CBD Oil Benefits in 2020: How Does It Work? Its Uses and Side Effects

CBD Oil Benefits in 2020: How Does It Work? Its Uses and Side Effects

CBD is one of the 100 cannabinoids and other beneficial organic compounds found in marijuana. Research has proven that it has some health benefits without having mind-altering effects on the user. The fact that it isn’t psychoactive makes CBD a good option for pain relief and mitigation of specific symptoms.

To acquire the best CBD oil, one has to extract it from regular marijuana or industrial hemp. Regular marijuana, in its natural state, has high THC content. The oil manufactured from cannabis can only be safely obtained by separating CBD from THC. Unlike cannabis, industrial hemp has higher CBD and lower THC content. 

There are different types of CBD oils, depending on the range of their contents.

  1. CBD isolates.
  2. Broad-spectrum CBD oil
  3. Full-spectrum CBD oil. 

The following are some of the known benefits of CBD oil. 

CBD Oil Can Relieve Pain

Pain and its management are why there is an epidemic of opioids in different parts of the nation. CBD’s ability to relieve pain without the same addictive effects as the opioids could make it a solution for the opioids problem. 

The marijuana plant has been used for the management of pain for millennia. Recent research has confirmed that CBD is one of the reasons why cannabis has always been effective as a pain reliever. But how does CBD work to relieve pain?

The human body functions within a specific range of parameters such as temperature and blood pressure; this range of parameters is known as homeostasis. If body temperature, for instance, is too high or too low, the body malfunctions. 

The body has an organ system designed specifically to ensure that the balance is restored any time it is lost. The organ system is referred to as the endocannabinoid system, which is also known as the ECS.

CBD, through the endocannabinoid system, interacts with neurotransmitters in both the peripheral and central nervous systems. This interaction reduces the intensity of the pain that neurons send to the brain, thus reducing the pain a user could be feeling. Different studies on both animals and humans confirm that CBD indeed reduces pain. These research findings enabled the government to approve the use of Sativex as a pain reliever.

In summary: It helps to relieve pain without being addictive.

It May Help Reduce Stress and Anxiety

Stress is one of the leading health issues in the world today. Generation Z, millennials and generation Xers are all among the most affected. General pressures of life coupled with depression and other illnesses such as panic attacks make the quest for a robust and safe antidepressant a worthy one.

Statistics from the World Health Organization rank depression as the most significant cause of disability in the world. Research on how CBD reduces stress is still ongoing, but there is a wide enough body of knowledge to show that CBD helps reduce stress and anxiety.

The need for CBD for anxiety and depression doesn’t arise from a lack of drugs that can treat stress and depression in the market. There are pharmaceutical drugs that help manage the conditions, but they have a wide range of adverse side effects. 

These side effects include loss of sex drive, indolence and drowsiness headaches, and many others. Some antidepressants are addictive, and they ruin the lives of the people they hook. CBD, on the other hand, has much milder side effects, and it is not addictive , which makes it a much better option. 

A study in 2010 showed that CBD reduces Social Anxiety Disorder. Its use increased blood flow in sections of the brain whose deprivation of blood leads to increased anxiety. 

There have also been other studies on the matter that showed similar effects on the user’s brain and, subsequently, their anxiety. A 2015 survey amalgamated the findings of these studies indicating that CBD indeed helps reduce stress.  

In Summary: It reduces stress and anxiety as effectively as common pharmaceutical antidepressants with only relatively mild side effects. 

It can Help Reduce Seizures

One of the earliest uses of marijuana in modern times was the management of intractable epilepsy cases, such as the Dravet Syndrome and Lennox- Gastaut Syndrome. It was for the purpose of managing these conditions that many jurisdictions in America initially legalized the use of CBD, but the uses have increased over time.

CBD is widely accepted as being effective in the management of seizures. The FDA’s approval of Epidiolex confirmed this acceptance. The drug was approved for use in children above the age of two years.

Approval of the drug was predicated upon research involving 516 participants, all of whom had intractable forms of epilepsy. The findings were that Epidiolex helps to reduce seizures when used alongside other medicine, and the drug has proved effective over time.

In summary: CBD’s effectiveness on the management of seizures is one of its most mainstream uses. 

It Can Relieve Cancer Related Symptoms

The effects of cancer on those who have it are not always treatable using pharmaceutical drugs. Sometimes the pain is too much, and there is still the danger of a patient developing an addiction for the pain relievers they use.  

A survey conducted on the cancer patients found that the pain they experienced reduced with the use of THC. The study also shows that when patients use a mixture of both CBD and THC, the concoction relieves the symptoms much better. 

Some studies in mice show that CBD inhibits the growth of cancer cells. Although there have been no clinical trials on the matter, the findings hold the possibility that CBD can have the same effects on cancer in humans. If CBD proves equally useful in clinical trials, it will go a long way into providing a solution for cancer in humans.

Cancer treatment using chemotherapy and radiotherapy usually comes with severe side effects. Some of the common side effects are severe nausea and vomiting, general body weakness, among others. Research shows that the use of CBD helps to mitigate these side effects. 

In summary: It shows promise in the management of cancer by controlling its spread and it provides relief for the side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. 

It May Help the User Focus

Every once in a while, you may need to improve your mind’s sharpness for a specific task. The level of dopamine determines the level of a person’s focus in the brain such that if dopamine levels are low, the person’s attention reduces and vice versa. 

THC usually helps to increase dopamine levels, but it also reduces the user’s memory, which negates any benefits you gain from increased focus. CBD, on the other hand, increases focus without affecting the mind.

CBD doesn’t only enhance the production of dopamine; it interacts with the dopamine receptors to regulate their levels on both extremes. If a person’s dopamine levels are too high, they become hyperactive and lose focus. CBD helps to control this other extreme through its interaction with dopamine receptors. 

In summary: It regulates dopamine levels thus increasing focus by interacting with dopamine receptors. 

It May Help Improve Digestive Health and Reduce Constipation

Besides dopamine CBD also helps regulate and increase production of the hormone serotonin. Serotonin improves the user’s sexual function, improves their moods, and plays a vital role in improving their bones.

Serotonin also helps reduce cases of constipation and it helps to enhance the proper function of the digestive system. This means that a person with digestive problems can take up regular use of CBD to help provide a solution for the condition.

The solution to digestive problems and challenges with bowel movements means that you can also find a solution for other issues that come as spinoffs from the conditions.

Constipation can, for example, lead to the loss of appetite, lack of energy, and general feelings of unwellness. Once you have managed constipation using CBD, all these other challenges are solved. The oil developed to enhance gut health is also the best CBD oil for sleep and insomnia since it improves the production of serotonin.  

In summary: By regulating the release of serotonin and relaxing the digestive system, CBD reduces constipation and increases effectiveness of the digestive system. 

It May Serve as an Anti-psychotic

According to WHO statistics, psychosis affects up to 20 million people around the world. Some of the causes of these cases may be due to drug use, while others may be symptoms of mental illness.

Pharmaceutical anti-psychotic drugs are generally effective, but many of them end up having severe side effects on their users. CBD, on the other hand, is a natural substance with few and generally mild side.

The first case where CBD was used for the management of psychosis was in a study conducted on a 19-year-old female student who had severe psychosis. The method and findings of this study were published in a journal by Zuardis, among others. The student was put on a course of 1500mg of CBD daily for four weeks, which led to a drastic reduction of the psychotic episodes.

Another study compared the effectiveness of CBD alongside that of amisulpride, which is a popular anti-psychotic. It found that CBD, when used at a dosage of between 600 mg and 800 mg daily over four weeks, is as effective as the amisulpride. The beauty with it is that CBD doesn’t have the same adverse side effects that amisulpride has.

In summary: CBD reduces psychosis after the intake of relatively high daily doses for four weeks. 

It May Help to Improve Skin Health 

One of the uses CBD is most sought after is skincare. It is for this reason that CBD related skincare products are all the rave. A survey conducted on users CBD skincare products shows that 36% of them found that the products helped to heal them of their skin conditions. 

The vast majority of skin conditions come as a result of inflammation. CBD, when connected to the endocannabinoid system, impacts the neurotransmitters. This interaction reduces the intensity of the inflammation on any part of the body, including the skin. Conditions such as eczema and psoriasis can be managed in the same way. 

Besides reducing inflammation, CBD also helps to reduce the effects of aging in the skin. Available evidence shows that CBD causes the skin to tighten. It improves the production of collagen, and it is also rich in antioxidants. Full-spectrum hemp extracts contain Omega 6 and Omega 3 saturated fats. 

These fats enhance the production of collagen, which in return increases the skin’s water retention. This means that the user’s skin remains hydrated, improving the appearance of the skin to stay healthy.

CBD oil is better than other skincare products because it doesn’t have all the side effects the others cause.

In summary: It improves skin health by reducing inflammation and hydrating it with antioxidants. 

CBD Oil Side Effects

One of the reasons why CBD has certain advantages over other substances is because it has mild side effects when compared to pharmaceutical drug or synthetic cosmetics where skincare is concerned. The following are some of the side-effects you may expect after using CBD. 

Dryness of Mouth (Cottonmouth)

CBD inhibits the production of saliva for a short while. This causes your mouth to dry, which comes with other challenges such as mouth odor. 


If a person uses CBD when they have a regular bowel movement; it may end up acting more as a laxative leading to a runny stomach. 

Body Lock

While it doesn’t cause a ‘mind high,’ it has been known to create a ‘body high.’ The high has the effect of relaxing the body so much that while the person remains completely lucid, they are unable to move.

It Increases Liver Enzymes

Studies conducted on CBD users show that the cannabinoid usually increases liver enzymes soon after usage. This means that a person who uses CBD regularly is likely to have elevated continuously liver enzymes, which may ultimately lead to liver damage

Bottom Line

There have been a lot of so-called ‘miracle cures’ peddled across the ages. Most of them were promoted by snake oil salesmen with false promises to provide relief for numerous conditions. Due to this history, it is possible that you are cynical about CBD oil and all the hype surrounding it. You may, justifiably, wonder how one substance can affect so many different parts of the body.

Unlike with many other supplements, there is sufficient scientific evidence of CBD being able to influence all the body parts it has been credited with influencing. The key here is the recently discovered endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is the most widely distributed organ system which can affect every part of the body from the brain to the skin. While research is still going on, there is no doubt that the hope presented by CBD oil is not false.

Dwight K. Blake Written by: Dwight K. Blake

Dwight was a Mental Health counselor at Long Island Psychotherapy & Counseling in Westbury, New York for more than 15 years. He believes that CBD is the prime solution to this mental illness and more-- with proper research, medical acknowledgment, and application.
Through his work at AmericanMarijuana, together with the rest of the team, he wishes to provide everyone with genuine results and high-quality product reviews for everyone to enjoy for free.

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