Cannabis oil or Cannabidiol made from the controversial marijuana plant, is gaining popularity worldwide. Cannabidiol oil, (CBD for short) unlike THC (the main psychoactive component in marijuana), is used to treat a number of conditions and does not give you the ‘high’ associated with normal marijuana use. While marijuana itself is still illegal, this oil is legal to purchase and can even be found in some high street shops. So what is it actually good for? Find out with our Top 5 Health Benefits of Cannabis Oil!
1. Combats anxiety
In one study, 24 people suffering from Generalized Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) were given either a 600mg dose of CBD oil or a placebo before a public speaking test. Those who received the CBD oil had reduced anxiety in the test. Therefore, CBD oil could be used to help you overcome emotional stress or reduce the symptoms of it in certain stressful situations.
2. Improved sleep
Since CBD oil can help reduce anxiety, it has the added benefit of improving sleep. It can help to both increase the amount of your sleep and reduce insomnia caused by chronic pain.
3. Pain relief
Cannabis has been used as pain relief for centuries. Research has discovered that CBD oil can help impact your body’s endocannabinoid receptor activity. Endocannabinoids are part of your bodily system which help to regulate a number of physical functions, eg. sleep, appetite and pain. CBD oil’s interference in that system can help to reduce inflammation and in turn, pain.
4. Reduce High Blood Pressure
CBD oil has been shown to reduce resting blood pressure in a study. It can also help to reduce the increase in blood pressure people experience when put under stress. This could be extremely helpful to people in high stress jobs as a way to mitigate the impact such a role could have on their heart health.
5. Fights Neurological Disorders
Sativex, the first cannabis-based medicine in the UK containing both THC and CBD, is used to treat people suffering from multiple sclerosis. CBD oil is also being researched to see how effective it is at treating disorders like epilepsy and multiple sclerosis, so far with promising results.
Now you know a little bit more about CBD oil. It appears to have a number of powerful benefits that could really help people of all walks of life. It can help treat anxiety, insomnia and high blood pressure, and further research will continue to delineate more of its benefits. If you want to learn more about it, watch the video above. Tried CBD oil, what did you try it for and what effect did it have? Let us know below, join in the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. (Here are more Top 5’s to help you easily get and Keep YOUR Fit ON!)