What Medical Conditions Is CBD Oil Used For In Treatments?

CBD oil is a unique type of health supplement. Its properties enable it to affect the body in many different ways, thus providing ample therapeutic benefits for people living with chronic conditions—including some that are notably difficult to treat.

CBD, or cannabidiol, is gaining a lot of attention and researchers are continuing to identify the many ways it can affect various systems and functions throughout the body. This is primarily a result of the endocannabinoid system and cannabinoid receptors.

Our bodies naturally produce chemicals known as cannabinoids, which have a direct effect on a series of receptors that form the endocannabinoid system. Cannabinoids can also be obtained from plants belonging to the cannabis genus.

Marijuana is one example of a cannabis plant, as is industrial hemp. Industrial hemp plants serve as the primary source for producing legal CBD including a range of cannabidiol based medical products and health supplements. They are regarded as legal as they contain no significant amount of THC or any psychoactive compounds. CBD itself is non-psychoactive.

The endocannabinoid system is connected to the brain through the central nervous system as well as the peripheral nervous system. Researchers have found that this system plays an important role in many different capacities, including our memory, immune system, regulation of stress levels, appetite, and sleep, as well as our digestive function, perception of pain, and inflammatory response among other physiological and behavioral functions.

As CBD is just one type of cannabinoid, introducing it to the body can result in a range of effects, most of which are highly beneficial and therapeutic. CBD has gained a lot of attention for this reason, and may even rival medical marijuana for its health benefits, especially as there are no intoxicating properties associated with CBD.

Having a direct impact on the endocannabinoid system, which then has connections to so many other functions, means that CBD products like CBD oil or CBD hemp oil have a wide range of uses.

What Can CBD Oil Be Used To Treat?

Even as understanding and acceptance of cannabinoid-based treatments and medicines have broadened, it’s important to note that support for cannabidiol’s efficacy of many conditions is still in preliminary stages of study.

There is abundant anecdotal backing and promising research for the effectiveness of this natural health supplement, but in most cases, researchers are still working to provide conclusive, repeatable results that define what CBD oil can do for specific types of conditions.

That is not to say CBD’s benefits are as undefinable or unproven as many other trendy though unregulated health supplements; cannabidiol has been shown to be effective and is now being used in conventionally approved and medically prescribed courses of treatment.

Still, more long-term, laboratory controlled studies are required to back CBD’s efficacy in the treatment of many ailments, which CBD proponents claim can be alleviated by using CBD oil.

With this in mind, it’s important to do your own research and speak to your doctor about the medical use of CBD oil and any health issues you may have.

Fortunately, the oil is considered to be a low-risk natural substance with mild and few side effects and no danger of toxicity. It’s also become more widely available in many forms, including in various food and beverages, topical salves, vape oils, and as easy to dose medicines, to be taken directly from the dropper or in capsule form.

That’s not to say there are no contraindications or that CBD should be taken casually. It carries with it real and notable effects. These effects are widely regarded as beneficial, but they can have a significant affect on the body.

Again, this is why you should always educate yourself and speak to your primary care practitioner before taking any new health supplement or trying any course of treatment.

Chronic Pain 

Chronic pain is one of the primary reasons people have begun to try CBD oil. CBD has been shown to relieve pain and perception of pain in a range of chronic conditions.

Its mild side effects, which do not often occur with proper doses, and ease of use make it a favorable supplement to many conventional long-term pain treatments.

Conditions with chronic pain symptoms including various types of arthritis, fibromyalgia, and spinal injury, can be difficult to treat for long periods of time. Many conventional painkillers and chronic pain medications carry a great deal of risk, particularly when used for an extended period.

The pain associated with some chronic conditions can be debilitating in and of itself but can also lead to issues with depression, insomnia, elevated levels of stress and anxiety, and an overall feeling of a lack of control over one’s ability to feel well and capable.

CBD oil can provide multiple health benefits in certain cases of chronic pain. Its pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties work for relieving general or overall discomfort. It’s also been shown to be effective as a targeted treatment for a specific area of the body.

Additionally, CBD may ease feelings of anxiety, despair, and regulate functions that could become disrupted by a chronic pain condition, such as sleep, appetite, and the ability to reach a state of rest.

Some users have reported CBD’s pain-relieving effects to be comparable to prescription painkillers, including opioid medications. Some have even been able to reduce their reliance on these high-risk treatments.

The viability of giving up or significantly reducing one’s medications and using CBD oil as an alternative may not work for everyone. CBD’s effectiveness depends on the function of an individual’s endocannabinoid system. This is why everyone experiences CBD oil’s effects differently. Its impact may be stronger for some and weaker in others.

It’s also of the utmost importance that you discuss any adjustment or discontinuation of medications with your doctor prior to making any changes on your own.

“The EC [endocannabinoid] system is a major endogenous pain control system, running in parallel to the opioid system and playing crucial roles the development and resolution of pain states, and the affective and cognitive aspects of pain.

Study: The Cannabinoid System and Pain

Stress And Panic Disorders

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), generalized, social, and other anxiety and panic disorders, along with similar conditions, can have a serious and debilitating impact on one’s life and ability to function.

Researchers are still working to unlock just what occurs in the brain and body when an individual loses the ability to reliably regulate their stress, panic, and adrenaline responses.

Symptoms are mental and physical, and may occur suddenly and seemingly without apparent cause or reason.

Studies have found that the oil may help lessen the severity of panic, stress, and anxiety symptoms by regulating stress responses via the endocannabinoid system and the hippocampus.

It’s important to note that while researchers have seen promising results from studies of panic disorders and cannabidiol treatments, many more studies are needed to understand whether it can be reliably used as a mental health aid.

“Cannabidiol oil, an increasingly popular treatment of anxiety and sleep issues, has been documented as being an effective alternative to pharmaceutical medications.”

Study: Effectiveness of Cannabidiol Oil for Pediatric Anxiety and Insomnia as Part of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Addiction And Compulsion

Studies have been completed that show how CBD oil might be used to ease addictive and compulsive behaviors. It may also reduce symptoms associated with withdrawal, including nausea, restlessness, insomnia, and elevated levels of stress.

Researchers are even looking at ways CBD could be used to help step down opioid use and other instances of addiction. Other studies have shown that CBD can be effective in helping smokers reduce their reliance on nicotine.

CBD may even aid in cases of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and anxious repetitive or compulsive behaviors. The same responses that serve to ease symptoms of panic and depression, may also contribute to therapeutic benefits that ease compulsive disorders.

The growing body of research supporting the medical use of cannabis as an adjunct or substitute for opioids creates an evidence-based rationale for governments, health care providers, and academic researchers to consider the implementation and assessment of cannabis-based interventions in the opioid crisis.

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Psychiatric Conditions

CBD may be a treatment option for some cases of schizophrenia and certain types of psychosis. In studies, it has also been shown to inhibit behaviors and tendencies in a manner similar to antipsychotic medications.

Cannabidiol as a mental health treatment could potentially provide a low-risk option for individuals who have trouble managing conventional psychiatric medications due to heavier side effects. However, many more studies are needed before CBD can be considered a true alternative or supplement to any course of psychological or psychiatric treatment.

Even proponents of CBD based medicine caution against CBD as a treatment for psychosis until more clinical studies and research can provide definitive information on its effectiveness in such a capacity.

 

Acne And Other Skin Conditions

CBD oil may help to alleviate acne and other skin conditions that occur or are worsened due to inflammation and overproduction of sebaceous oil. When the oil is applied topically, natural anti-inflammatory properties may ease all manner of skin troubles, from eczema to severe sunburns.

Preliminary studies have also show that Cannabidiol’s effects can modify the activity of the sebaceous glands, getting to the root cause of some cases of acne.

As in the case of many conditions, more research is needed to determine CBD’s reliability and most effective administration for treatment of acne and various types of dermatitis.

 

Collectively, our findings suggest that, due to the combined lipostatic, antiproliferative, and anti-inflammatory effects, CBD has potential as a promising therapeutic agent for the treatment of acne vulgaris.

Study: Cannabidiol exerts sebostatic and anti-inflammatory effects on human sebocytes

Neurodegenerative Diseases

Alzheimers’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington’s Disease, multiple sclerosis and other neurodegenerative illnesses may benefit from treatments that include CBD. Research is being done to determine the neuroprotective properties of CBD oil and its use for reducing inflammation and pain caused by neurodegenerative symptoms.

While more long-term studies are needed to determine how CBD can treat and prevent further degeneration in such ailments, CBD is currently used in a medication known as Nabiximols, under the brand name Sativex.

This medication is used to treat pain, spasms, and other symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis, however it is not available in the United States and has only been approved for use in Canada, the UK, and an increasing number of other European countries.

 

“…manipulation of the cannabinoid system offers the potential to upregulate neuroprotective mechanisms while dampening neuroinflammation. Whether these properties will be beneficial in the treatment of AD in the future is an exciting topic that undoubtedly warrants further investigation.”

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Gastrointestinal Disorders

CBD oil’s anti-nausea and anti-inflammatory effects could provide relief in various gastrointestinal and digestive disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome, irritable bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, and colitis.

Though studies are still being done to conclude how reliable CBD is in the treatment of various gastrointestinal and digestive ailments, some research has shown that prevalence of cannabinoid receptors in the intestinal tract may allow for targeted treatment of inflammatory issues in this region of the body, though effects are still being studied.

 

Seizures and Epilepsy 

In the United States, the only CBD based medication approved by the FDA is for the treatment of two rare forms of epilepsy. This type of treatment shows just how effective CBD based medicines can be in the prevention of seizures.

CBD based medications have been clinically shown to reduce the severity and frequency of seizures, even in treatment-resistant cases. Further studies are being done to examine CBD’s potential for treatment of seizures in autism spectrum disorder.

More research is required to determine how CBD affects infants, children and patients who are still developing mentally and physically. More studies are also needed to identify appropriate doses for special treatment cases, such as cases involving infants and small children.

“These studies suggest that CBD avoids the psychoactive effects of the endocannabinoid system to provide a well-tolerated, promising therapeutic for the treatment of seizures, while whole-plant cannabis can both contribute to and reduce seizures.”

Study: Cannabinoids and Epilepsy

Cancer

CBD has gotten special attention in the treatment of some cancers, as early testing has shown it may inhibit the reproduction of cancer cells and the growth of tumors. Much more research will be required before any conclusions can be drawn between CBD and cancer prevention.

CBD oil’s properties, including relief of pain, nausea, vomiting, and inflammation, may help some cancer patients better cope with symptoms of their conditions and side effects of various cancer treatments.

Any use of CBD oil as a supplemental treatment for cancer should be carefully discussed with your doctor. Currently, more conclusive studies and tests are required to determine the efficacy of CDB based medicines as part of any cancer patient care.

 

For the cancer patient, cannabis has a number of potential benefits, especially in the management of symptoms. Cannabis is useful in combatting anorexia, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, pain, insomnia, and depression.

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