What are your thoughts on CBD oil? Do you use it? Or do you still have a lot of questions?? I have done the research and
am confident that CBD has made a big difference with me! (I use SOUL CBD, and can't recommend it enough!) There are some benefits that might surprise you, like it did me!! I would love to hear if you’ve had success with it! Or if you have anything to add!!
Before I dive into CBD and all it's benefits, did you know that we have an entire episode on our podcast, Mr Worldwide & His Bride (you’re listening, right?) has everything you need to know! I discuss into all the benefits of CBD, unravel the myths, and dive deeper into all the ways you can use it!
CBD is helping with so many issues! Emerging research shows that each of these ailments may be related to dysregulation of the endocannabinoid system, or ECS for short.
ECS, what is that? Haven't YOU heard of it? Well, no worries, I hadn’t either, so I became a self-proclaimed expert on this entire subject and will break it down for you:
Understanding the Endocannabinoid System:
The ECS is possibly one of the most fascinating systems in the body. It was discovered through researching the effects of cannabis on the body. In fact, this amazing system that regulates the body’s internal balance got its name from the cannabis plant that made its discovery possible.
The ECS is made up of EC and their receptors. These are found everywhere in the body from the brain and other organs to glands and immune cells. The system works differently in different parts of the body but the end goal is homeostasis (internal balance).
Ever heard of a “runner’s high”? Research reported in the Scientific American found endocannabinoids are largely responsible for this natural “hit” of euphoria that increases feelings of well-being and decreases the perception of pain.
Does CBD Oil Create a High?
Plain and simple, NO. (Though oils with THC can also contain CBD).
Cannabidiol (CBD) Benefits & Uses for Pain, Inflammation, Epilepsy & More:
CBD oil is a great remedy for a lot of different ailments. Here are some of the amazing uses people (and medical research) report for CBD oil:
1. Relief for Chronic Pain
Those suffering from chronic pain from diseases like fibromyalgia are finding relief with CBD. In fact, it has been approved in Canada for multiple sclerosis and cancer pain. What is really amazing is that CBD doesn’t cause dependence or tolerance, so it’s a great choice for those trying to stay away from opioids.
CBD has anti-seizure properties that have been shown to successfully treat drug-resistant who have neurological disorders like epilepsy (with no side effects!).
3. Reduces Anxiety and Depression - I share a little about when I suffered from anxiety and panic attack and totally wish I would have known about this!! FUN FACT: CBD even reduced the stress and discomfort surrounding public speaking.
4. Fights Multi-Drug Resistant Bacteria
Whatever the mechanism is for destroying bacteria, CBD seems to be a potent weapon against the antibiotic resistant “superbugs” that are becoming more and more of a problem today.
5. Reduces Inflammation
Chronic inflammation is a huge problem in our society that contributes to many non-infectious diseases including heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, autoimmune disease, and more, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information.
6. Reduces Oxidative Stress
Which is more of a problem now because our environment is so much more TOXIC
8. Promotes Healthy Weight
It can help maintain healthy blood sugar, stimulates genes and proteins that helps break down fat, and increase mitochondria that helps burn calories.
CBD also encourages the body to convert white fat to brown fat. White fat is the kind of fat we typically think of when we think about body fat. Brown fat is fat that is in small deposits that behaves differently than white fat. Brown fat is said to improve health by enhancing the bodies ability to burn white fat, create heat, and even regulate blood sugar.
9. Improves Heart Health
According to research CBD reduces artery blockage, reduces stress induced cardiovascular response, and can reduce blood pressure. It may also reduce cholesterol.
10. Improves Skin Conditions
CBD oil can be used topically to treat skin conditions. Studies show CBD oil has a high potential for treating skin conditions like eczema by encouraging abnormal cell death. It can also help regulate the skin’s oil production, reducing acne. CBD also contains many nutrients like vitamin E that help improve and protect the skin.
11. Fights Cancer
CBD oil’s role in cancer treatment still needs more research, but what is available is looking promising. According to the American Cancer Society, CBD oil can slow growth and spread of some kinds of cancer (in animals). Because it fights oxidative stress and inflammation (and both are linked to cancer) it makes sense that CBD oil could help fight cancer cells.
How to Use CBD Oil:
CBD oil is most often used internally (through ingestion). Because CBD oil is a relatively new supplement, exact dosing isn’t well established. While more long-term studies are needed, there is no established CBD “overdose” and there are very few if any side effects at any dosage.
When trying to find the right dosage, consider these things:
Start by purchasing a high quality company. I use Soul CBD. A higher quality oil will be more bioavailable, so a lower dose can be enough.
Begin with the recommended dosage on the bottle (especially if using preventatively).
Some notice a change immediately, while others don’t notice any improvement for several weeks. If after several weeks there is still no change, increase the dosage.
As with most herbal supplements, a small dosage 3-4 times a day is usually more therapeutic than one large dose.
Important note: Though CBD oil on its own is very safe, it may interact with medications, particularly opioids. Speak with your doctor if you’re concerned about interactions or are unsure about using hemp oil for your conditions. I know it’s tough to find a primary care doctor who understands alternative practices, but there are options!!!
Sidenote for our furrier friends: All mammals have an endocannabinoid system, CBD oil can have some of the same benefits for pets as it does for humans.
For cats and dogs in particular, CBD oil may help with:
excessive barking or crying
pets getting along with other pets
relaxing pets before a trip to the vet
lack of appetite
As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.