Cannabidiol or CBD is becoming a popular natural choice to relieve ailments such as chronic pain and being used as an anti-inflammatory. CBD is one of over 100 compounds found in the cannabis sativa plant, most famous for THC the psychoactive cannabinoid associated with marijuana. CBD, however, is not a psychoactive or mind-altering compound. CBD is becoming a popular choice for people who want a natural remedy without wanting to experience the side effects of traditional drugs or the mind-altering effects of marijuana. CBD is available in various forms such as capsules, sprays, and creams and is gaining momentum in the medical field to treat chronic pain and anxiety. Below is a list of 7 benefits and uses of CBD backed by recent research.
1. Pain Relief
CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system or ECS which regulates sleep, pain, and the immune system. CBD helps reduce pain relief by interacting with the ECS to impact the receptors and neurotransmitters that activate pain and inflammation. Along with chronic pain and inflammation, research is showing that CBD can also be effective in treating multiple sclerosis and arthritis.
2. Reduction of Anxiety and Depression
Anxiety and depression are treated with a variety of pharmaceutical drugs that can cause a wide range of side effects such as drowsiness, agitation, insomnia, and headaches. Many of these medications such as benzodiazepines can become addictive and lead to substance abuse. As research continues, CBD is beginning to show that it can be a natural treatment for both depression and anxiety. CBD studies have shown that it acts on serotonin, the neurotransmitter that regulates mood and social behavior. As a result, CBD has been used to treat children with PTSD, and a study has shown that CBD can help with anxiety related to performances such as public speaking.
3. Alleviate Cancer Related Symptoms
Studies have shown that CBD can reduce symptoms related to cancer and the treatment of cancer. One study done that looked at the effects of CBD and THC in cancer treated patients who did not experience pain relief from pain medications showed that those who received treatment with CBD in it had a significant reduction in pain. CBD also helps reduce chemotherapy side effects such as nausea and vomiting.
4. Reduction in Acne
CBD is an anti-inflammatory that may treat acne due to being able to reduce sebum production. Sebum is the oily secretion caused by sebaceous glands that cause acne. One study found that CBD prevents excessive secretion of sebum and prevents inflammatory cytokines which are also involved in acne agents.
5. Neuroprotective Properties
Research has suggested that CBD can provide benefits to those who suffer from neurological disorders. Studies has shown promising results in treating disorders such as epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. Sativex a CBD based oral spray has been proven to be an effective and safe way to reduce the symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
6. Benefit Heart Health
CBD has benefits that help the heart and circulatory system. One of these benefits of CBD is to reduce high blood pressure. Studies are beginning to indicate that CBD can be a natural and effective treatment for people with high blood pressure. Further research has suggested that CBD’s ability to reduce stress and anxiety are a key reason for its ability to lower blood pressure.
7. Other Potential Benefits
Studies also show that CBD has antipsychotic effects which will help people with schizophrenia and other mental disorders. Anti-tumor effects are also a property of CBD as it has been shown to prevent the spread of various cancers in animals. CBD has also shown the ability to reduce diabetes and reduce inflammation resulting from it.