There is a lot of buzz circulating that celebrates the benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) for just about everyone suffering from any ailment. If you are just starting to research the benefits and uses of CBD, all of the wonderful success stories you hear might overwhelm you.
Uses for CBD Oil
Based on my research and the questions I frequently receive, here are the top 8 uses for CBD oil (in no particular order.)
Many women have asked me if CBD will help with Fibromyalgia. Doctors don’t know the cause of this painful issue, and Fibromyalgia sufferers are desperate for help. I took CBD for this condition and so I share my personal story. Within days of starting CBD, it helped to manage my pain and today I have little to no pain at all. I get a lot of feedback from women saying it helps control the pain, and that it works consistently.
The issue of our time. So many people are looking for relief from anxiety and are not willing to take, or are trying to get off of, traditional pharmaceutical options. The popular perception has been that you need THC for anxiety, but that is not true. In a clinical trial conducted at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust in London, brain scans of participants given CBD revealed changes in blood flow to the regions of the brain linked to feelings of anxiety. You can read this research on CBD and anxiety here.
My first customer was a man with multiple myeloma blood cancer. He is in remission. There are many studies on CBD and cancer. NIH PubMed is a good resource for information. The side benefit that my customer didn’t know about is that CBD helped his kidney function. When opiates couldn’t control his pain, CBD did. You can read his story here.
Insomnia is a big issue that especially plagues women. CBD interacts with many receptors, proteins, and other chemicals in the brain. These interactions create changes in neurotransmitter activity, hormones, and other cells throughout the brain and body. Through these interactions, CBD appears to affect many of the body’s functions including sleep-wake cycles. For those with chronic insomnia, a slight amount of THC with CBD seems to be very beneficial. Using CBD within the federally allowable limit of THC (0.3%) would be a good option.
Many parents of children with ADHD are looking for other options to prescribed medications for their children. There are many forums for parents researching CBD for ADHD and other subtypes. There is limited research on CBD for ADHD, but observational studies show it helps reduce the anxiety and hyperactivity associated with ADHD.
An issue that should be addressed is that some research has included CBD with THC or even medical marijuana. Opponents of CBD for ADHD like to bring this to the forefront of their opposition to CBD for ADHD. There is a clear differentiation between CBD and CBD containing THC or medical marijuana. CBD products can be a fairly broad spectrum oil (containing other cannabinoids and terpenes) without THC. This distinction needs to be clear.
We have known for years how inflammation effects every part of our well-being. CBD has shown to radically reduce inflammation in the body. In 2018, WADA (World Organization for Doping in Athletes) took CBD off the prohibited substances list, as athletes have known for a long time how well CBD works for inflammation and pain. Unlike ibuprofen, it is therapeutic for your body and good for your liver.
I receive many inquiries about CBD for arthritis pain. I also get many testimonials from customers that CBD has given much pain relief. People feel better, begin walking, and the cycle of pain fades. The research on CBD for arthritis is extensive, including this one that used a topical application of CBD. The application showed significantly reduced joint swelling and thickening of the synovial membrane.
According to another study about the positive effects of cannabidiol on arthritis symptoms, CBD has also shown to actually reverse the effects of arthritis. Using CBD daily in the form of a tincture or gel cap, along with a topical salve is a great protocol for arthritis.
I have many people contact me to ask about CBD for seizures in people. There have been popular CBD brands that have proven to provide relief from seizures and have been used for a few years now. The FDA approved a by-product of CBD in June 2018 that had good results but horrible side effects. CBD with the legal limit (0.3%) of THC or less has been shown to control seizures with NO side effects. To be clear, never use CBD with THC for seizures in pets, as pets do not tolerate THC. CBD without THC has been shown to control seizures in pets. Please see my future blog post on how to use CBD for dogs.
There are many promising uses for CBD, with more on the horizon as research continues on this amazing compound.