CBD Oil: Uses, Health Benefits, and Risks

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical compound of the marijuana plant that has gained popularity for its numerous uses and health benefits. As with everything that gains popularity and sets trends, there are still doubts regarding its use, benefits, and risks. CBD works by producing effects in the body which respond to specific receptors which in turn may benefit a person’s health. Here are some of the various health benefits that it provides.

Pain relief and Anti-inflammatory Properties

It is found that CBD is a more effective and natural alternative to over the counter medications for gaining relief from pain and chronic inflammation. There is also talk about coming up with new treatment plans to treat patients

Treating Epilepsy

In 2018 the FDA approved the use of CBD as a form of therapy for two conditions related to epileptic seizures that are the Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) a situation that involves a different type of seizures and Dravet-syndrome (DS) a rare genetic seizure acting through various kinds of fevers.

Reduction in Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and depression are some of the most common mental health disorders which are often treated with pharmaceutical medications like benzodiazepines which can be addictive and lead to substance abuse. People with a social anxiety disorder who use CBD as an alternative reported that they had less anxiety, improved cognitive functioning and reduced discomfort in their speech performance. CBD oil has also been proven to be a useful source of medication in treating insomnia and anxiety in kids with post-traumatic stress disorder. This is because of the CBD’s ability to act on the receptors which produce serotonin a neurotransmitter that regulates a person’s mood and social behavior.

It is safe to say that CBD as a medicinal substance does not have a substantiated amount of research and data to study its effects. Therefore, there are certain risks associated with it. Use of CBD may cause adverse reactions in some people. They are

• Diarrhea

• Constant change in appetite

• Psychosis

• Drowsiness

• Vomiting

Although CBD is considered generally safe, it is prone to such risks as mentioned earlier when it is used in tandem to several medications. Therefore, before starting its use, it is a good idea to consult your doctor to ensure safe use and avoiding any harmful side effects.

 
Using CBD oils is not as same as smoking whole cannabis. A person can use it in various ways to relieve multiple symptoms. CBD based products come in many forms. It can be mixed onto different foods and drinks for consumption. It can also be taken with a pipette or a dropper. It also comes in the form of sprays which are to be administered under the tongue. There are also available as capsules and pastes which is to be massaged onto the skin. It is essential to note that recommended dosages vary between individuals and other factors such as body weight, the health issue and concentration of the product.