Top 10 Health Benefits of CBD
Whether medical marijuana should be used or not continues to be an issue – politically and emotionally. While cannabis oil preparations are being used in medicine today for millennia, the somewhat unnecessary concern over the dangers of its abuse caused the ban on the medicinal use and benefits of marijuana in the 1930’s. In recent times, marijuana and its chemically related compounds are becoming increasingly considered to be of therapeutic value. One of such prominent compounds found in cannabis or marijuana is CBD – also known as cannabidiol. CBD has shown the ability to handle a plethora of ailments effectively and even treat numerous diseases. Researchers have come to believe that considering how low in toxicity CBD is and benign side effects thereof, denying or even neglecting the benefits of CBD and its clinical potential is just wrong!
It is important to note that CBD is not only the second most abundant cannabinoid extract in Cannabis sativa but it is also, according to research, viable in the treatment of diverse mental and physical ailments.
CBD and its benefits are often pushed down because of another abundant compound in Cannabis, the psychoactive cannabinoid THC. In recent times, scientists and consumers have recognized the health benefits that CBD offers users both physically and mentally. In this article, we would detail the top 10 health benefits and therapeutic power of CBD and their importance.
Let’s get right into it!
- CBD MEDIATES THC
While THC is known to encourage diverse psychotropic effects, CBD, on the other hand, is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid. This means consuming CBD does not cause a “high”. When used excessively, THC consumption can trigger anxiety, panic, and paranoia; thankfully, consuming CBD is capable of counteracting these symptoms with its sedative attributes.
- PTSD AND OCD
Patients who suffer from anxiety disorders such as OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) have reported that CBD consumption manages to mitigate symptoms of the anxiety associated with these anxiety disorders.
In fact, based on a research which related PTSD to the deficiency of anandamide in the endocannabinoid system, scientists agree that CBD offers users with anxiety disorders both mental and physical benefits. A patient’s compulsions would most likely subside when they ingest low-THC high-CBD strains.
- REDUCES PAIN AND INFLAMMATION
One of the most recognized benefits of CBD to a consumer is its ability to provide relief from pain and inflammation. Cannabinoids such as CBD help to ease pain via the human endocannabinoid system.
These cannabinoids attach themselves to the receptors thus stimulating responses in several areas of the body, which by extension encourages myriad positive neurological feedback. Research has shown evidence that CBD can bond to the receptor CB1 to produce analgesic effects.
As earlier stated, CBD has the protection to handle anxiety disorders, but in addition to that, CBD can also serve as an anti-psychotic. For patients with mental health conditions such as schizophrenia or even bipolar disorder, CBD can help such patients combat these disorders without the harmful side effects that current orthodox methods have.
While THC does cause mental illnesses, it does, however, mimic acute psychotic symptoms in a number of patients. It is important to note that THC on its own is capable of spurring health benefits, but these benefits are enhanced when combined with CBD – plus there are no negative side effects.
As of the time of this writing, evidence continues to surface that CBD can be used as a powerful anticonvulsant. Research data and anecdotal evidence have shown that CBD is effective in treating children who have multiple forms of epilepsy – this includes Dravet Syndrome. Patients who consumed low-THC high CBD strains of marijuana made shocking progress in reduced seizures.
Charlotte Figi, a six-year-old girl who suffered about 1200 seizures daily was significantly relieved when her desperate parents chose to give CBD. Her story of going from 1200 seizures daily to 3 or fewer seizures monthly is one of the many miraculous benefits of CBD.
Most skin care product manufacturers are beginning to include industrial hemp and CDB in their soaps, shampoos, and creams.
This is because CBD and Hemp offer natural anti-inflammatory benefits which effectively helps to inhibit lipid synthesis. Not to mention that CBD acts on our sebaceous glands by producing cellular anti-acne responses, this by extension, reduces the effects and prevalence of acne!
- ANTI VOMITING/NAUSEA
For patients who get nauseous easily, CBD oils are highly recommended. Ingesting CBD oil effectively combats symptoms of nausea without leaving the unpleasant taste of bismuth or antacids.
In addition to that, when THC which is capable of fighting nausea is ingested with CBD which is also capable of fighting nausea, CBD enhances the course of anti-nausea properties that THC holds.
While CBD offers its consumers calming effects, it also helps restore their energy and combat sluggishness. This feeling of being reenergized comes as a result of CBD strengthening cells in the human body and contributing to proper regeneration.
A 2008 study notes that cannabidiol contains more powerful antioxidant properties than Vitamin C and E.
CBD’s efficacy in reducing tumors and inhibiting proliferation of cancer cells is one of the most notable areas where the Cannabis extract thrives.
CBD bonds with receptors in the human endocannabinoid system to effectively combat the metastasizing of tumors. This inhibits further growth of tumors and limits the migration of cancer cells.
For cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, cannabis is an effective means of decreasing the pain and vomiting, as well as inducing a sense of euphoria.
- NO PRESCRIPTION REQUIRED
While pharmaceutical prescriptions can be difficult to obtain and perhaps manage, CBD is legalized in most countries as CBD oils, topicals etc – and the best part is these products can be ordered online.
In addition to these listed benefits of CBD, many more avenues continue to be explored by researchers to ascertain the full course of medicinal benefits that cannabidiol and other cannabinoids could have on patients.