Yes, Cannabis Oil Is Good For You: Here’s Why

Cannabis Oil Health Benefits

Cannabis. It’s a word that elicits an instant negative response in many people — and it’s one which isn’t entirely deserved. Sure, it may give rise to the much-stigmatized drug we know as marijuana, but it is also one of the most versatile and health-giving plants on the planet.



Science is coming to understand the wide-ranging health benefits of cannabis oil. Culture across the globe have used cannabis oil for thousands of years. These cultures have recognized cannabis not for its mind-altering properties, but for its ability to cure ailments and combat disease within the body.

What is cannabis oil?

Cannabis oil is distilled from the flowers and upper leaves of plants belonging to the Cannabis genus. It is the ultra-concentrated essence of marijuana. This might set you alarm bells ringing, but the high-inducing potential of cannabis oil depends completely on its intended use.

At one end of the spectrum, some cannabis oil manufacturers maintain or even enhance the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content. It’s the THC in marijuana which creates that characteristic and much-stigmatized “high.” These varieties of cannabis oil are more aligned with recreational users.

At the other end of the spectrum are those companies who produce cannabis oil for medicinal purposes. These companies modify the distillation process to reduce the high-inducing incidence of THC and increase the amount of cannabidiol (CBD). Cannabidiol is arguably the more health-promoting of marijuana’s two active ingredients. So, aiming for a high CBD content and low THC content will ensure you get all the health benefits without the mind-altering effects.

How is CBD different?

Cannabis Oil Benefits For Health

Unlike THC, CBD doesn’t result in an altered state of mind. This might make CBD a bit of a disappointment for those looking to have a good time, but it makes cannabidiol a much more viable medicinal compound. It’s also one which health practitioners are much more comfortable prescribing to patients.

CBD is non-psychoactive due to the fact that it doesn’t act on the same neural pathways as THC. A 2011 study published in Current Drug Safety noted that CBD is a “major non-psychotropic constituent of cannabis” and that it “does not alter psychomotor or psychological functions.”

The mainstream establishment’s aversion to anything deemed “alternative” continues to cast controversy over the use of cannabis oil as a treatment for many health problems. However, the scientific literature is starting to pile up in its favor. Here’s a look at some of the groundbreaking findings researchers are discovering about cannabis oil benefits.

Cannabis oil has anti-arthritic effects

A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) explored the anti-arthritic effects of the cannabidiol found in cannabis oil. To study this, researchers induced arthritis in mice by given them collagen. After the mice began to show symptoms of arthritis, researchers administered CBD (from cannabis oil) to treat the symptoms.

The results were very promising, indeed. Researchers found that the CBD treatment “effectively blocked progression of arthritis.” Researchers noted that CBD worked just as effectively whether administered directly into the bloodstream or orally. They also noted that “through its combined immunosuppressive and anti-inflammatory actions, [CBD] has a potent anti-arthritic effect in CIA (collagen-induced arthritis).”

Cannabis oil can help IBS sufferers

A 2008 study published in the British Journal of Pharmacology sought to explore the therapeutic effects of CBD on the digestive tract. Researchers determined this by measuring the role of cannabidiol in influencing intestinal motility and intestinal inflammation in mice.

The results showed that CBD supplementation helped to significantly reduce inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract. In this way, researchers were able to return the mice’s pooping schedule back to normal. The article concluded that “In view of its low toxicity in humans, cannabidiol may represent a good candidate to normalize motility in patients with inflammatory bowel disease.”

Cannabis oil reduces stress and anxiety

Cannabis Oil Health Benefits For Stress

Cannabis oil has properties which allow it to simultaneously release pleasure hormones and relax a troubled mind. The cannabinoids work to activate certain receptors throughout the body to produce beneficial effects, particularly in the central nervous system and immune system. This is big news for people who constantly suffer from stress and anxiety. Those looking for a viable, healthy solution to deal with these all-too-common problems may be in luck.

A recent study published in the Journal of Psychoneuroendocrinology demonstrated that CBD treatment following a traumatic experience may help regulate emotional response and stress. Researchers found that the cannabinoid compounds in cannabis oil worked on multiple parts of the brain. They worked to reduce the impairment associated with post-traumatic stress and speeding patients’ emotional recovery.

Another study, this time published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, found that CBD had a strong positive effect on patients suffering from social anxiety disorder (SAD). Study participants were either given 400 milligrams of CBD or a placebo. The results showed that “relative to placebo, CBD was associated with significantly decreased subjective anxiety.”

Cannabis oil helps you sleep

Research has shown that cannabis oil is also an effective treatment for insomnia. The anti-anxiety effect of cannabis oil helps many people to fall asleep faster, achieve a deeper sleep and reduce restlessness.

A study published this year in the Permanente Journal documented the use of cannabis oil as a treatment for a ten-year-old patient suffering from anxiety and insomnia. The trial proved an effective one. Cannabidiol oil resulted in a “maintained decrease in anxiety and a steady improvement in the quality and quantity of the patient’s sleep.”

Cannabis oil helps PTSD

Similar to the patient in the above study, cannabis oil has also been proven to help military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) get a good night’s sleep. A 2015 study examined the cannabis oil scientific literature. It found that “cannabinoid use was associated with global improvements in PTSD symptoms or amelioration of specific PTSD symptoms, such as insomnia and nightmares.”

Scientists believe that the ability of cannabis oil to treat insomnia is due to the fact that “CBD may block anxiety-induced [rapid eye movement] sleep alteration via its anxiolytic effect on the brain.”

Cannabis oil protects your eyes

Cannabis oil can help to prevent the development of eye problems, including macular degeneration and glaucoma. Glaucoma is a serious eye disease that can result in reduced vision and eventually blindness. It is caused by an accumulation of fluid in the eye that then puts pressure on the optic nerve, retina and lens.

Studies show that the CBD in cannabis oil can significantly lower the glaucoma-induced pressure on the eyeball, thus acting as a natural glaucoma treatment. While preliminary research appears promising in this area, researchers need to do more large-scale studies.

Cannabis oil is good for your heart

Cannabis oil contains high concentrations of antioxidants, which help to support a healthy heart and ward off cardiovascular diseases. A 2014 study published in the Journal of Pharmacological Research showed that 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG), a cannabinoid in cannabis oil, could positively influence cardiovascular function. Researchers showed that 2-AG caused human arteries to vasorelax, meaning they relaxed and widened. This relaxation effect of cannabis can help patients to naturally lower blood pressure and improve circulation. Cannabis oil may soon become a viable treatment for many cardiovascular complications.

Cannabis oil can help reduce pain

Cannabis Oil Health Benefits for Pain

Many people are aware of the fact that smoking marijuana for “medicinal purposes” is a common treatment for pain. This is certainly true, but much of the pain-alleviating effects of marijuana actually come from the cannabinoids in the plant. These cannabinoids are concentrated to a far greater extent in medicinal cannabis oil, meaning this is a highly effective way to reduce pain.

Studies show that cannabinoids target pain by inhibiting neuronal transmission in pain pathways. A 2006 article published in the European Journal of Pharmacology explored the “substantial anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects” of cannabis with regards to chronic pain. Researchers found that CBD reduced the content of several pain-associated markers, indicating “a potential for therapeutic use of cannabidiol in chronic painful states.”

Cannabis oil can improve your skin

It appears that the oil of cannabis can help to promote healthy skin. Applying it to skin can stimulate the shedding of dead skin cells, thus helping to keep new skin cells unclogged. The result is fresher, more vibrant-looking skin.

Not only that, the antioxidants found in cannabis oil help to reduce the ravages of aging. These compounds actively inhibit the oxidative damage caused by free radicals, which can otherwise lead to dark spots, reduced elasticity and wrinkles.

Now that you know some of the benefits of CBD, what are your thoughts on the whole cannabis controversy? Should the government legalize it nationwide?

— Liivi Hess

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  1. n97novice says

    Does anyone know where one can get some trustworthy cannabis oil with a high concentration of CBD and a very low concentration THC. I’m sick of leaving one’s health in the hands of pharmaceutical companies that don’t really care about our health other than how much money we make irrespective of whether one lives or die essentially. I feel we are in an age where people are alongside the medication given by their doctors are also self helping to live longer. Not to just stop the symptoms whilst the underlying cause is still going on, brewing before medication no longer works. Most doctors appear brain washed. They go through medical school but are taught how to respond to alternative medicine or they just don’t care to entertain it via recommendation of the record when they know certain mortality rates on certain medication is not longterm sustainable. So if anyone know of a very good cannabis oil for sure that’s is definitely trusted and traceable, please let me know.

  2. Sherice says

    If you have a MMJ card, you can get some “Gold Caps” from any dispensary. The “Gold Caps” are taken orally or you can get a vape pen to use with different oil cartridges. I have a pen, but I found that the ingesting the oil is better than smoking it.

  3. Kristi says

    Is it recommended to take CBD Oil internally for stress and sleep? Or topically? Trying to figure out how best to give this a try.

  4. Rilma Raye says

  5. Alexander Dowding says

    This whole article is very one sided with regards the health benefits of phytocannabinoids. Why focus almost exclusively on the benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) and reduce coverage of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to “it’s the THC that gives marijuana its much stigmatized high” or to that effect? Importantly, it is the THC that stimulates appetite in people suffering with HIV and AIDS, this boost in appetite can help to reduce the effects of wasting syndrome in cancer sufferers too. THC is also a brilliant anti-emetic i.e. it counteracts nausea and vomiting. It is the THC that will also likely prove to be useful as an anti cancer drug, for the management of pain and of various kinds of motor dysfunction that include the muscle spasticity, spasm, or tremor associated with multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury. THC has also been implicated in the successful reduction of symptoms for both Tourette’s syndrome and the dyskinesia associated with Parkinson’s disease. It is also not just CBD that is useful in treating the symptoms of glaucoma as your article appears to give the impression by omitting THC’s role. A study carried out by researchers at Aberdeen University in Scotland indicated that THC also features very strongly in reducing pressure on the optical nerve due to its anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties and reducing the effects of macular degeneration. Let us please give THC the medical credit that it deserves as it is just as precious and useful as its cannabinoid cousin CBD.

  6. matthew fisher says

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  7. SANDRA TIERNEY says

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    I have been using edibles for years for sleep. Then I found this oil from “Hashman” It says it’s a 50/50 blend but, i promise you, you will not get high from this. I even gave some to my 80 year old mother who loves it and totally freaks out if she gets high. When I’m tired enough to fall asleep, I take the oil. Instead of waking up and staring at the ceiling, the oil kicks in while I’m asleep and keeps me asleep. It’s changed my life. I agree with n97, we must become proactive in our health. Can you believe that physicians get no nutrition training!! My acupuncturist has helped me so much more. I have recently cured myself from Leaky gut, Gerd and Plantar Fasciitis by simply changing my diet and adding some supplements. NO DRUGS!!!

  8. SANDRA TIERNEY says

    In error, I wanted to reply to you but wound up making a post instead. Hope you are able to get the oil I suggested. I pay $30.00 per bottle that has 37 servings. My dispensary has a buy one get half off a second!

  9. Ian Sear says

    I live in the crazy UK am on oxycodone which makes me like a zombie. Would love to try the oil but don’t know how to get it. I have broke my neck so get balance problems and pain. Thanks.

  10. Ronda Frederickson says

    When using Cannabis for treatment of any ailment, one must remember that our bodies function slightly different than each other and so the amounts, content, dosages all vary. You will need to be your own guinea pig. You really can’t do harm if taking too much so start small and build up on strength, THC/CHD balance until you find the relief you are seeking. It may take awhile to find the balance but so worth the time. I believe both the elements in cannabis are beneficial. Higher THC content in the oil certainly helps in my 30-some year insomnia battle. For the first time in many years, I fall asleep faster and stay sleeping longer, waking feeling much more rested. I recommend taking the infused oil orally just before bed. I suffer from stress/anxiety issues as well as Fibro. Both issues are greatly improved since starting on this journey.

  11. n97novice says

    Thank you for this insight. I was racking my brain on how I’m going to get hold of CBD oil without any or very little TCH oil. Now from your comments the TCH can definitely benefit some of what I’m suffering. I just now need to see how I can get hold of some good quality CBD/TCH oil – although I don’t particularly want to get high. I’ve been diagnosed with Systemic Sclerosis and now am exhibiting the onset of brain disease although brain still in the normal range. I need to try and reverse as much as I can before it takes hold. My Systemic Sclerosis appears to be going well – I’m healthy considering it’s a mother autoimmune disease but am scared now of my brain. Please, if anyone knows a trusted source I can get some oil from please let me know. I from the UK and can’t afford to waste money to line others pockets whilst suffering. I’m reaching out to anyone with that is human and knows – please let me know.

  12. n97novice says

    Please, could you let me know where I can get some. I live in the UK and am desperate as after being diagnosed with Systemic Sclerosis I’ve now been told that I have some brain change. Could be the onset of brain disease as was told. I need to start working my body for optimum and cognitive fitnessl. I’ve already turned my diet 180 degrees around just need other help. I’m from the UK.

  13. Alexander Dowding says

    Please contact the United Patients Alliance (UPA) in Britain. They should definitely be able to point you in the right direction. They have their own dedicated website and also have a Facebook page and Twitter account so shouldn’t be hard for you to make contact with them. Best of luck

  14. n97novice says

    OMG, thank you so kindly for replying. I will do that and also pass this on to when I see people struggling to find somewhere trustworthy. There are so many inhuman monsters just wanting to take people money irrespective of them trying to survive and stay around to help little-ones (children). Thank you very much as words can’t express my gratitude. Fingers cross you are pure human as my senses tell me you can be trusted. Thanks

  15. Alexander Dowding says

    I actually live in South Africa and do cannabis legalisation advocacy work here especially with regards the medicinal uses and therapeutic potential of the plant. But I know that the UPA have been doing some excellent work with British MPs in the Parliament there. Especially a man called Clark French who founded the organisation, he is a multiple sclerosis sufferer. I myself have used cannabis oil for my own spinal injury. The problem here in South Africa is that the oils haven’t been subject to regulation so it’s always a bit hit and miss until you find a trustworthy producer/supplier. Lots of snake oil salesmen unfortunately.

  16. n97novice says

    So I understand from a lot of other sites. There are so many people not knowing where to turn to help themselves due to the parasites that want to leach ones money irrespective of the position they put one in when just trying to stay healthy and alive. I have already been in contact with UPA and now just waiting for them to come back to me. I would probably look to doing it myself in the future but am a little scared when trying to extract the oil as the process appears quite dangerous. I wish you luck with your spine and the work you do in South Africa and thank you once again. Very lucky you answered my prayers.

  17. SANDRA TIERNEY says

    I purchase the brand “hashman” from the Apothokare in San Diego. The company, hashman is located in Colorado

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