CBD oil has had a wild ride in the last few years, going from a little-known weed-adjacent supplement to showing up in gas stations, grocery stores, and even smoothie shops. While it might not be the cure-all some product labels imply, CBD oil offers plenty of cannabis-related health benefits without the high you’d get from smoking a bowl. If you’ve seen CBD oil everywhere but you’re still wondering what it does, here’s a quick primer:

CBD vs. THC

Cannabis plants contain hundreds of chemical compounds called cannabinoids, including CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is the main psychoactive ingredient in weed, and ingesting it—through smoking, vaping, or eating—provides a variety of pleasant effects. CBD is not psychoactive, yet it offers many of the medical benefits associated with cannabis while being safe enough for even children to use (under doctor supervision, of course). As scientific research into CBD becomes more commonplace, the list of health benefits will only grow longer.

Relieving pain like back in the day

Cannabis has been used as a pain reliever for literally thousands of years, but science has only recently discovered why it’s so effective. The human body’s endocannabinoid system, which regulates functions like appetite, sleep, and pain response, produces specialized neurotransmitters which bind to cannabinoid receptors in the nervous system. CBD oil impacts that receptor activity, relieving pain and reducing inflammation. While CBD might not do much for pain related to a major injury like a broken bone, studies have proven its effectiveness in relieving pain associated with chronic conditions like arthritis and multiple sclerosis.

Tackling anxiety and depression

Cannabis is well-known for its ability to chill people out, and its relaxing properties can tackle much more than just everyday stress. For those suffering from anxiety and depression, pharmaceutical remedies might be effective, but they usually come with a variety of unwanted side effects ranging in severity from drowsiness to sexual dysfunction to suicidal thoughts. CBD oil is a promising all-natural alternative, acting on the brain’s serotonin receptors that regulate mood and social behavior, although you’ll probably need to experiment to find the exact dose that works best for you.

Banishing cancer-related symptoms

No, cannabis cannot cure cancer (yet, anyway), but CBD oil can do wonders for cancer patients suffering from symptoms like pain and nausea. Though clinical research studies haven’t pinpointed the exact reason behind CBD’s stomach-settling effects, they do show patients reporting much more relief compared to drugs that specifically target nausea symptoms. And as for that not-so-impossible cure? Some scientific studies showed concentrated CBD inducing cell death in human breast cancer cells, and inhibiting the spread of aggressive breast cancer cells in mice. Human trials are needed before researchers can reach any conclusions, but the idea that cannabis could be the thing that finally cures cancer is downright amazing.

Boosting heart health through lower blood pressure

CBD might not give you the warm fuzzies of a THC high, but it does have a noticeable effect on your heart. By lowering high blood pressure, CBD reduces your chances of developing conditions like heart attack, stroke and metabolic syndrome. Through its antioxidant and stress-lowering properties, CBD also reduces inflammation and cell death related to heart disease. And while it doesn’t eliminate the risks of such conditions entirely, it can definitely help weed enthusiasts reach their golden years.

Erasing acne for good (possibly)

The same anti-inflammatory properties of CBD that keep your heart healthy can also keep your face clear of annoying adult acne. One study showed that CBD oil stopped sebaceous gland cells (where pimples start) from secreting excess sebum (the gross stuff inside pimples), while also preventing the activation of inflammatory agents like cytokines. Of course, CBD oil is no replacement for face cleanser, toner and the whole skincare shebang, but if you’re an adult who still breaks out on occasion, trying something new can’t hurt.

Lab-verified CBD products at Balboa Ave Cooperative

If you have some of the medical issues listed above and you want to give CBD a whirl, we strongly advise against picking up a vial displayed next to the register at a gas station. You should always know what you’re putting in or on your body, and at Balboa Ave Cooperative, all our CBD and THC products are lab-tested and verified for your safety and peace of mind.

For more information, give us a call at (858) 598-5004.