Scientists believe that CBD reduces nerve pain by binding to glycine receptors in the brain that regulate the speed at which nerve signals pass between nerve cells.
Many of these interactions are mild and require no adjustment to treatment. Others may require a drug substitution or the separation of doses by several hours.
As CBD grows in popularity, so does the research on it but there are currently few clinical studies on the effects of CBD oil. As such, some of these claims are better supported by studies than others.
CBD oil may reduce the risk of heart disease by alleviating hypertension (high blood pressure) in certain people, suggests a 2017 study in JCI Insight.
If you are thinking about using CBD oil to treat a health condition, be sure to speak with your healthcare provider to ensure that it is the right option for you.
"It makes a difference, especially when you're having a frustrating day."
Some tout it as an over-the-counter solution to aches and pains and insomnia. In the U.S., where CBD is less regulated, some companies even promote it as a cure for deadly diseases.
What is CBD?
Mike Babins, owner of Evergreen Cannabis, says many people are asking for CBD products to help with pet pain relief.
"They ask for the treats," said Babins. "Those aren't legal 'cause they're technically an edible."
"Scientists believe it has anti-anxiety effects, anti-psychotic effects and anti-inflammatory effects," he explained.