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Cannabidiol (CBD) has been in use for a long time. However, it’s only in more recent years with the push for the legalization of marijuana in America that this product has received the recognition it always deserved. In fact, one study projects the CBD market could be worth $20 billion by 2024.
CBD oil is versatile. Of course, the research on the full spectrum of health benefits you can enjoy from its use is still in the early days. Ergo, you can expect a longer list of benefits to be unearthed in the future.
Currently, the health benefit most people are familiar with is CBD’s ability to alleviate stress and anxiety. In reality, though, CBD has a much broader impact on overall health. Check this guide for the health benefits of the best CBD oils.
Here’s a look at some of the surprising, lesser-known health advantages of CBD oil.
Reduction in Obesity and Diabetes Risk
Several studies have demonstrated that persons who regularly use cannabis have smaller waists, lower body mass index (BMI) and a reduced risk of obesity and diabetes. One of the more notable ones was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. It found that obesity rates were a third lower among cannabis users.
High levels of insulin trigger the conversion of sugar into stored fat, thus leading to weight gain and, eventually, obesity. CBD helps the body convert white fat into weight-lowering brown fat, thus contributing to weight loss. Cannabis users have fasting insulin levels that are substantially lower than non-users, higher levels of diabetes-impeding HDL cholesterol and insulin resistance that’s significantly lower than non-users.
Healthier Cholesterol Profile and Lower Risk of Heart Disease
Cannabis users have higher levels of good cholesterol i.e., high-density lipoprotein (HDL-C) than their non-using counterparts. They also have slightly lower levels of bad cholesterol i.e., low-density lipoprotein (LDL-C).
Atherosclerosis is a common inflammatory disorder in Western countries, that’s linked to a sedentary lifestyle and an unhealthy diet. It involves the progressive deposit of LDL-C-carrying atherosclerotic plaques.
The condition is thought to be the body’s response to injuries in the lining of arterial walls caused by infectious microbes, high blood pressure and excessive quantities of the amino acid homocysteine. Existing treatments come with numerous side effects. Low doses of CBD slow the progression of atherosclerosis with fewer side effects.
Cancer Prevention and Management
Can CBD oils prevent cancers and tumors before they grow? Research is still in its earliest stages. Nevertheless, animal tests showed treatment with CBD reduced the risk of colon cancer significantly. More recently, scientists examining medical records of thousands of males in California found that patients who used cannabis but avoided tobacco were far less likely to be diagnosed with bladder cancer.
CBD can also reduce the side effects of cancer treatment such as vomiting, nausea, and pain.
Prevents Broken Bones and Bone Disease
CBD facilitates bone metabolism, a process where older bone material is replaced by new bone. Bone metabolism happens at a rate of about 10 percent each year. It’s crucial to the maintenance of healthy, strong bones.
CBD has been shown to block one of the enzymes that tear down the body’s bone-generating compounds. That CBD oils reduce the risk of osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and other age-related bone conditions. When these illnesses occur, it means the body isn’t creating new cartilage and bone cells any longer. CBD spurs the process of bone-cell formation thus speeding the restoration of broken bones.
Heals and Protects the Skin
Historical documents show cannabis has been applied to human and animal wounds for thousands of years across a wide range of cultures. It makes sense when you consider that no other part of the body has as high a number and density of CB2 receptors than the skin.
When applied as an oil, lotion, serum or salve, the antioxidant component of CBD has numerous benefits. It can repair an injury from UV rays and environmental pollutants. CBD products are being developed to treat everything from psoriasis to acne. The skin’s CB2 receptors seem to be tied to the regulation of oil secretion by the sebaceous glands.
As with anything health-related, work with your doctor or other health care practitioner who has demonstrable CBD-prescribing experience. That way the dosage and delivery can be fine-tuned in line with your specific health requirements. This does not, however, take away the need for you to do your own reading on how CBD oils can help bolster your health.