What can CBD oil be used for?

CBD oil has exploded into the mainstream and looks set to become more and more popular over the next few years.

CBD is a cannabinoid, one of more than 100 found in cannabis leaves.

CBD oil is made by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant, then diluting it with an oil, such as coconut or hemp seed oil.

While CBD contains little or no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) - the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis – it still has qualities medical researchers claim can help treat a wide array of complaints and conditions.

Research indicates CBD can relieve pain and other symptoms without the mind-altering effects of marijuana or the side effects of some pharmaceutical drugs.

It is also believed to have positive medicinal effects, including relieving inflammation, pain control and reducing anxiety - although research into its health effects are ongoing.

Here are a few potential uses:

Anxiety relief

A 2009 NHS survey found approximately a quarter of people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year.

In England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week.

Drugs used to successfully treat anxiety and depression often have side effects including drowsiness, agitation, sleep problems, sexual dysfunction, addiction, and more.

CBD oil has shown promise in initial studies as a treatment for mental health conditions, but with potentially fewer side effects in some people.

Pain management

Cannabis with THC as pain relief has been traced back thousands of years and medical cannabis is legal in some countries.

But now there is a lot of evidence that CBD may also help reduce chronic pain by affecting the body’s endocannabinoid receptor activity.

Studies have shown it can be effective in alleviating pain arising from multiple sclerosis and arthritis.

Skin conditions

Acne is a common skin condition and one of the factors is an excess of sebrum - an oily secretion from skin glands.

CBD oil has anti-inflammatory properties and can reduce over-production of sebrum, studies show.

Neurological disorders

Researchers believe that CBD’s ability to act on the endocannabinoid system can help treat neurological disorders like epilepsy and multiple sclerosis.

Healthy hearts

Research has unveiled a potential link between CBD and a healthy heart and circulatory system.

CBD may be a natural and effective treatment for high blood pressure, which is linked to higher risks of strokes and heart attacks.

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