What Are the Benefits of CBD Oil?

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Introduction to the Benefits of CBD Oil

Have you heard of it? If not here it comes and it’s called CBD oil. What Are the Benefits of CBD Oil?  Now that the stigma of cannabis is being lifted because of

the many health benefits and is becoming legal in some countries including Canada where I am it is now legal.

CBD oil is an extract that comes from either marijuana or a close relative, hemp. CBD or cannabidiol comes in a number of forms from tinctures, liquids, capsules, CBD infused oils, edibles, coffee, and I can go on and on. Did you know that there are now over 1,000 brands of CBD products available now? That’s pretty astounding. So what is this stuff and why could it be categorized as a nootropic.

What is CBD Oil?

The two chemicals we are now familiar with, THC and CBD are one of more than 400 compounds that are found in the oils inside of cannabis plants. The two plants we are familiar with are Hemp, and Marijuana. However, CBD will not make you high. It contains no THC and therefore no high.

 

How Does CBD Work

Let me start by saying that cannabinoids like CBD have an effect on our bodies when they attach themselves to certain cannabinoid receptors. Inside our bodies we do produce cannabinoids and have two cannabinoid receptors called CBD1 and CBD2.

CBD1 receptors are mostly in our brains but also in smaller quantities throughout our bodies. These receptors handle our movements, coordination, emotions, pain, mood, appetite, memories, and thinking among others.

CBD2 receptors are mostly found in our immune system and affect pain and inflammation

Yet even with these receptors CBD does not attach itself to them, but rather tells the body to use more of its own cannabinoids.

Let’s get into what CBD can do for us.

 

Benefits of CBD Oil

 

Anxiety and Depression

Many animal studies and evidence collected from human studies including experimental, clinical, and epidemiological say

CBD does have powerful anti-anxiety properties. If taken when needed and not on a regular basis, CBD may benefit these types of anxiety disorders.
  • post-traumatic stress disorder
  • general anxiety disorder
  • panic disorder
  • social anxiety disorder
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder

The calming effect from CBD also can help those with sleep disorders. Many million people are suffering from poor sleep, or insomnia and taking CBD oil just before going to bed helps facilitate a deeper restful sleep.

 

In Brazil, researchers studied patients suffering from general social anxiety. They gave them CBD and found the patients to report a significant decrease in their anxiety. To further validate the study brain scans were done and showed cerebral blood flow patterns consistent with an anti-anxiety effect.[1]

With respect to social anxiety, there is another study with patients suffering from Social Anxiety Disorder. They had them perform a public speaking test. After taking CBD and then completing the test they reported much less anxiety [2].

 

Alzheimer’s and other Brain Disorders

Cannabinoids help us maintain our brain health because they are neuroprotective.  They work by a number of actions including removing damaged cells improving the efficiency of mitochondria.

The CBD along with other antioxidants in cannabit reduce glutamate toxicity.  Having too much glutamate, the cells are stimulated to fire and eventually become over-stimulated which ultimately leads to damaged cells or cell death.

In a nutshell, cannabinoids help protect our brains by protecting our brain cells from being damaged.

As we age, so does our brain.  New neuron creation slows down so in order to maintain our brain health and prevent the degenerated diseases that come with aging, new cells need to continuously be created.

In a study done in 2008, it was shown that low doses of CBD and THC-like cannabidoids promoted the creation of new cells in animals [3].  CBD also helps our brains by preventing other nerve-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

 

CBD oil and PTSDBenefits of cbd oil

There was one of many studies done at NYU Langone Medical Center that showed that those suffering from PTSD have significantly lower levels of the neurotransmitter anandamide than others.

Anandamide is a primary endocannabidoid which means it is a naturally produced cannabidoid.  These have the same effect as cannabis by stimulating the endocannabinoid system.  This system is responsible for happiness, mood, fear, and anxiety [4].

Anandamides act in a similar way as natural antidepressants and are also able to impair memory.  The CBD1 cannabidoid receptors help turn off the traumatic memories suffers fear most so that they can be free of them [5].

Cannabidoid for Treatmnet of OCD

The effectiveness of cannabidiol in treating the symptoms of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)  has now been shown to help. A 2015 neurotherapeutics study gives us  plenty of evidence that CBD for OCD is effective [6].

The symptoms from OCD, be lessened by supplementing with cannabidoid.  CBD also increases production signalling while inhibiting the breakdown of anandamide [7].

 

Anti-inflammatory Benefits of CBDBenefits of cbd oil

Cannabinoids have been proven to have an anti-inflammatory effect in a number of recent studies. CBD engages with the endocannabinoid system in many organs throughout the body, helping to reduce inflammation systemically. The therapeutic potential is impressively wide-ranging, as inflammation is involved in a broad spectrum of diseases.

Anandamide is a natural antidepressant known as the “happiness hormone” because of its ability to regulate mood as well as sensations of fear, stress and happiness.

 

Pain Relief

CBD is probably the best pain reliever we have today and I’m not joking.  Cannabis was used for pain relief for thousands of years all throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East.  Cannabis is one of the most studied drugs in the world an conclusive evidence has shown that it is a very safe and effective pain reliever for many different types of pain.

Studies prove that the endocannabinoid system is centerally and peripherally involved in processing pain signals.  However researchers state that for pain the right dosage is very critical.

CBD can also be used with opioid medicines and we have a lot of studies to draw from that show that combining the tow you can reduce the dose of opioids you need.  This lessens the chance of tolerance and addiction.

 

How To Take CBD

There are multiple different ways to experience relief.

 

In Oil Form

By using CBD oil you will get the quickest effect by using it sublingually (under the tongue). The full effect could be felt Benefits of cbd oil

anywhere between 5 and 20 minutes after being absorbed into the blood stream.

If you are not fond of the taste of the oil as it sits under your tongue, you can use CBD capsules and swallow them taste free. This way the effects will take somewhat longer.

 

As Edibles

Edibles such as brownies, bread, gummies and chocolate take much longer, usually between a half hour up to two hours to achieve full effect. This method despite the longer time before the effect is felt is good because of the longer lasting effects. This is because it takes longer to get fully into the blood stream through digestion.

 

As Topicals

Topicals are in ointment, balm, or lotion form you run into the skin on the area you would like relief. Usually from pain associated with inflammation such as limb injuries (sprains or strains) and arthritis.

 

How to Dose Your CBD Oil

Everybody is different, so dosage can vary. This is not an exact science and no prescriptions available. You may find relief with very little (4mg) twice a day while someone else may need around 10000mg twice a day or even more.

 

Finding the Right Dose For You

Finding the right dose of any nootropic is highly personal. The only measure I would say is to start with the lowest dosage and slowly work up to something you feel works for you. If you have to take multiple doses in a day, alter your dosages to be a little higher and you won’t take so many per day. You may have to adjust often until you find your optimal dose. Many people suggest a beginner dosage to start at 5mg as needed and work up from there.

Depending on how you take it will also determine how long it takes for you to feel the benefits. Sublingually being between 20 minutes to an hour and edibles being a half hour up to two hours before benefits.

 

Side Effects of CBD Oil

CBD is widely considered safe and well tolerated. Very few side effects are seen and those are:

  • Diarrhea
  • Changes in appetite
  • Fatigue

CBD is known to interact with several medications so if you take prescription medications it is wise to see your physician and discuss your wish to try CBD oil

 

Where to buy CBD Oil

The new-found popularity with CBD through discovering all the benefits it can have along with the decriminalization of cannabis, we are seeing a lot more on the market. This causes the problem of quality. Do your due diligence when purchasing and go to reputable sellers. Amazon and Ebay are two great places you can get CBD oil.

Where to buy CBD Oil

The new-found popularity with CBD through discovering all the benefits it can have along with the decriminalization of cannabis, we are seeing a lot more on the market. This causes the problem of quality. Do your due diligence when purchasing and go to reputable sellers. Amazon and Ebay are two great places you can get CBD oil.

My thoughts

I don’t use marijuana at all. Back in the day I used it socially, but have no desire to now. That said, I am very much in favour of CBD oil as it is not THC and no one gets high.

CBD oil has many benefits other than just the nootropic benefits I have discussed in this article and for this reason, I highly recommend it’s use.

18 thoughts on “What Are the Benefits of CBD Oil?”

  1. I have heard general talk about CBD oil but never seen anyone cover the actual benefits or when it should be used. You have really explained well and I now have a big picture and know who I can recommend this oil to. The only clarification I need is to know if it can be addictive, can one take it to a point they become fully dependent on it?

    • CBD oil has no additive properties.  It has that stigma because of the drug it comes from, but you don’t get addicted or high. 🙂

  2. I have had many active and fit friends use CBD oil when it comes to recovery. I am wondering if there is any truth to the benefits as far as recovery is concerned? 

    I am thinking about getting it for all the benefits that you mentioned especially because I have anxiety and am highly stressed.

    • This is what CBD oil can do for you after fitness.  It has pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties.  It also reduces cortisol allowing you to work that much harder and recover better.

      If you are stressed and suffer anxiety, it is cheap, easy to get and does work.

  3. My wife and I recently started using CBD oil and have so far really enjoyed it. I can say that we have not encountered any of the side effects that you mentioned here. I have learned about isolates and full spectrum oils and that our bodies have both THC and CBD receptors. It is amazing the benefits that we can get from using CBD oil in our daily lives.

  4. Hey Stew,

    I really enjoyed reading this article on “What Are the Benefits of CBD Oil?” as you’ve written it in a detailed manner. I’ve had some anxiety issues in 2016 and one of my doctors suggested me to try CBD Oil for a couple of weeks. To be honest, it improved my health significantly and felt relaxed and peaceful ever since.

    CBD Oil is natural but the only side effects I had was change in my appetite. Its not a big deal but I;m really happy that I got rid of my anxiety with the help of CBD Oil. 

    Thank you for taking your precious time in writing this post. Keep up the good work!

  5. Great article about CBD oil.  I have just recently started using CBD topical ointment oil as a pain reliever for sore muscles.  My massage therapist uses it while giving me a massage and it makes my sore muscles feel so much better.  They have an ointment there which is what I use but they do not sell it yet for use outside of their office.  I am looking for a good CBD topical oil but I have heard that the quality can really vary so I am a little wary of buying it onlne without a recommendation.  Do you have any name brand CBD oils that you recommend that I could buy online? And why do you recommend it?

    • Medterra CBD oil would be my choice and I have had it before.  There are many many good quality oils out there and you need to find the one right for you.

  6. It’s my first to learn about CDB oil. I have never tried out taking Marijuana, but during my childhood days, I remember well, my dad usually grow them at our backyard together with tobacco for commercial purpose. We usually harvest them, dried and graded them and packed them accordingly. A small pack were sold for USD 0.2. Seeing the devastating effects it had on the lives of our people in the community, I always had in my mind that Marijuana is not good for body. But you are telling me different thing and I am learning new thing to tell my people. Thanks. 

    Paul,

    • CBD oil is not marijuana.  It comes from the plant but does not contain the THC component that makes you high. CBD oil is used for a lot of things and simply cannot get you high.

  7. Great article as ever. I have grown my confidence in using CBD oil and I have recently found that your website has vast articles about CBD Oil. I am greatly to learned more on what this product can offer. My mother has been complaining with panic-disorders and as I was reading your article, I was happy to learn that she could again use CBD oil. I bought it in November through your website and I am happy to tell that  back pain is now a thing of the past to me. So I will give the oil to my mother and I am sure it will work for her

  8. Thanks for sharing some of the benefits of CBD oil.    Lately, there are so many CBD oil products hitting the market, I’m not sure how to know which products actually work and which ones don’t.    Using a different example but sort of related example, is women’s anti-aging moisturizers.   If all moisturizers worked like the labels claim they work, there would be a whole lot less women with wrinkles and old looking skin.   

    I have heard that not all CBD oil is created equal.  Do you have any suggestions of how to find CBD oil that will actually work the way that the labels and advertisements are suggesting they will work?  I am only interested in the hemp types.   Thanks in advance.  

    • It is a valid question and one I answer this way.  Look up CBD oil online and you will come across many reviews of different products.  One commonly overlooked stop is Amazon.  Their customer reviews are very informative.

  9. Quite educating Stew,

    Don’t you think it will take a while for drugs like cbd oil to be socially acceptable due to the stigmatizationnand aversion people already have for marijuana? 

    But I think the benefits of cbd oils far outweighs the previous negative perceptions people had about them as you said it alleviates  pains and cures anxiety disorders.

  10. Stew:

    Thanks for your article on CBD Oil.  Your mention of cannabis caught my attention because it automatically triggered the word Marijuana in my mind.  Being extremely old fashioned, but having had two children who experimented with it when they were young, I’m always trying to sneak in a bit more information on the subject (I don’t want them to get the idea that I’m interested!).  All that aside, I found your article very interesting because it opened my eyes to the possibility that not all things cannabis are detrimental.  You may think that I still live in the dark ages, and you’re probably right.  But I’m starting to see the light.

    Thanks again for your interesting article.

    • I am glad you can see some light.  Now I ‘m not a marijuana user and CBD oil is not THC so no high from it.  That is the great thing.  You don’t have to feel you are having pot while using the oil.

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