4 Surprising Health Benefits Of CBD – Plus Where To Get It
Towards the end of May the South African government removed cannabidiol (CBD) from its list of highly controlled drugs. Even better news is that until 15 May 2020 ‘preparations’ containing CBD will be legal to sell by anyone, not just pharmacies, according to Business Insider.
The change in the law comes with two conditions. One, suppliers can’t sell products that contain more than 20mg of CBD and two, these products can’t claim to cure or treat any specific condition. It can however promise to provide relief of minor symptoms (which aren’t specific to a disease or disorder) and be useful for ‘health maintenance’.
Before, there were only 56 legal suppliers in the country making it more difficult for individuals to get a hold of it. Thanks to its legalisation, anyone can reap the proposed health benefits of the substance.
So What Is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is made from hemp not weed. While hemp is rich in CBD, weed contains Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). As a result of the absence of THC – CBD is not addictive nor will it make you ‘high’.
Over the years, studies indicated that CBD could provide relief for symptoms of cancer, such as nausea and vomiting. But the health benefits are not restricted to cancer. CBD has been shown to provide relief for those with Parkinson’s and Arthritis.
Other proposed health benefits of CBD are:
1 . CBD Could Provide Pain Relief
Currently chronic pain is the main reason many people use CBD. The human body comprises of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) which is responsible for regulating a variety of functions including pain. Researchers have suggested that CBD provides pain relief by targeting this system directly.
Animal studies have shown how topical application of CBD (as an oil or cream) has reduced joint swelling and inflammation in rats with inflammation.
2. It Could Reduce Anxiety and Stress
While it’s always a good idea to talk about your problems, if you’re looking for a non-traditional way to deal with either anxiety or stress, CBD could be what you’re looking for. Over the years several researchers have conducted small-scale studies to determine the effect of CBD on mood disorders.
One study in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology suggested that CBD could reduce social anxiety. While a report in the journal Neurotherapeutics indicated that it could be used as an effective treatment for generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder and social anxiety disorder, amongst others.
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3. CBD Might Treat Your Acne
Most people deal with acne as a teenager. And then there are those of us who didn’t leave acne on the other side of puberty. Often acne is caused by an excess of sebum, an oil produced by the sebaceous glands in the skin. Along with regulating pain, the ECS controls oil gland production. When applied topically, CBD was shown to reduce the amount of oil the glands produced, as well as decreasing inflammation.
Additionally, stress and anxiety also cause acne. Consuming products that contain CBD could reduce your anxiety which in turn will minimise the likelihood of future breakouts.
4. It Could Help With Diabetes
People who have either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes could benefit from the use of CBD. The US Diabetes Council found that CBD could reduce the occurrence and delay the onset of Type 1 diabetes. While CBD is not a cure for diabetes, researchers have suggested that CBD could improve glucose intolerance for type 1 diabetes so that they’re less sensitive to insulin. Meanwhile, CBD could suppress the appetite of people with Type 2 diabetes as well as rebalance their ECS system making it easier for them to lose weight. It also controls their blood glucose levels better.
As with most controlled substances using CBD may or may not work for you. It also comes with a number of side-effects such as changes in appetite, diarrhoea, dry mouth, nausea, dizziness, vomiting and low blood pressure.
Before making use of any of these products check in with your doctor to ensure that it won’t interact with any of the other medication you’re currently taking.