Cannabidiol (aka “CBD”) is all the rage nowadays and recently has made its way onto the shelves of CVS and Walgreens. As the cannabis industry continues rapid expansion, CBD attracts more and more inquiring minds; What effects does it have? How is it made? What is it used for? We’re going to shine the light on 4 uses of CBD oil for those looking to start introducing it into their everyday regimen.
- CBD may reduce pimples – Acne is caused by underlying skin inflammation and the excess of sebum, an oily secretion produced by sebaceous glands in the skin. A study published back in 2014 (1) analyzing CBD on cultured human sebocytes and human skin organ culture showed that CBD suppressed sebum buildup and exerted anti-inflammatory traits that proved to be conducive in treating overall acne. This is an area where everyone (young adults especially) can benefit immensely from adding CBD oil into their skin care routine.
- CBD can help ween people off cigarettes – An individual looking to kick their tobacco-loving addiction is usually greeted with a difficult road ahead. There is a plethora of options available, but CBD can bridge that transition from inhaling a cancerous product to inhaling the complete opposite; medicine. (2) A CBD inhaler (400 ug/inhalation) used on a group of smokers revealed that after their 2-week assessment using the inhaler, a 40% decrease in cigarette use was reported. Granted, this is one of the few studies done on this type of anti-addiction application but a positive has definitely been conveyed by the data.
- CBD can protect your joints – As we grow older, wear and tear on the body is inevitable. Your skin will sag, your memory may dull, and your joints will certainly begin to brittle, but CBD helps to relieve aging joint damage (3). This is especially important for athletes and people that are in the labor industry; we only get one body ladies and gentlemen so let’s do what we can to preserve it.
- CBD reduces blood pressure – High blood pressure is one of the leading contributors to stroke and heart attacks – it helps narrow the arteries with fat and cholesterol buildup over time. A single dose of 600mg of CBD oil given to healthy volunteers in a randomized crossover study resulted in the decrease of both resting blood pressure and blood pressure brought upon by stress (4). This alone is a very strong argument to make in favor of CBD oil or at least stimulating desirable curiosity surrounding it’s use.
- Cannabidiol exerts sebostatic and antiinflammatory effects on human sebocytes. Oláh A, Tóth BI, Borbíró I, Sugawara K, Szöllõsi AG, Czifra G, Pál B, Ambrus L, Kloepper J, Camera E, Ludovici M, Picardo M, Voets T, Zouboulis CC, Paus R, Bíró T. J Clin Invest. 2014 Sep;124(9):3713-24. doi: 10.1172/JCI64628. Epub 2014 Jul 25. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25061872
- Cannabidiol as an Intervention for Addictive Behaviors: A Systematic Review of the Evidence. Mélissa Prud’homme,1,2 Romulus Cata,1 and Didier Jutras-Aswad1,2 . Subst Abuse. 2015; 9: 33–38.
- The nonpsychoactive cannabis constituent cannabidiol is an oral anti-arthritic therapeutic in murine collagen-induced arthritis. A. M. Malfait, R. Gallily, P. F. Sumariwalla, A. S. Malik, E. Andreakos, R. Mechoulam, and M. Feldmann. PNAS August 15, 2000 97 (17) 9561-9566; http://www.pnas.org/content/97/17/9561.short
- A single dose of cannabidiol reduces blood pressure in healthy volunteers in a randomized crossover study.
Khalid A. Jadoon,1 Garry D. Tan,2 and Saoirse E. O’Sullivan1 .
JCI Insight. 2017 Jun 15; 2(12): e93760.
We always recommend you seek professional medical advice on if CBD oil is safe and appropriate for you and your unique condition.