What is CBD oil?
CBD is the name of a compound found in the cannabis plant. It is one of numerous compounds found in the plant that are called cannabinoids. Researchers have been looking at the potential therapeutic uses of CBD. Oils that contain concentrations of CBD are known as CBD oil.
Potential health benefits of CBD / cannabis oil
Natural pain relief or anti-inflammatory properties
A study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine found that CBD significantly reduced chronic inflammation and pain in some mice and rats. CBD is already in use for some conditions that cause chronic pain, such as multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia.
Epilepsy and other mental health disorders
A review posted to Epilepsia noted that CBD has anti-seizure properties and a low risk of side effects for people with epilepsy. Studies into CBD's effect on neurological disorders suggest that it may help to treat many of the disorders that are linked to epilepsy, such as neurodegeneration, neuronal injury, and psychiatric diseases. Another study posted to Current Pharmaceutical Design found that CBD may have similar effects to certain antipsychotic drugs, and that it may be safe and effective in treating patients with schizophrenia.
A review from Neurotherapeutics suggests that CBD may help to reduce the anxiety felt by people with certain anxiety disorders. The researchers point to studies showing that CBD may reduce anxiety behaviors in disorders such as: post-traumatic stress disorder; general anxiety disorder; panic disorder; social anxiety disorder; obsessive-compulsive disorder. The review notes that current medications for these disorders can lead to additional symptoms and side effects, and that people may stop taking the drugs because of these unwanted effects.
A recent study posted to the Journal of Clinical Investigation found that CBD helps to lower the production of sebum that leads to acne, partly because of its anti-inflammatory effect on the body.