A recent survey conducted by ConsumerLab.com showed that the use of CBD oil is soaring in popularity. And, according to Forbes, the cannabidiol (CBD) market could reach a whopping $20 billion by 2024.
CBD is derived from hemp and is a member of the cannabis plant family. Marijuana is also a member of this family. However, marijuana contains more of a compound called THC which has psychoactive effects and gets you “high.” Hemp, on the other hand, has less than 0.3 percent of THC and more CBD, which doesn’t alter a person’s state of mind but has been shown to have medical benefits.
Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, author of “The Power of Self-Healing,” tells Newsmax he has been using CBD oil for years and finds it to be excellent for inflammation, pain relief, and overall well-being.
“You want to buy a full spectrum hemp oil so the product has all the benefits of the different cannabinoids that hemp has to offer, including a trace amount of THC,” he says. “The main benefits I have seen in my personal practice are anti-inflammatory properties, anxiety relief, better sleep, and relief of joint and muscle ache.”
Here are some health benefits that have been found in various studies:
- Pain relief. One study found that an oral spray containing THC and CBD reduced pain in people with rheumatoid arthritis. Another study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine found that CBD significantly reduced chronic inflammation and pain in mice. The study authors suggested that non-psychoactive CBD could provide a new treatment for chronic pain instead of relying on anti-inflammatory drugs, which could have serious side effects.
- Quitting smoking and addiction. There is some promising evidence that CBD use may help people quit smoking. A study published in Addictive Behaviors found that smokers who used inhalers containing CBD smoked fewer cigarettes than usual and had no further cravings for nicotine. A similar review published in Neurotherapeutics found that CBD may be a promising treatment for people with opioid addiction disorders.
- Anxiety disorders. In another review published in Neurotherapeutics, researchers found that CBD may help reduce anxiety in people with afflictions such as post-traumatic stress, panic, social anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorders.
- Type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes results from inflammation that occurs when the immune system attacks cells in the pancreas. Research published in Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation found that CBD may ease this inflammation in the pancreas. This may be the first step in finding a CBD-based treatment for diabetes.
- Alzheimer’s disease. Initial research published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that CBD was able to prevent the development of social recognition deficit in patients. This means that CBD could help people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s keep the ability to recognize the faces of people they know.
- CBD for pets. A study at Cornell university found that giving older dogs with osteoarthritis CBD compared to a placebo for only one month modestly reduced pain and increased activity levels as reported by the dog’s owners and reduced joint pain when examined by a veterinarian.
- The side effects of using CBD may include fatigue, diarrhea, and loss of weight. Since broad spectrum hemp oil does contain some THC as well as CBD, those who use the product may fail a drug test.
“It’s the same comparison as eating poppy seeds and testing positive for opioids,” says Mancini. “Although there is still much to be learned about the benefits, efficacy, and safety of CBD, recent studies suggest it may provide a safe, powerful and natural treatment for many health issues. Just keep in mind that state laws differ on the legal use of CBD, and it’s always important to consult with your healthcare provider before trying the product.”