In 2015, the U.S. spent $325 billion on retail drug prescriptions. The pharmaceutical companies are getting rich, but Americans are spending too much money on retail prescriptions. In recent years, most people have ditched prescription drugs because of their side effects, cost, etc. and have adopted a new approach to medicine. Natural remedies are becoming commonplace in most American households. Extensive research has shown that natural products, such as peppermint oil, lavender, fish oil, etc. can improve your overall health. One natural remedy that’s gaining momentum is CBD oil. CBD is found in cannabis (marijuana). The compound is non-psychoactive, meaning you won’t get “high” taking the supplement. The health benefits of CBD oil could improve your overall health and quality of life.

Seizures, or epilepsy, is a dramatic fluctuation of electrical activity in the brain; this results in a person shaking violently and behaving unpredictably. Recently, profile cases have raised awareness of CBD’s anti-seizure properties. An online journal published a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, which explored the CBD properties on young adults with Dravet syndrome. The result? Those who received the CBD had a significant drop in seizure frequency by 38.9 percent.

Whether young or old, we all experience pain. Though CBD oil is non-psychoactive, it does have a calming effect on the body and relieves pain. Some studies have shown that CBD properties interact with brain receptors to reduce inflammation. An experiment was done on mice to prove that swelling reduced when the mice received the CBD oil injection. Also, a 2008 review identified pain relief in patients.

Studies have shown that CBD compounds have an antitumor effect and can significantly slow cancer cell growth. Research also indicates that compounds can amplify the death of tumor cells. Keep in mind that the majority of CBD and cancer studies are pre-clinical and haven’t tested on humans. Therefore, it’s not safe to conclude that CBD and its compound will cure cancer.

Anxiety is an uneasy feeling and mental anguish when we worry excessively about things we have no control over. As was already mentioned, CBD has a calming effect, not only for the body but for the mind as well. Studies suggest that CBD significantly reduces anxiety, specifically social anxiety disorder; this is related to its effect in the limbic and paralimbic brain areas.

In a study published in Neuropharmacology, researchers explored the effect CBD will have on non-obese female mice. The results were astonishing; only 32 percent of the mice that received CBD was diagnosed with diabetes.

The health benefits of CBD oil include, but not limited to, reducing your risk for diabetes, cancer, control seizure frequencies, ease anxiety, and alleviate pain. So far there are no reports of potential side effects, for CBD oil is a non-psychoactive, non-toxic supplement. There is controversy about using CBD because it isn’t regulated. Another concern is there isn’t enough evidence to prove that CBD can control epilepsy and anxiety.