Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is a product that’s derived from cannabis. It’s a type of cannabinoid, which are the chemicals naturally found in marijuana plants. Even though it comes from marijuana plants, CBD doesn’t create a “high” effect or any form of intoxication. There’s growing awareness about the possible health benefits of CBD oil.
Researchers think it may change the way your brain’s receptors respond to serotonin, a chemical linked to mental health. Receptors are tiny proteins attached to your cells that receive chemical messages and help your cells respond to different stimuli. One study found that a 600mg dose of CBD helped people with social anxiety give a speech. Other early studies done with animals have shown that CBD may help relieve anxiety by:
• reducing stress
• decreasing physiological effects of anxiety, such as an increased heart rate
• improving symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
• inducing sleep in cases of insomnia
Research is still in its early days. Researchers are testing how much CBD is able to reduce the number of seizures in people with epilepsy, as well as how safe it is. The American Epilepsy Society states that cannabidiol research offers hope for seizure disorders, and that research is currently being conducted to better understand safe use.
A study from 2016 worked with 214 people with epilepsy. The study participants added oral doses of 2 to 5mg of CBD per day to their existing anti-epilepsy medications. The study’s researchers monitored the participants for 12 weeks, recording any negative side effects and checking on the frequency of their seizures. Overall, participants had 36.5 percent fewer seizures per month. However, severe adverse effects were recorded in 12 percent of the participants.
Studies have shown that cannabis can offer some benefits when taken after chemotherapy treatments. Other pre-clinical studies sponsored by the National Institutes of Health are also looking at the role of cannabis in relieving symptoms caused by:
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), also known as delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol, is the primary component of cannabis responsible for its psychoactive properties, which provides a “high” feeling.
THC-rich products, when taken at just the right dosage, can be an effective supplement towards their everyday health.
Studies show that the cannabis compound activates pathways in the central nervous system that block pain signals from being sent to the brain.
There are studies on individuals experiencing neuropathic pain were given low doses of THC (1.29%) in the form of vaporized cannabis. As a result, a low dose of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol provided statistically significant 30% reductions in pain intensity.
While clinical research continues to be restricted due to cannabis’s regretful status as a schedule I controlled substance – it is clear that a positive correlation exists between THC and pain relief.
In addition, there is an FDA-approved trial in 2013 confirmed THC’s effectiveness for pain relief.
In early 1980s, there has been an FDA-approved THC pill called Marinol for treating nausea and vomiting in cancer patients. The Marinol has been marketed as a pharmaceutical alternative to cannabis but Marinol did contain delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound is both synthetic and isolated.
Interestingly, a study in 1995 revealed that oral doses of THC-8, a cannabinoid-like the regular THC but with lower psychotropic effects, were an effective treatment for children suffering from chemotherapy-induced nausea. The only side effect found from using Marinol was slight irritability.
Considering that other nausea medications such as Zofran can lead to side effects like diarrhea, headache and possibly blurred vision. THC-based therapies are a much safer option.
THC promotes brain growth
Believe it or not, the medical benefits
of THC for the brain may be even bigger
than we thought. Not only does the
psychoactive protect brain cells, it also
stimulates brain growth.
THC activates the “CB1 receptor” in our brains. This stimulation promotes a process known as long-term potentiation which improves the brain’s ability to learn. Scientists also discovered that like CBD, THC causes brain cells in the hippocampus to grow. Some research even suggests that THC can protect spatial memories. This is why small doses of THC can treat or even slow down diseases such as Alzheimer’s. In addition, we also have a study showing people with THC in their systems are 80% more likely to survive head trauma.