What is exactly CBD? And why is it suddenly so popular?
CBD stands for cannabidiol and it is one of over 100 cannabinoids that can be extracted from the cannabis sativa plant. You might think, isn’t this where marijuana comes from? Yes, but unlike Tetrahydrocannabinol (TCH) which is the main psychoactive cannabinoid compound, CBD is non-intoxicating – meaning it will not get you high. This makes CBD an appealing option for pain relief and other symptoms for those who want to avoid pharmaceutical drugs and their side effects.
CBD oil is made by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant, then diluting it with a carrier oil like coconut or hemp seed oil. Some of the health benefits of CBD are:
It Can Help Relieve Pain
Studies have shown that CBD helps reduce chronic pain by impacting endocannabinoid receptor activity reducing inflammation and interacting with neurotransmitters. Studies found that CBD treatments reduced sciatic nerve pain and inflammations. It also has been found that is effective in treating pain with multiple sclerosis, muscle spasms and arthritis.
It Can Help with Anxiety and Depression
CBD oil, as a more natural approach, has shown positive effects as treatment for both depression and anxiety. CBD oil has also been used to safely treat insomnia and anxiety in children with post-traumatic stress disorder. It also has antidepressant-like-effects, due to CBD’s ability to act on the brain’s receptors for serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood and social behavior.
It Can Help Alleviate Cancer-Related Symptoms
CBD helps reduce symptoms related to cancer and side effects related to cancer treatment, like nausea, vomiting and pain. It is believed that CBD may have anticancer properties, studies found that concentrated CBD induced cell death in human breast cancer cells.
It Can Help Reduce Acne
Acne can be caused by several factors like genetics, bacteria, underlying inflammation, and the over production of sebum (oily secretion made by sebaceous glands in the skin). CBD oil helps treat acne due to its anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to control the overproduction of sebum from the sebaceous glands.