CBD is one of the cannabinoids present on cannabis plants. More precisely, CBD is a natural active substance of marijuana and hemp or industrial hemp. Since marijuana is psychoactive because it causes addiction and the “high feeling” on users, made cannabis look bad in general.
But, with the rise of CBD things are changing a lot. When talking about CBD and its therapeutic properties it is hard not to mention THC. THC is kind of a rival to CBD, as both offer health benefits, but have differences in terms of effects.
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What makes CBD different from THC?
As you may already know, THC is the one element of the cannabis plant with psychoactive effects. THC (1) has the power to cause addiction and make users feel “high”. But there can be cannabis plants(2) with no THC at all, THC-free let’s say.
To explain that we should first explain the cannabis groups and dive into details on one of them. So, cannabis can be of three types such as Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica, and Cannabis Ruderalis, but will explain more about Cannabis Sativa(3).
Cannabis Sativa has two main strains in the name of marijuana and hemp or as many call it industrial hemp. These two varieties differ from each other in terms of CBD and THC percentage on them. Industrial hemp can contain more than 20% CBD and less than 0.3% THC, which makes it legal in US countries.
This regulation may be different in European countries, in Asia, Canada, or Australia. Under this condition these states consider hemp legal to cultivate and use it for hemp oil or produce CBD oil. On the other hand, there is marijuana which is illegal because it may contain more than 20% THC, and less than 10% CBD. This amount of THC in marijuana causes addiction, and for that reason is as we all know, illegal.
An overview of CBD oil’s therapeutic properties
Above we tried to explain shortly what CBD is, where it is derived from, and what are the differences with THC. Slowly we are moving towards the topic, but before going there, let’s just make an overview of other properties.
Humans use CBD oil for themselves and also pets to manager their symptoms as this oil can reduce:
- various pains
- overall inflammation
- a variety of health disorders
The list of therapeutic properties of CBD oil is very large and it gets larger after each research. CBD oil and other CBD products are an important alternative for the treatment of chronic pain. People who suffer from chronic pain use medications that can form habits and cause side effects. The Food and Drug Administration so far has approved a CBD product called Epidiolex, which is for epilepsy. Below we will dive into details of different kinds of pain that CBD fights.
CBD Oil for Pain Relief
The role of CBD oil for chronic pain relief
CBD oil interacts with the endocannabinoid receptors in our brain and the immune system. As a result, the response of these receptors creates pain-relieving effects and anti-inflammation. This helps a lot with pain management and it means that CBD oil may benefit people with chronic pain. The latest research confirms the abilities of CBD to relieve various types of other pain, such as cancer pain and neuropathic pain.
What is important is that CBD oil is really effective in overall pain management and does not cause any negative side effects. More about CBD oil effectiveness against pain below.
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CBD oil for arthritis pain relief and cancer treatment
The therapeutic effects of CBD oil such as the pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties can help people with arthritis. There have been studies on rats with arthritis to confirm everything, but more studies are ongoing.
An interesting fact about CBD is that it was first tested on humans, and after getting to know the benefits, people started to use it for their pets also. The effects of CBD oil in pets and other animals are quite similar to humans because both these groups contain the endocannabinoid system.
People with cancer also use CBD oil because of its ability to manage the pain of cancer or cancer treatment. As we know the chemotherapy has side effects such as vomiting or change in appetite and CBD is able to reduce these symptoms.
In conclusion, taking into consideration the researcher’s voice, CBD oil has a lot of potential. It has the power to relieve pain without causing negative side effects. In addition, before purchasing any product, we recommend you talk to your doctor. That will help you determine the starting dosage and then increase it until you find the one that is right for you.