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CBD Oil: What’s all the buzz about?

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Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is one of the most misunderstood dietary supplements available today. Yet, even in states that have not yet legalized medical marijuana, CBD from naturally grown hemp plants has become a very hot product since, unlike CBD oils made from marijuana those made from hemp oil can be legally purchased – and consumed – in any state.

The reason is pretty simple. While hemp and marijuana are both varieties of the same type of plant, cannabis sativa, hemp contains negligible amounts THC, the mind-altering ingredient found in marijuana. So it won’t get you high. At the same time, hemp contains CBD, the compound found in marijuana that offers a plethora of medical benefits.

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What are the Potential Health Benefits of CBD?

CBD is a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory activities. Studies suggest it can be used to ease pain, anxiety, nausea, neurological disorders and other serious health issues. CBDs work by activating your body’s cannabinoid receptors, which regulate various functions such as pain perception, mood, appetite, memory and inflammation. Here’s just a taste of what CBD might be able to do for you.

  • Shut Down Pain. CBD is particularly good at shutting down pain – serious pain. For example, a recent study finds that in patients with multiple sclerosis, CBD oil can improve muscle stiffness, walking skills, pain levels and muscle spasms compared to placebo. It even helps reduce pain-related sleep disturbances in MS patients. Other studies show that CBD may also be effective in treating pain from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and neuropathic pain.
  • Relieve anxiety and depression. Anxiety can often get the best of us. This is especially true in people with Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD). However, a small study involving 24 SAD patients showed exactly how well CBD works to overcome feelings of anxiety. Half the patients received CBD just before a public speaking test. The other half took a placebo.
  • It turned out that pretreatment with CBD significantly reduced anxiety, cognitive impairment and discomfort in their speech performance. (The placebo group, in the meantime, presented higher levels of anxiety, cognitive impairment and discomfort). Additionally, in animal studies CBD acts as a fast-acting antidepressant by enhancing serotonin activity. These finding suggest that CBD has a great deal of promise as an antidepressant that acts rapidly to reduce symptoms of depression.
  • Protect cardiovascular health. In a recent study out of the UK, a single 600 mg dose of cannabidiol was able to reduce systolic blood pressure by about 6 mmHg. It appears to work by enhancing endothelial function in arteries, which controls blood circulation throughout your body. Other studies suggest that CBD also works as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant to protect against vascular damage associated with type 2 diabetes.
  • Promising treatment for epilepsy. The clinical use of CBD is most advanced in the treatment of epilepsy. Although most of the studies are small, they suggest that when CBD is used with antiepileptic medications it can reduce the number and intensity of seizures – leaving some patients almost free of seizure episodes.

Other Potential Therapeutic Effects of CBD

In addition to the health concerns listed above, the results of a 2017 study identified the pharmacological effects of CBD on many other health conditions. This data was republished by The World Health Organization who identifies them as an “overview of diseases for which CBD may have therapeutic benefits”. These include…

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Psychosis
  • Cancer
  • Nausea
  • Inflammatory diseases
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Infections
  • Irritable bowel and Crohn’s disease
  • Diabetic complications

Have you tried CBD oil yet? If so, please share your experience with us in the comments!

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Dana Nicholas is a freelance writer and researcher in the field of natural and alternative healing. She has over 20 years of experience working with many noted health authors and anti-aging professionals, including James Balch, M.D., Dr. Linda Page, “Amazon” John Easterling and Al Sears M.D. Dana’s goal is to keep you up-to-date on information, news and breakthroughs that can have a direct impact on your health, your quality of life… and your lifespan. “I’m absolutely convinced that America’s misguided trust in mainstream medicine – including reliance on the government to regulate our food and medicine supply – is killing us, slowly but surely,” she cautions. “By sharing what I’ve learned throughout the years I hope I can empower others to take control over their own health.”


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