Conditions That CBD Can Help
by Amelia Noble
CBD oil has become a popular natural remedy for the treatment of everything from headaches to epilepsy. Though it's not going to cure cancer, it can offer relief for symptoms of chronic and temporary conditions.
What is CBD Oil?
CBD oil is cannabidiol, a chemical compound (also known as a cannabinoid) sourced from the cannabis plant. Typically, CBD comes from industrial hemp, while THC (the cannabinoid with psychoactive effects) comes from marijuana.
CBD oil is often used for therapeutic effects, mimicking the health benefits of marijuana without the high of THC. And, it's legal in more states than marijuana. So it can be an ideal solution for people who are looking for a therapeutic drug that's legal, safe, and has little risk of side effects or psychoactive properties.
How CBD Oil Has Helped Me Personally
CBD oil offers an overall calming effect. Though CBD can be helpful for chronic conditions such as epilepsy, arthritis, or fibromyalgia, I don't suffer from any of those. But CBD isn't just for people with chronic conditions. It can be helpful for people who are generally healthy but can benefit from relief of everyday irritants.
What I use CBD for is stress, anxiety, and acute pain relief. I've also found CBD helpful for energy and mental clarity. Though I'm not a daily user of CBD, I've noticed on days when I use CBD, the day just flows better, with sharper concentration, less anxiety, and a buffer for pain. The calming effect of CBD has useful applications when I'm experiencing a particularly stressful or anxious day, or I'm having trouble trying to go to sleep.
Generally, I'll turn to CBD for a variety of uses:Anxiety or stress relief
As a social lubricant
Pain relief for headaches or other acute pain
Insomnia or difficulty falling asleep
How CBD Can Help Everyone
But, that's just my personal experience. Though my CBD needs are limited, it can be helpful for much more than the applications I use. Research on CBD's uses is admittedly limited, but the research that does exist indicates CBD can be helpful for the relief of a variety of conditions, including:Chronic pain and inflammation, including arthritis and fibromyalgia
Anxiety, PTSD, and depression
Nausea, inflammatory bowel disease, and low appetite
Epilepsy and seizures.
In fact, CBD is FDA approved to treat a severe form of epilepsy. The drug is Epilodex, a CBD oral solution. New Mexico has approved CBD as a treatment for PTSD.
Pain Relief from CBD
CBD can offer pain relief, as it affects how your body perceives pain. As an anti-inflammatory drug, it can also help with arthritis, nerve pain, and other pain stemming from inflammation.
Support for Cancer Symptoms
Cancer and its treatment often come with difficult symptoms, including pain, insomnia, nausea, and vomiting. CBD can offer some relief for these symptoms. It can also be an alternative to opioids for the treatment of pain without the risk of addiction and may be more effective.
Mental Health Boost
CBD can help you better deal with anxiety and depression. It offers support for perceptions of
anxiety and depression, and can even reduce discomfort and cognitive impairment from public speaking. It may help you improve social interaction.
Help for Insomnia
If you struggle with insomnia like so many adults in America, CBD might be able to help. In relieving pain and anxiety symptoms, it can clear the way to a better night's sleep. Even if you're not dealing with pain or anxiety that keeps you up at night, CBD can improve your sleep quality.
Treatment of Skin Discomfort
CBD's powerful anti-inflammatory functions can alleviate acne, psoriasis, eczema, and other skin issues. With CBD, you can reduce oil overproduction, too.
Addiction Recovery Support
Using CBD can help alleviate withdrawal symptoms for people recovering from opioid, alcohol, or nicotine addiction. CBD offers benefits without the risk of addiction and can alleviate pain, nausea, and other symptoms common in substance abuse withdrawal. It may even help curb cravings for the substance and support long term recovery for addicts.
Getting the Most Benefit From CBD
If you're planning to use CBD to treat a condition, understand how CBD works and the different ways you can use it to get relief.You can take CBD as an edible, oil added to food, a sublingual tincture, inhaled through vaping or smoking, or transdermal application with an oil, lotion, or extract on the skin. Generally, oral, sublingual, and transdermal applications take a while to see an effect but can offer lasting relief. Inhalation may offer fast, but be somewhat short-lived compared to other methods.
CBD dosages can vary. Your CBD product should come with dosage guidelines, but generally, you should aim for about 1 to 6 mg per 10 pounds of body weight. Start with a lower dose, and increase if needed.
Quality of products can vary as well. Some products marketed as CBD oils and other CBD products may not actually have much CBD at all. It's a good idea to look for products that do third party testing to verify the concentration of CBD, THC, other cannabinoids, and other substances present in the product so you know what you're getting.
Understand the laws in your state. Though CBD is legal at the federal level, states still have the power to restrict its use. CBD is legal in most states and is generally legal in states where marijuana is legal for medicinal or recreational use. But it's still a good idea to investigate whether you can legally use CBD or not.
Talk to your doctor. CBD is an alternative to many drugs, but don't skip out on the important step of talking to a professional before you use it. CBD isn't for everyone, and it can interact with some other drugs, so it's important to consider these and other factors.
CBD is a low risk and easy to use remedy that can offer extensive benefits whether you suffer from a chronic condition or just need occasional support. Understand what CBD can do for you, and how you can use it to maximize your benefits.
Bio: Amelia Noble is a researcher with the CBD Awareness Project. When she's not working, you can find her playing board games.