I am now offering CBD massage. The CBD oil can be used with any of the massage treatments that I offer, with the exception of the rungu massage, which already specifically uses the kalonji oil.
Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is derived from the cannabis sativa plant, and can be used for many problems such as pain and anxiety without any mind-altering effects, because the addictive and psychoactive substance tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is usually found in cannabis, is not present.
It is important to note that while research has suggested CBD to have these benefits, there is still more research to do before any definitive result can be drawn
While the legalities are sometimes confusing, CBD oil that is derived from hemp, with less than 0.2% THC is legal.
The following are absolute contraindications to CBD:-
- allergies to cannabidiol or sesame oil
- if skin, cutaneous irritation, or anaphylactic reaction occur, CBD should be stopped immediately
- certain medications
- liver damage
- pregnancy or breastfeeding
1. PAIN RELIEF
Cannabis use for pain originated in Chinese medicine around 2900 B.C. The body produces neurotransmitters called endocannabinoids which bind to cannabinoid receptors, thus regulating pain sensations, so by targeting this receptor activity, reducing inflammation, and interacting with neurotransmitters CBD may reduce chronic pain. Research (2021) has suggested that this may be useful in rheumatic diseases like fibromyalgia.
2. NEUROPROTECTIVE PROPERTIES
CBD may benefit those with neurological disorders such as:-
- Multiple sclerosis – research (2022) suggested CBD may reduce pain and muscle spasticity, although this was with the inclusion of THC
- Dravet Syndrome and seizures - may reduce seizure activity in children with Dravet syndrome or various other seizure disorders, but can cause some adverse reactions
- Parkinson’s disease
- Huntington’s disease
- autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
- motor disorders like cerebral palsy
3. CANCER RELATED SYMPTOMS
Research (2022) has suggested that CBD may alleviate some cancer-related symptoms or treatment related side effects eg. nausea, vomiting, and pain, but more research is needed as findings are inconclusive. It would be advisable to speak to your oncology team when considering introducing CBD.
4. MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS
Multiple studies have shown that CBD can positively impact on symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD and psychosis.
5. CARDIAC HEALTH
High blood pressure can lead to stroke, heart attack, and metabolic syndrome, but CBD may have an effect on the heart contractions and help to dilate blood vessels. Research has shown, however, that the effect of this only lasted around 7 days, but could make a difference during times of particularly high stress, by reducing blood pressure and improving artery function.
Research has also suggested that CBD may be helpful with:-
- substance misuse - relieving anxiety and depression in those addicted to high levels drugs such as heroin
- glioblastoma – may help to extend life with the inclusion of THC
- sleep disorders
As with any medication or supplement, some people may experience side effects and these may include:-
- changes in appetite and weight
- abnormal liver function test results
These side effects may arise due to interactions with other medications, so it is advisable to speak to your doctor if you are on certain medications.
INTERACTION WITH MEDICATIONS
Research has shown that CBD is generally safe and has few side effects, but it can potentially affect how the body will metabolise certain medications.
CBD can inhibit the enzyme which metabolizes about 60% of clinically prescribed medications, and if you can’t effectively break down the medications in your system, this may impact on the liver. If metabolism is slower the medication level in the body may increase, potentially causing harmful side effects.
Although further research is needed to identify potential interactions, CBD should be avoided if taking medication with a grapefruit warning on the label as it can lead to side effects from a higher concentration of the medication in the bloodstream. This is because chemicals in citrus fruits inhibit the metabolic enzyme.
These medications often include:-
- antibiotics and antimicrobials
- anticancer medications
- antiepileptic drugs (AEDs)
- blood pressure medications
- blood thinners
- cholesterol medications
- erectile disfunction medications
- GI medications, such as to treat GERD or nausea
- heart rhythm medications
- mood medications, such as to treat anxiety, depression, or mood disorders
- pain medications
- prostate medications
In some cases it may still be safe to take CBD but medication levels and liver function should be monitored, so consultation with a doctor is advisable. Don’t stop taking prescription medications to try CBD.
CBD FOR CHILDREN
CBD may be prescribed for rare forms of epilepsy in children, but may also be used for anxiety, autism and hyperactivity.
- EPILEPSY - shown to be effective at reducing seizure frequency
- AUTISM - could be an improvement in symptoms of autism eg.seizures, restlessness, and rage attacks
- ANXIETY - including social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). May also help anxiety induced insomnia
- ADHD - reduction in symptoms
The risks of CBD in children are much the same as with adults.