What is it about CBD?
Cannabidol (CBD) is one of many cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. It has become popular and been under much research because of its medical benefits and it is non-psychoactive, meaning it does not get you high like other cannabinoids such as THC.
CBD oils have shown to offer many health benefits. Here are a few:
One of the most popular uses of CBD is for pain relief. CBD can be used as a sublingual oil or as a salve. CBD significantly reduces inflammation in the body which generally causes pain. Some studies, such as this investigation published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, found that CBD significantly reduces inflammation in mice and rats – but it’s not only rodents that experience these effects. A 2008 review identified that CBD offered effective pain relief without inducing adverse side effects in patients.
There has been research done showing that CBD can also help with mental health such as anxiety and depression.A study by the University of São Paulo found that CBD significantly reduces subjective anxiety, leading investigators to conclude that “These results suggest that CBD reduces anxiety in [social anxiety disorder] and that this is related to its effects on activity in limbic and paralimbic brain areas.”
CBD may be a valuable component in fighting cancer cells according to research. CBD as well as some of the other compounds found in cannabis have an antitumor effect and can amplify the death of tumor cells in both colon cancer and leukemia. In addition, investigations have shown that CBD can be used to stop the spread of cancer cells in cervical cancer cells. It is important to note that the vast majority of CBD and cancer studies are pre-clinical, meaning they’re not conducted on human or even mammalian test subjects, and the findings – while promising – should not be construed as conclusive proof that CBD can cure cancer.
At lower doses CBD can be excitatory but at higher doses it has a calming effect. Taking higher doses of CBD at night can promote a restless nights sleep.