• Naimah Shaw

Using CBD Oil For Wellness

Living in an age where people are beginning to focus on self-care and self-love has brought about the intense need for stores of all kinds to support this holistic appeal to health and wellness. Recently, upon walking into the local farmers market, I noticed that they conspicuously placed at the heads of the aisles natural living and wellness sections, each containing a product manufactured using CBD oil. I became intrigued and decided to delve into what it really is, what benefits can be derived from it and which ailments can be solved as a result of its usage.

Bottle of CBD Oil

If you’re uninformed like I was, you may be wondering whether this product produces a high, since it is a direct by product of the marijuana plant.

Jillian Kubala, a registered dietician whose goal is optimum wellness for her clients explains that, “Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, is not psychoactive. This means that while it produces a feeling of getting “high”, creating relief from pain and ease from anxiety, it does not produce any of the mind altering effects that the marijuana drug or other heavy pharmaceutical drugs provide.

CBD oil is made by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant, then diluting it with a carrier oil like coconut or hemp seed oil.”

While many are proclaiming the benefits to include treatment of epilepsy, diabetes, sleeplessness, anxiety, and inflammation to name a few; many experts are saying that contrary to popular belief, evidence is scant on most of these allegations. They also warn that 30 states have no regulation regarding the manufacture of CBD products so be wary of where your purchase is made.

Resounding evidence points to CBD oil positively impacting children with epilepsy while also taming anxiety attacks. This research seems to be in its infancy stage as there is an overwhelming amount of medical journal articles pointing to studies being currently conducted. However, “After researching the safety and effectiveness of CBD oil for treating epilepsy, the FDA approved the use of CBD (Epidiolex) as a therapy for two rare conditions characterized by epileptic seizures in 2018.

In the U.S., a doctor can prescribe Epidiolex to treat:

  • Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), a condition that appears between the ages of 3 and 5 years and involves different kinds of seizures

  • Dravet syndrome (DS), a rare genetic condition that appears in the first year of life and involves frequent, fever-related seizures

The types of seizures that characterize LGS or DS are difficult to control with other types of medication.”

While there are multiple animal based studies showing the positive effects of CBD oil to treat anxiety, there are thousands of parent testimonials which allude to this product providing tangible, visible relief to their child suffering from this ailment. Researches have said CBD makes serotonin more readily available to the body, thus stabilizing mood, restlessness and anxiety in children. It is also believed that CBD helps the body to produce more anandamide which helps to regulate emotions of extreme bliss and fear. While these are extremely promising findings, in order for this to be conclusive, more research is necessary.

It is strongly advised that parents do their research and talk to their health care professional before seeking out this treatment for their child. While this compound does not contain psychoactive chemicals, it also has side effects that need to be detailed prior to use. There are also dosage regulations that need to be followed for this drug to offer wellness benefits.

Naimah Shaw is the mother of five beautiful children and the owner/content creator of the parenting blog, This Beautiful Life. There you can find product reviews, articles and conversations about food, homeschooling and motherhood. We are pleased to have her as a regular contributor to Fade Away Sleep Sounds.


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