CBD oil may reduce the risk of heart disease by alleviating hypertension (high blood pressure) in certain people, suggests a 2017 study in JCI Insight.
To avoid interactions, tell your doctor and pharmacist about all prescription, over-the-counter, herbal, or recreational drugs you are taking.
CBD oil is an extract of Cannabis indica or Cannabis sativa—the same plants that, when dried, make marijuana. CBD oil is believed by some to treat pain, reduce anxiety, and stimulate appetite in the same way that marijuana does, but without its psychoactive effects. CBD has also shown promise in treating certain types of seizures.
There have also been suggestions that CBD may aid in the treatment of cannabis and nicotine addiction. Further research is needed.
CBD oil may benefit those with drug addiction, suggests a 2015 review of studies published in Substance Abuse.
During the two-month study, 72 adults in a psychiatric clinic were given CBD oil capsules once daily. Most received 25 milligrams (mg) of CBD with a few receiving doses as high as 175 mg. Within the first month, more than 79 percent of the patients reported feeling calmer, and they continued to feel calmer for the duration of the study. “We saw no evidence of a safety issue that would limit future studies,” the researchers added.
“I’ll confess, I tried CBD, and my whole life I’ve been an adamant anti-drug person because people I’ve known and loved have ruined their lives with drugs,” Dr. Fielding says. “And I’ve been converted. It triggered a wonderful feeling of going from tension and pain and distress to feeling fine without altering me in any other way.”
CBD-infused products fall into four basic categories, according to the book CBD: A Patient's Guide to Medicinal Cannabis — Healing Without the High : ( 3 )
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1. Pain So far, most of the evidence for CBD’s ability to reduce pain comes from animal-based research, including a study published in December 2017 in the journal Pain, which found that CBD applied on the skin of rats with osteoarthritis significantly reduced joint pain and inflammation. (10) Continued use of CBD also prevented further pain and nerve damage in those same joints.
According to a study published online in March 2018 in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, the physiological functions affected by cannabinoids include: ( 6 )
In a survey published in the July 2018 issue of Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, almost 62 percent of CBD users reported using it to treat a medical condition, the top three being pain, anxiety, and depression . ( 9 )
Although the FDA has not approved using CBD to treat any of those conditions, there are signs CBD could be beneficial.