The wonders of CBD oil – for giving pain relief and reducing symptoms of anxiety

August 8th this year is a special day to recognise and celebrate the many benefits of CBD – the natural hemp product everyone’s talking about! So read on to learn how it might help you.

Hemp-derived CBD (cannabidiol) has experienced a huge surge of interest in the health and wellness world over the past few years, with numerous high-profile celebrities like Seth Rogen, Whoopi Goldberg, Joe Rogan and Kim Kardashian West all praising the benefits of the hemp-derived oil.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, which means it causes the sensation of getting high that’s often associated with cannabis. However, unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive and contains little or no THC. The legal THC limit for CBD products is 0.3%.

This quality makes CBD an appealing option for those who are looking for relief of pain and other symptoms without the mind-altering effects of cannabis or other side effects related to some pharmaceutical drugs.

CBD oil is made by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant and then diluting it with a carrier oil like coconut oil or hemp seed oil. CBD can be found in a variety of products online and in stores, including dietary supplements, bath soaks, drinks, and food.

It continues to gain momentum in the health and wellness world, with some scientific studies finding that it may ease symptoms of conditions such as chronic pain and anxiety. But is it the right choice for you?

1. May relieve pain…

More recently, scientists have discovered that certain components of cannabis, including CBD, are responsible for its pain-relieving effects. The human body contains a specialized system called the endocannabinoid system, which is involved in regulating a variety of functions, including sleep, appetite, pain sensation, and immune system response.

The body produces endocannabinoids, which are neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors in your nervous system. Studies have shown that CBD may help reduce chronic pain by affecting endocannabinoid receptor activity, reducing inflammation, and interacting with neurotransmitters. Some research suggests that CBD may be effective for certain types of pain, including nerve pain and back pain, when used on its own.

2. Could help reduce symptoms related to some mental health disorders

CBD use has been shown to improve some symptoms related to anxiety disorders. Researchers are currently investigating how CBD may be used in the treatment of other mental health disorders.

3. May alleviate certain cancer-related symptoms

CBD may help reduce some cancer-related symptoms and side effects related to cancer treatment, such as nausea, vomiting, and pain.

Even though CBD may be helpful for some people with cancer, more research is needed to determine whether CBD should be used more regularly in cancer symptom management.

If you are wanting to try it, it’s important to consult your healthcare team first.

4. May have neuroprotective properties

Researchers believe that CBD’s ability to act on the endocannabinoid system and other brain-signalling systems may provide benefits for those with neurological disorders.

In fact, one of the most studied uses for CBD is in treating neurological disorders such as epilepsy and MS. Though research in this area is still relatively new, several studies have shown promising results.

5. May improve heart health

Some research has linked CBD with several benefits for the heart and circulatory system, including the ability to lower blood pressure. Though more human studies are needed.

High blood pressure is linked to higher risks of a number of health conditions, including stroke, heart attack, and metabolic syndrome.

However only a few people in England are likely to get a prescription for medical cannabis through the NHS.

Currently, it is only likely to be prescribed for the following conditions:

  • Children and adults with rare, severe forms of epilepsy,

  • Adults with vomiting or nausea caused by chemotherapy

  • People with muscle stiffness and spasms caused by multiple sclerosis (MS).

And for these groups it would only be considered when other treatments were not suitable or had not helped.

A last word of caution if you are considering using it:

  1. Contact your GP or healthcare team, or pharmacist if you are already taking other prescribed or unprescribed medication as there are certain drugs which CBD oil is said to interact with.

  2. When buying CBD oil to use a reputable source as the quality of the product can vary immensely and not all are of pharmaceutical grade. So please do your research if you are going to use it.