If you are not someone living under a rock, you would very well know the sudden hype surrounding the medicinal benefits of Cannabidiol or CBD. But what exactly is this CBD oil? Of the 113 cannabinoids that are identified in Cannabis, Cannabidiol or CBD is one of them. A lot of research that has been conducted with the aim to know the truth about this substance, have concluded that CBD oil has a long list of therapeutic benefits. These include the following properties like anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiemetic, anxiolytic, antipsychotic agent. These features help patients suffering from epilepsy, joint pain and back pain, down syndrome, anxiety, schizophrenia, insomnia, bipolar disorder, oxidative injuries, vomiting, etc.
Unlike popular beliefs, CBD is not psychoactive. This means that it does not change the state of mind of the person who ingests it. So it doesn’t get you high like marijuana does. This is because of the fact that there are two active components, THC and CBD present in marijuana but they have very unique effects. Most of the CBD is processed from cannabis seeds sativa or the hemp plant. Cannabis seeds are both outdoor and indoor seeds.
The human body actually itself produces some of its own cannabinoids around the body but mostly in the brain. Cannabidiol or CBD works naturally with any mammal’s own cannabinoid receptor sites by attaching themselves to it and inducing its effects.
Let’s look into the lesser known benefits of CBD oil that we have understood as of yet.
- Halting the Growth of Prions
Prions, which are special proteins and infectious agents are also the causative factors of many fatal neurodegenerative diseases like mad cow, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, etc. in both animals and humans. CBD has been shown to restrict the growth of prions and thus provide relief to sufferers.
- Treatment of Glaucoma
Glaucoma, the disease in which the fluid pressure within the eye increases considerably, thus resulting in eventual irreversible eyesight loss can also be treated with the help of CBD oil. CBD is responsible for prevention of macular degeneration and glaucoma reduction. Doctors embrace the idea of the use of CBD oil for late stage glaucoma as it helps alleviate accompanying symptoms.
- A Relief for Digestive Disorders like Crohn’s disease
CBD interacts with the gut in the body and its anti-inflammatory properties help provide relief to the inflammatory bowel disease called Crohn’s disease in which severe diarrhoea, fatigue, inflammation of abdomen region occurs. CBD helps reduce GI inflammation among other symptoms. CBD dosage of pain varies from person to person, and cannot be just taken from a dispensary.
- An Alternative Ray of Hope for ADD and ADHD patients
Attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder affect a majority of the population severely. This can be very difficult to cope with the traditional medicines. Treatment of the patients with CBD helps invokes positive social behaviour and reduces hyperactivity over time.
- Halts Certain Cancer Cells from Metastasizing
Research has shown that CBD oil seizes the spread of certain cancer cells including colorectal, lung and breast cancers. CBD promotes the death of these cancer cells.
Besides that, marijuana doctors believe that smoked marijuana also aids patients in recovering from the nauseating tendencies that arise due to chemotherapy sessions. So in a way, CBD oil helps fight cancer symptoms as well as aids to relieve patients of the after treatment side effects.
- Minimizes Adverse Effects of THC
Commonly misunderstood, CBD actually does not possess psychoactive properties. This means it does not induce a ‘high’ to the mind of the person who ingests it. In fact, it fights against the intoxicating effects of THC like memory impairment, paranoia, and induces an alertness in the minds.
- It is impossible to Overdose on CBD
Unlike other medicines that are usually handed out to schizophrenic, insomniac or patients suffering from mental illnesses CBD is non-toxic. And you cannot overdose on this substance. This wards off a lot of fear that the families of such patients may have to deal with.
A research that looked hard into the CBD side effects and safety found that CBD had none adverse physiological effects whatsoever on the following- blood pressure, heart rate, body temperature, glucose levels, pH levels, exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide between the lungs and bloodstream, red blood cell volume, time it takes for food to leave stomach and travel through the intestines, vomiting action, potassium and sodium levels…
The list of benefits is endless. What’s even better? According to studies, more than 50% of the people who have been prescribed to CBD oil are so satisfied with the results that they almost never revert back to traditional medicines like Tylenol or Vicodin. This reaffirms the fact that CBD does the work for them that other traditional medicines don’t.
Apart from that, CBD oil is totally non-psychoactive. This implies that, as opposed to the THC compound that is found in marijuana, CBD will not adversely affect the- Sensory awareness, Perception Consciousness, Reaction time and Behavior of the person ingesting it.