Do you struggle with depression, anxiety, lack of sleep, chronic pain, or all of the above?
I understand how difficult these struggles can be. I struggle with severe anxiety at times. It must be hereditary in my family because other family members have told me they suffer from similar symptoms.
Plus, I’m beginning to see signs of anxiety in one of my children. My anxiety had become unbearable a few months ago.
I was almost at the point of asking my doctor for a prescription to make it stop, but after some research, I realized how addictive some of the prescription options could be, and it scared me.
After seeing the spike in drug addiction across the world, I certainly didn’t want any part of it. Therefore, I started looking for more natural options. CBD oil is what I came up with.
Here are a few things you should know about CBD oil and the benefits it can offer:
Disclaimer: Speak with your doctor before using CBD oil. It may have negative side-effects for you, it could cause issues if you’re on certain medications, and you should also seek professional advice for specific dosage. We are not responsible for your experience if you choose to use CBD oil. This post is for informational purposes only.
What Is CBD Oil?
CBD oil comes from cannabis or more commonly known as hemp. This plant is related to the marijuana plant, but in most cases, the CBD oil is pulled from hemp because it’s less processed.
The oil is extracted from the plant and can be consumed for various reasons.
Though CBD is found in the marijuana plant, consuming it doesn’t have the same effects as when smoking marijuana. When you smoke marijuana it’s the THC which gives you the ‘high’ feeling. CBD oil doesn’t give you this feeling, nor should it cause issues when taking a drug test.
Our bodies have an additional system known as the endocannabinoid system. Its primary job is to produce cannabinoids. They work with different messaging centers in your body to make sure every other system is functioning as it should.
This sounds like a very important system, but we didn’t know much about it until the 1990s. This is where CBD oil comes in. It’s a natural way to add cannabinoids to your body.
The same way we take other vitamins to boost systems in the body, CBD oil gives extra help to the endocannabinoid system.
Therefore, when you take an organic CBD oil, you begin to feel the effects of the endocannabinoid system working at its prime.
CBD Oil Benefits
1. Relieves Pain
There was a time I awoke each morning to a headache. I tried wearing mouth guards because I thought I was grinding my teeth. I tried different pillows because I thought maybe I was sleeping weird.
I would wear my hair up or down to do whatever I could to avoid waking up with a headache. I lived on over the counter headache medicines, and it wasn’t fun.
When I began to take CBD oil, one of the first things I noticed was how well it worked to alleviate my headaches.
I have a friend who used to suffer from leg cramps. She began using a topical cream with CBD oil in it, and her leg cramps diminished.
In my experience, CBD oil is a great natural painkiller.
2. Anxiety Relief
This was the main reason I began taking CBD oil. I’ve been a cautious person my whole life, but as I’ve gotten older, had children, and added responsibility I’ve developed anxiety.
When I say I have anxiety, I don’t mean a little stress here or there. My anxiety can be debilitating and leave me having a panic attack if I’m not careful.
This isn’t a fact about myself I share with many, but it’s the truth as to why I began using CBD oil. I was desperate for relief.
My husband took me away for a weekend a few months ago because he thought a little relaxation might help ease these feelings.
While we were gone, we met an older couple, and they told us about CBD oil. The husband was using it to treat the side effects of a neurological disorder.
I didn’t jump at their advice instantly because clearly, I’m hard-headed, but eventually I broke and said, “Why not?”
In my experience, if I’m on the verge of having a panic attack and I take CBD oil, it calms me down, slows my breathing, and alleviates the tightness in my chest.
However, if I take it regularly (which I try to remember to) it will keep me calm enough to where anxiety and panic attacks aren’t an issue.
3. Good for Your Heart
If the first two reasons weren’t enough to pique your interest in CBD oil, it’s thought to be good for your heart too.
Where CBD oil brings about a calming effect in most people, it can help lower your blood pressure. By reducing your blood pressure, it’s simultaneously lowering your risk for stroke and heart attack.
If you have any of these issues or if they run in your family, talk to your medical provider about adding CBD oil to your vitamin regiment.
4. Good for Your Bones
Does osteoporosis run in your family? Do you already have it? Talk to your medical provider about CBD oil.
The cannabinoids play a role in the bone rejuvenation process. This is the cycle where the old bone is replaced with new bone.
If this process works as it should, new bone should come about before old bones become brittle and break. This can keep your bones healthy and also prevent broken bones.
5. Gives You the Zzz’s
Most people say cannabinoids make them calm. There are a few which state it gives them greater energy. If you’re one of those few, you’ll know to take CBD oil in the morning.
However, if cannabinoids provide a soothing effect for you, it can be taken at night to give you a more natural and restful sleep.
If you’re someone who struggles with a sleep disorder, talk to your medical provider about CBD oil and if it could help you.
6. Can Ease Depression
As much as anxiety can be a joy-sucker, depression falls in the same category. I have friends who struggle with this disorder, and it can drain the life right out of you.
Which is another reason why CBD oil could be a great addition to your medical care plan, it’s said to help ease depression.
Since it’s natural, this might be a non-addictive way to overcome this diagnosis. Again, speak with a medical professional to find out if CBD oil could be right for your situation.
7. Stops Nausea in Its Tracks
Nausea, upset stomach, and vomiting can be some of the worst feelings. Instead of suffering through them, CBD oil could help.
If you’re struggling with stomach ailments, try putting some CBD oil under your tongue. It has certain qualities which can relieve nausea and vomiting quickly.
8. Pimples? Not for Long
Acne can be such a nuisance. Whether you’re a teenager dealing with breakouts throughout puberty or an adult with a hormonal imbalance, try adding some CBD oil to your routine.
It’s said to help diminish breakouts quickly and effectively. If CBD oil can help with the overall function of your body, clearing breakouts would be a nice side-effect.
9. Could Help with Drug Addiction
CBD oil has been studied for years to find out how helpful it can be to us. Through some of these studies, it was reported, CBD oil could potentially help alleviate drug addiction.
During animal testing, the lab rats showed less dependency on morphine and heroin when given CBD oil.
There are also other studies which show CBD oil can help those who have overcome addiction. If administered properly, it’s thought to help prevent relapse.
10. May Stop Tumors
Marijuana has been used medically for years to alleviate pain from cancer. It should come as no surprise CBD oil is thought to help with slowing the progression of cancerous tumors.
Through animal testing, results had shown cancerous tumors didn’t spread when CBD oil was administered.
Discuss with a doctor to know what amounts would have to be taken for a human cancer patient. Even still, this is only a theory. There is still much more testing and work to be done before we’ll know how effective CBD oil is on tumors.
11. Possible Diabetes Prevention
I don’t want to offer false hope by tossing these ideas out there, but I do want to share some medical testing results doctors have found while studying CBD oil.
They also noticed the amount of inflammation in the rats decreased significantly.
12. May Help with Schizophrenia
If you know someone who struggles with schizophrenia, you know it can be a heartbreaking and challenging diagnosis.
However, it’s thought CBD oil can be helpful to those who suffer from this disorder. It helps minimize hallucinations without some of the side effects prescription medicines can bring about.
There is still a great deal of testing taking place on lab animals, but scientists have seen results which give them hope. CBD oil could help those with schizophrenia overcome cognitive issues and also help them thrive with social skills.
13. Maintains the Neurological System
I didn’t use to pay much attention to my neurological system until one of my friend’s husbands began to have seizures.
When you see the strain this can put on someone’s health and also the fear it can instill in their family, you begin to appreciate your brain and want to do all you can to take care of it.
It’s thought CBD oil can help nourish your brain. It’s also considered to be able to help those who suffer from seizures and epilepsy.
14. Make You Regular
One side effect of CBD oil is that it can cause you to have diarrhea. However, if you’re someone who struggles with stomach issues and going to the bathroom regularly, you may want to consider giving it a try.
CBD oil adds cannabinoids to your system. This helps the endocannabinoid system function properly which is said to help take care of your gut.
Therefore, if you have tummy issues, talk to your doctor about adding CBD oil to your care plan. As long as you don’t suffer the side effect of diarrhea, it could be helpful to your gut and improve your digestive health.
You now know of 14 potential CBD oil benefits. Remember to speak with your doctor before trying CBD oil.
A doctor will also ensure you know the appropriate dose you should take to receive some of these potential benefits. Hopefully, CBD oil can help you overcome some of the things which ail you.