There’s very little damage that CBD can do to your health (if any) because all forms of hemp oil come from food-grain strains of cannabis and hemp. This is why so many people have opted to try this incredible compound, and we’ve got excellent reasons for you to try it as well. Hemp oil comes from extracting the active ingredient in hemp leaves, stalks, and flowers. It contains high amounts of cannabidiol that can be used to treat a variety of conditions, some of which we’ll talk about here.
Full-spectrum hemp oil generates all kinds of positive effects in the body by working with the endocannabinoid system and eliminating free radicals, which is important for promoting health. If you heard about CBD and are skeptical about it, check out these benefits:
- Skin health
Cannabidiol is an antioxidant, which makes it essential is skin care. On top of that, it provides moisture, reduces inflammation, and keeps acne away. The vitamins present in CBD also improve skin care by reducing signs of aging, eliminating wrinkles, and generally making your complexion that much more beautiful. Here’s what CBD oil can treat:
- Varicose eczema
- Brain health
Hemp oil contains a high amount of healthy fats that are needed for brain health and overall cognitive function. Animal studies such as this have shown that hemp oil protects the brain from inflammation, and it contains polyphenols that have a role in supporting brain health. Furthermore, cannabidiol has been linked to neurogenesis, particularly in the hippocampus area of the brain. This has the effect of improving memory, learning, sleep, and other essential functions.
- Heart health
The nutrient profile of hemp oil alone means that it’s good for your heart. Articles such as this one published in the journal Nutrition & Metabolism have highlighted the role cannabidiol plays in promoting cardiovascular health, reducing blood pressure, and keeping cholesterol levels manageable.
CBD increases the levels of alpha-linoleic acid in the body, and this is instrumental in reducing heart disease especially for people with hypertension, high body fat, or other factors that increase the chance of acquiring heart disease. This particular acid is also found in fish oil, and flaxseed, and is an important nutrient to have.
- Pain relief
One of the benefits of full-spectrum hemp oil is the way it targets different biological processes to treat pain. Cannabinoids such as CBD and THC are well known pain relievers, so there’s no need to validate them here; however, some scientists have pointed out the value of taking more than one single cannabinoid for the sake of increasing the healing value. When taken together, all the cannabinoids have a purpose and will usually act on the endocannabinoid system, the immune system, and other processes in the body to reduce pain and the perception of pain.
- Muscle tension
Athletes have been very welcoming of CBD as a treatment for sore muscles and for its anti-inflammatory effect. The downside of working out every day is that muscles tend to flare up and that can start to impact on performance. Without an effective plan to reduce soreness, it can be extremely challenging to continue exercising as that would damage the muscles. Hemp oil can be applied to the skin twice a day (before and after workouts) to prevent inflammation, speed up recovery, and boost performance. Cannabidiol relaxes the body and gives you more energy, making your workouts more fruitful.
- Treats neurological conditions
There was great interest in CBD when the FDA approved a CBD-based drug to treat epilepsy- but it shouldn’t come as a surprise that CBD can treat neurological disorders. From the way it works with the Endocannabinoid System, to the way it boosts the creation of new brain cells: there are many reasons CBD is a great natural treatment for brain disease and conditions affecting the nervous system. More research is needed here to explore how much it can help, but research shows that it reduces pain for people with debilitating neurological disorders like MS, and it slows the onset of diseases like Parkinson’s.
- Boosts appetite
This is not to say that taking CBD will make you consume too many calories; in fact, research has proven that people who take CBD and/or cannabis have better control over their appetite, and are usually healthier in terms of body weight. This is good because hemp oil can help people manage eating disorders by regulating appetite and firing up metabolic function. Fat burning is made easier so it won’t matter that you have a healthy appetite.
Takeaways and future research
Most of the research around cannabidiol is relatively new, but what we’ve learned so far is that CBD holds tremendous medical value not only for treating common ailments, but for treating and understanding some of the most complicated diseases, including depression and neurological damage. In the future health experts will try to use it for many more different conditions, but for now, we can expect big research firms to pump more money into CBD research.