CBD oil benefits

CBD Oil Benefits: A Review of the Existing Research

When it comes to CBD oil benefits, growing awareness and popularity has caused a surge in research over the last few years. After years of stigma and governmental roadblocks, we’re finally entering an era of “CBD.”

CBD Oil Benefits

Cannabidiol (CBD) oil comes from cannabis. It’s a type of cannabinoid, a chemical naturally found in marijuana and hemp. But don’t worry, CBD doesn’t cause that “high” effect – that’s caused by another cannabinoid, THC.

Instead, CBD works with your body to bring about balance. And as we mentioned, research continues to show us how it can help improve or manage various health conditions. The list is long, impressively long.

These are just a few of some of the most common uses, and the research that supports CBD’s potential.

1. Arthritis

In 2010, a review of current research concluded that CBD oil showed the potential to significantly reduce inflammation and inhibit disease responses. 

A more recent review in 2018 found the same results as the 2010 review.  It noted that, “Increasing amounts of evidence demonstrate that the endocannabinoid system actively participates in the pathophysiology of osteoarthritis-associated joint pain… Overall, preclinical and clinical data support the potentially effective anti-inflammatory properties of endocannabinoid agonists that target CB2 receptors.”

For arthritis pain specifically, a 2017 study found that local administration of CBD blocks osteoarthritis pain. Additionally, CBD seemed to prevent the later development of pain and nerve damage in the joints. Researched concluded, “These findings suggest that CBD may be a safe, useful therapeutic for treating OA joint neuropathic pain.”

2. Digestive Issues

The endocannabinoid system plays a key role in the normal physiology of GI (gastrointestinal) function. It plays a role in digestion, gut-brain signalling, inflammation, and gut permeability. It communicates directly with gut microbiota – all those helpful bacteria bloating around in the microbiome.

When you take CBD, it interacts with the endocannabinoid receptors in your GI. 

Research suggests that CBD’s anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects make it a promising remedy for treating the pain and inflammation caused by digestive issues like Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or gastritis.

3. Anxiety

2010 research found that CBD reduces anxiety in those with generalized social anxiety disorder. Researchers studied the brain activity of patients who received CBD compared to those given a placebo. The results were clear; CBD significantly decreased subjective anxiety.

2011 study narrowed the field by looking at social anxiety caused by public speaking. Participants were either given CBD or a placebo 1.5 hours before public speaking. Researchers found that “Pretreatment with CBD significantly reduced anxiety, cognitive impairment and discomfort in their speech performance, and significantly decreased alert in their anticipatory speech.”

2016 case study shows that CBD works for PTSD specifically. The patient, a 10 year old girl, was suffering from insomnia and anxiety as a result of childhood trauma. Pharmaceutical medications provided only partial relief, and there were major side effects. With CBD however, her anxiety decreased and there was a steady improvement in the quality and quantity of her sleep.

4. Motion Sickness

Nausea and vomiting are the most common symptoms of motion sickness, and we’re lucky enough to know that CBD can help with these two things. There’s significant research that tells us that it can help regulate nausea and vomiting in humans and other animals. In fact, there’s been extensive research done on CBD for cancer patients, particularly those going through chemotherapy, and the results are promising: “Preclinical research indicates that cannabinioids, including CBD, may be effective clinically for treating both nausea and vomiting produced by chemotherapy or other therapeutic treatments.”

How does this work? Receptors in the endoannabinoid system are activated by CBD, and this activation helps to inhibit nausea and vomiting. 

CBD Oil Benefits

5. Fibromyalgia

Anecdotally, there is a great deal of evidence that supports the effectiveness of CBD for fibromyalgia. As for empirical evidence, what we know so far comes from a smattering of studies that look more at medical cannabis in general, rather than CBD specifically. With that said, what these studies tell us is promising.

These studies do, however, almost all mention CBD as being a key element, noting that together, THC and CBD work well as a combined method of treatment. 

Additionally, we can look to a 2016 study which suggests that a lack of endocannabinoids may be behind chronic pain syndromes, including fibromyalgia. Since we know CBD may correct this deficiency, this might help explain why people are finding relief.

6. Sleep

If anxiety is what’s keeping you up at night, research shows us that CBD oil for sleep can help. 

This particular study examined 72 patients who reported poor sleep, often due to anxiety. They were treated with CBD oil. And the results were really promising:

  • Anxiety decreased within the first month in 57 patients (79.2%) 
  • Sleep improved within the first month in 48 patients (66.7%) 

Another study suggests CBD can affect sleep directly because of how it interacts with receptors in your brain. That makes sense, given that the role of the Endocannabinoid System is to bring about balance. 

7. Headaches

Several different studies show that CBD, has substantial anti-inflammatory effects. 

One study in particular notes: “Cannabinoids provide a potential approach to pain management with a novel therapeutic target and mechanism. Chronic pain often requires a polypharmaceutical approach to management, and cannabinoids are a potential addition to the arsenal of treatment options.” 

CBD Oil Benefits for Pets

Research also proves that CBD has enormous potential for our beloved pets with these conditions:

At the very least, these studies show that CBD has some serious potential, both for animals and humans. With its recorded safety record and little concern for negative side effects, it’s worth trying if you want to rely less on pharmaceutical drugs.