Benefits of CBD

What Are The Benefits of CBD

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the 100+ cannabinoids found in cannabis and has been the subject of much research due to its many and varied medical applications. But it’s not only its therapeutic attributes that have sparked such widespread interest in CBD in recent years. The compound is also nonpsychoactive (meaning it does not produce the ‘high’ associated with cannabis use), making it a safe and effective option for patients who may be concerned about the mind altering effects of other cannabinoids such as THC. Exact concentrations and ratio of CBD to THC can vary depending on the product and manufacturer. Regardless, CBD has been shown to offer a range of health benefits that could potentially improve the quality of life for patients around the world.


Here are the key health benefits of CBD:

Helps Aid In Pain Relief

One of the most celebrated health benefits of CBD is its analgesic (pain relieving) effects. It’s thought that CBD interacts with receptors in the brain and immune system to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. Some studies, such as this investigation published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, found that CBD significantly reduces inflammation in mice and rats – but it’s not only rodents that experience these effects. A 2008 review identified that CBD offered effective pain relief without inducing adverse side effects in patients.


Anti-Seizure Properties

Seizures occur when there’s a dramatic fluctuation of electrical activity in the brain. Over the years, a number of high profile cases have raised awareness of CBD’s anti-seizure properties, but it’s only recently that science has been able to confirm this link. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial published in The New England Journal of Medicine explored the effect of CBD medication on young adults with Dravet syndrome, a rare type of epilepsy with seizures that are often induced by fever. Those who received CBD experienced saw their seizure frequency drop by a median of 38.9 percent.


Helps Combat Anxiety

While CBD is most commonly used to treat physiological symptoms, there’s a growing body of research that indicates it can also be used in the therapy of a range of mental health conditions, including anxiety. A study by the University of São Paulo found that CBD significantly reduces subjective anxiety, leading investigators to conclude that “These results suggest that CBD reduces anxiety in [social anxiety disorder] and that this is related to its effects on activity in limbic and paralimbic brain areas.”

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Help Reduce The Risk Of Diabetes

CBD is developing a great reputation for helping with many diseases and disorders. But, for diabetes, the multiple ways it can help is impressive, such as the following favourable results stemming from possible treatments for diabetes in the form of cannabis:

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Can Help with Weight Loss

To briefly review, the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a group of specialized fatty acid-based signaling chemicals (think “keys”) their receptors (think “locks”), and the metabolic enzymes that produce and break them down. These endocannabinoid chemical signals act on similar brain and immune cell receptors (CB1 and CB2) using the active compounds found in cannabis – cannabidiol (CBD), and Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). CBD is a non-intoxicating phytocannabinoid with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anxiolytic, anti-psychotic, anti-tumor, and anti-emetic properties. As far as natural products go, it’s a home run. Now if it could just help us lose a few pounds…

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The Bottom Line...

CBD has been studied for its potential role in helping treat many common health issues, including anxiety, depression, acne and heart disease.For those with cancer, it may even provide a natural alternative for pain and symptom relief.

Research on the potential health benefits of CBD is ongoing, so new therapeutic uses for this natural remedy are sure to be discovered.Though there is much to be learned about the efficacy and safety of CBD, results from recent studies suggest that CBD may provide a safe, powerful natural treatment for many health issues.