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5 Science-Backed Benefits of CBD Oil

CBD research is also growing. Here are five ways studies show that CBD oil can benefit your health.

1.     Corresponds to anxiety and depression

CBD’s calming ability is perhaps its most common effect and the reason for its widespread use. Some received a placebo while others received 150 milligrams, 300 milligrams, or 600 milligrams of CBD before their speeches. Those who received 300 milligrams of cannabidiol experienced significantly greater anxiety during the test compared to those who received a placebo. Interestingly, the participants who received 150 or 600 milligrams of cannabidiol experienced more anxiety during the test than the 300 milligram group.

Meanwhile, at least one study in mice revealed that CBD has similar effects to the antidepressant imipramine. However, human trials are needed to confirm whether CBD can stimulate the same antidepressant reaction in our bodies.

2.     Treatment select epilepsy syndromes

In some cases, CBD can be used to treat epileptic seizures.

In 2018, the Food and the Drug Administration approved the use of CBD under the brand name Epidiolex to treat seizures caused by Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravett syndrome — two rare types of epilepsy — in patients as young as 2 years old.

Three well-examined studies provide the basis for support for the FDA’s decision. In that trials, 516 patients with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome or the Dravet syndrome received either Epidiolex or a placebo. When Epidiolex was taken with other prescribed medications, it reduced the frequency of participants’ seizures compared to a placebo.

3.     Reduce PTSD symptoms

In a small 2018 study in the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 11 people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) received CBD along with routine psychiatric care for eight weeks in an outpatient psychiatric clinic. Ten of the 11 experienced a reduction in their PTSD symptoms. The researchers wrote that CBD was generally well tolerated.

Margaret Rajnik, MD, a nurse practitioner with experience in medical cannabis and CBD, stresses the importance of using the treatment along with any type of cannabis or CBD for PTSD. There is some amount of treatment that is required for PTSD. But CBD will give you a little less anxiety.

Four other human trials from 2012 to 2016 indicate that CBD reduces PTSD symptoms, although some include THC, or THC, the main mind-altering ingredient in cannabis. When THC and CBD work together, they create what’s called the ‘entourage effect’, complementing the benefits and strengths of each. For example, taking the same dose of THC and CBD together causes a “high” of THC, while less THC combined with more CBD enhances the effects of CBD.

4.     Opioid addiction treatment

Some studies—both animal clinical trials and human clinical trials—suggest that CBD can be used to help treat people dependent on opioids.

Over the course of a week, CBD significantly reduced heroin cravings, withdrawal anxiety, resting heart rate, and salivary cortisol levels. No serious negative effects were found.

Other studies have found CBD to be beneficial in reducing various psychological and medical symptoms such as anxiety, insomnia, and pain in patients with substance use disorders, suggesting that CBD may be an effective treatment for opioid addiction. However, further studies are necessary.

5.     Relieve symptoms of ALS

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a disease that causes nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord to deteriorate, resulting in a loss of muscle control that gets worse over time. It is not yet fully understood why amyotrophic lateral sclerosis occurs, although it may be genetic in some cases. There is no known cure, and there are only two drugs that have been approved by the FDA to help treat ALS symptoms.

Research suggests that people with ALS can benefit from the entourage effect of a combination of THC and CBD, similar to people with PTSD. In a 2019 study, patients received a combination of THC and CBD at varying doses depending on their needs and preferences. Those with mild, moderate, or severe cramping (muscle tightness and stiffness) due to ALS reported higher levels of satisfaction with treatment and those with moderate to severe cramping reported higher satisfaction rates than those with mild cramping.

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