Top 10 Uses for CBD Oil: There are numerous therapeutic uses for Hemp based CBD oil. Along with each of the Top 10 Uses for CBD Oil I’ve included citations from scientific journal studies to ensure accuracy to claims. Read on to learn the Top 10 Uses for CBD Oil and CBD products.
Top 10 Uses for CBD Oil
1. Natural Pain Relief
CBD Oil is a natural pain reliever. CBD can help relieve the pain and stiffness from arthritis. It is becoming a popular non-prescription pain reliever for people suffering from chronic pain. The Journal of Experimental Medicine titled “Cannabinoids suppress inflammatory and neuropathic pain by targeting a3 glycine receptors” gives an overview of studies on the affects of cannabinoids in relation to pain.”1
2. Helps with Anxiety
There are multiple accounts and testimonies of CBD Oil’s role in decreasing anxiety. Better yet, studies show CBD may help a variety of anxiety disorders including panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Currently, the FDA recognizes SSRIs, SNRIs, benzodiazepines, MAOIs and other prescription medication classes to treat anxiety disorders. These medications come with an entire host of side effects. This leads to anxiety suffers giving up on their treatment plans. CBD is a major breakthrough for anxiety as it promotes relaxation and calmness without the side effects of the standard pharmaceuticals used in treating anxiety. For detailed information read “Cannabidiol as a Potential Treatment for Anxiety Disorders” published in Neurotherapeutics..2
3. Lower Blood Sugar, Help Control Diabetes
Type 2 Diabetes is when blood sugar is too high. This starts as a sluggish secretion of insulin by the pancreas and resistance to insulin throughout. Diabetic complications are vast, this is why Diabetes can lead to strokes, peripheral artery disease, glaucoma, neuropathy, kidney failure and immune system compromise. We’ve all known or heard of a diabetic having to have lower limb amputated. Research is showing that the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of CBD oil can help diabetics. Details of the study titled “The Endocannabinoid System and Plant-Derived Cannabinoids in Diabetes and Diabetic Complications” can be found in the February 2012 edition of “The American Journal of Pathology”. 3
4. CBD Oil to Quit Smoking
Smoking cessation is another one of the fantastic uses of CBD oil. Those who seek to quit smoking may find that CBD oil will work to decrease the urge to smoke tobacco for the nicotine effect. Studies related to the use of CBD oil to quit smoking are underway. Anecdotal stories and CBD testimonials are proving that CBD oil may just be the the way to kick the habit! Information can be found in the clinical study summary titled “Cannabidiol reduces cigarette consumption in tobacco smokers: preliminary findings.” 4
“Those treated with CBD significantly reduced the number of cigarettes smoked by ~40% during treatment. Results also indicated some maintenance of this effect at follow-up.”
5. Help with Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms
CBD oil is a natural pain killer (analgesic) and works against anxiety. Researchers believe it may be helpful for addicted to opiates. Those who have been dependent on substances can experience horrible symptoms when trying to stop. This is what leads many people to give up; on giving up! Many people have to start Suboxone or Methadone treatment when seeking to end narcotic abuse. Because the treatment is so similar to the actual opiate they were originally addicted to, these treatments have side effects. Research as to whether CBD oil can help addicts is promising. CBD oil addresses anxiety, pain, mood, insomnia and nausea. It may even help stop opioid relapse. This October 2015 study in Neurotherapeutics is titled “Early Phase in the Development of Cannabidiol as a Treatment for Addiction: Opiod Relapse Takes Initial Center Stage.” 5
6. Lower Blood Pressure
CBD is being researched in its effects on the cardiovascular system. Studies show that cannabinoids help lower blood pressure. Researchers conducted an experiment which concluded that 600mg of CBD lowered resting blood pressure and heard rate to people who underwent a variety of resting and stress tests.The researchers believed the lowered blood pressure may have been due to the anti-anxiety effects of CBD. This study titled “A single dose of cannabidiol reduces blood pressure in healthy volunteers in a randomized crossover study” was published in JCI Insight.
7. CBD Oil Epilepsy and Seizures
Nearly 3 million people in the United states suffer from epilepsy.This condition can be genetic or be a result of a stroke, traumatic brain injury or infection. Patients can become tolerant to the prescription anti-seizure medications. These prescription medications have serious side effects. Whole plant cannabidiol has long been used to treat seizures and has low toxicity and a high success rate, especially when used by children, though some people still find this to be controversial.
“For over a millennium, pre-clinical and clinical evidence have shown that cannabinoids such as CBD can be used to reduce seizures effectively, particularly in patients with treatment-resistant epilepsy.” —(Cannabinoids and Epilepsy, Neurotherapeutics)
8. CBD for Cancer
CBD is used as palliative medicine for cancer patients. It improves appetite and helps with nausea, so it is often used in conjunction with chemotherapy and radiation. It also helps with pain. Research also shows that CBD may actually inhibit the spread and growth of cancer cells. Read the report: “Cannabidiol as potential anticancer drug” from the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.
9. Healthy Skin and Acne
CBD has anti-inflammatory properties. It can also stop the growth of pimples. This is why CBD oil is a sought after ingredient in topical skin care products! The research on how CBD works towards promoting healthy skin and as an anti-acne treatment. Read “Cannabidiol exerts sebostatic and antiinflammatory effects on human sebocytes” —The Journal of Clinical Investigation
10. CBD and Alzheimer’s Disease
There is a lot of research going on into the effects of CBD on Alzheimer’s disease. Between anecdotal stories and clinical research we can conclude that the calming effects of CBD can help the agitation and aggression that is often seen those who suffer from Alzheimer’s. Perhaps CBD could used for sun-downing? This is a common behavioral manifestation of those with Alzheimer’s and can be especially difficult for family members to deal with, besides the obvious stress it causes the afflicted person. For more information on CBD for the therapeutic treatment of Alzheimer’s, visit the Alzheimer’s Disease list of articles on ProjectCBD.org.
The Top 10 Uses for CBD Oil list WILL be expanded
To how many uses for CBD Oil, I’m not quite sure yet. We’ll surely discuss migraines, arthritis, PCOS, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Autism and much more.
Top 10 Uses for CBD Oil Citations
1 Xiong W, Cui T, Cheng K, et al. Cannabinoids suppress inflammatory and neuropathic pain by targeting α3 glycine receptors. The Journal of Experimental Medicine. 2012;209(6):1121-1134. doi:10.1084/jem.20120242.
2 Blessing EM, Steenkamp MM, Manzanares J, Marmar CR. Cannabidiol as a Potential Treatment for Anxiety Disorders. Neurotherapeutics. 2015;12(4):825-836. doi:10.1007/s13311-015-0387-1.
3 Horváth B, Mukhopadhyay P, Haskó G, Pacher P. The Endocannabinoid System and Plant-Derived Cannabinoids in Diabetes and Diabetic Complications. The American Journal of Pathology. 2012;180(2):432-442. doi:10.1016/j.ajpath.2011.11.003.
4 Addict Behav. 2013 Sep;38(9):2433-6. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2013.03.011. Epub 2013 Apr 1.
5Hurd YL, Yoon M, Manini AF, et al. Early Phase in the Development of Cannabidiol as a Treatment for Addiction: Opioid Relapse Takes Initial Center Stage. Neurotherapeutics. 2015;12(4):807-815. doi:10.1007/s13311-015-0373-7.