THC, which causes the high feeling most pot smokers are after, is just one of many compounds, called cannabinoids, that are found in the hemp plant. Among the most useful is cannabidiol, or CBD. CBD isn’t psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t affect your state of mind in the short term the way that THC does. But its oil form has other effects that many believe can help people with medical problems. Here are a few of the benefits of using CBD oil.

 

1. CBD Can Be Used to Treat Epilepsy

Epilepsy is one of the most dangerous neurological disorders, as it can cause fatal seizures and convulsions associated with atypical electrical activity in the brain. The medical community is still struggling to find a way to properly treat people with this mysterious condition, but there is some new hope. Studies have shown that CBD has anti-seizure properties and a low risk of side effects for epileptic patients, meaning this natural substance could help people who suffer from epilepsy to lead a normal life.

2. CBD Can Reduce Acne

Acne is caused by inflammation of the sebaceous glands, which produce sebum, an oily substance intended to lubricate the skin. CBD oil has been proven to lower the production of sebum, and thus to decrease the incidence and severity of acne outbreaks.

3. CBD Can Help with Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders are among the most commonly diagnosed mental disorders in the United States. Sufferers of PTSD, general anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder are advised to avoid THC, which can trigger panic attacks. But research has suggested that extracted CBD may be effective in reducing anxiety behaviors in sufferers of these illnesses and has fewer side effects than other commonly prescribed medications.

4. CBD Could Help Treat Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the cells in the pancreas responsible for producing insulin. CBD has anti-inflammatory effects which have been shown to reduce the inflammation in the pancreas, meaning that a diabetes treatment featuring CBD could be on the way soon.

5. CBD May Fight Cancer

While research on this particularly intriguing use for CBD is still limited, what’s been found so far is promising. CBD appears to prevent cancer cells from spreading as quickly as they usually do. It’s been shown to both slow the spread of cancer and help kill cancer cells, and since it’s not as toxic as chemotherapy and other cancer treatments, researchers are excited by the possibilities of using it for treatment.

6. CBD Could Help People Quit Using Drugs

Ironically, the cannabis plant could help people to stop using hard drugs and even tobacco. The withdrawal symptoms that make kicking drugs so difficult, like anxiety, pain, and insomnia, can be reduced by CBD, and a study showed that patients who used a CBD inhaler smoked fewer cigarettes and had reduced cravings.

 

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