I’m sure you’ve noticed numerous sales signs in Southwest Florida these days for CBD oil and you may have wondered what it is and what it’s used for. If you are someone with a chronic condition of some sort, you may have wondered if it can help your condition. Since we sell Nutritional Frontiers’ CBD Oil at PremierMD Care, we thought it might help you to understand the product and what conditions might be improved through the use of CBD oil.
First, let’s look at what CBD oil is and why it’s touted as being able to help with numerous ailments. CBD is one of the 104 cannabinoids, or chemical compounds found in the cannabis sativa or marijuana plant. The main psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis is Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is what causes the sensation of getting high. CBD is not psychoactive, however, it is an appealing option for those who are looking for relief from pain and other conditions, but don’t want any of the mind-altering effects of marijuana or many other pharmaceutical drugs. CBD oil is simply made by extracting the CBD from the cannabis plant and diluting it with a carrier oil like hemp or coconut oil. CBD oil is considered to be a supplement and is not currently regulated by the FDA, so it’s very important to choose a quality product when buying.
How It Works
Your body actually produces endocannabinoids on its own to help your body adapt to outside stressors and to maintain homeostasis. CBD is a phytocannabinoid, which mimics endocannabinoids, so it can act to supplement your body’s supply. Cannabinoids interact with almost every system in your body. The receptors for cannabinoids are in the digestive, reproductive, nervous and immune systems. They regulate neurotransmitter function, mitochondrial function, metabolism, and inflammation. Given that cannabinoids affect so much of your body, let’s take a look at some of the ways CBD oil can possibly benefit your health naturally.
Pain Relief –
There are many different causes of pain, including chronic inflammation. CBD oil interacts with neurotransmitters, and reduces inflammation while impacting endocannabinoid receptor activity. Studies have shown it is effective in reducing pain ranging from sciatic nerve inflammation to arthritis and even multiple sclerosis.
Relief from Seizures Associated with Epilepsy –
One of the first CBD oil prescriptions was approved by the Food and Drug Administration last year for use in treating two types of epilepsy due to the anti-seizure properties of CBD. Studies are also suggesting that CBD may treat many complications that are linked to epilepsy, such as neurodegeneration, neuronal injury, and psychiatric diseases.
Reduce Anxiety and Depression –
CBD use has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression in both human and animal studies. It has antidepressant-like effects and has been used to safely treat insomnia, anxiety and ADHD in children with post-traumatic stress disorder. This is due to CBD’s ability to act on the brain’s receptors for serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood and social behavior.
Alleviate Cancer-Related Symptoms –
Chemotherapy and radiation, two of the main ways we treat cancer often cause patients to have nausea, vomiting and pain. CBD has been shown to reduce these symptoms related to cancer and the side effects of our main treatment forms. Some studies have even shown CBD to help prevent the spread of cancer cell growth and promote destruction of the cells. One such study was recently published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.
Reduce Acne –
CBD has anti-inflammatory properties and also reduces sebum production, which makes it an excellent way to treat acne. (Add it to your MedSpa 22 recommended skincare regimen!)
Neuroprotective Properties –
Because CBD acts on the endocannabinoid system and other brain signaling systems, medical researchers believe it may provide benefits for those with neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease. Some studies have also shown that CBD may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease neurodegeneration.
Heart Health –
Recent research has suggested that the stress- and anxiety-reducing properties of CBD help lower blood pressure. Additionally, several animal studies have demonstrated that CBD may help reduce the inflammation and cell death associated with heart disease due to its powerful antioxidant and stress-reducing properties.
Substance Abuse Treatment –
CBD can actually modify circuits in your brain in relation to drug addiction, and as such it’s been shown to reduce morphine dependence and heroin-seeking behavior in rats.
How to use it:
CBD is available as edibles, topical balms, patches, capsules, tinctures, oils, teas, and vape pens. CBD oil products can be applied topically, inhaled with a vape pen, or taken orally. Inhalation is good for treating acute symptoms that require immediate attention; the effects can be felt within a minute or two and typically last for a couple of hours. The effects of orally administered CBD oil can last for four hours or more, but the onset of effects is much slower than inhalation, and it can be as long as 30-90 minutes before you feel the effects.
If you are considering CBD oil as a natural supplement for your health, be sure to give us a call at Premier MD Care at 239-319-4919 today for a consultation. We can provide information about safe CBD sources and proper usage.