CBD oil is known around the world for its benefits to human health and well-being. This article discusses eight benefits that have been proven by scientific studies.
Cannabidiol, better known as CBD for short, is one of the 113 different cannabinoids found in the hemp plant, but unlike another well-known cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD) does not have psychoactive effects but has its positive effects on our physical, mental and neurological health.
CBD oil has a positive effect on human health and well-being, which can be argued not only by the results of many clinical studies but also by the fact that it is the most popular natural product around the world to deal with various health problems or simply maintain a good sense of well-being, including healthy skin, nails and hair.
The CBD oil contained in Hempo products is extracted using the most advanced, supercritical CO2 extraction technology (in a pharmaceutical grade laboratory), so all the beneficial substances are preserved. Then, the cannabidiol (CBD) is mixed with natural hemp (Cannabis Sativa L.) seed or MTC coconut oil.
In this section, we provide information on the eight benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) for the human body based on scientific research.
Helps with insomnia
Clinical trials (source) have shown that CBD hemp oil significantly increases the duration of uninterrupted sleep and, according to researchers, contributes substantially to better sleep.
Another cross-over study has shown a significant reduction in plasma cortisol levels while patients experienced a calming effect. Studies reveal that higher doses of CBD hemp oil that are used to treat anxiety, insomnia and epilepsy can also have a calming effect on the mind, leading to improved sleep.
Cortisol is one of the most significant stress hormones that your body produces during the day, and its amount decreases at night when you sleep. However, in patients with insomnia, the cortisol level increases even at night, which essentially prevents falling asleep and having a quality sleep. For more about CBD and insomnia, read this article.
Reduces anxiety and depression
Anxiety and depression are fairly common mental health problems that undoubtedly have a negative (sometimes devastating) impact on people’s lives and the quality of life.
Anxiety and depression are usually treated by prescription medication, but they can have many side effects, such as drowsiness, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, headaches, etc. (source). What’s more, medicines like benzodiazepines can lead to addiction and substance abuse (source). Unlike preparations that can lead to addiction and eventually tolerance, CBD hemp oil does not have negative side effects. CBD hemp oil works indirectly by improving your endocannabinoid system and helping to maintain optimal body functions. Recent research reveals that CBD has shown positive results in the treatment of various types of anxiety (GNS, OCD and social anxiety). CBD hemp oil has even been used to safely treat insomnia and anxiety in children with PTSD (source).
The properties of hemp to alleviate localised pain, migraines or inflammation have been known for a long time (source), but relatively recently researchers have discovered that it is cannabidiol (CBD) that is the active ingredient in hemp that promotes pain and inflammation-relieving effects. The human body has a natural endocannabinoid system (ECS) that is responsible for the optimal functioning and state of various functions, such as sleep, body temperature, pain, heart activity, etc. (source). Endocannabinoids naturally produced by your body bind to receptors in the nervous system through the surface of the skin and in other ways. This is supported by one of the many studies that have shown that CBD can help relieve chronic pain by positively affecting the activity of endocannabinoid receptors (source).
One animal study from the European Journal of Pain suggests CBD could help lower arthritis-related pain and inflammation when applied to the skin. Other studies also identify how cannabidiol (CBD) may inhibit inflammatory and neuropathic pains, which are difficult treat.
Helps with acne
Acne vulgaris (pimples) is a chronic, inflammatory, multi-causal skin condition that affects the hair follicle-sebaceous gland complex and manifests itself as a polymorphic rash on the face (the most common area), chest and back. It is one of the most common skin conditions that dermatologists treat. While acne most often appears in adolescence, epidemiological studies show that the prevalence of acne among adults is increasing, especially among women, so this condition is becoming more relevant in different age groups.
Studies show that CBD oil has anti-inflammatory benefits and therefore can help treat acne and reduce sebum production. According to one study, it is the anti-inflammatory properties of cannabidiol (CBD) that make it an effective treatment for acne.
Massaging CBD hemp oil on the nails can strengthen their structure and prevent nail breakage. In the same way, cannabidiol can be applied directly to the scalp – the active ingredient (cannabidiol) nourishes the hair follicles, prevents hair loss and helps maintain a healthy hair condition. You can read more in our article ‘CBD oil in cosmetics: unique benefits for your beauty’.
May relieve symptoms of cancer
Scientific studies (source) have shown that cannabidiol (CBD) can alleviate cancer-related symptoms and side effects of treatment procedures, such as nausea, vomiting, various pains (head/muscle), loss of appetite, etc.
One study looked at the effects of CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) on 166 people with cancer-related headaches and muscle pain. Treatment with a combination of these compounds was significantly more effective than with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) alone (source), which has been the case in many similar studies. At the same time, it suggests that CBD use can effectively relieve chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, which are the most common side effects of chemotherapy (source). It is no secret that there are medications to alleviate these side effects, but they are not always effective and some of them can have side effects, so more and more patients are looking for alternatives such as cannabidiol (CBD).
It should be noted that many of these studies were conducted on animals, and while their results are promising, the findings provide information that more research is needed to determine the exact relationship between the positive results of the studies and the use of CBD. Read more about CBD oil and oncological diseases in the article ‘CBD in cancer management’.
Preclinical studies have found that CBD can have a positive effect on patients with neurological disorders. One of the most studied uses of cannabidiol is its impact on the treatment of epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. Studies have shown that medications containing cannabidiol (CBD) are safe and effective in reducing muscle spasms in people with multiple sclerosis. It was found that 206 (75%) of the 266 people with multiple sclerosis who participated in the study had a significant reduction in the frequency and intensity of muscle spasms (source).
Another clinical study revealed that CBD oil significantly reduced the intensity of seizures in children with severe epilepsy compared to a placebo (source). It is also important to mention that a small percentage of people who participated in the mentioned study experienced treatment-related side effects (using CBD), such as fatigue, fever and seizures. So, consult professionals before choosing this treatment.
At the same time, the effectiveness of cannabidiol in the treatment of other neurological diseases has also been established. For example, several studies have found that treatment with CBD improved the neurological condition and sleep of patients with Parkinson’s disease (source, source). Other animal studies have shown that CBD can reduce inflammation and help prevent neurodegeneration associated with Alzheimer’s disease (source). One long-term study found that CBD helped prevent cognitive impairment in mice genetically predisposed to Alzheimer’s disease (source).
Potential benefits for heart function
Recent preclinical studies have linked CBD use to cardiovascular benefits, including the ability to lower high blood pressure. High blood pressure is directly related to an increased risk of having a stroke or heart attack, especially in people over 40 (source). In one study conducted in the United States, healthy men were given a dose of 400 mg of CBD and found that it reduced their blood pressure compared to a placebo.
Other preclinical studies suggest that cannabidiol reduces oxidative stress in mice, which may indicate that CBD has the ability to prevent heart damage in people with diabetes and heart disease (source).
Other potential health benefits
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a relatively new discovery in the treatment of various disorders and diseases, so there is still a lot of research to be done. But it is believed that CBD may have more benefits for human health. For example, it may have antipsychotic effects and can help people with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, or people with addiction to narcotic and psychotropic substances (source). It also has potential anti-cancer effects (prevents breast, prostate, colon, lung cancer in animal studies) and may be useful in the prevention of diabetes (source).
Are there any side effects?
While cannabidiol (CBD) is generally well tolerated by our body and is considered safe, a small percentage of people may still experience unwanted side reactions (fatigue, diarrhoea, changes in appetite and weight). It should be noted that cannabidiol can have unwanted interactions with the medications you use, so consult your doctor or pharmacist before starting to use cannabidiol (CBD).
CBD oil in Lithuania
The marketing and use of cannabidiol (CBD) products are allowed in Lithuania, but the product must not exceed the permitted content of 0.2% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is exactly the kind of CBD products we offer! Check out the results of our lab tests, which are carried out for each batch.
This article is for informational purposes only. Regardless of the information contained therein, Hempo products must be used as described in the product description.