CBD Oil Effects: Five Interesting Studies
Have you ever wondered about the effects of CBD oil? We bet you’ve heard many stories about its health benefits!
Interestingly, the anecdotal evidence is increasingly becoming backed by science.
There are over 130 naturally occurring chemical compounds in the cannabis plant. They all seem to affect the body and brain in numerous ways. Given this, it’s no wonder that certain cannabinoids have drawn the attention of science and medical researchers.
There are two particularly well known cannabinoids in the cannabis plant: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Scientists are now eager to gain insight into the nature of these two powerful compounds.
Animal studies and preclinical human research suggest cannabinoids can help treat many serious illnesses. The big bonus is that they are also safe for consumption – as opposed to pharmaceutical drugs which as you know, are scheduled under the poisons category by the FDA.
In this article, we will discuss five interesting studies on CBD, the non-psychoactive cannabinoid.
1. Metabolism: direct connection to the Endocannabinoid System
A highly respected and accredited group of researchers disclosed their discoveries regarding the antagonist* of the CB1 receptor. The CB1 receptor has the ability to affect other receptors as well. For example ones associated with inflammation and liver fibrosis.
Furthermore, liver disorders often result from of interaction of viral infections. Also alcoholic liver disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes are dominant features of liver disorders. The researchers synthesized a special group of compounds from CBD to see how the cannabinoid works with these ailments.
The compounds have proven to have a beneficial influence on the metabolism of blood sugar, fat loss, with a less intense penetration of the cerebral tissue. Furthermore, this special group of compounds acts through the inhibition of peripheral CB1 actions. And more importantly, it does this without leaving any side effects on the brain and the body.
Researchers synthesized a special group of compounds with a beneficial
influence on the metabolism of blood sugar, fatty liver, and fat loss,
and with less penetration of the cerebral tissue.
Although more research is required on this subject, that doesn’t stop these compounds from giving us a hope. The very fact that there are natural molecules existing, and capable of affecting the endocannabinoid system in this way has the science communties attention.
These cannabidiol compounds are proving popular among patients with conditions like obesity, sugar intolerance, and metabolic syndrome.
If this proves to be true, sooner or later, everyone will have a chance to boost their metabolism and bring balance to the body in a natural way. Choose a consumption method that suits you: sublingual drops, gummies, oral sprays or capsules. There is a CBD intake method of every “body”!
*A cannabinoid receptor antagonist, also known simply as a cannabinoid antagonist or as an anticannabinoid, is a type of cannabinoidergic drug that binds to cannabinoid receptors (CBR) and prevents their activation by endocannabinoids.
2. Different cannabidiol compounds affect CB1 receptors differently
Another group of researchers focused on the recognition of the variety of cannabidiol compounds. These compounds can also potentially influence the CB1 receptor. In this study, it was how they could counter the effects of THC.
While THC is the so-called “perfect key” to the CB1 receptor’s lock, the study also explores the existence of other cannabinoids “keys”.
They, in turn, have the ability to fit into receptors at an alternative location. As such, this allows them to influence the durability and potency of effects in areas far away from receptors. For example, the immune system.
CBD can contribute to a response with amplified beneficial properties such as an
anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic without
Simply put CBD can trigger anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic responses. This is without psychoactive side-effects that is experienced with THC.
3. CBD: the answer to mental illness?
Conventional treatment methods are mainly capable of targeting dopamine neuroreceptors. Unfortunately, such a solution is very short-sighted. This is because pharmaceutical drugs generally mask the symptoms of illness. Unlike dealing with the true reason for a disease such as inflammation etc.
CBD, on the other hand, has proven to provide therapeutic relief without interacting with the brain’s reward area. With that said, there is no chance that you’ll get addicted to cannabidiol.
A critical review of cannabidiol was put forward as a potential new type of anti-psychotic. We told you that CBD was getting serious attention from scientists!
4. Neurodegenerative Disorders: CBD as a natural support
CBD is a potent agent used in treatments of many neurological conditions. CBD’s has an anti-inflammatory influence on neurons cultivated using tau* proteins and on the harmful beta-amyloid plaques. Therefore the cannabinoid may significantly slow the progression of diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzeheimers and Huntington’s disease.
Preclinical trials suggest that CBD supports the growth of new, healthy brain cells. Plus reinstates the shortage of long-term potentiation (LTP). This plays an essential role in the memory optimization process inside of the brain’s hippocampus.
*Tau is a small protein with a short name but a large reputation because of its association with multiple brain diseases.
5. Muscle loss and atrophy with CBD
New information has emerged suggesting that CBD may alleviate atrophy in patients suffering from anorexia-cachexia syndrome.
Research shows chemotherapy often causes atrophy through the dysfunction of metabolism, and general inflammation. An unfortunate effect from a life-saving medical treatment.
Newly obtained data indicate that the oral consumption of CBD leads to the increase in body weight, muscle mass, and appetite. And no, not in the way that THC induces hunger. Remember, CBD works with receptors away from the brain and reduces inflammation. Moreover, CBD seems to affect the most valuable types of muscle fibers, type IIx and type IIA.
These fibers are what your endurance depends on. Researchers suggest that CBD protects them, and therefore, may provide athletes, for example, with increased stamina.
The effects of CBD oil: what is your story?
Cannabidiol is one of the most thoroughly studied chemical compounds in the cannabis plant. Although more data on the effects of CBD on human subjects is required, current studies are promising. Thus far, it looks like CBD may be the most versatile of all cannabinoids.
For example, it can boost your metabolism and reduce inflammation. In addition, cannabidiol may help you increase your stamina. Furthermore, it can boost muscle endurance, and relieve soreness (DOM’s).
Most importantly, the effects of CBD oil don’t involve the so-called “high.” Cannabidiol is void of any mind-altering properties. Therefore CBD won’t affect your behavior in an undesired way. In fact, CBD can also counter the anxiety-driven behavior caused by THC. This makes us even more curious about its other health benefits.
It’s worthwhile to remember that CBD oil may not have the same effects on everyone. This is due to our unique physiology of our ECS.
Undoubtedly, it looks like the best is yet to come. Let’s stay patient and see what the future research brings.
What are the most common effects of CBD oil in your opinion? How has CBD improved the quality of your life?