Above is a picture of my CBD oil. CBD oil is getting a name for itself, and for good reason. Studies are showing us that it can promote and maintain health in various ways. First up, it’s an antioxidant that boasts neuro-protective benefits and is more effective than vitamin C and vitamin E as a neuro-protective antioxidant! CBD is also anti-inflammatory and it doesn’t have the same adverse effects that NSAIDS do.
Endocannabinoids, (neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors) play a role in the pathology of many disorders and they may help many conditions like vomiting, pain, inflammation, and more. In fact, there is substantial evidence supporting cannabinoid efficacy for chronic cancer and neuropathic pain as well as certain symptoms of MS.
CBD has also been shown to help ameliorate skin conditions such as acne, and high-dose CBD may decrease anxiety and be helpful for social anxiety disorder and anxiety in people with SAD. There is also limited evidence – but potential – to use CBD oil to treat PTSD and enhance CBT.
It’s also beneficial for insomnia and epilepsy. One study showed that 23 people with drug-resistant epilepsy tried 25 mg/kg CBD for 3 months and 39% of them had reduced frequency of seizures. There is a lot of preclinical, (animal/cell) studies and anecdotes of the treatment of cannabinoids for epilepsy, especially in severe cases in children whose epilepsy is resistant to meds.
Chronic use and high doses of up to 1500 mg per day have been repeatedly shown to be well tolerated by humans however, some animal, (not human) studies show CBD can decrease fertility, and change the ability of the liver to metabolize drugs. More human studies are needed.
Some lab and animal studies show cannabinoids may have anti-cancer effects. Cannabinoids are also promising as anti-tumour drugs because of their effects on tumour cells, especially for breast and prostate tumours. On the other hand, several studies have shown that cannabinoids can help cancer cells to grow. More studies are needed as there are not many randomized trials to judge CBD’s effects on cancer.
Personally I use it for mild anxiety and find it very helpful. We’re only going to see more and more about CBD oil in the future, so stay tuned for more studies and information to come! I’ll be sure to keep you updated.
In happiness and health,