CBD products are popping up everywhere: dispensaries, grocery stores, gas stations, drugstores, not to mention you can find them easily online. Demand is high. (pun intended) Celebrated for its therapeutic effects CBD can be found in shampoos, hand lotions, skin creams, and even dog treats. Its advocates (including us) tout its success at treating various conditions such as anxiety, acne, insomnia, addiction, inflammation. and Parkinson’s disease.
But such assertions often go far beyond what science has shown; according to cannabis researcher Ryan Vandrey, an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine. Along with other researchers he is working to better understand the effects of the compound and what the true benefits of CBD are. More than 60% of CBD users are taking it for anxiety, according to a survey of 5,000 people, conducted by the Brightfield Group, a cannabis market research firm. Followed by chronic pain, insomnia, and depression.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is the lesser-known child of the cannabis sativa plant; its more famous sibling, tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the active ingredient in marijuana that gets users ‘high’. With roots in Central Asia, this plant is believed to have been first used medicinally, or for rituals, around 750 B.C., though there have been other estimates as well.
Both cannabidiol and THC are just two of the plant’s more than 100 cannabinoids. Cannabis containing 0.3% percent or less of THC is hemp. Although last year’s Farm Bill legalized hemp under the federal law, it also preserved the Food and Drug Administration’s oversight of products derived from cannabis. CBD which originally started as an epileptic seizure regulator, is also taken to provide relief from anxiety, depression, PTSD and known to help promote quality sleep. Part of CBD’s popularity is that it is a ‘non-psychoactive’ compound which means consumers can reel in the health benefits from the plant without the ‘high’ or the midnight munchies.
Just as hemp seedlings are sprouting up across the country, so is its popularity. From oils and nasal sprays to lollipops and supplements, it seems all products have a fantastic CBD representstive. Dr. Brad Ingram, an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, is leading a clinical trial into administering CBD to children and teenagers with drug-resistant epilepsy.
What are the benefits of CBD?
Here are a few health benefits of CBD oil that are backed by scientific evidence:
- Relieves pain
Marijuana has been used to treat pain as far back as 2900 B.C. More recently, scientists discovered that certain components of marijuana, including CBD are responsible for its pain-relieving effects. The human body contains a specialized system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is involved in regulating a variety of functions including sleep, appetite, pain and immune system response.
The body produces endocannabinoids, which are neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors in your nervous system. Studies have shown that CBD may help reduce chronic pain by impacting the endocannabinoid receptor activity, reducing inflammation and interacting with neurotransmitters.
CBD benefits, especially in combination with THC, may be effective in reducing pain associated with diseases like multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.
- May reduce anxiety and depression
Anxiety and depression are common mental health disorders that can have devastating impacts on your health and well-being. According to the WHO, depression is the single largest contributor to disability worldwide, while anxiety disorders are ranked 6th.
Anxiety and depression are usually treated with pharmaceutical drugs, which can cause a number of side effects including drowsiness, agitation, insomnia, sexual dysfunction and headache. What’s more, medications like benzodiazepines can be addictive and may lead to substance abuse.
CBD oil has shown promise as a treatment for both depression and anxiety leading many who live with these disorders to become interested in its natural benefits. CBD has also shown anti-depressant like effects in several animal studies.
- Relieves cancer-related symptoms
One study looked at the effects of CBD and THC in 177 people with cancer-related pain who did not experience relief from pain medication. CBD may help reduce symptoms related to cancer and side effects related to cancer treatment, like nausea, vomiting and pain.
Those treated with an extract containing both compounds experienced a significant reduction in pain compared to those who received only THC extract. CBD may also help reduce chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. A study of 16 people undergoing chemotherapy found that a one-to-one combination of CBD and THC administered via mouth spray reduced chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting better than standard treatment alone. Though CBD has shown to help reduce symptoms related to cancer and cancer treatment, and may even have cancer-fighting properties, more research is needed to assess its effectiveness and safety.
- Helps reduce acne
Acne is a common skin condition that affects more than 9% of the population and is thought to be caused by a number of factors. Based on recent scientific studies, CBD oil may help treat acne due to its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to reduce sebum production.
One test-tube study found that CBD oil prevented sebaceous gland cells from secreting excessive sebum, exerted anti-inflammatory actions and prevented the activation of ‘pro-acne’ agents like inflammatory cytokines. Another study had similar findings, concluding that CBD may be an efficient and safe way to treat acne, thanks in part to its remarkable anti-inflammatory qualities. Though these results look promising, human studies exploring the side effects of CBD on acne are needed.
- Benefits for the heart
Recent research has linked CBD with several benefits for the heart and circulatory system, including the ability to lower high blood pressure. High blood pressure is linked to higher risks of a number of health conditions, including stroke, heart attack and metabolic syndrome. Studies indicate that CBD may be able to help reduce high blood pressure.
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