Cannabidiol oil or CBD oil is gaining popularity and we are now carrying three great CBD products from Medterra, the CBD Tincture MCT Oil, CBD Pain Cream and the Med99+ CBD Crystalline.
There has been some controversy and misunderstanding surrounding CBD oil because it’s derived from the cannabis plant. Marijuana is also a form of cannabis so it’s easy to see how people could misconstrue what CBD oil is used for and what exactly it does. Up until recently THC was the most commonly known substance in cannabis. It’s well known for the psychoactive/mind altering “high” it produces. Marijuana contains THC and CBD but has been selectively cultivated over the years to increase the THC levels. However, CBD oil is derived from hemp; a less processed and cultivated form of cannabis. CBD is not psychoactive which means it does not change the state of mind of the person using it. There is no “high” involved. What it does do is affect the body in some really beneficial ways.
Currently there are numerous studies being conducted to catalogue and verify the medicinal effects of CBD oil. Many people are using it for a variety of reasons including:
Anti-inflammatory properties and pain relief
CBD oil has already been used to treat chronic pain associated with Fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis. The New England Journal of Experimental Medicine published a study that showed a significant reduction of chronic inflammation in mice and rats using CBD oil. Many people use it as a more natural alternative to over the counter pain relievers. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties it’s also being studied and used in the treatment of certain forms of acne which is partially caused by the inflammation of the sebaceous glands in the body.
Help with quitting smoking and other addictions
Two studies posted in Neurotherapeutics (see study) and Addictive Behaviors (see study) found promising results with people trying to quit smoking as well as opioids. They cut down on and had fewer cravings for the nicotine and opioids using CBD oil. It’s possible that CBD can be used to help people with withdrawal symptoms.
The British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology published a review that shows CBD appears to block cancer cells from growing and spreading. It’s currently being studied extensively as a possible cancer treatment with less toxicity issues than chemo as well as if it can be used synergistically with conventional cancer treatments.
It’s not recommended that people with anxiety use marijuana as its THC can amplify or trigger paranoia and anxiety. However, CBD may be helpful for people with certain anxiety disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and general anxiety. Neurotherapeutics published a review that many people who are taking medications for these disorders stop taking them due to the adverse and unwanted side effects. CBD oil hasn’t shown any adverse side effects in studies so far and it’s being looked at as a possible treatment.
Alzheimer’s, epilepsy and other brain disorders
Initial studies are showing evidence that CBD may help prevent what’s called “social recognition deficit” in Alzheimer’s patients so they can continue to recognize people’s faces and it may have other benefits in treating their symptoms. It also has been stated in a review posted in Epilepsia that CBD oil seems to have anti-seizer properties with a low risk of adverse side effects for people with Epilepsy. Other studies done in the areas of Schizophrenia and other psychiatric diseases have also shown great promise.
The studies so far show that CBD oil is tolerated well across the board with only mild side effects reported such as tiredness, change in appetite or weight and occasionally diarrhea.
It’s a very exciting natural product and Medterra CBD Oil is grown in the USA, non-GMO and guaranteed THC free.
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Dr. Ron Ledoux is a licensed Chiropractor from the midwest who has been practicing since 2001. He’s also certified in clinical nutrition and has extensive training in nutritional therapies and is enthusiastic about educating and offering natural health care to his patients and the community.