What is CBD Oil Used For?
The history of cannabis use dates back thousands of years, with some sources placing it amongst the oldest cultivated crops in human history. However, widespread mainstream distribution of CBD is a recent development, in part due to a long history of restricted legal status and an association with marijuana.
CBD is non-psychoactive, and its possible effects can be subtle depending on the user. So, why are so many people hopping on board the CBD train? The answer lies in its long list of possible therapeutic benefits, both purported and scientifically verified.
A 2012 study from the Journal of Experimental Medicine found that CBD can reduce inflammatory and neuropathic pain in rodents through glycine receptor stimulation. Other animal studies have confirmed that topical CBD application can reduce arthritic pain. Human trials for CBD have not been as widespread due to its legal status, but the legalization of industrial hemp in 2019 will change this. Even so, anecdotal evidence of its benefits is widespread and vehemently supported by the CBD community.
One of the more scientifically-backed uses of CBD is in the prevention of seizures due to Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, two rare forms of epilepsy that begin during childhood. Evidence for CBD’s effectiveness in treating these afflictions is so strong that the FDA has approved the distribution of Epidolex, an oral solution containing CBD, the first-ever federally-approved CBD drug.
Thanks to these and other scientific studies and first-hand accounts, it’s clear that CBD has a slew of therapeutic applications. But the need for more data is a commonly-held notion amongst cannabis researchers. As the CBD market grows, it will pave the way for more studies, and the list of its benefits will get even lengthier.
- APC Collaborator