April 12, 2018
Benefits of CBD
Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is a compound that derives from the hemp plant. Unlike the compound, THC, cannabidiol does not have any psychoactive properties and is legal for use in products for consumption. Due to the many health benefits CBD provides, it is becoming more popular in the medical field as people are using it to treat a variety of medical ailments. There is still a lot to learn about CBD, but as the demand for it grows, the industry is conducting more research on it as a natural medication. Below, are some of the benefits that have been discovered thus far.
Pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties
While people typically use prescription drugs for pain relief, CBD is a natural alternative. A study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine found that CBD reduces pain and inflammation in mice by inhibiting neuronal transmission in pain pathways. Another study regarding multiple sclerosis found that a combination of CBD and THC buccal spray was effective in treating pain for those who suffer from the condition.
Helps with nicotine addiction and reducing drug withdrawals
People who currently smoke and want to quit could benefit from consuming CBD. A study posted to Addictive Behaviors pulled 24 smokers to be tested. Half of the group tested received an inhaler with CBD and were instructed to take it when they felt the urge to smoke. The other 12 had an inhaler with a placebo substance. Those with the CBD inhaler had about a 40% decrease in cigarettes smoked, while the placebo group had no change.
The properties in CBD could also be used to help those who battle with drug addiction by reducing the symptoms of drug withdrawal such as anxiety, mood symptoms, pain, and insomnia.
CBD has a pharmacological profile that is similar to atypical antipsychotic drugs. Studies show that CBD has been reported to be effective during clinical trials in those who have schizophrenia.
Anxiety is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States and is often accompanied by other ailments. CBD has been shown to reduce anxiety in patients, and because of this, researchers are also suggesting that it can be useful in treating other conditions such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
In 2011, a study aimed to explore the effects CBD would have on people with social anxiety that were participating in a public speaking test. A sample group of 24 people, who had never been treated for their social anxiety, were given either CBD or placebo an hour before they were due to speak. Those who had taken CBD showed signs of reduced anxiety, cognitive impairment, and discomfort during their speech. The placebo group tended to experience more anxiety-triggered symptoms.
Potentially Fights Cancer Cells
Multiple studies have shown that CBD has antiproliferative, pro-apoptotic effects that inhibit cell migration, adhesion, and invasion. A 2006 study found that CBD potently and selectively inhibited cell growth of a breast cancer tumor, while not harming non-cancer cells in the body. Another study in 2011 found that CBD induces cell death in breast cancer cells with little effects on the non-cancerous, mammary cells.
Researchers also found that CBD can be used for a prolonged period without any negative effects on the patient. Not only does it work on eliminating breast cancer cells, but research also suggests it could be effective for patients with lung and colon cancer as well as leukemia.
Cannabis, in general, has been used for centuries to help relieve nausea and vomiting. Studies show that both THC and CBD help ease nausea and vomiting in animal studies.
Treats Seizures and Other Neurological Disorders
Stanford University conducted a study of 19 families with children that had epilepsy. Before trying CBD, the families had tried, on average, 12 different antiepileptic drugs. 16 families reported a reduction in their child’s seizure frequency while taking CBD, and a few families even reported complete seizure freedom. While reducing seizures, the CBD also improved alertness, mood, and sleeping habits.
In 2014, another study was conducted on children with treatment-resistant epilepsies. They were given purified 98%, oil-based CBD. After three months, 23 of the patients had a 50% seizure reduction.
Promotes Heart Health
A 2013 study reported that CBD protects against vascular damage caused by high glucose, inflammation or type two diabetes in animals.
Who can it help?
While the effectiveness of CBD is still being researched and tested, in theory, it could help anyone with any of the previously mentioned ailments; anyone suffering from pain, addiction, anxiety, stress, PTSD, nausea, schizophrenia and more. CBD is becoming more popular for treatment, as it is natural and potentially safer than prescription drugs.
CBD can be used for a multitude of things. Since it is still being tested and researched with new products being developed, some uses have more information available than others. Here is a running list:
Based on current research, there are not many side effects when taking CBD. Some include dry mouth, low blood pressure, lightheadedness, and drowsiness. It may also increase tremors in patients with Parkinson’s disease if taken in a high dose.