What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is one of the naturally occurring chemical compounds found in the cannabis or marijuana plant, Cannabis sativa. CBD is a safe and non-addictive substance with significant therapeutic attributes. While tetrahydrocannabinol or THC is the main active ingredient found in cannabis, cannabidiol makes up about 40% of the cannabis extracts. THC is the main psychoactive substance that causes the sensation of getting “high” that is associated with marijuana. However, unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive and this quality makes CBD an attractive option for people who are looking for pain relief without psychoactive effects of marijuana.
What is CBD Oil?
CBD oil is manufactured by extracting CBD or cannabidiol from cannabis and diluting it with a carrier oil such as hemp seed oil or coconut oil.
How Does CBD Work?
CBD is known to possess pain relieving as well as antipsychotic effects. The exact cause of these effects is unclear; however, CBD is believed to avert the breakdown of a chemical in the brain that influences pain, mood, and mental function thus reducing pain and anxiety.
Benefits of CBD Oil
CBD oil can be used as an alternative to pain medication for the treatment of conditions such as arthritis and back pain. CBD oil eases chronic pain by reducing inflammation and promoting sleep by treating sleep disruption, which is commonly seen in people with chronic pain. Some of the common types of chronic pain that may be treated by CBD oil include:
- Pain from fibromyalgia
- Neck pain
- Low back pain
- Neuropathic pain
- Multiple sclerosis pain
- Pain from osteoarthritis
- Joint pain
- Tendon pain
Some of the other potential benefits of CBD oil include:
- Relief from depression and anxiety
- Relief from cancer-related symptoms and side effects
- Treating neurological disorders
- Treating skin conditions, such as acne
- Improving heart health
- Diabetes prevention
- Substance abuse treatment
- Reducing psychotic symptoms
- Reduce sleep difficulties
- Reduce psychological distress
Side Effects of CBD Oil
Treatment with CBD oil is safe and well tolerated. Side effects are rare but potential side effects include:
- Changes in appetite and mood
- Mental confusion
- Low blood pressure
Chronic pain is considered as the most common reason for medicinal cannabis use. If you are suffering from a chronic pain condition and have been unsuccessful in managing it with standard treatments then you may consider CBD oil for chronic pain management.