Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the active chemicals found in the cannabis plant. It has numerous health benefits and is quickly being seen as one of the most effective natural medicines out there.
Research is starting to show that there are two main active chemicals with health benefits in cannabis – cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The main difference between the two is that THC gets you high and CBD doesn’t. That means, with cannabidiol, you can benefit from the numerous medical applications without having the drug side effects.
Unfortunately, because of the negative stigma around cannabis, CBD hasn’t been widely available, and is even still illegal in some US states. That is starting to change though, as the medicinal benefits just can’t be ignored.
In this article, we’re going to look at some of the medicinal applications that CBD can be used for –
There are actually a lot of conflicting studies on the effects of cannabis on anxiety. Some research suggests that medical marijuana can reduce the effects of anxiety while it has been thought for some time that recreational use can increase anxiety.
There’s a lot less research on the specific effects of CBD on anxiety, but the research that has been done is really promising.
A 2015 review of previous research concluded that CBD Oil is highly effective in reducing the symptoms of multiple anxiety disorders including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Social Anxiety Disorder.
Pain and Inflammation
One of the most popular uses for CBD is pain and inflammation relief. It’s also one of the most researched medicinal uses.
It’s been used to treat arthritis, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, chronic pain and many others. In these conditions, effective pain-relief without side-effects is quite rare, so CBD oil is fast becoming one of the most popular treatments.
Research conducted by The Journal Of Experimental Medicine showed evidence that CBD suppresses “persistent inflammatory and neuropathic pain”.
A review conducted in 2012, looked at the research conducted on the benefits of CBD on Psychosis and in particular, Schizophrenia.
The study acknowledged that the antipsychotic effects of cannabinoids weren’t really understood but that it was viable as a treatment for Psychosis. It is suggested that more research needed to be done to fully understand the benefits of CBD.
It’s been known for a while that Cannabinoids have cancer-reducing effects. Unfortunately, for years these effects also came with the unwanted psychoactive side-effects. As this 2013 study explains, interest in CBD as an effective cancer treatment has increased significantly in recent years.
In 2014, a YouTube film called Project Storm followed 6 cancer patients that were using CBD Oil as part of their cancer treatment.
Nausea and vomiting are a natural human response to disease or other illnesses. They can also be caused be some medicines, especially medicine used to treat cancer.
Cannabis has long be known to reduce nausea but only recently has the medical community started to take note.
Epilepsy and Other Neurological Disorders
Epilepsy is always high up the list when talking about the medicinal effects of cannabidiol. A quick browse of the internet and you can find miracle stories, like the boy who had 100 seizures a day but hasn’t suffered from a seizure in 300 days since using CBD Oil.
In one 2017 study, the decrease in seizures was significant. They used placebos to prove the effects of the CBD extract and also kept a close eye on the side-effects.
Incidence of Diabetes
Research conducted at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem showed that the therapeutic effects of CBD isolate could be used to treat multiple different illnesses, diabetes being one of them.
The researcher, Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, found that the body has naturally occurring CBD receptors. That means that certain areas of the body are more receptive to cannabidiol treatment, and the pancreas is one of those areas.
Now, thousands of diabetes sufferers use cannabis products as a regular treatment and have seen their quality of life improve dramatically.
The anti-inflammatory effects of CBD Oil are well documented. Increasingly, research is suggesting that these effects could be extremely useful in treating cardiovascular diseases such as heart disease.
Basically, heart disease is caused by plaque building up on the walls of arteries. This plaque can dislodge and travel into smaller arteries causing blockages. CBD can relax the artery walls and reduce this problem significantly.
There isn’t a lot of research available on the effects of CBD Oil on neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease.
A 2009 study, suggested that CBD was a promising drug for the treatment of these disorders. Because of the lack of treatments available for neurodegenerative disorders, CBD is likely to become one of the main treatments once adequate research is done.
It’s not hard to find anecdotal evidence, though. A quick search on YouTube will find plenty of videos showing the calming effects that marijuana-derived extracts can have on neurodegenerative disorders.
Cannabidiol has three effects on acne.
Firstly, it regulates the amount of oil produced by the skin, one of the main factors causing acne. Often when a patient’s skin is overly oily, the pores can get clogged and the acne gets worse.
Secondly, it reduces the inflammation on the skin. Acne is an inflammatory disease, like a lot of the diseases that CBD can treat.
And finally, it reduces stress. Acne can be a vicious cycle, in which stress causes acne, and that acne then causes more stress. CBD Oil can break this cycle and help the skin start to repair quicker.
The research being done on CBD Oil has only just begun. By highlighting how effective CBD is in the treatment of so many different health conditions, we can help push it into the mainstream.
If you’ve used CBD to treat a health condition, let us know here.