CBD oil is often advertised as a miracle cure-all. But the truth is that CBD is only relevant to a specific set of conditions.
For those with inflammatory discomfort and disorders, CBD and other cannabis compounds can help provide relief by reducing agitation, swelling, and soreness.
Here’s how full-spectrum CBD oil works on different common inflammatory conditions.
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Full spectrum CBD oil and inflammation
One of the main mechanisms responsible for controlling inflammation in the body is the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Found in humans as well as most mammals, the ECS affects the brain, nervous system, and all major organs.
The ECS’s function is to maintain bodily balance (known as homeostasis in medical literature) by regulating the release of hormones, enzymes, and other chemicals associated with stress, pain, sleep, and inflammation.
To perform this function, the ECS contains receptors that respond to endocannabinoids, signaling molecules produced naturally by the body. As it happens, cannabis and some other plants contain phytocannabinoids, compounds that resemble endocannabinoids and are able to stimulate the ECS in similar ways.
As a result, consuming high-quality full-spectrum CBD oil, which is full of different types of cannabinoids, can help the ECS to suppress inflammation across the body.
Full-spectrum CBD oil and anxiety
Certain cannabinoids are able to affect the ECS in specific ways, making them more appropriate for certain inflammatory conditions. When it comes to anxiety symptoms, researchers have found that CBD, along with CBC, have the strongest anxiolytic (anxiety-reducing) effect.
CBC is a minor cannabinoid that’s been shown to produce anti-depressant and mood-elevating results in mice. It’s thought that CBC binds with receptors linked to pain perception, which then triggers the release of the body’s own soothing endocannabinoids
Most cannabis experts recommend full-spectrum CBD to help with specific issues like anxiety, as these products contain higher amounts of secondary cannabinoids like CBC.
To find out exactly which cannabinoids are contained within a CBD extract, you can read a product’s independent lab report, also known as a certificate of analysis (COA). These documents detail the range and amount of compounds that make up a plant extract, as well as the presence of any contaminants such as pesticides.
Full-spectrum CBD oil and pain
THC is the cannabinoid responsible for cannabis’s reputation as a recreational drug. When consumed in high quantities (often from specially-bred marijuana plants) it produces an intoxicating, psychoactive effect.
Taken in smaller amounts, however, THC can have a profound effect on pain and discomfort. While still very mildly psychoactive in some sensitive users, the tiny amounts of THC found in many full-spectrum CBD oils are able to activate CB2 receptors in the ECS, suppressing the body’s pain response without significant intoxication.
Again, always read the lab report supplied with CBD products to find out exactly how much THC and other cannabinoids are contained within the extract.
Full spectrum CBD oil and nausea
A study on humans with chemotherapy-caused nausea found that feelings of sickness were reduced when patients took Sativex, a drug made from a combination of CBD and THC.
Researchers believe that CBD may be able to suppress feelings of nausea by stimulating serotonin receptors—the hormone normally associated with mood and behavior regulation.
However, it’s also thought that THC has a more profound effect on nausea than CBD. As a result, full-spectrum CBD oils containing small amounts of THC may have anti-nausea potential, but those with significant symptoms may want to explore stronger THC-focused cannabis products.
Full-spectrum CBD oil and constipation
The effects of CBD on constipation are currently a little unclear. While some users report experiencing blocked bowels after using CBD products, others suggest that CBD may stimulate abdominal muscles and reduce gut motility—the medical term for the movement of matter through the digestive system
A small minority of those taking lots of CBD oil may actually experience diarrhea, as a result of consuming large amounts of the oil (normally hempseed or MCT oil) in which CBD is infused.
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Full-spectrum CBD oil and breastfeeding
Much of the guidance surrounding cannabis and pregnancy is related to concerns about THC passing from mother to baby. Even the trace amounts of THC found in most full-spectrum CBD oils can pose a risk to infant health and development, making them inappropriate for use during early motherhood.
Due to a lack of clinical research, the safety of other types of CBD products during breastfeeding, such as zero-THC isolates, is currently unknown. However, CBD does accumulate in fatty tissues such as the breasts, which suggests that it also should be avoided.
Full-spectrum CBD oil and alcohol
Many people report that combining CBD oils with alcoholic drinks results in an enhanced sedative effect. While not necessarily dangerous, this does mean that those planning to consume both substances at the same time should be aware of the potential for increased impairment.
Because Isolate CBD contains a narrower range of cannabis compounds than full-spectrum products, its benefits may be less affected by alcohol and therefore be a better option for those looking to combine the two.
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