A lot of women order weed online or buy it offline from a marijuana dispensary purely for its medicinal and healing properties. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical compound produced by the cannabis plant. CBD oil is extracted from the flowers, leaves, and stalks of hemp and mixed with a carrier oil, like MCT (a form of coconut oil). CBD products are useful for reducing many ailments related to dysregulation of the endocannabinoid system, or ECS of our bodies. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for regulating the body’s internal balance and the natural euphoria that increases feelings of well-being and decreases the perception of pain. This powerful body system, which got its name from the cannabis plant as it was discovered while researching the effects of cannabis on the body, can be positively affected by Cannabidiol (CBD oil). However, unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive compound in cannabis that gets you high, CBD will not get you high. Hence, CBD oil retains the benefits of cannabis without the potential drawbacks of psychoactive compounds found from other methods of consumption. Though studies of cannabis or CBD on female bodies, compared to male bodies, is very scarce, it’s positive effects are very apparent.
So here are 5 amazing benefits of CBD oil, especially for women!
- Relief for Chronic Pain
Since ancient times, Marijuana has been used by women for pain relief. In modern times, CBD has been seen to offer considerable relief to people suffering from chronic pain without the mind-altering effects of marijuana, hence making pain relief its most common use. Several studies have associated CBD with reduced muscle spasms, arthritis, and nerve pain. Not only does it prevent degeneration of the nervous system, but it has also been approved for multiple sclerosis and cancer pain in Canada. A major advantage of the use of CBD is that doesn’t cause dependence or tolerance, unlike opioids and steroids. With women being a few times more affected by nearly all sorts of arthritis than men and monthly period cramps, the anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties of CBD can be a blessing.
- Anti-Seizure Properties
The anti-seizure properties of CBD are extremely important for treating drug-resistant children with neurological disorders like epilepsy. A study concluded that in children with Dravet syndrome, a complex childhood epilepsy disorder, CBD oil “resulted in a greater reduction in convulsive-seizure frequency than placebo”. Recently, even the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), taking into account its immense use in the field, has approved the very first cannabis-derived drug for treatment of seizures.
- Reduces Anxiety and Depression
Anxiety and Depression are twice as prevalent in women than men. Cannabis has also been used for anxiety from ancient times across various cultures. CBD has been found to be very effective in treating stress, reducing chronic anxiety, and protecting the body from the physiological effects of both. After assessing a number of international studies, a 2012 research review concluded that CBD has been shown to reduce anxiety in multiple studies. While THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis, can increase anxiety in some patients though it does lower it in others, CBD has been consistently seen to reduce anxiety when present in higher concentrations. Hence, CBD can also prove extremely beneficial in treating stress, anxiety and mood swings due to PMS in women.
- Improves Skin Conditions
CBD infused skin products like serums, lotions, oils, or salves, are taking the market by the uproar. Studies have found CBD oil to have effective anti-inflammatory effects, and help dry skin and acne. Containing vitamin C, E, A, and omega-3 fatty acids and having powerful antioxidant and anti-aging properties, CBD Oil has shown amazing potential in the beauty industry. Applied topically, CBD oil can be extremely useful in treating skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis by encouraging abnormal cell death and even helps control bacterial and fungal growth.
- Fights Cancer
Women are more prone to some forms of cancer than men. While the role of CBD in preventing and treating cancer hasn’t been fully uncovered yet, the currently available information looks promising. According to the American Cancer Society, in animals, CBD oil has been seen to slow growth and spread of some kinds of cancer because it fights oxidative stress and inflammation. It may also help symptoms and side effects of treatments of cancer like pain, nausea, and vomiting. Studies have shown that CBD has provided significant relief from pain and chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting in cancer patients.
CBD oil can be a very useful weapon when used right. In a survey, forty-two percent of CBD users said they replaced CBD with traditional medications or prescription drugs and eighty percent of those people said they found the products to be “very or extremely effective.” CBD oil can be used both topically and internally. Like most herbal supplements, a small dosage of high-quality oil from a reputable company, 3-4 times a day is usually found to be more effective than one large dose. Working with an experienced health care practitioner is recommended to help fine-tune the dosage and delivery methods on an individual basis. It is best to start with a microdose to test sensitivity and gradually move up the dosing range until symptoms subside.
While CBD is legal in all the states where recreational and medicinal use of marijuana is allowed, the legality of its use anywhere beyond is a little murky and would require some digging. Hence caution and personal research are recommended before using this wonderful product.
By Kathy T. Cooley.