Life is about choices.
There are risks and benefits that one must consider when making those choices. None of us has a crystal ball to see the future. So it is wise to take some time to make sure that the potential benefits of our choices outweigh the risks.
Understanding benefits and risks is especially important when it comes to our health.
Cannabidiol (CBD oil) has come onto the scene recently as an alternative to some of the riskier pharmaceutical solutions that have been available. Because of the tremendous promise it offers, CBD Oil is definitely something any savvy consumer needs to know about.
CBD is a one of the hundreds of chemical compounds of the cannabis plant. There are many healthy components of the cannabis plant including terpenes. However, CBD, a cannabinoid, has emerged as one of the most important. Unlike it’s cannabis sibling, the cannabinoid THC, CBD is not psychoactive and will not make you high.
CBD was identified in 1963, a full 25 years before researchers even realized that the body produces its own cannabinoids. These cannabinoids–called endocannabinoids–are part of the body’s endocannabinoid system. We have come to learn that CBD oil actually works with this system to promote health and balance.
When it comes to CBD oil, the truth is, we still have a lot to learn. In this article we will show you what has been learned about CBD oil and how it can help you. We will also address some of the possible side effects.
CBD Oil for Anxiety & Depression
In a recent survey on CBD use, 66% of those questioned were taking CBD oil to help with symptoms of anxiety. Depression was not far behind at 44% of those surveyed.
This is not surprising when one considers the epidemic problems of both anxiety and depression. The World Health Organization estimates that over 300 million people in the world suffer from depression. That is an increase of 18% between 2005 and 2015. The number of people in the world who suffer from anxiety disorders is about the same. Of those who are diagnosed with depression, nearly half also diagnosed with anxiety. So the good news is that CBD oil has been shown to help both—definitely a two-for-one win for those folks.
Since the middle of the 20th century, psychiatric medication has been used to treat a number of mental illnesses. The use of these drugs has risen greatly since that time. Unfortunately, instead of the incidents of mental illness going down, they have actually gone up–meaning these drugs have not yielded their stated purpose—the eradication or even reduction of mental illnesses.
Side Effects and CBD
These drugs, while helpful in some cases, also have a surprising number of possible side effects—and not small ones. The side effects from well-known mood-altering drugs like Prozac are things like: heart palpitations, dizziness, nervousness, sexual dysfunction, suicide and even homocide.
The possible side-effects of CBD oil, which do exist., are much less serious. According to a publication of the Mayo Clinic they include: dry mouth, a reduction in appetite, diarrhea, drowsiness and fatigue. Note that CBD oil can also interact with medications such as blood thinners, so always check with your doctor.
The upside to using CBD oil has been huge for people who suffer from anxiety and depression. Research shows that use of CBD oil as an alternative to regular pharmaceutical drugs has a lot of promise.
Consider recent research (published in 2019 by the National Institute of Health) in which the use of CBD with 72 adults with anxiety was studied. Anxiety scores in 57 of these patients—79.2% decreased and remained decreased during the study duration.
Another 2018 animal study on depression showed that CBD induced fast and sustained antidepressant effects.
Take Away: CBD has shown to be an effective treatment for anxiety and depression in human and animal studies alike.
CBD for Inflammation
It seems everywhere you look, there is information about how many common ills can be traced back to inflammation.
How did all of this inflammation in our bodies get started? Acute inflammation is a necessary response in our body’s immune system. When bacteria and viruses enter the body, as in a cut or scrape, the body’s defense system kicks in. Chemicals give the body the signal to fight, sending extra blood, proteins, and fluids to the damaged or scraped area. This creates swelling and heat which protects and repairs damaged tissue.
Chronic Inflammation versus Acute Inflammation
Chronic inflammation is another story however. This happens when our body’s corrective powers go wrong. Unlike the inflammation that results from a sudden infection or injury, chronic inflammation produces a steady, low level of inflammation within the body that can contribute to the development of disease.
Inflammation plays a part in many diseases, some of them deadly. These include: alzheimers, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
Depression, while not an inflammatory disease per se, research has found that the presence of inflammation has an impact on a person’s ability to respond to treatment for depression.
Thankfully, research shows that CBD Oil has an impact on inflammation and therefore on the physical maladies caused by inflammation.
A study from 2011 showed a positive correlation between the use of cannabidiol (CBD) and inflammation associated with diseases like: Type 1 and 2 Diabetes, Atherosclerosis, Alzheimer disease, Hypertension, Depression, and Neuropathic Pain. Several other studies since that time have confirmed that CBD has a positive effect on chronic inflammation.
With chronic inflammatory diseases being cited as the most significant cause of death in the world by the World Health Organization, this is good news.
Take away: CBD Oil is a natural way to help your body regain balance and thereby reduce the chronic inflammation that is behind many diseases.
CBD for Insomnia
Have you ever suffered from insomnia (and who hasn’t at least once in their life)? If so you know how miserable it can be. If you currently suffer from insomnia, you are not alone. Almost 80% of Americans report having trouble sleeping at least once per week. Prescription and over-the-counter drugs are often not very helpful AND they are risky too. Nearly 6 out of 10 people taking sleep medications reported feeling drowsy, confused, or forgetful the next day. Three percent said that they dozed off while driving.
Lack of sleep leads to:
- 1. Increase in accidents.
- 2. Decrease in one’s ability to think, demonstrate judgement, and remember.
- 3. Health problems like heart problems. In fact, according to some estimates, 90% of people with insomnia also have another health condition.
- 4. Lack of sex drive.
- 5. Depression – in fact insomnia and depression often feed on one another and improving one will improve the other.
- 6. Aged skin.
- 7. Weight gain.
- 8. Death – seriously. A study from 2007 showed individuals who cut their sleep from 7 to 5 hours a night nearly doubled their risk of death from other causes–especially cardiovascular disease.
With all of these problems caused by lack of sleep, it is no wonder, so many people are trying CBD oil to help. In fact, 59% users mentioned in the study earlier, listed insomnia as one of their reasons for using CBD. The number two reason in that same study after anxiety.
So the question is: does CBD oil work for sleep and insomnia?
In a Consumer Reports survey, 10 percent of Americans who reported trying CBD said they used it to help them sleep—and a majority of those people said it worked.
Research also indicates that CBD may have therapeutic potential for insomnia by interacting with the receptors that govern the body’s daily sleep/wake cycles.
Take away: CBD provides a natural alternative to sleep medications. CBD has been shown to be effective in both consumer surveys and research for improving sleep and alleviating insomnia.
CBD for Arthritis and Joint Pain
If you are an athlete suffering from the pain associated with injury, or one of 40 million Americans affected by arthritis, CBD shows great promise for helping.
Cannabis has been used to treat pain as far back as 2900 B.C. The Chinese used it for everything from joint pain to muscle spasms to gout and malaria. Four thousand years later, scientists are still discussing cannabis and its exact use.
While more research is needed, a study of CBD users demonstrates that CBD has been used as an effective treatment for pain. In fact, 36% of the people surveyed on-line reported that CBD treated their medical condition “very well by itself” with no other intervention.
Another study asserts that cannabinoids have been demonstrated to be effective in a range of experimental pain models, and that the evidence is mounting evidence for use of CBD in human neuropathic pain conditions.
30 MS patients underwent a complete clinical examination before and after using Sativex—a cannabis-based pharmaceutical spray containing both CBD and THC. The data from the analysis of the before and after results showed a reduction in spasticity and related symptoms.
Opioids, a go-to for relieving pain, have many side-effects including constipation, nausea, clouded thinking and slowed breaking. Not to mention that they are highly addictive.
Take away: CBD, especially in combination with THC, could help relieve pain–especially the pain that comes with diseases like arthritis and multiple sclerosis without the addictive nature of opioids.
Other Possible Benefits of CBD Oil & Side Effects
While we chose to focus on four key health areas, below are some more important areas of use for CBD. Because of its anti inflammatory properties, CBD also shows promise for heart disease, cancer, diabetes and tumors.
Side Effects of CBD
When the side effects of a chemical compound are as mild as those in CBD compared to their pharmaceutical alternatives, they can almost be considered a benefit. And unlike so many of the pharmeceutical solutions available on the market, there appears to be no lethal dosage of CBD.
Side effects of CBD can include:
* Fast heartbeat
* Low blood pressure
* Red eyes
* Muscle relation
* Decreased digestion
CBD has been and continues to be studied for its place in treating a wide variety of conditions and diseases. At Fusion CBD, we produce top quality CBD for you. Click here to check out our CBD oils and all of our CBD products.