What is CBD Hemp Oil?
Currently, a wave of cannabidiol products is taking the medical and beauty industries by storm. You have probably heard about various CBD Hemp Oil products boasting benefits from preventing wrinkles, to help with chronic pain and inflammation. But do they work? Moreover, what is CBD Hemp Oil anyways? Is it the same as hemp oil? Let’s take a brief look at what CBD Hemp Oil is, how it is being used and what researchers say about the benefits and risks of using CBD products.
Is CBD the same thing as Marijuana?
The cannabis plant possesses many compounds called cannabinoids, CBD Hemp Oil and THC are just two of such compounds. Hemp and marijuana come from the same plant. Traditionally, CBD is extracted from hemp plants. Marijuana is often selectively harvested by growers to yield high concentrations of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THC causes a psychoactive effect (euphoric high) while CBD Hemp Oil does not. CBD does, however, produce significant changes within the body.
How does CBD work?
The human body naturally produces cannabinoids on its own. Our bodies possess two types of cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are found throughout our bodies, especially in the brain. These receptors impact our brain’s ability to process pain, movement, emotions, mood, coordination, appetite, memory, thinking and other functions. THC attaches to CB1 receptors.
CB2 receptors are commonly found in the immune system and impact our body’s ability to process pain and inflammation. Modern research shows that CBD Hemp Oil does not attach to either receptor, but rather, influences our body to produce and utilize more of the cannabinoids it naturally produces.
What do the Researchers say?
Medical scientists and doctors are currently researching CBD Hemp Oil for its natural ability to relieve pain and inflammation, with some promising results.
In June 2018 the US FDA approved the prescription use of Epidolex, a purified form of CBD Hemp Oil to treat two different types of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS) and Dravet Syndrome (DS).
There is promising research showing that CBD Hemp Oil products can be successfully used in assisting with sleeping and sleeping disorders, as well as a treatment for various addictions like cigarette-smoking, alcohol, and opioids. CBD Hemp Oil products can be an effective treatment for various anxiety disorders like PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), Panic disorder and social anxiety. Pain, mood-related disorders and insomnia may also be eventually treated using CBD-based medications. CBD Hemp Oil products are not only beneficial to humans, animals can be effectively treated with CBD Hemp Oil products for anxiety, skin, health and wellness issues as well.
Authors of a medical research article published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology found evidence that CBD Hemp Oil significantly helped prevent the spread of cancer cells. The compound was also found to suppress the growth of cancer and promote their eradication.
Research published in the 2016 Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation Journal found that CBD may reduce inflammation in the pancreas, thus effectively helping treat Type 1 Diabetes.
CBD Hemp Oil can not only be used to help with your health and wellness, but evidence shows CBD Hemp Oil could someday also be used to treat skin disorders like acne. There is a bevy of CBD Hemp Oil skin care products available. Research has shown that the CBD compound was found to lower the production of the oily substance sebum that leads to the acne skin condition. CBD anti-aging products and CBD cosmetics are increasing in popularity because of their effectiveness as well.
Finally, there is promising research that CBD Hemp Oil could help people suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease.