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Now trending: CBD oil from cannabis

BY PRECIANNE MILLER

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

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Many people know of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical compound found in cannabis that is responsible for the euphoria or “high” that is readily associated with the cannabis plant. However, another influential compound in the cannabis plant is cannabidiol (CBD), which has gained prominence as a therapeutic powerhouse, as it has a growing number of medicinal benefits.

While the benefits of CBD can be experienced through the use of the whole cannabis plant and other forms of consumption, a popular method is the use of CBD oil.

What is CBD oil?

CBD oil can contain various concentrations of CBD and has very low levels of THC. This means that CBD oil has no psychoactive effects and will not give users a high. The oil is made from the extraction of CBD from the cannabis plant or even the hemp plant which also contains CBD, with very minute quantities of THC.

This extraction is then often diluted by a carrier oil that acts as a medium for easy absorption into the body. CBD oil can be ingested directly and can be found in capsule form; it is also used as an ingredient in food and candy. CBD oil can be used topically and can also be infused into lotions, creams or gels.

What are the benefits?

Pain relief and Anti-inflammation

CBD oil provides pain relief and has anti-inflammatory properties that make it an effective means of reducing chronic pain, migraines, swelling, nerve pains and muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis. This makes CBD oil a great alternative to opioids and other painkillers, which can have negative side effects after long-term use.

Epilepsy

The use of CBD oil is being adopted among persons with epilepsy, especially for children suffering from the condition. It should be noted that in the popular case of Charlotte Figi, a young girl diagnosed with Dravet Syndrome, a high CBD strain of cannabis oil was used to treat the epileptic seizures associated with the condition.

The FDA recently approved the use of a CBD product called Epidiolex as a treatment for Dravet Syndrome and anothe rare condition, — Lennox-Gastaut syndrome which are both characterised by frequent and severe seizures.

Neurological Disorders

Scientists have noted that CBD can potentially treat some neurological disorders like Alzheimer's disease, as the compound acts as a neuro-protectant. Research published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease found that CBD could potentially slow the progression of Alzheimer's and improve social recognition in patients. This can prove beneficial for those persons in the early stages of the disease.

Psychological Disorders

It was found that CBD has antidepressant and antipsychotic properties. These properties have been applied to the treatment of depression, insomnia and anxiety. CBD may also reduce anxiety-related behaviours in people with conditions such as:

• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

• Panic Disorder

• Social Anxiety Disorder

• Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Cancer

CBD can help to treat cancer by preventing the growth and development of tumours. The compound is able to initiate cell death in cancer cells and can be administered in conjunction with chemotherapy for a more effective cancer treatment. Cancer patients also use CBD oil to help treat pains related to the disease.

Acne

CBD oil can also be incorporated into skincare products through its use in face creams and cleansers. The properties of CBD can help reduce inflammation, and a 2014 study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation found that it can prevent the overproduction of sebum — which is a major cause of acne.

Legal Status

Some American states have approved the use of CBD oil, with state legislators generally approving the use of CBD oil at various concentrations to treat a range of epileptic conditions. Most states require a prescription, with there being different levels of prescription regarding the possession and use of CBD. In Jamaica, CBD products are generally approved as they contain insignificant levels of THC, especially if they are derived from the hemp plant.

Side Effects

Like any drug, there are side effects. For CBD, there are a few. These may include fatigue, dry mouth, dizziness, diarrhoea and changes in appetite in some people. Some drugs may interact with CBD oil, especially if a person is on medication. It is recommended that people check with their doctor or pharmacist before using any CBD oil.

— Precianne Miller is marketing officer at Medicanja Limited.

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