It seems the whole world is jumping on the medical marijuana bandwagon, and with good reason. Cannabis is an all-natural, non-addictive alternative to habit-forming, chemically-engineered medications.
The secret to this plant’s healing abilities lies within the oils derived from its leaves, stalks, and flowers. These oils are so powerful that they can help alleviate the symptoms of numerous ailments.
Some of these conditions may even be shocking to you. So, let’s take a look at the top 5 surprising ailments that CBD oil may help.
How Does CBD Oil Work?
Before you can determine if CBD oil is right for treating your ailments, you should understand how it interacts with your body. CBD stands for cannabidiol. Cannabidiol puts the medical into medical marijuana. That’s because cannabidiol is one of the most abundant cannabinoids in cannabis.
Cannabinoids interact with a part of our bodies called the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system governs many important parts of body that oversees pivotal everyday functions. The endocannabinoid system plays a role in:
- Hormone Production
- Regulating Sleep Cycle
- Pain Sensations
- Digestive System/Appetite Suppression or Creation
- Neurotransmitter Production
- Mental Health Issues (Depression/Anxiety/Mood)
- Immune Support
This doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of what CBD oil can do. However, what can’t it do? Get you high. CBD oil contain cannabidiol, the second most abundant cannabinoid in cannabis. However, it only carries trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
THC is the most abundant cannabinoid present in cannabis, but is only negligibly present in CBD oil. Therefore, you will feel all the effects of medical marijuana without the high of recreational marijuana.
So, what are the top 5 surprising ailments that CBD oil may help? Let’s take a look:
One – CBD Oil Can Treat Epilepsy
Epilepsy is perhaps the condition that put CBD oil on the radar of medical practitioners. Back in 2011, CNN broke a story about a young girl named Charlotte who was diagnosed with a rare condition called Dravet Syndrome.
At her worst, Charlotte was suffering from over 300 seizures a day. Her family tried everything to cure the then-six-year-old. From putting the young girl on a ketogenic diet that left her bones weak to treating her with numerous habit-forming barbiturates, Charlotte’s family took a controversial approach.
In 2013, they moved to Colorado and gave medical marijuana a shot. After receiving treatment, Charlotte’s seizures dropped from 300 a day to a handful a month. She continues to thrive to this day.
The reason why this was such a success story is because CBD oil bring homeostasis to the body. While the exact cause of seizures is still unknown, the medical world has determined that they are created by abrupt electrical surges through ions transmitted to the brain.
CBD oil contains anticonvulsant properties. These anticonvulsant molecules travel through different parts of the body that interact with brain neurons such as:
- Calcium Ion Channels
- Sodium Ion Channels
- GATA System
- Receptor Agonists and Antagonists
When this happens, the cannabinoids control the flow ions within neurotransmitters. These are the messengers to the brain, and are the ones that tell the brain things are off when an epileptic episode happens.
Now that CBD oil has been proven effective for epilepsy, the FDA has finally approved its first CBD oil to treat severe forms of epilepsy.
Two – CBD Oil Helps Anxiety
When most people think about marijuana, they think of getting a bit paranoid after a smoke session. However, due to the lack of THC in CBD oil, this is not a concern for CBD oil users. In fact, CBD oil has the opposite effect.
That’s because the endocannabinoid system contains CB1 receptors. These are proteins that latch onto cells and neurotransmitters. One of these neurotransmitters is serotonin.
Serotonin is known as the “happy neurotransmitter.” People battling chronic anxiety have low levels of serotonin because the body gobbles it up quick and then is replaced by cortisol, a stress hormone. That is why anxious people are prescribed medications like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
The purpose of SSRIs is to stop the brain from using up the serotonin so that some remain in the brain to trigger more happy signals. Therefore, CBD oil makes serotonin more readily available, easing anxiety.
Three – CBD Oil and Weight Loss
Again, doesn’t marijuana make you gain weight? THC can trigger some serious cases of the munchies. However, CBD oil can help you drop some excess pounds. That’s because as we put on pounds, our body stores white-colored adipose fat tissue. These fats hoard energy (or what we call, calories).
With CBD oil, cannabinoids convert white fat into brown-colored adipose fat tissue. This is the fat responsible for burning off fat. It achieves this by:
- Improving Glucose Tolerance
- Leveling Out Protein Abnormalities
- Stimulating Bacteria in the Microbiome, Which Burns Calories
- Slows Down Proteins In Lipogenesis
Keep in mind, you can also gain weight from CBD oil if your CB1 receptor becomes overstimulated. Therefore, be sure to get a strain of CBD oil that doesn’t increase your appetite.
Four – CBD Oil for Eating Disorders
So now that you know CBD oil can help you lose weight, it can also help you gain it as well. CBD oil is an effective form of therapy for those battling bulimia and anorexia.
For anyone diagnosed with anorexia, strains of CBD oil formulated for sparking an appetite are done by stimulating the CB1 receptor. This part of the endocannabinoid system interacts with a part of the brain called the insulan.
The insula triggers nasal receptors, causing smell and taste senses to become heightened. Therefore, that want more food. An excited insula also helps deter those with bulimia from wanting to throw up the food they just ate. Due to the pleasing smell and taste, they now equate this food with a positive experience and aren’t compelled to expel it from their body.
Secondly, CBD oil helps those with anorexia and bulimia on a psychological level. Body dysmorphia causes the person to feel anxious and depressed about their figure. Therefore, they withhold food from their bodies (or throw it up). However, with CBD oil’s anxiety-fighting properties, these issues may cease, causing someone with an eating disorder to get out of their own head and into the kitchen.
Five – CBD Oil and Glaucoma
Another surprising ailment that may be treated with CBD oil is glaucoma. Glaucoma is caused by a buildup of pressure in the eye. Cannabinoids act as an anti-inflammatory. Therefore, it helps alleviate some of the intraocular pressure building up.
What causes the pressure is an increased release of the protein, glutamate, into the system. When this happens, it causes cells in the retinal ganglion to die. However, CBD oil can help protect the neurons that are under attack by the increased glutamate. Not only does this relieve pressure, but also slows down the transition from glaucoma to complete blindness.
Give CBD Oil a Try
CBD oil is so versatile. From mental health to eye care to eating disorders, there are so many ailments that can benefit from medical marijuana.
While these are the top 5 surprising ailments that CBD oil may help, this list doesn’t even scratch the surface of what CBD oil can do.
So, if you are looking for an all-natural form of relief for your ailments, consult your doctor about giving CBD oil a try.
Thanks for reading!
Erik Christian Johnson is a full-time blogger, self-development advocate, and full-time network marketing Entrepreneur.
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