Cannabidiol, or CBD oil, is one of many forms of marijuana. It is a partial derivative of the main phytochemical in marijuana, which is THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol. Cannabidiol was first discovered by the ancient peoples of Mexico, who used it as an energy drink. In recent years it has been found to have numerous health benefits for human beings.
One of the most common uses of CBD is in the treatment of inflammatory diseases, like Lupus and arthritis. A test-tube study found that CBD significantly reduced the inflammatory response in a model of hepatitis. This test-tube study found two types of CBD: one was found highly effective in reducing pain and the other in increasing the survival of animals in a brain-stem neurotoxicity model. The anti-inflammatory effect was particularly noteworthy since it was discovered that one of the primary mechanisms for pain management is the activation of a brain chemical called glutamate. Glutamate is involved in excitatory neurotransmission in the brain.
Another remarkable finding in the field of medicine is that CBD reduces the pain of certain cancer patients while still allowing them to survive. This is remarkable because it means that CBD may be better than cannabis at controlling certain forms of cancer. However, the principal focus of this finding was the lack of efficacy of CBD in reducing the pain of cancer patients in comparison with non-cancer patients. Therefore, the authors recommended further research in this area.
In humans, CBD is believed to act at the level of the nervous system to prevent or reduce the onset of the symptoms of anxiety and depression. When administered before the presentation of fear, it appears to desensitize the nervous system to the stimulus that causes anxiety. Further clinical studies showed that CBD can prevent the increase of anxiety-related hormones such as cortisol by interfering with the action of dopamine in the synapses. The reduction in the levels of cortisol may prevent the increase in anxiety that is caused by the disorder.
Besides treating disorders, CBD can be used for anxiety treatment as well. In addition to relieving anxiety without the side effects of psychoactive medications like cannabis, CBD is a natural substance and does not cause addiction. Therefore, long term use of CBD is not risk-ridden. In fact, long term CBD use is highly recommended for persons who suffer from anxiety and/or depression as they can lead a perfectly normal life when the conditions are properly managed. The beneficial effects of CBD on anxiety are quite similar to those found in the use of the pharmaceutical drugs for treating these disorders.
CBD is one of many ingredients used in the manufacture of medical marijuana. While there has been significant success with this type of medication, CBD oil is another effective derivative that can be used to combat the symptoms of seizure disorders. This oil extracts the plant’s CBD, which is responsible for its therapeutic properties. Since CBD is believed to reduce the activity of seizures caused by excitatory neurochemistry, the ingredient is widely recommended for use in MMJ treatments.
However, CBD oil was recently found to have its own set of side effects. According to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, CBD oil “should be avoided by pregnant women, nursing or breast feeding women, and patients with hypoglycemia”. In addition to this, Bonn-Miller said that the U.S. FDA had not approved CBD for use in treating seizure disorders. As a result, it is strictly illegal to buy and sell CBD oil under any circumstances. Since it is still considered Schedule II, it is difficult to obtain and requires a doctor’s prescription in order to purchase the oil.
Despite the negative media attention and potential side effects associated with CBD oil, the health benefits of this substance are undeniable. As more studies are conducted, we will learn more about this oil’s potential as an effective treatment for a variety of medical conditions. It remains to be seen whether the limited research conducted so far can provide enough evidence to convince doctors and health care providers that it is indeed a valid treatment for epilepsy and other anxiety and mood disorders. If this new development holds true, it may mean the end of pharmaceutical marijuana. If you or someone you know is currently experiencing the negative side effects of using cannabis, it may be time to consider another source of pain relief!