Sellers and researchers have touted CBD oil as a cure or treatment for all sorts of issues, but some of the most common uses are for dealing with stress, anxiety, and other ails. But there are other, subtler ways and reasons to use CBD, and some may surprise you. To fill you in, here’s a selection of the lesser-known uses for CBD oil.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved one particular type of CBD product, Epidiolex, as an anti-seizure medication available only through prescription. Epidiolex can treat two types of epilepsy found in babies and toddlers called Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. It’s unclear why CBD works for these issues, but researchers found that it reduced or eliminated seizures in most test subjects in clinical trials. Side effects included fatigue, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and drowsiness, but for the most part, it worked. Now, researchers are studying the effects of CBD in treating Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, insomnia, anxiety, and other conditions, but the results are still pending.
As an oil, CBD lends itself very well for use in massage therapy. Massages are excellent for minimizing pain, bringing down your heart rate, reducing blood pressure, helping injuries to heal faster, and eliminating soreness and pain. CBD oil makes the process go more smoothly by reducing friction and providing a cooling or warming sensation to the massaged places. While CBD does not offer the euphoric effects of THC, some subjects report feeling more refreshed and alert after a CBD oil massage.
A recent study explored the use of CBD applied topically—that is, through lotions and salves rubbed onto the skin—to fight pain. Specifically, and though there needs to be further study, subjects experiencing peripheral neuropathy reported a reduction in pain when they applied CBD topicals to the affected area. Others stated that CBD materials were also handy in combatting itchiness and cold sensations. Research is ongoing elsewhere to see if CBD is useful in treating joint and muscle pain and migraines. In any event, it’s wise to discuss with your doctor whether to use CBD, especially in conjunction with other medicines.
CBD in skin care products is another of the lesser-known uses for CBD oil. Some have claimed that CBD can reduce inflammation in the treatment of psoriasis and eczema and caused no further irritation or allergic reactions. As with some of the above sections, more research is necessary to assess the short- and long-term effects of CBD oil regarding skin care and the treatment of skin conditions, but hopes remain high.