Looking for a quick CBD oil benefits list for all the ways it helps your health, vitality, performance, and more? Here’s a quick hit-list of 8 cool properties of Hemp CBD Oil that your body will love… plus 32 conditions CBD has been shown in recent scientific research to assist.
RECOMMENDED: See our Guide to Using CBD Oil for additional guidance and dosage recommendations
Top 8 Properties of CBD Oil That Benefit Your Health
1. Analgesic Properties to Assist Relief
CBD and other phytocannabinoids have powerful pain relieving effects. Research is still exploring the exact mechanisms that allow CBD to alleviate pain. But it seems that it’s anti-inflammatory properties are definitely part of the puzzle.
2. Anti-Inflammatory Properties Assist Inflammation-Related Skin & Health Issues
CBD is a gangbuster at reducing inflammation. Moreso than even aspirin, which helps explain its effectiveness in treating pain and inflammatory diseases like multiple sclerosis.
Though the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD are well demonstrated, not all the mechanisms are fully understood yet. It’s thought that CBD’s unique ability to bind with receptors outside the endocannabinoid system plays a role and that CBD blocks pro-inflammatory compounds in the body such as the COX-2 enzyme. Also, the “entourage effect” of CBD in a full-spectrum form with other cannabinoids enhances its anti-inflammatory effect.
3. Great Antioxidant Levels
An antioxidant is a substance that helps remove harmful oxidizing agents (otherwise known as free-radicals) from your body. CBD is a powerful antioxidant, even more so than vitamins C and E, and can therefore play an important role in protecting your body from things like heart disease and cancer.
4. Neuroprotective Properties Benefit Brain Health
Studies also show that CBD has broad neuroprotective benefits. This means that CBD can protect neurons from damage, as well as assist in their repair.
This makes CBD a great option for those suffering from neurological diseases, or neurological damage from diabetes or other conditions. CBD is currently being explored as a treatment for neurological diseases like multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and epilepsy, including rare and hard to treat forms like Dravet syndrome. The US Department of Health and Human Services even holds a patent that describes the neuroprotective and antioxidant benefits of CBD.
5. Mood Boosting Properties Support Calm, Focus & More
No CBD oil benefits list would be complete without mentioning its fantastic overall mood lifting properties! CBD is gaining popularity and scientific recognition for its ability to boost mood and reduce anxiety, thanks to its affinity with serotonin receptors. It also helps regulate GABA, a neurotransmitter involved in regulating anxiety, and glutamate, another neurotransmitter that happens to be the most prevalent in our nervous systems.
Research also suggests that cannabinoids help regulate neurogenesis (the creation of new cells) in the brain’s hippocampus, which is responsible for regulating emotions.
“Preclinical evidence strongly supports CBD as a treatment for generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive–compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.”
A study published in the journal of the American Society for Experimental Neurotherapeutics, Neurotheurapeutics, asserted that “preclinical evidence strongly supports CBD as a treatment for generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive–compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.” Use of CBD holds significant promise for improvement in those with anxiety disorders and those who need to reduce anxiety from episodic stress.
In fact, during a 2018 study, CBD users with mental health issues were surveyed and 53% of them reported improved attitude, while 30.7% reported an improvement in both anxiety symptoms and relaxation.
6. Easy to Take For Overall Wellness & Battling the Bad Stuff
If you can get your hands on a full-spectrum hemp CBD product, then you’ll also get a lot more than just CBD oil benefits! Cannabinoids in general have been shown to be – not only anti-inflammatory, but – pretty much anti- tons of other bad stuff that can happen to a body. 🙂
As an antispasmodic, CBD is FDA-approved to treat epilepsy patients.
Another cannabinoid present in full-spectrum hemp oil is cannabichromene (CBC) which has powerful antibacterial properties along with moderate antifungal action.
CBD oil benefits have also been studied for CBD’s effect on viruses, and Cannabidiol has been shown to have antiviral properties that improve some types of infectious diseases.
Again, cannabinoids are there to help regulate just about every major system within the body and are crucial to the functioning of our immune systems. We know this is a CBD oil benefits list, but honestly the benefits to your body with any CBD product are greatly increased when you include other cannabinoids for that powerful “entourage effect.”
7. Helps Replace Harmful Opioids
As you may be aware, the United States is in the grip of an opioid crisis right now. People who depend on opioids to treat chronic pain are at risk for a variety of complications, including: physical dependency, liver damage, sleep problems, respiratory problems and death by overdose. Users also develop a tolerance to opioids, meaning they must take more and more over time to achieve the same level of pain relief.
One of the biggest CBD oil benefits that can truly help – not just you, but the entire United States! is its ability to replace dangerous opioids by providing a safe yet effective alternative. CBD is well tolerated and not addictive. When it comes to pain management, these qualities make it a safer alternative to both opioids and traditional NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) , which have been linked to harmful side-effects like stomach ulcers and liver damage, just to name a few.
8. CBD Oil for Cats & Dogs
Many pet owners have questions about the CBD oil benefits for their dog or cat. Will it help with a pet’s anxiety? Can it help my cat survive the drive to the vet, or stimulate my dog’s apetite after a surgery?
Dogs, in particular, have an even more complex endocannabinoid system than we do. With the loosening of federal restrictions on CBD, more and more veterinarians are open to discussing the use of CBD to help pets… and new research is ramping up to investigate the effect of CBD on dogs with conditions such as epilepsy and cancer.
Horse-lovers are also finding CBD oil benefits their equine friends, assisting with pain relief, mood enhancement, and even some severe conditions. Because each animal’s system is different, along with their metabolism and size, it’s important to seek expert guidance before giving CBD to your horse, goat or other animal. We know enough about dosage recommendations for dogs, but it’s important to speak to your vet for any other animal that might benefit from CBD.
Your Complete CBD Oil Benefits List
We’re passionate about CBD and many of us here at Heal thy Body personally use CBD oil and other CBD products every single day. Below, we provide you a comprehensive CBD oil benefits list along with links to further research and scientific studies. However, none of the following information should be construed as medical advice. If you wish to explore using CBD oil to assist with any of these conditions, be sure to discuss it with your doctor, naturopath or health practitioner.
Addiction – Yasmin Hurd, PhD. of Mt Sinai Hospital conducted a small pilot study in humans that found CBD directly reduced cravings and heroin seeking behavior in abstinent heroin users.
Allergy symptoms/Asthma – It’s known that endogenous cannabinoids help regulate airway functions and there is increasing evidence to suggest that CBD can help alleviate symptoms of allergies and even asthma. Animal studies in mice have shown that CBD can slow the expression of some genes associated with allergic responses and reduce allergen-induced mucous production. There’s also evidence that CBD can suppress some types of allergic asthma.
Anxiety – There’s promising preclinical evidence from rodent models that CBD reduces activity in areas of the brain that cause anxiety and improve activity in areas that regulate anxiety like the prefrontal cortex. And human experimental studies show that CBD can reduce social anxiety and fear of public speaking with a dose range of 300-600 mg. A 2015 review study found that “current evidence indicates CBD has considerable potential as a treatment for multiple anxiety disorders.”
Appetite – THC is a proven appetite stimulant. However, CBD seems to affect different people differently. One Dutch study showed that a high CBD strain of medical marijuana caused less appetite increase than lower CBD strains. Another study of epilepsy patients found that CBD increased appetite for some patients and decreased it for others.
Though more research is needed in this area, this suggests that CBD may be adaptogenic, meaning it assists homeostasis in the body. So if your apetite is lower than normal for your body, it may help stimulate it. If your apetite is higher than normal for your body, it may help reduce it. Either way, bringing you back to balance.
Arthritis – There’s evidence in small animal studies that CBD can not only alleviate pain for osteoarthritis, it can also protect the development of later nerve damage in the affected joint.
Autism – While Autism is a complex disease affecting multiple systems of the body, recent studies indicate that a malfunctioning endocannabinoid system may be a contributing factor in the disease and treatment with cannabinoids may offer some relief of certain symptoms of autism in some patients.
Autoimmune disorders – Both CB1 and CB2 receptors are found in the immune system, suggesting the important role of cannabinoids in regulating the body’s immune system. The effectiveness of cannabinoids in treating autoimmune issues may be due to its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Additionally, its ability to induce cell die-off as part of our body’s normal processes.
Studies have shown that CBD can inhibit the progression of rheumatoid arthritis. Animal studies using CBD to treat type 1 diabetes successfully delayed the full destruction of beta cells and preserved pancreatic function. A study in rats showed CBD protected them from diabetic retinopathy and reduced pain associated with neuropathy.
Cancer – Certain types of cancer are strongly correlated with inflammation. Some studies have shown that cannabinoids can deter tumors from growing new blood cells (angiogenesis) and help kill cells in some tumors, helping aid the body in tumor destruction. Further, CBD can assist cancer patients in reducing symptoms from cancer treatment such as pain, nausea, anxiety and sleep issues.
Dementia & Alzheimer’s – Animal studies have shown that CBD can reduce the neuroinflammatory response and slow gliosis (a reactive and damaging response in glial cells that results from damage to the central nervous system) and promote the growth and development of new neural tissue. Early studies show that synthetic cannabinoids may reduce agitation and aggression in Alzheimer’s disease. Many prominent researchers are pushing for further research to explore CBD’s potential to impact Alzheimer’s due to its anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective and antioxidant properties, as well its immunosuppressive effects.
Depression – Researchers hypothesize that emotional dysregulation such as depression is due to dysfunction in the endocannabinoid system. In animal studies, CBD has shown anti-anxiety and fast-acting antidepressant effects. Researchers look forward to focusing on the endocannabinoid system to develop a new class of antidepressant medications.
Diabetes – While we’ve discussed the potential for CBD in treating autoimmune-related diabetes (type 1), there’s also ample evidence that CBD can help those suffering complications from both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
The neuroprotective and anti inflammatory qualities of CBD help lessen the effects of painful neuropathy (nerve damage from high blood sugars), and even protect sufferers from diabetic retinopathy, as demonstrated in animal studies. One study even showed reduced blood sugar in type 2 patients who took a combination of CBD and another non-psychoactive cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) which acts as an appetite suppressant.
Digestive Health – The endocannabinoid system plays a surprising role in our digestive health, helping to control everything from swallowing to how our muscles work to push food through the intestines (known as gastric motility). There’s exciting research into the use the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD to treat debilitating diseases like inflammatory bowel disease and Crohn’s disease pointing to the importance of endocannabinoid receptors in gut health. Another study showed that CBD helped reduce gastrointestinal pain due to Mediterranean Fever.
Fever – Cannabinoids were widely used through history to treat fever (and many other ailments) and even by Western medicine practitioners in the 19th century, but fell out of use after the banning of cannabis in the 20th century.
Eczema – The endocannabinoid system helps promote skin health by regulating hormones and proteins and helping control inflammatory and sensory events which impact the skin. The skin has both CB1 and CB2 receptors. CBD can help regulate the life cycle of basal cells.
It also helps reduce itching (up to 84%!). A 2005 study saw big improvements in itching and dryness in patients who used hemp seed oil for 20 weeks. This is attributed to the high content of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and linoleic acid in hemp seed oil.
Endometriosis – Endometriosis is a painful condition where uterine tissue grows outside the uterus. Evidence points to endocannabinoid system dysregulation as a contributing factor to this condition and historical treatments (prior to de-legalization) included use of cannabinoids to treat gynecological pains such as this. Contemporary sufferers report that CBD greatly alleviates pain and eliminates the need for high doses of ibuprofen, which have long-term health consequences.
Epilepsy – CBD has been shown to treat two severe forms of childhood epilepsy which don’t respond well to typical antiseizure drugs: Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS). CBD can reduce or eliminate seizures. The FDA recently approved Epidiolex, the first cannabis-derived medicine to earn such approval.
Headaches, Migraines – Research shows that migraine sufferers may be predisposed to the condition due to a variation in their gene for the CB1 Receptor. A research team in Europe found that cannabinoids were as effective in preventing migraines as other types of treatments and could treat cluster headaches in patients that have suffered migraines since childhood. Another study looked at clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (CECD) as a possible cause of migraines and concluded that migraines may be “may be suitably treated with cannabinoid medicines.”
HIV/AIDS – Cannabis is a well established treatment for HIV/AIDS patients, and nearly all states with medical cannabis approve the treatment for HIV/AIDS. Cannabinoids help make the side effects of treatment — nausea, loss of appetite, neurologic pain — more manageable as well as help manage anxiety related to the condition. There is even research to support that cannabinoids may have anti-viral properties that inhibit the spread of the disease throughout the body in later stages.
Inflammation – As we’re constantly pointing out, CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory. It has been found to assist in treating inflammatory diseases like multiple sclerosis. CBD uses multiple mechanisms to control inflammation, not all of them well understood as of yet. CBD appears to have a unique ability to bind with receptors outside the endocannabinoid system and blocks pro-inflammatory compounds in the body such as the COX-2 enzyme and that the “entourage effect” of CBD in a full-spectrum form with other cannabinoids enhances the anti-inflammatory effect.
Insomnia/Sleep issues – While CBD is not a sedative, evidence points to the endocannabinoid system playing important role in regulating sleep patterns. Some studies show that CBD actually helps people (and rats) stay alert while others show that use of CBD can increase total sleep time.
Menopause – Estrogen helps regulate an important fatty acid enzyme, hydrolase, which in turn plays a role in breaking down some endocannabinoids. When estrogen levels drop during menopause, this can negatively impact the endocannabinoid system. Use of CBD appears to help regulate the emotional fluctuations that happen during menopause as a result of the drop in estrogen levels. CBD can also help relieve the types of pain most often experienced during menopause and perimenopause: menstrual cramping, breast soreness, headaches and joint pain. CBD may even help with bone loss experienced in this stage of life. Some experts believe that cannabis offers a better alternative to dealing with menopausal symptoms than estrogen replacement therapy, which is correlated with higher risk for diseases like heart attack, blood clots, gallstones, stroke and breast cancer.
Multiple Sclerosis – MS is another autoimmune disease that can be assisted by CBD due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Multiple studies have shown the benefits of using cannabinoids to treat MS. A study in the 1990s showed that 90% of patients who were self-treating with cannabis experienced relief from symptoms such as spasticity, pain, tremor and depression.
Muscle & Joint Support – CBD is a natural choice to reduce inflammation that causes joint pain. Less well known is new research that points to CBD’s ability to slow the breakdown of muscle mass by interfering with cortisol secretions. This is one reason that so many athletes are now adding CBD oil to their regimens.
Nausea – Cannabinoids have powerful antiemetic properties and have been used for years to control nausea symptoms in chemotherapy and HIV/AIDS patients. CBD combats nausea by working with serotonin receptors. The unheated form of CBD, CBDA, may be even more effective than CBD at alleviating nausea.
Neurological symptoms – As discussed in chapter 4, CBD can protect neurons from damage and assist in their repair. This makes CBD a great option for those suffering from neurologic diseases and neurological damage from diabetes. CBD is currently being explored as a treatment for neurological diseases like multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and epilepsy. One review study found that patients suffering from neuropathic pain benefit from cannabinoid treatment.
Pain – While researchers are still studying the exact mechanisms that make CBD such an effective analgesic, its pain relief capabilities are not in doubt. And the anti-inflammatory benefits beat traditional NSAIDS because they come without the serious side effects common to heavy use of medications like ibuprofen and can be used to help manage difficult to treat pain.
Parkinson’s Disease – A researcher at the University of Colorado did a small study of Parkinson’s patients using Epidiolex, the CBD drug approved for use with epilepsy. The patient’s experienced a decrease in symptoms as represented by the Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating scale (UPDRS) and included both motor and rigidity improvements. The researchers concluded that CBD offers improvements in Parkinson’s symptoms and is well tolerated.
Pets/animal health – With the legalization of CBD, more veterinarians are acknowledging the health benefits of CBD for animal health. Pets can benefit from CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties, particularly for hip and joint pain common to some breeds of dogs and cats. CBD can also improve a pet’s overall health due to its high levels of antioxidants. And, of course, for those time when your pet is stressed due to car rides or fireworks, CBD can help reduce anxiety. While pets experience similar benefits to humans, they generally require a lower dosage due the greater density of receptors in their endocannabinoid systems.
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) – Because CBD offers both well documented pain relief and mood boosting effects, CBD presents exciting opportunities to treat a range of PMS symptoms including menstrual cramps, breast tenderness and mood swings. While no specific studies exist to test CBD for premenstrual syndrome (sadly, there’s some inherent sexism in medical research that’s yet to be fully addressed), doctors are getting less shy about recommending CBD for this use.
PTSD – A review study concluded that CBD may be beneficial for the treatment of PTSD symptoms such as poor sleep quality, frequency of nightmares, and hyperarousal. Animal studies show the effectiveness of CBD to reduce anxiety and regulate emotions, and even prevent PTSD, if administered right after a traumatizing event, pointing to the need for large scale human trials to truly demonstrate CBD’s ability to help control PTSD.
Psoriasis – A 2007 study demonstrated CBD’s efficacy in treating this inflammatory skin disease where the body produces too many keratinocytes, the skin cells that produce keratin. Cannabinoids inhibit this over proliferation of keratinocytes.
Schizophrenia – While THC can actually induce symptoms of psychosis, CBD appears to have the opposite effect and even reduced the psychotic symptom- inducing effects of THC in animal studies. A mid-stage trial in humans using CBD as an antipsychotic drug found that it performed better than a placebo when it was added to a patient’s existing antipsychotic medication. It appears that CBD’s antipsychotic effects are due to its ability to enhance anandamide signaling. Anandamide is an important endogenous cannabinoid.
We hope you enjoyed this complete CBD Oil benefits list. For our ultimate guide to all things CBD, including how to research, select and buy the best CBD product for your unique needs and body, check out our 5-article CBD Hemp Oil series.