“CBD Oil is a miracle medicine!” “CBD can heal every ailment!” “CBD cures cancer!” “CBD saves lives!”. You hear people say these kinds of things all the time about CBD oil and it’s health benefits. It’s all over the internet. This post is just one among millions of articles and scientific studies done on the health benefits of CBD oil. But is it true? Does CBD oil cure cancer? Does CBD cure illness? Is it just a placebo? What is going on?
We take a look into the top claims of CBD and give you the facts backed by evidence and reputable sources.
In short. YES! CBD has major health benefits. Does it “cure” diseases? We can’t say that. That is against the law. but it does seem to treat the symptoms of certain ailments and major diseases and even some cancers.
CBD does truly have health benefits.
The modern world is full of technological breakthroughs and advances. We have the ability to communicate across the globe via the internet and cellphones. We have more comforts and conveniences than ever before. Unfortunately, we also have more stress, less time off of work (some studies show Americans have less “vacation” time than medieval peasants) and people are more stressed, anxious, depressed, and often disconnected than previous generations. Sure, our medical science has a huge number of medications to try and help with some of the more severe forms of these issues, but many times they require trial and error, and the side effects can be even worse than the problems they are trying to treat.
It seems that a real solution to several of these health issues might actually be found in a plant that has been used for thousands of years and across a number of civilizations. The chemical compound CBD, which is found in hemp and cannabis, has shown a remarkable ability to treat many different ailments. Though any testing on CBD had been hampered by government regulations that made it illegal, in recent years those restrictions have been loosened and the evidence, both clinical and anecdotal seems to show that claims of relief isn’t just blowing smoke.
This is an excerpt from Harvard University:
“What exactly is CBD? Why is it suddenly so popular?
How is cannabidiol different from marijuana?
CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of cannabis (marijuana). While CBD is an essential component of medical marijuana, it is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant. While CBD is a component of marijuana (one of hundreds), by itself it does not cause a “high.” According to a report from the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
Is cannabidiol legal?
CBD is readily obtainable in most parts of the United States, though its exact legal status is in flux. All 50 states have laws legalizing CBD with varying degrees of restriction, and while the federal government still considers CBD in the same class as marijuana, it doesn’t habitually enforce against it. In December 2015, the FDA eased the regulatory requirements to allow researchers to conduct CBD trials. Currently, many people obtain CBD online without a medical cannabis license. The government’s position on CBD is confusing, and depends in part on whether the CBD comes from hemp or marijuana. The legality of CBD is expected to change, as there is currently bipartisan consensus in Congress to make the hemp crop legal which would, for all intents and purposes, make CBD difficult to prohibit.” – HARVARD
So, what all can CBD help treat? The list is longer than we’re going to go into today so we’ll just give you a few who have the most supporting evidence at this point. So here are a few conditions that CBD seems to genuinely help people manage or treat.
1. Childhood Seizures
This is the area where there has been the most research and the most dramatic documented effects. In cases where medications have failed to control seizures, especially in children, we have seen dramatic videos where CBD has shown to quickly reduce, or even completely stop, seizures in many young patients. Due to how convincing the initial reports were, we now have drug companies producing or working on CBD based medications to treat various seizure disorders to give people a better quality of life.
While the evidence for this is still largely anecdotal, there is ongoing clinical research into the impact of CBD on anxiety. The often contradictory part is that THC, the other main compound in cannabis, can sometimes increase anxiety in those who smoke or otherwise consume cannabis. However, strains with higher CBD content tend to counteract this effect, and people who use strictly CBD, which can be obtained from the non-psychoactive hemp plant as well as cannabis, rave about the reduction in their anxiety levels, even to the point that they have managed to stop taking more harmful medications formerly used to treat their disorder.
CBD can have a great calming effect and some even use it for their pets anxiety related issues with great success.
Another case where the anecdotal evidence has spurred scientific interest and research, CBD can really help those who deal with depression of varying degrees. The calming aspects of CBD that help with anxiety can also work wonders for those who deal with depression and considering that the side effects of many antidepressants can include suicidal thoughts or actions, having a treatment like CBD that doesn’t carry the same risks could literally be a lifesaver for millions.
Similar to anxiety and depression in that they are mental health issues, CBD shows promise in helping to treat those with PTSD. It seems to help those with the condition separate themselves from their experiences faster than just therapy alone or even with other drug treatments. Given the number of PTSD cases due to prolonged military conflicts, CBD could yet again prove to be a lifesaver for millions of veterans and others who have endured traumatic experiences. Research is ongoing, but since CBD is widely available as a supplement many are already using it and report drastic improvements in their conditions.
Many who use CBD claim that due to the calming effects, they find that it helps them fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. Though whether it actually makes people drowsy itself is questionable, many simply claim that they don’t struggle to sleep after taking CBD like they would normally without it. This could simply be due to the impact it has on reducing other conditions such as anxiety and depression, both of which can cause trouble sleeping. Any compound that can help you relax is likely to make falling asleep at least a bit easier.
These are just a few health benefits of CBD but there are other promising ones too!
There is some indication that it may be used as a cancer treatment but research is still relatively new and sometimes compounds that kill cancer in a lab do not hold up when put into real world scenarios, but there are some promising stories out there at least. Just be sure to take those with a grain of salt until more is known.
6. Pain Relief
There’s also some evidence that CBD oil can be used as a pain reliever. The science is there too:
“A study from the European Journal of Pain showed, using an animal model, CBD applied on the skin could help lower pain and inflammation due to arthritis. Another study demonstrated the mechanism by which CBD inhibits inflammatory and neuropathic pain, two of the most difficult types of chronic pain to treat.” SOURCE: Harvard University
The good news is that CBD is easily available and essentially legal in all 50 states here in the U.S.
What this means is that you have the ability to at least give it a try and see how you react to it and if it helps with your specific issue. You can get CBD in pills, creams, tinctures, oils, and more these days, so there is sure to be a product out there that should be comfortable for you to experiment with.
CBD clearly has verifiable health benefits backed by science.
The problem is the powers that be want to regulate what you can say about CBD and any other “natural remedy” because BIG PHARMA is extremely powerful and holds great influence over the regulatory system. When that happens, the health benefits of a plant gets regulated to the point that no one can benefit.
CBD, based on the science, does in fact have major health benefits and treats the symptoms of all kinds of ailments. The cancer research that’s being done is very promising.
Don’t take our word for it, check out the references below.
The science is clear that CBD does have major health benefits.
Harvard University: Cannabidiol (CBD) — what we know and what we don’t
Johns Hopkins University: WHAT IS CBD AND WHAT ARE ITS HEALTH BENEFITS?
Nation Institute of Health: Cannabinoids in the management of difficult to treat pain
Arthritis.org: CBD for Arthritis Pain: What You Should Know