Will CBD Oil Help Me Sleep?

Did you know that insomnia affects around 70 million people in America?

A study also showed that one-third of the countries population suffers from it. So, if you’re one of the unlucky people who have a lot of trouble getting some sleep, you should know that you are not alone. If you are, you probably know by now that using regular medicine may or may not help you sleep, but it can also make you feel drowsy, lethargic, distracted and unable to focus. However, there is a cure that might help you, and you should consider using CBD to help you sleep. Here’s all you need to know about this topic…

How Does CBD Affect Sleep?
It may sound weird, but CBD is actually known to promote alertness, and thanks to that, it helps us sleep better. Doesn’t make much sense? Keep reading…

It has been proven scientifically that healthy sleep-wake cycles are crucial for humans, and that they heavily affect our state of alertness during our waking hours. We all know the typical feelings of drowsiness and an inability to focus when we haven’t slept properly. When you are in states like those and trying to go to sleep at night, it is almost impossible for you to enter or maintain the non-REM phase of sleep, otherwise called “deep sleep”. That’s where CBD comes into the picture.

Cannabidiol research has shown that CBD decreases the duration of the REM phase (one where you sleep very lightly; also, that’s the phase when dreams happen), and allows you to really rest while you are sleeping – which could eventually lead to improved memory, reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety, and an overall increase in the quality and duration of sleep.

Basically, if you take the appropriate doses of CBD during the day, you should be more alert and focused while awake, and your sleep-wake cycle should be much more consistent so you will have no trouble sleeping through all that horrible Baltimore City noise.

How to Pick the Right CBD Oil Provider?
If you’ve decided to give it a go, there are several things you should take into consideration when deciding for the right provider of CBD oil.

  • The extraction process – it should be environmentally friendly, non-toxic, and as advanced as possible (i.e. supercritical CO2 extraction).
  • 3rdparty lab testing – something you may not have thought of, but is actually pretty important. If a company is ready to allow an independent lab to test their products, it proves that they are confident with them, and you can be, too.
  • The cost – although you may be looking for a bargain, think of it this way: the higher the cost of the oil, the higher the quality of hemp that is used.

To Sum Up…

If you’re having trouble sleeping in Baltimore, you’re not alone. CBD may be the solution to your problems, and it will help you not only sleep better but increase the overall sleep-wake cycle and make the most of the time you aren’t in bed, too. Talk to your physician, do your research, pick a good CBD oil provider and see it for yourself. You may just find that you sleep better than ever before.

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CANNABIS DOSING CONUNDRUM

High dose? Low dose? CBD? THC? Optimizing one’s therapeutic use of cannabis may entail some experimentation. In essence, the goal is to administer consistent, measurable doses of a CBD-rich cannabis remedy with as much THC as a person is comfortable with.

Highlights:

Cannabis can be effective therapeutically at a wide range of doses. There’s no standard dosage that’s right for everyone. Here are some do’s and don’ts for dosing cannabis:

  • The successful use of cannabis as a medicine depends on managing its psychoactive properties. Many people enjoy the cannabis high; others do not. A person’s sensitivity to THC (“The High Causer”) is key to implementing an effective treatment regimen.
  • One does not need to smoke marijuana or get high to benefit from medical cannabis.
  • CBD is not psychoactive like THC. High doses of CBD-rich formulations are safe, well tolerated, and sometimes necessary.
  • But high doses of CBD are not always more effective than lower doses. As little as 2.5 mg CBDcombined with a small amount of THC can have a therapeutic effect.
  • Preclinical studies have shown that full-spectrum CBD-rich cannabis oil (with a small amount of THC) is efficacious at much lower doses and has a much wider therapeutic window than pure, pharmaceutical-grade CBD.
  • Less is more: Cancer patients who received 21 mg/day of Sativex (a cannabis sublingual spray with roughly equal amounts of CBD and THC) experienced significant reductions in pain, more so than cancer patients who received 52 mg of Sativex, while those who were given 83 mg of Sativex reduced their pain no better than a placebo.
  • Cautious titration is recommended when ingesting THC-rich cannabis products (with little CBD). Microdosing as little as 2.5 mg THC can provide symptom relief without making a person feel high. If well tolerated, consider increasing the amount of THC to a total of 15 mg divided equally throughout the day.
  • Cumulative doses of THC exceeding 20-30 mg per day – or a single dose of 10 mg or more – may cause unwanted side effects.
  • For cannabis-naïve patients, it may be best to start with low doses of a CBD-rich remedy with little THC and slowly increase the dosage – and, if necessary, the amount of THC – one step at a time. Take a few small doses over the course of the day, rather than one big dose.

Figuring out the optimal dose of cannabis may involve some trial and error. A balanced ratio of CBD and THC could have a greater therapeutic impact than either CBD or THC alone. Adjust the amount of CBD and THC until you find the sweet spot with the right combination of both compounds. In essence, the goal is to administer consistent, measurable doses of a CBD-rich cannabis remedy with as much THC as a person is comfortable with.

What’s the best way to take your medicine?

It’s relatively easy to experience medical benefits from cannabis. A puff or two of a resin-rich reefer can do the trick for a lot of people.

But smoking marijuana is not the be-all and end-all of cannabis therapeutics. One doesn’t have to smoke marijuana or get high to experience the medical benefits of cannabis.

In recent years, the advent of potent cannabis oil concentrates, non-psychotropic CBD product options, and innovative, smokeless delivery systems have transformed the therapeutic landscape and changed the national conversation about cannabis.

It’s no longer a question whether marijuana has medical value. Now it’s about figuring out how to optimize one’s therapeutic use of cannabis.

That can be a challenge – for doctors as well as patients. Most physicians never learned about cannabis in medical school and, according to a 2017 survey, few feel they are qualified to counsel patients about dosage, CBD:THC ratios, different modes of administration, and potential side effects.

“Dosing cannabis is unlike any therapeutic agent to which I was exposed in my medical training,” says Dustin Sulak, D.O., the director of Integr8 Health, which serves patients at offices in Maine and Massachusetts. “Some patients effectively use tiny amounts of cannabis, while others use incredibly high doses. I’ve seen adult patients achieve therapeutic effects at 1 mg of total cannabinoids daily, while others consume over 2000 mgs daily without adverse effects.”

Cannabis comes in many different forms with a wide range of potencies, and its production and distribution have yet to be standardized in states where cannabis is legal for therapeutic use. So what’s the best way to proceed when it seems like cannabis dosing is all over the map?

Managing psychoactivity

The successful use of cannabis as a medicine depends to a great extent on managing its psychoactive properties. Many people enjoy the cannabis high; for others it’s unpleasant. A person’s sensitivity to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive component of cannabis, is key to implementing an effective treatment regimen.

Cannabidiol (CBD) does not cause a psychoactive high like THCCBD can actually lessen or neutralize the THC high, depending on how much of each compound is present in a particular product. A greater ratio ofCBD-to-THC means less of high. Today cannabis patients have the option of healing without the high.

Broadly speaking, there are three types of resin-rich cannabis (and cannabis products):

  • Type 1 (THC-dominant) – High THC, low CBD (ubiquitous psychoactive marijuana varietals that millions like to smoke)
  • Type 2 (THC & CBD) – Mixed THC and CBD cultivars (psychoactive, but not as edgy as THC-dominant varietals)
  • Type 3 (CBD-dominant) – High CBD, low THC (non-euphoric marijuana or hemp)

There’s also a fourth type – those rare cannabis cultivars that prominently express a so-called minor cannabinoid (like CBG or THCV). But in terms of what’s currently available for patients, the THC:CBD ratio is paramount and must be considered when formulating dosage strategies.

What’s the appropriate dosage for each of the three main types of cannabis?

Microdosing for beginners

One of the common misconceptions about cannabis therapy is that one has to get high to attain symptom relief.

“Most people are surprised to learn that the therapeutic effects of cannabis can be achieved at dosages lower than those required to produce euphoria or impairment,” says Dr. Sulak, who asserts that “ultra-low doses can be extremely effective, sometimes even more so than the other [high-dose] extreme.”

Preclinical science lends credence to the notion that a small amount of THC can confer health benefits. Oral administration of a low dose of THC (1 mg/day) resulted in “significant inhibition of disease progression” in an animal model of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), according to a 2005 report in Nature, which noted: “This effective dose is lower than the dose usually associated with psychotropic effects of THC.”

Because of federal cannabis prohibition and consequent research restrictions, clinical data is lacking to determine if low dose THC therapy can protect against atherosclerosis in humans. But this much is certain: The practice of micro-dosing – which entails the consumption of a sub-psychoactive or slightly psychoactive dose of cannabis – is gaining popularity among those who want the medical benefits of cannabis without the buzz.

Although banned by federal law, measurable doses of cannabis medicine are currently accessible in the form of concentrated oil extracts, infused sublingual sprays, tinctures, edibles, gel caps, topical salves and other products.

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“Start low, go slow”

The adage “start low and go slow” is apropos for cannabis therapy, in general, and THC titration, in particular, as discussed by Caroline MacCallum and Ethan Russo in a January 2018 article in the European Journal of Internal Medicine. The authors, who are both physicians, provide sensible guidelines for health professionals and patients regarding the judicious administration of (Type 1) THC-dominant medicinal preparations.

If a new patient is going to smoke or vape THC-rich cannabis, Russo and MacCallum suggest they start with a single inhalation and wait 15 minutes before inhaling again. The effects of inhaled cannabis usually can be felt within a few minutes, thereby providing quick relief of acute distress. If need be, one can inhale an additional puff every 15 to 30 minutes “until desired symptom control is achieved.”

As for oral administration, one should keep in mind that it can take 60 to 90 minutes before the effects of a single dose are felt.

MacCallum and Russo suggest a carefully titrated regimen for consumption of ingestible THC-rich cannabis products. They recommend that patients with little or no experience using cannabis should start by ingesting the equivalent of 1.25 to 2.5 mg of THC shortly before bedtime for two days. If there are no unwanted side effects, increase the bedtime dose of THC by another 1.25 to 2.5 mg for the next two days. Continue to increase the dose of THC by an additional 1.25 to 2.5 mg every other day until the desired effects are achieved.

If there are adverse side effects, reduce the dose of THC to the prior amount that was well tolerated.

Type 1 – Titrating THC

For adequate symptom relief, some patients may need to ingest a cannabis preparation two or three times during daylight hours in addition to their night-time regimen. Again, cautious titration is urged: On days 1 and 2, start with one dose of the equivalent of 2.5 mg THC; on days 3 and 4, increase to 2.5 mg THC twice a day; and, if well tolerated, up the dose incrementally to a total of 15 mg THC (divided equally throughout the day).

“Doses exceeding 20-30 mg/day [of THC] may increase adverse events or induce tolerance without improving efficacy,” the authors warn.

Adverse events mainly pertain to THC and are dose-dependent. Very high doses are more likely to cause unwanted side effects.

For most medications, a higher dose will pack a stronger therapeutic punch. With cannabis, however, it’s not so simple. THC and other cannabis components have biphasic properties, meaning that low and high doses generate opposite effects. Small doses of cannabis tend to stimulate; large doses sedate.

In practical terms, this means that starting low and gradually upping the dose of cannabis will produce stronger effects at first. But, after a certain point, which differs for each person, “dosage increases can result in weaker therapeutic effects,” according to Dr. Sulak, “and an increase in side effects.”

Sulak observes that “symptoms of cannabis overdose closely mirror the symptoms one would expect cannabis to relieve at appropriate doses: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sweating, spasms, tremors, anxiety, panic attacks, paranoia, dis-coordination, and disturbed sleep. Extreme overdoses can lead to hallucinations and even acute psychosis.”

Type 2 – THC and CBD: Power couple

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Although many patients do well at the lowest effective dose, some benefit more from a high dose cannabis oil regimen, preferably one that includes a substantial amount of CBD as well as THC. By lowering the ceiling on THC’s psychoactivity, CBD makes high potency cannabis oil treatment easier to manage. If high doses are necessary, steady titration over several weeks will help build tolerance to THC’s tricky psychoactive effects.

CBD and THC are the power couple of cannabis therapeutics. Both compounds have remarkable medicinal attributes, and they work better in combination than as isolates. CBD can synergistically enhance THC’s anti-inflammatory and painkilling properties, for example, while reducing unwanted side effects.

A clinical study published in the Journal of Pain examined the efficacy of different dosage levels of Sativex, a cannabis-derived sublingual spray with 1:1 CBD:THC ratio, which is an approved medication in two dozen countries (but not in the United States). Of 263 cancer patients who were not finding pain relief with opiates, the group that received 21 mg of Sativex each day experienced significant improvements in pain levels, more so than the group that received 52 mg Sativex daily. And those given even higher doses (83 mg daily) reduced their pain no better than a placebo, but they experienced more adverse effects.

Cannabis therapeutics is personalized medicine. There is no single CBD:THC ratio or dosage that’s optimal for everyone. As little as 2.5 mg of CBD combined with a small amount of THC can have a therapeutic effect. If necessary, much higher doses of good quality CBD-rich formulations are safe and well tolerated.

For cannabis-naïve patients, it may be best to start with low doses of a CBD-rich remedy (with little THC) and increase the dosage (and, if necessary, the amount of THC) step-by-step. Take a few small doses over the course of the day, rather than one big dose.

But a low-THC product is not always the best treatment option. A more balanced combination of CBD and THC could have a greater impact than CBD or THC alone.

In essence, the goal is to administer consistent, measurable doses of a CBD-rich remedy with as much THCas a person is comfortable with. Experiment, observe the effects, and adjust the amount of CBD and THCuntil one finds the sweet spot with the right combination of both compounds.

Type 3 – Full-spectrum CBD-rich extracts

Microdosing cannabis is a feasible option for those who prefer not to leap over the psychoactive threshold. High dose CBD therapy is another way of healing without the high.

As a general rule, Type 3 CBD-dominant cannabis (with little THC) won’t make a person feel stoned. Nor will a pure CBD isolate (with no THC). But CBD isolates lack critical aromatic terpenes and other cannabinoids, which interact synergistically to enhance CBD’s therapeutic benefits. Single molecule cannabinoids are simply not as versatile or as efficacious as whole plant formulations.

Preclinical research indicates that full spectrum CBD-rich cannabis oil is effective at much lower doses and has a wider therapeutic window than a CBD isolate. “The therapeutic synergy observed with plant extracts results in the requirement for a lower amount of active components, with consequent reduced adverse side effects,” a 2015 Israeli study concluded.

In animal studies, CBD isolates require very high – and precise – doses to be effective. Problematic drug interactions are also more likely with a high-dose CBD isolate than with whole plant cannabis.

Hemp-derived CBD isolates and distillates are already available via numerous internet storefronts. Drug companies are also eyeing single molecule CBD as a treatment for intractable epilepsy, psychosis, and other diseases.

In a 2012 clinical trial involving 39 schizophrenics at a German hospital, 800 mg of pure pharmaceutical-grade CBD proved to be as effective as standard pharmaceutical treatments without causing the harsh side effects typically associated with antipsychotic drugs. But a follow-up study at Yale University found little cognitive improvement in schizophrenics who were given a CBD isolate.

Pharmaceutical CBD

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Bereft of the THC stigma (and its therapeutic moxy), single-molecule CBD will soon become a FDA-approved pharmaceutical for pediatric seizure disorders. This is good news for families with epileptic children that have health insurance. Anyone without health insurance won’t be able to afford Epidiolex, a nearly pure CBD remedy developed by GWPharmaceuticals as an anti-seizure medication.

Consider the dosage range utilized in clinical trials of epidiolex. Children with catastrophic seizure disorders were given up to 50 mg of epidiolex per kg of body weight. Such high doses caused interactions with other anticonvulsant medications, requiring adjustments of the latter to avoid a toxic overdose.

By comparison, Dr. Bonni Goldstein, author of Cannabis Revealed, typically starts with a much lower dose of full spectrum CBD-rich oil (1 mg CBD/kg of body weight) for epileptic children – with the understanding that the dose may have to be lowered or raised depending on the initial response. If necessary, Goldstein will increase the dose of CBD by increments of 0.5 mg/kg until a threshold of 5 mg/kg of body weight is reached. And that amount also may need to be adjusted.

Kids and adults metabolize drugs differently. It may seem counterintuitive, but young children can tolerate high doses of cannabis oil concentrates, including THC-rich formulations, which might be daunting for an adult. Thus, it’s not a good idea to calculate dosage for an adult based on what works for a child.

If 1 mg/kg of CBD is an appropriate starting dose for a child, and an adult weighs 15 times more than the child, one should not assume that the correct CBD starting dose for the grown-up is 15mg/kg of body weight. That could be way too high a dose. While CBD has no known adverse effects at any dose, an excessive amount of CBD may be less effective therapeutically than a moderate dose.

Similarly, it’s not a good idea to devise a dosage regimen based on data from preclinical animal studies, which usually involve high doses of single-molecule cannabinoids. Human metabolism differs from mice and rats, and data from animal models doesn’t always translate to human experience.

Personalized medicine

For people as well as pets, cannabis dosing must be individually determined. Several factors come into play, including one’s overall health and endocannabinoid tone, which are influenced by diet, exercise, sleep patterns, day-to-day stress, and genetics. Cannabis is best used as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Here are some dosing variables to consider:

  • Cannabis experience. Is the patient cannabis-naïve? Or a stoner who already uses cannabis every day but isn’t getting the best results? A veteran user may need a higher dose than a new user. Or a chronic user might need a break from getting high to reboot his or her sensitivity to cannabis (see Dr. Dustin Sulak’s cannabis “desensitization protocol” on Healer.com).
  • Time of day. Optimizing one’s therapeutic use of cannabis may entail using products with different CBD:THC ratios at different times of the day –  more CBD for daylight hours, more THC at night.
  • Preventive dosing. Prolonged low dose therapy may be advantageous for managing chronic symptoms or to prevent disease recurrence. Preclinical studies indicate that cannabinoids have neuroprotective and cardioprotective properties that could limit the damage of a traumatic brain injury or a heart attack.
  • Cannabinoid acids. Raw, unheated cannabis contains CBD and THC in their “acid” form, CBDA and THCA, which are not intoxicating. Consumed orally over several months, cannabinoid acids can be effective in very small amounts, but precise dosing is difficult when juicing raw cannabis. Other delivery systems are becoming available for CBDA-rich and THCA-rich products.

Cannabis is a safe and forgiving medicine. Figuring out how to make the most of its health-enhancing properties may involve some trial and error. No worries! At least cannabis isn’t harmful like so many FDA-approved pharmaceuticals.

So if you’re new to cannabis medicine or if you’re seeking to improve your therapeutic routine, remember this advice from Dr. Sulak: “Start low, go slow, and don’t be afraid to go all the way!”

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Absolutely Everything You Need to Know About CBD Oil

In 2018, there’s way more to weed than getting glued to your couch with the munchies. In fact, today’s hottest pot products don’t even get you high. But they do claim to slay stress and anxiety, relieve headaches, ease period cramps, soothe skin, improve sleep, and turbocharge your orgasms. And all with no smoke involved. Instead, you can simply rub on a body oil or moisturizer, snack on a chocolate bar, or sip a spiked coffee.

WHAT IS CBD?

The products’ secret ingredient is Cannabidiol, or CBD, the second most abundant ­chemical found in ­marijuana plants. Since it lacks the psycho­active properties of tetrahydrocannabinol (aka THC), CBD isn’t intoxicating. Research shows that it might, however, boost your ­mental and physical well-being, says cannabinoid researcher ­Marcel Bonn-Miller, PhD, an adjunct assistant professor of psychology at the University of ­Pennsylvania’s ­Perelman School of Medicine. While THC activates cannabinoid receptors that alter the release of certain neurotransmitters in the brain, CBD seems to increase levels of your body’s natural cannabinoid-like ­compounds, which may help relieve anxiety, regulate chronic pain, and reduce inflammation. As such, CBD is now being touted as a potential treatment for everything from puffy skin to epilepsy.

Maybe that’s why more and more people are “using.” In March, Google shopping searches for CBD oil reached an all-time high, and experts estimate that the fledgling CBD industry could be worth a whopping $2.1 billion by 2020.

IS IT LEGALLY LEGIT?

But before you start ­slathering yourself with CBD-infused balms and topping your greens with CBD dressing, know that this ­seemingly ­magical stuff occupies a legal gray area. If you live in a place where ­recreational ­marijuana is allowed (Alaska, California, ­Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, ­Washington, and Washington, D.C.), you can buy CBD goods from online stores and brick-and-mortar ­retailers. In certain states, CBD may be kosher even if weed is banned. Otherwise, the ­internet can still deliver them to your door, even though, on a federal level, all types of marijuana are illegal. (For this reason, national retailers like ­Target, Whole Foods, and Amazon have stopped selling CBD products.) “Technically, buying a CBD cream is a federal misdemeanor—but nobody cares,” says Mark Kleiman, PhD, ­professor of public policy at New York University’s Marron Institute of Urban Management. In other words, the likelihood of the law coming after you for that CBD lip balm is practically zilch, he says.

WHY BUYERS SHOULD BEWARE

The bigger prob is that reefer retail has no regulator to ­monitor what goes into CBD products. “It’s the Wild West out there,” says Bonn-Miller, who in 2017 tested 84 CBD products and found that 26 percent contained less CBD than they claimed to while 42 percent had more. The latter might sound scary, but Bonn-Miller says high levels aren’t known to be dangerous. Too-low levels can make a ­product ineffective though. (Oh, and 21 percent of the CBD products also contained THC, which can make you high and show up on drug tests.)

To avoid fraud, buy from a company in a state like ­Colorado that requires pot products be tested for potency and purity, says Sam Kamin, PhD, a professor of marijuana law and policy at the University of Denver. Also, “you can ask companies for their testing reports,” adds Bonn-Miller. He says ­that stuff like vaginal suppositories and bath bombs have not really been studied: “Until there is hard evidence to show that those work, I’d stick to ingestible and topical products.”

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Surprising Ways CBD Oil Can Help Fight Breast Cancer.

Breakthrough research on breast cancer appears to link cannabinoids like cannabidiol (CBD) as being an effective weapon against the disease.

CBD is created from flowers, seeds and stalks hemp plants to create the therapeutic oil, according to Echo Connection. The compound may not only provide symptom relief from chemotherapy but also a direct path to treating the disease itself. One extremely exciting discovery is a game changer for how the most aggressive stage of breast cancer could be treated (page 6).

1. Is it legal?

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The legality of CBD oil varies from state to state. | OlegMalyshev/Getty Images

Laws surrounding CBD legality are confusing, as patients must take specific steps to purchase and use the compound. The safest route is to obtain a prescription from a physician to avoid legal issues. Here is a chart that lists the states where medical marijuana is legal and how to obtain a medical marijuana card.

Next: This is surprising.

2. One surprising fact

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CBD oil comes in capsule, spray, or vapor form, according to Health. One surprising CBD property is you don’t get high like you would if you smoked marijuana. CDB oil doesn’t contain the same amount of THC contained in marijuana, which is one reason why patients are drawn to CBD oil.

Next: How could it treat cancer?

3. How does CBD work?

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CBD “may inhibit tumor growth by causing cell death, blocking cell growth, and blocking the development of blood vessels needed by tumors to grow,” according to NCI.

Next: Does it work for breast cancer?

4. It may fight breast cancer

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The National Cancer Institute (NCI ) recognizes that CBD may slow, reduce and stop tumor growth: “A laboratory study of cannabidiol (CBD) in estrogen receptor positive and estrogen receptor negative breast cancer cells showed that it caused cancer cell death while having little effect on normal breast cells.”

Next: It can be effective for this use too.

5. Relieves chemotherapy side effects

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It can relieve some of the worst chemotherapy symptoms. | KatarzynaBialasiewicz/iStock/Getty Images

CBD oil can relieve chemotherapy symptoms like nausea, vomiting, neuropathic pain, swelling, and prevent weight loss, according to Echo Connection.

Next: This discovery is especially exciting.

6. CBD may stop the progression of this aggressive form of breast cancer

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Cannabidiol may stop cancer progression in metastatic breast cancer patients, ABC News reports. Researchers believe the compound hinders the Id-1 gene, which is likely responsible for breast cancer to metastasize. “This is the first evidence that a cannabinoid can target the expression of an important breast cancer metastasis gene,” Dr. Manuel Guzman, cancer and cannabidiol expert told ABC News.

Next: Patients use less of this during cancer treatment.

7. Marijuana extracts help patients with this

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Patients with CBD oil took fewer opioids. | John Moore/Getty Images

Patients who took marijuana extracts needed less pain medication,  The American Cancer Society notes. This information is especially exciting in light of the opioid epidemic.

Next: CBD may treat these cancers too.

8. CBD oil may also help with other cancers too

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Cannabinoids are showing promise in slowing, reducing or stopping the progression of cancer of the colon, liver, and non-small cell lung, according to NCI.

Next: Researchers ask patients to exercise caution.

9. Doctors have this warning

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Prescription cannabinoids have side effects, which include dizziness, light-headedness, and increased heart rate, according to The American Cancer Society. The medication may also worsen any mental illness and possibly cause hallucinations.

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