In addition to all things food, I love all things nutrition and wellness related. As of the past year the world is embracing the use of CBD oil. While I’m plant based, when I heard this I was instantly confused as to why people would be advocating for marijuana, but low and behold I was completely wrong as to the functionality of CBD oil.
The word CBD stands for cannabidiol. While CBD is an essential component of medical marijuana, it is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant. While CBD is a component of marijuana (one of hundreds), by itself it actually doesn’t cause a “high” like THC.
According to a report from the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential.”
So now that you know CBD oil is vastly different from THC in that it provides no high nor promotes an addiction response, let’s discuss the benefits. To date there has been a variety of studies conducted on the use of CBD based products to alleviate countless health ailments. This is what we know today!
The strongest scientific evidence supports the the use of CBD with treating childhood epilepsy syndromes, such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), which typically don’t respond to antiseizure medications. Antiseizure medicine is also generally very strong and many are opposed to going that route, making CBD a much healthier alternative. In numerous studies, CBD was able to reduce the number of seizures, and in some cases it was able to stop them altogether. On an unrelated note, many studies have shown that practicing a ketogenic diet may prevent seizures.
A small 2010 study found that cannabidiol could reduce symptoms of social anxiety in people with social anxiety disorder (SAD). Brain scans of participants revealed changes in blood flow to the regions of the brain linked to feelings of anxiety.
A 2011 study also found that cannabidiol could reduce social anxiety. For that study, researchers looked specifically at cannabidiol to treat anxiety associated with public speaking.
Anxiety also creates sleep deprivation. As a result, CBD is commonly used as a solution for patients who suffer from insomnia. Studies suggest that CBD may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep.
CBD may offer an option for treating different types of chronic pain. In the European Journal of Pain study using an animal model, CBD applied on the skin could help lower pain and inflammation due to arthritis.
Another study demonstrated the mechanism by which CBD inhibits inflammatory and neuropathic pain, two of the most difficult types of chronic pain to treat.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that affects the entire body through the nerves and brain. Muscle spasms are one of the most common symptoms of MS. These spasms can be so great they cause constant pain in some people. One report found that short-term use of CBD oil could reduce the levels of spasticity a person feels. The results are modest, but many people reported a reduction in symptoms. More studies on humans are needed to verify these results.
In the study, researchers found that when using Chemotherapy with CBD for cancer treatment, it inhibited the proliferation rate of cancer cells and tripled the survival rate of mice with pancreatic cancer.
It’s imperative to emphasize that the data on long-term use of CBD oil is still limited and many are animal studies. While research strongly points to the role of cannabidiol in treating short-term anxiety, little is known about its long-term effects, or how it can be used as a prolonged treatment.
A pilot study published in Addictive Behaviors found that smokers who used inhalers containing CBD smoked fewer cigarettes than usual and had no further cravings for nicotine.
Believe it or not, acne treatment is another promising use for CBD. The condition is caused, in part, by inflammation and overworked sebaceous glands in the body. A 2014 study published by the Journal of Clinical Investigation found that CBD helps to lower the production of sebum that leads to acne, partly because of its anti-inflammatory effect on the body. Sebum is an oily substance, and overproduction can cause acne.
Is CBD safe?
Side effects of CBD include nausea, fatigue and irritability. CBD can increase the level in your blood of the blood thinner coumadin, and it can raise levels of certain other medications in your blood by the exact same mechanism that grapefruit juice does.
A significant safety concern with CBD is that it is primarily marketed and sold as a “supplement”, not a medication. Currently, the FDA does not regulate the safety and purity of dietary supplements. So you cannot know for sure that the product you buy has active ingredients at the dose listed on the label.
In addition, any supplement product may contain other (unknown) elements. We also don’t know the most effective therapeutic dose of CBD for any particular medical condition.
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Review: Prior to conducting research, in all honesty, I was skeptic. Was this just one of those trends that will take off to only be abandoned a few years later? Does it really alleviate all of these conditions? However, while more data needs to be conducted and for longer periods of time, the data is clearly there.
Knowing that millions are using prescription medicines as a crutch for their everyday lives, I was immediately intrigued by CBD products. While I’ve suffered countless seizure episodes over the years, at this time I haven’t had an episode in over a year thus I couldn’t capture whether it mitigated episodes for myself.
However, I do fall victim to life’s daily stressors just like everyone else and decided to explore the Sunday Scaries CBD vegan gummies. I personally like the concept of gummies versus the oil due to the fact that there isn’t a correct dosage that has been established, thus making them a safer option.
I found that the gummies were easy to go down, providing a light fruit flavor, and the sensation was mild and relaxing. If you’re thinking you’re going to have a strong response, you’re greatly mistaken. The effects are mild, but I did feel a sense of relaxation and could absolutely see how these would work for countless people. I felt more at ease, perhaps a lil more tired, but not to the point that it compromised my entire being, which many depression meds do. All in all I would highly recommend the CBD gummies if you’re looking to break free from typical depression meds. However, always consult with your doctor to see if CBD would be a good avenue for you. If you have been diagnosed with a chemical imbalance, you may have to stick with prescription antidepressants.
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