CBD (short for cannabidiol) is one of over 200 cannabinoids that are found in the cannabis and hemp plant. It is the second most prevalent active compound found in cannabis, behind THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Unlike THC, which produces psychoactive effects, CBD does not. CBD has an array of therapeutic beneﬁts consumers can beneﬁt from. Here are 5 beneﬁts of CBD.
- Pain Reliever
Through research CBD has demonstrated itself as an effective pain reliever for various ailments. A number of studies have shown that CBD is effective in treating a variety of different types of pain including chronic pain, nerve pain, and inﬂammation. CBD does not bind very well to our endocannabinoid receptors. However, it does interact with other important receptors in our bodies that help to modulate pain. In a 2018 study CBD was found to interact with neurological receptors in the spinal cord that suppressed chronic inﬂammatory pain in a mouse model. Additionally, CBD strengthens the effects of AEA, an endogenous cannabinoid that reduces pain.
Anxiety is a common mental health disorder that can have a signiﬁcant impact on an individual’s quality of life affecting 40 million people in the United States. Current research indicates CBD has considerable potential as a treatment for multiple anxiety disorders, with need for further study of chronic and therapeutic effects. CBD interacts with the body’s serotonin receptors, which are responsible for regulating mood and social behavior. Additionally, in a 2015 study CBD exhibited a broad range of actions, relevant to multiple symptom domains, including anxiolytic, panicolytic, and anti-compulsive actions, as well as a decrease in autonomic arousal, a decrease in conditioned fear expression, enhancement of fear extinction, reconsolidation blockade, and prevention of the long-term anxiogenic effects of stress.
CBD has demonstrated anti-proliferative and pro-apoptotic effects on a wide variety of cancer types both in cultured cancer cell lines and in mouse tumor models. The anti-tumor effects vary based on tumor types, ranging from cell cycle arrest to autophagy, to cell death, or in combination. In addition, CBD can also inhibit tumor migration, invasion, suggesting that CBD not only acts on tumor cells, but can also affect the tumor microenvironment. Additionally, CBD may help reduce some cancer-related symptoms and side effects related to cancer treatment including nausea, vomiting and pain.
Cancer is a serious disease that affects millions worldwide. CBD has demonstrated the potential as a possible therapeutic for those with cancer and more extensive clinical trials for CBD and cancer are urgently needed.
CBD has been studied for many years. In 1977 CBD demonstrated an effective and relatively potent anticonvulsant in both maximal electroshock and audiogenic seizure tests in a rat model.CBD has also been researched for use in other forms of treatment-resistant epilepsy, usually in addition to conventional epilepsy medications. Results varied, but several trials showed CBD signiﬁcantly reduced seizure frequencyIn June 2018, the FDA approved Epidiolex (a plant-based formulation of CBD) to treat seizures for people 2 years of age and older with Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), which are two rare forms of epilepsy.It is important to note CBD can interact with other medications used for epilepsy and some serious side effects have been reported. Always consult a physician before taking any products or supplements.
Research has demonstrated CBD can serve as a neuroprotectant possibly helping with an array of neurodegenerative conditions including Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, and Parkinson’s.For many neurodegenerative diseases, inﬂammation and immune response are primary factors causing damage and dysfunction of neurons.
CBD works to combat oxidative stress and reduce inﬂammation, providing neuroprotection to the body.
CBD has been studied for many years and the recent change in legalities in the 2018 Farm Bill allows more individuals to have access to this amazing cannabinoid. These are just a few of the many beneﬁts CBD offers.