What are the benefits of taking CBD Oil?
- Can CBD Relieve Pain?
- Can CBD Reduce Anxiety and Depression?
- Can CBD Alleviate Cancer-Related Symptoms?
- Can CBD Alleviate Acne??
- Might CBD Have Neuroprotective Properties?
- Can CBD Benefit The Health Of Your Heart?
- Can CBD Help With Drug addiction?
- Are There Any Risks Associated with taking CBD?
IMPORTANT: Because CBD is sold in the UK as a food supplement, we cannot claim that it has any medicinal value whatsoever. The information below is taken from research documents, mainly from the USA. You must make your own decision as to whether they have any validity or not.
In 1995 CB1 and CB2 receptors were discovered for the first time in the human body which confirmed there was indeed a human “Endocannabinoid System”. As technology advanced, researchers were able to further analyse the close interrelationship between the cannabinoid CB1 and CB2 receptors within our body (referred to as “Endocannabinoids“) and the cannabinoid receptors in Cannabis compounds like CBD (referred to as “Phytocannabinoids“) Further research revealed, by bonding with our body’s CB1 and CB2 receptors, the Phytocannabinoids in CBD not only helped to maintain vital health functions―it also helped to restore the homeostasis, or balance, within the body.
Since the discovery in 1995 of the Endocannabinoid system in humans, there have been hundreds of research papers written (mainly by government health departments in the USA and Canada) that connect CBD to the positive treatment of more than 50 medical conditions in humans.
We have selected just 7 of those conditions here as an example of what is being claimed by various researchers. To see the full list click on the link above.
Can CBD Relieve Pain?
Raw Marijuana has been used to treat pain as far back as 2900 B.C. More recently, some scientists now conclude that the Phytocannabinoids in CBD, are mainly responsible for its pain-relieving effects.
The positive impact that CBD has on the human body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), helps in regulating a variety of functions including sleep, appetite, pain and immune system response.
The body produces endocannabinoids, which are neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors in your nervous system.
Studies have shown that CBD may help reduce chronic pain by impacting endocannabinoid receptor activity, reducing inflammation and interacting with neurotransmitters.
For example, one study in rats found that CBD injections reduced pain response to surgical incision, while another rat study found that oral CBD treatment significantly reduced sciatic nerve pain and inflammation.
Several human studies have found that a combination of CBD and THC combined is also effective in treating pain related to multiple sclerosis and arthritis. An oral spray called Sativex, which is a combination of THC and CBD, is approved and licensed in the UK as a prescription only medicine to treat pain related to multiple sclerosis. However, this medically licensed product is very expensive costing more than £500.00 per month for treatment. For this reason, it is not available on the NHS only from private doctors, if you have the money.
CONCLUSION: Many researchers now believe that Pure CBD (Broad spectrum) given in the right doses can benefit pain sufferers equally as well as any CBD THC product. With the added benefit that it is nowhere near as expensive.
Can CBD Reduce Anxiety and Depression?
Anxiety and depression are common mental health disorders that can have devastating impacts on health and well-being.
According to the World Health Organization, depression is the single largest contributor to disability worldwide, while anxiety disorders are ranked sixth.
Anxiety and depression are usually treated with pharmaceutical drugs, which can cause a number of side effects including drowsiness, agitation, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, and headache.
What’s more, medications like benzodiazepines can be addictive and may lead to substance abuse.
CBD oil has shown promise as a treatment for both depression and anxiety, leading many who live with these disorders to become interested in this natural approach.
In one study, 24 people with social anxiety disorder received either 1,000 mg of CBD or a placebo before a public speaking test. The group that received the CBD had significantly less anxiety, cognitive impairment, and discomfort in their speech performance, compared to the placebo group.
CBD has also shown antidepressant-like effects in several animal studies. These qualities are linked to CBD’s ability to act on the brain’s receptors for serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood and social behaviour.
CONCLUSION: Using CBD has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression in both human and animal studies.
Can CBD Alleviate Cancer-Related Symptoms?
CBD may help reduce symptoms related to cancer and side effects related to cancer treatment, like nausea, vomiting, and pain.
One study looked at the effects of CBD and THC in 177 people with cancer-related pain who did not experience relief from pain medication.
Those treated with an extract containing both compounds experienced a significant reduction in pain compared to those who received only THC extract.
CBD may also help reduce chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, which are among the most common chemotherapy-related side effects for those with cancer.
A study of 16 people undergoing chemotherapy found that a one-to-one combination of CBD and THC administered via mouth spray reduced chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting better than standard treatment alone.
Some test-tube and animal studies have even shown that CBD may have anticancer properties. For example, one test-tube study found that concentrated CBD induced cell death in human breast cancer cells.
Another study showed that CBD inhibited the spread of aggressive breast cancer cells in mice.
However, these are test-tube and animal studies, so they can only suggest what might work in people. More studies in humans are needed before conclusions can be made.
CONCLUSION: CBD has been shown to help reduce symptoms related to cancer and cancer treatment, and may even have cancer-fighting properties, more research is needed to assess its efficacy and safety. Nevertheless, Though there are drugs that help with these distressing symptoms, they are sometimes ineffective, leading some people to seek alternatives. CBD may be an excellent alternative and as a natural product has no recorded nasty side effects.
Can CBD Alleviate Acne?
Acne is a common skin condition that affects more than 9% of the population.
It is thought to be caused by a number of factors, including genetics, bacteria, underlying inflammation and the overproduction of sebum, an oily secretion made by sebaceous glands in the skin.
Based on recent scientific studies, CBD oil may help treat acne due to its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to reduce sebum production.
One test-tube study found that CBD oil prevented sebaceous gland cells from secreting excessive sebum, exerted anti-inflammatory actions and prevented the activation of “pro-acne” agents like inflammatory cytokines.
Another study had similar findings, concluding that CBD may be an efficient and safe way to treat acne, thanks in part to its remarkable anti-inflammatory qualities.
Though these results are promising, human studies exploring the effects of CBD on acne are needed.
CONCLUSION: CBD may have beneficial effects on acne due to its anti-inflammatory qualities and its ability to control the overproduction of sebum from the sebaceous glands.
Might CBD Have Neuroprotective Properties?
Researchers believe that CBD’s ability to act on the endocannabinoid system and other brain signaling systems may provide benefits for those with neurological disorders.
In fact, one of the most studied uses for CBD is in treating neurological disorders like epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. Though research in this area is still relatively new, several studies have shown promising results.
Sativex, an oral spray consisting of CBD and THC, has been proven to be a safe and effective way to reduce muscle spasticity in people with multiple sclerosis.
One study found that Sativex reduced spasms in 75% of 276 people with multiple sclerosis who were experiencing muscle spasticity that was resistant to medications.
Another study gave 214 people with severe epilepsy 0.9–2.3 grams of CBD oil per pound (2–5 g/kg) of body weight. Their seizures reduced by a median of 36.5%.
One more study found that CBD oil significantly reduced seizure activity in children with Dravet syndrome, a complex childhood epilepsy disorder, compared to a placebo.
However, it’s important to note that some people in both these studies experienced adverse reactions associated with CBD treatment, such as convulsions, fever, and diarrhoea.
CBD has also been researched for its potential effectiveness in treating several other neurological diseases.
For example, several studies have shown that treatment with CBD improved quality of life and sleep quality for people with Parkinson’s disease
Additionally, animal and test-tube studies have shown that CBD may decrease inflammation and help prevent the neurodegeneration associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
In one long-term study, researchers gave CBD to mice genetically predisposed to Alzheimer’s disease, finding that it helped prevent cognitive decline.
CONCLUSION: Though research is limited at this time, CBD has been shown to effectively treat symptoms related to epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease. CBD was also shown to reduce the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in test-tube and animal studies.
Can CBD Benefit The Health Of Your Heart?
Recent research has linked CBD with several benefits for the heart and circulatory system, including the ability to lower high blood pressure. High blood pressure is linked to higher risks of a number of health conditions, including stroke, heart attack and metabolic syndrome.
Studies indicate that CBD may be a natural and effective treatment for high blood pressure.
One recent study treated 10 healthy men with one dose of 600 mg of CBD oil and found it reduced resting blood pressure, compared to a placebo.
The same study also gave the men stress tests that normally increase blood pressure. Interestingly, the single dose of CBD led the men to experience a smaller blood pressure increase than normal in response to these tests.
Researchers have suggested that the stress- and anxiety-reducing properties of CBD are responsible for its ability to help lower blood pressure.
Additionally, several animal studies have demonstrated that CBD may help reduce the inflammation and cell death associated with heart disease due to its powerful antioxidant and stress-reducing properties.
For example, one study found that treatment with CBD reduced oxidative stress and prevented heart damage in diabetic mice with heart disease.
CONCLUSION: Though more human studies are needed, CBD may benefit heart health in several ways, including by reducing blood pressure and preventing heart damage.
Can CBD Help With Drug addiction?
CBD has been studied for its role in treating drug addiction. Studies are limited, more studies are required. Studies to date into CBD being used for substance abuse therapy indicate that modify circuits in the brain related to drug addiction. In rats, CBD has been shown to reduce morphine dependence and heroin-seeking behaviour.
Studies have also shown that CBD has Antipsychotic effects. Studies suggest that CBD may help people with schizophrenia and other mental disorders by reducing psychotic symptoms
CONCLUSION: Although research is limited it does suggest that CBD can help people with drug addiction as well as having Antipsychotic effects.
Are There Any Risks Associated with taking CBD?
Though CBD is generally well tolerated and considered safe, it may cause adverse reactions in some people. Side effects noted in some studies include Diarrhoea, Changes in appetite and Fatigue.
CBD is also known to interact adversely with several medications. If you are taking medication, before you start using CBD oil, discuss it with your doctor or a health professional to ensure your safety and avoid potentially harmful interactions with other medicines.
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CBD oil has been studied for its potential role in treating many common health issues, including anxiety, depression, acne, and heart disease.
For those with cancer, it may even provide a natural alternative for pain and symptom relief.
Research on the potential health benefits of CBD oil is ongoing, so new therapeutic uses for this natural remedy are sure to be discovered.
Though there is much to be learned about the efficacy and safety of CBD, results from recent studies suggest that CBD may provide a safe, powerful natural treatment for many health issues.
If you have any questions regarding CBD please contact our Clinical team. Email: info@pharma-UK.com