A realistic look reported CBD Benefits
The CBD industry is buzzing right now, as it is people have touted it as a miracle cure to almost all chronic diseases this 2019. Well, not everything, but it is quite a popular suggested remedy for multiple ailments and many attest to its health benefits. This article shall discuss the top 4 prime touted benefits and uses of CBD that are backed by user reviews
* There are no Scientific claims being made in this article, CBD is new to widespread use and not highly regulated use and ingest at your own risk
Is CBD really that Effective?
4 Major Benefits of CBD in the Human Body
Short for Cannabidiol, CBD is just one of over 100 compounds found in Cannabis Sativa, better known as marijuana plant or cannabis. But the CBD itself is non-psychoactive, making it an appealing alternative to the masses for mitigation of multiple medical conditions. Here are some benefits of CBD.
Relief for Chronic Pain
Chronic pain comes in many forms. However, one thing is for sure – they’re debilitating, frustrating, and will negatively affect anyone’s quality of life. Regardless of the reason and source of pain, CBD is a proven choice for pain management.
In many cases, chronic pain comes with inflammation. CBD works by greatly reducing, if not curing inflammation. This provides great relief without the negative effects of the usual over-the-counter pain relievers, opioids, narcotics, and various addictive anti-inflammatory medications.
Also, CBD suppresses pain by targeting the body’s a3 glycine receptors found in the brain and the spinal cord. By controlling the way these receptors react, CBD can greatly reduce the sensation of pain, similar to how traditional pain medications work, minus the side-effects.
Also, multiple studies have found that a combination of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, the principal psychoactive compound in cannabis) and CBD is a good and effective treatment for arthritis and multiple sclerosis.
The oral spray Sativex combines THC and CBD and is approved as a treatment for pain related to multiple sclerosis in many countries worldwide.
A study conducted with 47 patients with multiple sclerosis in 2005 showed the benefits of taking Sativex for 30 days. The participants saw improvements in pain and muscle spasms, particularly in walking. Though the study did not include a control group and placebo group.
Improves Mental Health and Reduces Anxiety
Affecting more than 18% of adults across the U.S., anxiety disorder is the most common mental illness in the country. The worst thing about anxiety is that it doesn’t come in one universal form. Rather, it has many shapes, and doctors diagnose these in so many types of disorders. Among the common types is Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Panic Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Phobias, etc.
Those who know how this mental disorder works know how debilitating the condition can be – it affects anyone’s quality of life, activities, and functions. Simple tasks can become impossible to do. Consequently, finding a treatment for the specific disorder is challenging at best.
Another problem is that traditional medications come with side effects, such as mood swings, weight loss or weight gain, dependence (need for a higher dose to get the same effect and avoid symptoms of withdrawal), and even depression.
CBD products offer a great alternative to these medications, all without the side-effects and withdrawal symptoms. CBD works by impacting the brain’s CB1 receptors – the same receptors that anxiety medications targets – reducing the anxiety and all of its related conditions. This allows people to live normally.
In 2016, using CBD, particularly CBD oil, has been proven effective for PTSD, especially when it comes to treating insomnia and anxiety in children.
Manage and Treat Epilepsy Symptoms
CBD showed promising results in managing and even treating symptoms of epilepsy. Studies are being conducted around the country to identify how CBD may treat epilepsy. Just recently, the FDA approved Epidiolex, the first CBD-based drug to treat severe and rare forms of epilepsy.
While both marijuana and CBD have been used for centuries as a treatment for various diseases, the CBD has been proven to significantly lessen the actual number of seizures and their severity in those patients diagnosed with epilepsy since the early 2000s.
The Figi family from Colorado was a testament to the benefits of the use of CBD. Matt and Paige Figi looked for ways to treat their daughter Charlotte who at the time, regularly suffered 300 seizures per week and was repeatedly hospitalized. In 2008, she was diagnosed with Dravet Syndrome, a rare and severe form of intractable epilepsy.
The seizures get worse and the standard medications were taking their toll (At 2 years old, Charlotte was taking seven drugs, some were addictive and heavy-duty such as benzodiazepines and barbiturates). The family tried everything, even a Ketogenic diet to lessen the seizures. However, the new diet affected Charlotte’s physical development. Her immune system plunged and she suffered bone loss.
When she turned 5, Charlotte’s parents turned to CBD oil. She started on small doses and mixed it on her food. The results were stunning. Her seizures were reduced to two to three times a month, almost always on her sleep. She now lives a normal life.
Cancer is probably the most terrifying disease there is, as it comes in so many forms, and can affect almost anyone. And while CBD is yet to be proven as a cure for cancer, it can help improve related symptoms.
Regardless of the form of cancer, pain, nausea, and vomiting are three common side-effects of cancer treatments. CBD proved to help alleviate these things. In 2010, a study was conducted to see the effects of the combination of THC and CBD to 177 patients with cancer-related symptoms and compared them to those who received only THC extract. The study showed that those in the former group had a significant reduction in pain.
Also, a study in 2006 showed CBD can also greatly reduce the side-effects of chemotherapy, especially nausea and vomiting. It also improves appetite.
A study in 2013 suggests CBD as a potential anticancer drug. It showed promising results in reducing the ability of cancer cells to grow and attach to different structures, prevent cell migration to other parts of the body (and organs), and even shrink tumors.
With the spread of the studies on the medicinal value of CBD, more and more states in the US are legalizing its medicinal use. But as of now, the research to support these claims is still ongoing. These natural compounds have provided relief for a variety of ailments and you can use it as an alternative to traditional medicine. Thankfully, there are more places to buy them now than ever before, making it accessible to people who might need them.