CBD Oil May Be Able to Help These Common Health Problems

Whether you keep up with alternative medicine or not, you’ve certainly heard of cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD. This marijuana extract contains very little THC, so it’s not associated with an altered state of mind. Rather, CBD is non-psychoactive and instead can possibly provide relief from various health ailments, WebMD explains.

So far, CBD oil is legal to buy in states where it’s also legal to purchase medicinal and/or recreational marijuana. If you have any of the following ailments and it’s legal to purchase this marijuana product in your state, it may be worth testing. It’s also recommended that you ask your doctor for advice before starting any new medications or supplements.

Epilepsy

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Scientists are divided on how well CBD oil works for different ailments — but it appears there’s actually quite a bit of evidence to support that the substance can help those with epilepsy. WebMD notes in April 2018, an advisory panel for the Food and Drug Administration began recommending that the CBD medication Epidiolex could be approved for two different types of childhood epilepsy.

Other CBD users swear that it can help with a lot more than just epilepsy, but so far, the FDA seems most confident in its usage for this ailment specifically. As Timothy Welty from Drake University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences said, “That’s really the only area where the evidence has risen to the point where the FDA has said this is acceptable to approve a new drug.”

Pain relief

After epilepsy, it seems there’s the most evidence to support that CBD oil may be able to greatly help people who seek pain relief. Healthline explains there’s research to suggest that CBD can help reduce inflammation and intercept brain receptors that regulate pain. Not only that, but several other studies have found that combining CBD with THC may be particularly effective for pain treatment, especially in those who have multiple sclerosis or arthritis.

Insomnia

As sleep specialist Dr. Michael J. Breus tells The Huffington Post, many people use CBD oil to help them get to sleep faster. One of the reasons for this may be because the product assists some with their anxiety, and for others with chronic pain, the relief from CBD can also help to reduce insomnia. Additionally, those with Parkinson’s disease may also get more restful sleep with the use of this marijuana extract.

It’s also interesting to note that in small doses, CBD oil can provide a stimulating effect and increase alertness in some. If taken during the day, this may actually help regulate the sleep-wake cycle.

Anxiety and depression

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As stated before, some swear by the positive effects of CBD oil on their anxiety and, ultimately, their sleep. And while there’s not enough concrete evidence to suggest that CBD absolutely has a positive effect on anxiety, depression, or any other mental health disorder, several studies are already supporting the claim. Healthline explains a small study found that those with social anxiety who were given 600 milligrams of CBD showed markedly less anxiety and discomfort when giving a speech as opposed to those given a placebo.

Anxiety and depression aside, there’s also evidence to suggest this product may help with post-traumatic stress disorder.

High blood pressure

It seems there’s some evidence to suggest CBD may benefit your heart. Express.co.uk reports several scientists have found the product may help to relax blood vessels. Nutritionist Dr. Sarah Brewer also said on her website, “New research suggests that taking a single dose of cannabidiol [CBD] oil can lower blood pressure before and after a stressful situation.”

If you do have high blood pressure, you should ask your doctor whether CBD oil is worth trying. And of course, never stop any medications you’re on without first consulting a medical professional.

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