Benefits Of CBD

CBD, or cannabidiol, is making a strong impression with its users the world over. While science is still exploring CBD and confirming its benefits, research is pointing to the cannabis derivative being useful in a variety of ways.

Unlike its cousin, THC, CBD does not have any psychoactive effects on its users; this makes using CBD appealing to many people who are looking for relief from various ailments without the mind-altering effects of THC or other opioids. 

Most of the benefits that CBD can provide its users are still in the beginning phases of research by scientists, and while many doctors are onboard most of them are still hesitant until more testing has been performed and the results documented; this doesn’t negate the positive impact that users are reporting with CBD, however. Many of those that have implemented CBD into their health regiments are reporting extremely remarkable outcomes, notably in the areas below.

Anxiety and Depression

 

For those suffering from anxiety and depression, CBD is increasingly taken as a natural remedy alternative. Research has indicated that with the use of CBD, the endocannabinoid system signals can be strengthened and increased, which can enhance serotonergic and noradrenergic transmission and reduce neuroendocrine stress. Antidepressants on the market today have the same effects as being reported with CBD usage, but CBD products don’t carry the same side effects.

Pain Relief

When you have an estimated 11% of the population in the US suffering from chronic pain, coming up with safer alternatives to opioid usage is more critical than ever. Luckily, there are promising developments in the way of CBD being used for pain treatment; you may even be surprised to find out that CBD has been used for thousands of years to do so!

Your body has a3 glycine receptors in the spinal cord and brain, which are the key areas that control how we feel pain. Studies have found that when CBD is introduced, it targets the a3 glycine receptors in the same way that opioids do but without the negative impairments and side effects.

Acne

Acne treatments on the market can be a dime-a-dozen, but when you find something that shows actual promise, it’s a rarity. CBD has been shown in studies to reduce acne-causing sebum in the body, as well as inflammation that can lead to the overproduction of acne-causing hormones. The reported results have been improvements on acne, eczema, and psoriasis conditions as well as more youthful skin appearances.

Cancer Symptom Relief

The side effects and symptoms of cancer and its treatments can be severe and impair the daily functions of patients. Two of the most significant side effects that cancer patients deal with are appetite loss and nausea, which can make the regulation of essential nutrients needed for healing pretty tricky.

Marijuana has long been used by cancer patients to help combat nausea and increase appetite, but CBD is being shown in studies to provide the same benefits without the mind-altering side effects. CBD-usage for cancer symptom relief is also not a new study; studies actually began in the ’70s and ’80s but were mostly discontinued when pharmaceutical drugs were developed. This may change, however, due to recent studies showing CBD potentially being more effective than other anti-nausea and appetite increasing medications on the market. 

Epilepsy

One of the most well-known CBD treatments currently is its use for epilepsy treatment. The FDA recently approved the first ever CBD-based drug called Epidiolex, which is used to treat severe forms of epilepsy. This has been an important development in the way of seizure treatments because alternative drugs have been known to have severe side effects for its users. 

Studies are still ongoing and showing promise for CBD use in the reduction of seizures in other types of epilepsy. 

Substance Abuse

Research is still in the early stages, however, promise has been shown with CBD being used to alter the brain’s circuits that contribute to drug addiction; specifically with morphine and heroin dependence. 

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disorder in which your immune system will attack cells in the pancreas leading to reduced insulin production. This is different from Type 2 Diabetes, which is usually the result of weight and lifestyle but has the same effect of reduced insulin production. 


Research is still being done in this area, CBD is showing promise in how it interacts with the pancreas. Nothing has been shown to treat better than the standard Diabetes medications on the market, however, CBD testing could be helpful in the future by lowering the amount of insulin the body requires to remain healthy and process sugar properly.

Tumor Prevention

CBD is in no way a cure for cancer, however, it has been shown in recent studies to help reduce the ability of cancer cell growth, assist in tumor shrinkage, and prevent cell migration. This is, of course, in combination with other essential cancer drugs being taken for treatment. Essentially, CBD is being shown to act as a strong drug-enhancer due to the way it interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system.

Heart Health

With heart disease being a prevalent problem in the US, it’s imperative that new ways to support and improve heart health are developed. Recent research and studies by the National Institute of Health have shown that CBD may increase the relaxation of isolated arteries and reduce negative responses to stress in the cardiovascular system, which can lead to extensive damage.

Not only is CBD testing well in its ability to treat conditions that lead to cardiological issues such as diabetes, anxiety, and stress, it’s also showing that it can be helpful in:

  • Hypertension
  • Cardiac arrhythmias
  • Various heart failure situations
  • Heart attack prevention
  • Cardiac-related death prevention

Antipsychotic Treatment

Some studies have suggested that those with certain mental disorders, such as schizophrenia, have shown a reduction of psychotic symptoms with regular CBD treatment.

Insomnia

10% of adults have long-term insomnia, and 30% suffer from short-term. With sleep being so imperative to our daily functionality, it’s vital that effective treatments are utilized and developed as much as possible. Many users have turned to CBD as a natural remedy for sleep deprivation, and it’s proving helpful most likely due to the way it interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system. Many studies show that our sleep is regulated largely in part due to interaction with the endocannabinoid system, and when CBD is introduced, users can achieve more restful and more extended periods of sleep.



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