9 Benefits of CBD Oil and Uses (Plus Side Effects)

CBD oil is having a moment right now. As are all products related to CBD or marijuana.

With so many states making it legal, either for medicinal purposes or recreational or both, many people are now seeing the benefits of it. In fact, 14% of Americans have used some type of CBD product, and 1 in 7 Americans use a CBD product.

While we know CBD oil is all the rage, does it live up to its hype? What are the benefits of it? Is buying everything from CBD oil shampoo to eye cream to  CBD oil gummies actually worth it?

In this article, we'll take a look at some of the benefits of CBD oil. We'll also discuss some of the side effects you may experience if you take CBD oil.

Read on for more information, and learn whether it's worth it to get in on this new craze.

What is CBD Oil?

Before we dive into the benefits of CBD oil, let's get to the basics to discuss what it is exactly.

CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is a derivative of cannabis plants. Many people associate it with marijuana, but why?

That's because CBD is an active ingredient in medical marijuana, and it can contain THC. Most consumer CBD oil is derived from hemp plants, however, which do not get you high. While both have the same benefits in terms of benefits to your body, how the CBD oil is derived and prepared determines whether or not it will get you "high."

Does CBD Oil Get You High?

Most CBD oil on the market does not contain THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, as most are derived from the hemp plant. However, you can purchase CBD oil with THC if it is legal in your state.

THC is the compound that gives one the feeling of being "high," or psychoactive effects, and is only derived from the marijuana plant. One can consume it mixed with CBD oil, by smoking, eating it and a variety of other ways.

The majority of people feel that CBD oil without THC is beneficial to them, and therefore don't want the THC. Some also prefer not to get "high," as it makes them feel "weird" or uncomfortable. Others to use THC when they consume cannabis products.

Can CBD Oil Cure Diseases?

CBD oil and medical marijuana have made a big splash into the consumer market. As such, you've probably heard that CBD oil can cure everything from cancer to chronic pain.

While there are people claiming this is the case, currently, CBD oil is not FDA approved to treat any illness, except for some very specific forms of epilepsy. And no matter what you read on Facebook, CBD oil doesn't cure cancer or any other incurable illness.

Currently, the FDA has only approved the use of CBD for medical treatment in a drug called Epidiolex. The drug treats people with epilepsy, but only those who suffer from two specific forms: Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome.

Some people may be prescribed CBD oil for other forms of epilepsy as well. But doctors are quick to point out that it is not a miracle cure.

But, it is wise to be wary of anyone who says that CBD oil can cure a disease or condition. Currently, it can only help manage some types of epilepsy but does not eradicate.

Now, let's get to the benefits of CBD oil!

1. It May Relieve Symptoms Related to Cancer Treatment

While CBD oil can't cure cancer, or treat underlying cancer itself, many cancer patients still swear by it. Why? Because it helps reduce the symptoms associated with receiving cancer treatment.

Cancer treatment is notoriously rough on the body, particularly chemotherapy. Chemo, as it's known colloquially, can cause nausea, vomiting, and a variety of other extremely unpleasant side effects.

Many cancer patients say that it helps mitigate the nausea so that they can keep food down during their treatment. Maintaining strength during cancer treatment is very important, but it can be difficult to do when food seems like the last thing you want to see.

But, CBD oil, for many, helps them keep their food down and doesn't make food seem unappealing.

There are some studies that show that CBD oil may help fight cancer itself, but these are still in their infancy. CBD oil alone cannot fight cancer off.

2. It Might Help Relieve Menstrual Cramps

Women know that periods aren't a picnic in the park. Many women have extremely painful periods, making the dread their cycle each month. Some women rely on Advil, Midol and other anti-inflammatories to help them feel a bit more themselves during their period.

For women that would rather go the natural, plant-based route, many find that CBD oil helps ease their cramps and makes them able to function better. The bonus is that CBD oil can be consumed as an edible, meaning that women can get in their chocolate and pain relief all at the same time.

You should know, however, that if your periods are particularly painful, you should see a doctor in order to discuss your options and not just rely on CBD oil alone. CBD will not solve your underlying issue, and for some women, it may be something like PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) or endometriosis.

While many of the underlying illnesses that cause the pain can be treated with medication, many women still find they need some pain relief each month. They may, then, choose to rely on CBD oil to help take the edge off while under their doctor's care.

3. Many People Swear By CBD Oil Helping Their Arthritis

Osteoarthritis, or the painful swelling of the joints, is something most people deal with as they get older. Many people also deal with arthritis as related to illnesses like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and other diseases.

Depending on the type of arthritis the person has, it can be degenerative and wear their joints down as well as painful, or it can be just painful. Either way, it's not an enjoyable condition to have.

It has been shown that some people find relief from arthritis with CBD oil and that a combination of THC and CBD can help with sleep for those who have chronic arthritis. Many people with arthritis suffer from something called "painsomnia" wherein they are unable to get a restful night's sleep.

With the combination of CBD and THC, it was found that it helped improve the sleep of those who have rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

4. It Might Help with Multiple Sclerosis, Otherwise Known as MS