People around the world are taking many different medications, some to help ease their pain, some to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and some to help alleviate their daily suffering. The many medical benefits of the plant are being explored further now that the marijuana laws in the US are more lenient. In fact, as of May 2018, the number of American patients using medical marijuana had reached into the millions, with California having the highest number at 915,845.
As of November 2018, only 3 states in the US have completely outlawed the use of cannabis and its compounds, while 33 states have legalized medical cannabis, and 14 states will allow the use of CBD oil with regulated amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). While these latter 14 states have yet to legalize medical marijuana, it is clear that they recognize the medicinal contributions of CBD oil. Taken with the patient’s usual medication, the effects of the CBD oil on their treatment could potentially lead to a medical breakthrough like no other.
What is CBD?
According to Alex Halperin of The Guardian, cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical compound found in cannabis and other hemp plants. Contrary to popular belief, not every compound in the cannabis plant is psychoactive. CBD is not psychoactive at all, meaning that it does not have the stimulating and sedative attributes of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabinol (CBN), respectively. Put simply; CBD neither gives a ‘brain’ nor a ‘body’ high.
CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant in the form of an oil or powder, making it ideal to mix with various products including baked goods, topical oils and creams, and even shampoos. Other trendy ways of consuming this naturally-occurring substance are through smoking, vaping and the taking of oil capsules.
In oil form, cannabidiol is used in medicine as an aid to treatments. Some of its more notable benefits have been seen with brain coordination and movement, the alleviation of chronic pain, and improvements in overall mood and memory. CBD has also been used to address anxiety and insomnia without the high. Other studies are being conducted where it is believed that this so-called ‘miracle oil’ can relieve pain associated with arthritis, specifically due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Multiple studies have also shown that these CBDs serve as the perfect treatment for seizures and epilepsy, making it a viable treatment for these conditions.
Other medicinal properties found in CBD include effective pain relief, anti-alcoholism, and anti-depressant.
How does CBD work?
Cannabinoids, which include CBD, tend to take effect on the body when the compounds attach to particular receptors. It is important to understand that the human body itself naturally produces its own cannabinoids, which is received through 2 receptors present in the brain and the immune system, hence why CBD, with all its medicinal properties, works so well to address various health conditions and aid with treatments.
One way to establish the benefits for yourself is to try the cannabinoid. It is known to be a safe substance, making it a healthier treatment option. You may want to try oil capsules, which contain a fixed percentage of cannabinoids per dose, making it easier to keep track of the dosage. Be sure to consult your doctor before switching to or adding CBD hemp oil to your treatment regimen.
How is CBD oil aid to Medicine?
Individuals who have been on medication for years also tend to suffer from various side effects. In the case of Paeyton Reuther, suffering from a rare form of childhood epilepsy, traditional medications were not able to reduce her seizures even when her prescribed medications had reached the maximum dosage. However, Paeyton’s condition showed marked signs of improvement with the introduction of CBD oil alongside her existing medication regimen.
Other evidence of the efficacy of CBD as an aid to medicine has been its effects on cancer patients. In a research published by Current Oncology, it was revealed that patients suffering from pain due to cancer, experienced a considerable reduction in such pain after consuming CBD oil. It also alleviated nausea and vomiting, more side effects usually associated with patients undergoing cancer treatment.
This substance is also able to reduce other side effects normally associated with cancer and cancer treatment, including cachexia or wasting syndrome. Chemotherapy is known to cause the patient’s wastage; patients tend to become skinnier and weaker as a result of such treatment. To counter this effect, many physicians will now recommend cannabidiol as both an effective antiemetic and orexigenic substance, i.e., it counters nausea and vomiting while improving the patient’s appetite and thus, helping boost the patient’s overall health.
Aside from helping to alleviate the side-effects of some cancer treatments, CBD oil is also showing potential in preventing the development of cancer itself and the spread of tumors.
With all of these benefits of CBD and the cannabis plant as a whole, it is clear to see why these cannabinoids would be used as an aid to medicine and medical treatments.
Before using CBD yourself as a supplement to any of your own treatment, ensure that it is legal in your state. If you are looking to use marijuana as a medical treatment, bear in mind that you may require an MMJ (Medical Marijuana) card to access and use it. Check out the eligibility criteria for obtaining an MMJ card in your state as each state has its own set of qualifying conditions, which may include conditions like debilitating sicknesses, etc.
Likewise, make sure to go over your treatment plan with a family doctor or a trusted medical professional. Their guidance will help you gauge if the cannabinoid oil you want to take compliments the type of medication you’re already taking. Your family doctor or a trusted medical professional is also best placed to prescribe recommended dosages which you will feel comfortable in taking, particularly if they are overseeing your treatment plan.
Overall, the medicinal potential of cannabidiol oil is vast, and there is a lot more to discover with regards to the cannabis plant. Using this cannabinoid to supplement your medicine and medical treatments is only the first step towards taking advantage of what this plant has to offer. With the right information and guidance from a licensed professional, you could soon be on your way to good health and wellness.