An intriguing new study has found that CBD - the major non-psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis - may help cigarette smokers kick their habit. It discovered that a group of regular smokers showed less attention to cigarette‐related stimuli after a night of abstinence when they had been administered a high dose of CBD, suggesting CBD may alter the brain's attention bias.
This adds to the growing body of scientific evidence that points to CBD offering a novel and safe treatment for a huge variety of conditions. However, many of the studies on CBD are not done on humans - they are usually on rats or in vitro (in test tubes) - and can be difficult for most people to interpret. That’s why this article will explain clearly what can be gleaned from these studies and answer the vital question, “Just what is CBD good for?”
But first, let’s cover the basics…
CBD oil is effective, safe, and won’t get you high!
Effective, safe and no high. That’s right, there’s really no catch. Medical research is proving CBD to not only offer a whole host of health benefits, but it’s also showing it to be very safe, non-intoxicating and well-tolerated in humans.
Now, we must state that there have been no long-term studies on people who use CBD. However, from what has been studied, we have learnt that CBD is non-toxic, even at massive doses of up to 1,500mg a day.
Not only that, despite being derived from the cannabis plant, CBD will not alter your mind or get you ‘high’ in any way. The cannabis chemical responsible for that is called THC, which is very different from CBD. In fact, CBD has been shown to be antipsychotic and to even negate the negative effects of THC, like paranoia and anxiety.
But if cannabis is illegal, doesn’t that mean CBD oil is, too?
The legality of CBD has caused much confusion among those looking to try CBD oil. And it is mostly down to very confusing and seemingly contradictory laws. However, to clear up this confusion once and for all, we can confirm that CBD and CBD oil is 100% legal in all 50 states so long as it is made from legally-grown industrial hemp - like our Good Vibes 250mg+ CBD Oil, which is made from the high-quality organic hemp grown legally in Colorado.
Thanks to the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009 and the 2014 Farm Bill, hemp plants with less than 0.3% THC are legal to grow under licence in the U.S.. As this type of hemp has such low concentrations of THC, there is no way it can be abused or used to get ‘high’.
As a result, many states are now growing acres and acres of hemp. Some of this hemp is being used for its fibre, which is used in the textile industry; some for its seed, which is a highly nutritious food source; and some for its CBD, which is extracted from its flowers. Colorado is one of the states leading this domestic hemp resurgence, which is why we chose to source our hemp from there.
CBD oil benefits
You still might be wondering what all the fuss is about. Sure, CBD is safe and legal, but that probably means it’s not very potent or that its benefits are all hype, right? Try telling that to one of the hundreds of thousands of people (if not more) around the globe who are already benefiting from CBD.
That’s right. Although the research on CBD is still in its infancy, many people are already using products such as CBD oil with great success to treat a wide range of medical complaints. In fact, while CBD is classed as a food supplement in the U.S., in other countries such as the UK, it has been labelled as a medicine and is available on prescription.
Here are some of the scientifically-backed benefits of CBD:
The anti-inflammatory qualities of CBD are now well established by medical research. In fact, CBD has been found to be more potent at fighting inflammation than vitamin C and omega 3 supplements.
CBD is also a very powerful antioxidant. About 6,000 times more potent than vitamin C.
CBD is thought to enhance mood and act as an antidepressant by binding to your serotonin receptors. Serotonin is a brain chemical that plays an important role in mood and happiness.
One of the most common reasons people use CBD is for its relaxing effects. By calming the body and the mind, CBD oil can even make public speaking less of a stressful situation.
Many people use CBD as a safe and natural alternative to painkillers. While THC can also help in dealing with chronic pain, CBD oil works for many, particularly those suffering from neuropathic pain.
When used topically, such as in cosmetics or balms, CBD can also improve the health of your skin. This has resulted in CBD and hemp becoming the new stars of the beauty world.
Perhaps one of the most important discoveries about CBD is its power to protect the brain. Whether it is administered before or after a brain injury, CBD shows signs of reducing long-term damage. This could be vital in contact sports, for example, where head injuries are common.
Lots of people have high blood pressure. CBD has actually been found to lower blood pressure before and after a stressful situation. And CBD is effective after just one dose.
So, there you have it; the science-backed benefits of CBD. And with all these impressive qualities, you must be thinking ‘what isn’t CBD good for?’ Well, now that we have gone over the health benefits of CBD, let’s take a look at its practical application and what exactly CBD oil can be used for.
What the science suggests...
We must keep on stressing that research into CBD is in its early stages. There is a whole lot still to learn. Despite this, we do have quite a lot of data from numerous studies to guide us in our efforts to use CBD and CBD oil practically.
And from the research that has been conducted, as well as many anecdotal reports from CBD consumers all over the world, we can deduce that...
CBD oil can improve mental health conditions
Coupled with its mood enhancing and stress-relieving properties, CBD has been found to be a possible treatment for a variety of mental health issues such as PTSD, depression and OCD. These are common ailments that many people are currently managing with success through the use of CBD oil.
As the effects of CBD seem to bear some resemblance to anti-anxiety medication or antidepressants, it may be useful in even more mental health disorders. For example, this review published in the journal Schizophrenia Bulletin suggests CBD may provide clinical benefits for patients with early psychosis.
CBD oil might be a useful treatment for addiction
As we mentioned in the introduction to this article, a new study has highlighted how CBD can change the brain’s attention bias, which may be useful in helping cigarette smokers to quit their dangerous habit.
This study is complemented by previous research that found smokers who took a puff on a CBD inhaler when they felt the urge to smoke, significantly reduced the number of cigarettes they smoked over a week by 40%.
There are also a few studies on animal subjects showing CBD helps reduce heroin-seeking behaviors. This fascinating research suggests that CBD may be a useful treatment for people seeking to free themselves from addiction, or at least to reduce cravings.
CBD could reduce pain
Many people claim that CBD helps them to manage pain, particularly neuropathic and joint pain.
This study from 2016 wanted to test how effective CBD was at treating arthritis-related pain in rats. Researchers rubbed CBD gel on rats for four days in a row and found that the treatment reduced inflammation and overall pain in the rats’ affected joints without side effects.
This survey on CBD users, meanwhile, found that CBD-rich medicines appear to be remarkably good at ameliorating pain in patients with fibromyalgia, headaches and migraines. Although self-reported, these effects are not uncommon and there is also plenty of preliminary evidence to back them up.
CBD oil can help you sleep
We all know how conducive a good night’s sleep is to optimal health. And we also all know that way too many of us suffer from poor sleep and sleep disorders. That’s why CBD and it relaxation-promoting properties can offer a safe route to improving your night-time habits.
When taken an hour or two before bed, CBD can slow your racing mind, release your tense muscles and get you into the ideal state for drifting off into the land of slumber. Many people are even finding relief from insomnia and other sleep disorders without the common side-effects you get with sleeping pills or melatonin supplements.
CBD can be used to recover from exercise
Otherwise healthy people are using CBD and its anti-inflammatory effects to recover faster after workouts or from exercise-induced injuries. In fact, the fitness world has adopted CBD with great enthusiasm.
Sports stars have been seen vaporizing CBD after competition, athletes are rubbing it onto sore muscles and joints, and regular health-conscious folk are supplementing it to enhance their rest between gym sessions.
Irritable bowel syndrome, stroke, AIDS, cancer…
And the list goes on. There is evidence that suggests that CBD could potentially be a viable treatment for IBS; that it could be helpful in protecting the brain after a stroke; that it helps those suffering from AIDS; and that it could slow down or even prevent some types of cancers.
You can use this handy resource from Project CBD to discover all the research that has been conducted on CBD and specific conditions.
In most people, CBD oil will have no side effects. The majority of studies and testimonies reveal that CBD has a favorable safety profile in humans and causes no major negative effects. However, some side-effects have been reported, particularly after very high doses.
The most common are tiredness, diarrhea, and changes in appetite and weight. In comparison with other drugs, though, CBD has an undoubtedly better side-effect profile. There is also some evidence that CBD can interact with certain other medications in the body, so always consult with your healthcare provider before you start taking CBD oil to make sure any medication you are currently on won’t be affected.
The future of CBD
Overall, researchers are in agreement that while there is much to be optimistic about when it comes to the medicinal applications of CBD, we still have much to learn. Products such as CBD oil clearly offer a lot of potential and in many cases are already helping people to manage health conditions. But there are holes in our understanding.
While it seems to be true that CBD is safe, non-toxic and non-habit-forming, long-term studies on the effects of CBD are just not there yet. However, now that CBD oil is quickly becoming mainstream and is being used by people from all walks of life, new data will soon give us a better idea of the practical uses of CBD.
And the good news is that as CBD is 100% legal and being produced all over the world, research over the coming months and years will intensify and definite conclusions as to what conditions it can treat will be made. Until then, consumers must try to interpret the science for themselves while experimenting with different strengths and doses of CBD.
So, there you have it. CBD is good for a whole lot of things, from anxiety and arthritis to pain and PTSD. While the evidence is based on small trials and animal studies, it’s nonetheless promising.
Therefore, for many people, taking CBD oil is worth a shot. After all, it comes with many health benefits and little chance of side-effects. If you want to try CBD oil for yourself, click here to buy our extremely popular Good Vibes 250mg + CBD Oil and join the hundreds of thousands who are already benefiting from CBD.