the acne is found. Acne is something, as any teenager would tell you, an embarrassing and often uncomfortable experience for those affected by it.
CBD oil can help to alleviate this discomfort and irritation, however. According to a scientific journal published by the National Library of Medicine, a study was run in which CBD was tested to see its effects on the spread and production of acne. Based on the study, it was noted that areas where CBD was applied, agents responsible for producing acne in a person’s skin were mostly neutralized. Furthermore, CBD helped to reduce inflammation in the affected areas, and reduce the amount of irritation caused by acne vulgaris.
Acne is something everyone has to deal with at some point in their lives. Living with acne during your adolescence or some other time is just part of growing up and isn’t something that can be completely gotten rid of. However, with CBD there is a good chance that we will be able to lessen the extent to which acne and similar skin conditions has on our lives. CBD can make it so that the effects that acne has on people’s lives are lessened. Instead of having to deal with mass breakouts and embarrassment, CBD has the possibility of limiting the amount of acne someone gets. But this can only be done with further development of CBD products, and research into its effects.
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