Before answering the question "What is CBD Oil Used For?" we first have to answer the question, “What is CBD?”
CBD is short for cannabidiol, a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. It’s most commonly recognized for its ability to provide a wide range of health benefits to users without causing any psychoactive effects (in other words, it won’t get you high).
Like THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the compound in marijuana that is responsible for making users feel high), CBD’s effects come from its reaction with the endocannabinoid system. Endocannabinoids are produced naturally in the body and play a role in regulating a variety of functions, such as sleep cycles, appetite, mood, and more.
According to the National Institutes of Health, the cannabis plant contains more than 60 cannabinoid compounds. The levels of each cannabinoid found in a particular plant will vary from strain to strain, but low-THC, high-CBD strains are readily available in areas where medical cannabis is legal. Additionally, many companies have begun to extract specific compounds from cannabis plants, thereby achieving greater control of how a particular product will affect a user. CBD oil is one type of these extracted products. It’s an oil extracted from a cannabis plant that contains high levels of cannabidiol.
Because of CBD’s reputation for delivering many of the medicinal effects cannabis supporters have been touting for years without any psychoactivity, the extract is being studied both in formal research and anecdotally by individuals looking for alternative treatments for a variety of ailments.
Got that? Okay, now let's get to the question "What is CBD oil used for?"
Uses for CBD
Preventing seizures: Some of the most widely shared stories in favor of medical cannabis legalization are those about individuals who find relief from seizures in cannabis products. Because of stories like the one we recently shared recently about CBD oil for children with epilepsy formal research into developing pharmaceutical-grade CBD products is already underway. One company, GW Pharmaceuticals in the UK, has developed a 99 percent pure CBD product called Epidiolex, which according to the Epilepsy Foundation, has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in some epilepsy centers in the United States.
Stress and anxiety (in people and pets!): CBD has been reported to reduce stress and anxiety in both humans and animals by boosting serotonin and restoring neurons in the area of the brain that controls mood, memory, and other important functions. Because many prescription medications for anxiety disorders lead to undesirable side effects, such as fatigue, dry mouth, nausea, and weight gain, CBD may be an appealing alternative.
Minimizing inflammation: The inflammatory response can be triggered by any number of things — autoimmune diseases, medications, allergies. And it’s that inflammation that causes people with conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or Chron’s disease to suffer from pain and discomfort associated with their particular disease. Because of its natural anti-inflammatory properties, CBD may be a solution for individuals suffering from any number of conditions that prompt the inflammatory response.
Finding CBD products
Regulations around CBD are confusing to say the least. Even in some states where cannabis is neither medically nor recreationally legal, CBD products can be sold. Check your local regulations to find out of CBD products are available in your state.