Everything CBD Can Do For You, And The Evidence To Prove It!
Published on May 28th, 2019
Last updated on June 21st, 2019
CBD has become a popular treatment for a myriad of conditions, but which ones are backed by scientific data?
CBD, or Cannabidiol, is one of the main active ingredients in marijuana. Unlike THC however, CBD doesn’t have any psychoactive properties, meaning you don’t get high when you take it. This has helped CBD grow into an extremely popular treatment for a myriad of conditions over the last ten years. While many of these benefits have been known for decades, the acceptance of marijuana and popularity of natural treatments has led to a renaissance of potential benefits. That said, there’s also a lot of false, or misleading, information out there so it can be hard to nail down precisely what’s real from what’s fake. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of all the things CBD could do for you, as well as the independent research which proves it.
One of the most exciting and quickly spreading benefits of CBD is what it has to offer for people dealing with chronic pain. Especially with the opioid epidemic reaching new heights, we’re always in desperate need of new safe and effective ways to manage pain. Patients suffering from debilitating conditions such as multiple sclerosis and cancer have noted
CBD has been used for its anti-inflammatory properties for many years now. Cannabinoids are known to reduce the painful swelling associated with joint pain significantly. Not only that, but some research also suggests it could play a key role in slowing the onset of joint problems and diseases. One trial gave a group of participants CBD oil to use regularly for a couple of weeks. They concluded that not only was pain significantly reduced, but it also didn’t have any of the adverse side effects associated with other treatments. Even more impressive, the results held firm regardless if participants were resting, sleeping, or actively moving around, giving hope to millions who suffer from chronic inflammation.
For some, CBD isn’t about relieving physical pain as much as it is about reducing mental stress. For the millions of people suffering from anxiety, the simplest tasks can quickly become overwhelming and lead to a breakdown. However, it’s not just severe cases that can benefit from CBD. In fact, CBD has been shown to have significantly reduced the level of anxiety experienced in both healthy people and those dealing with a chronic anxiety disorder. Researchers are even growing optimistic that CBD is an effective tool in the fight against other debilitating mental conditions.
Improve Other Psychological Conditions
There is a growing movement supporting CBD as a treatment for several challenging conditions. Some research suggests the effect of Cannabidiol is quite similar to antidepressants. In fact, researchers concluded that not only is CBD effective at treating depression, but it’s fast acting and lasts longer than many of the more common treatments. But it’s not just depression, CBD has been shown to improve symptoms of panic disorders, OCD, and even post-traumatic stress disorder.
It’s been shown that smaller doses of CBD oil taken with meds can dramatically reduce related nausea symptoms. Many have known about the nausea relief effects of THC for years, but more and more experts believe CBD plays a vital role in this benefit. They suggest CBD binds to cannabinoid receptors in the body which then increase appetite and decrease nausea.
Anyone dealing with chronic or occasional acne needs to hear this. CBD has been shown to significantly reduce the lipid synthesis and proliferation of sebaceous skin glands. In layman’s terms, that means CBD helps seriously reduce your chances of developing acne moving forward. Even better, it doesn’t have any of the potential side effects of more common solutions.
Significantly Improve Epilepsy
Probably the most well known and documented benefit of CBD is how it can substantially improve the frequency and severity of seizures. Since it’s non-psychoactive, it’s also safe to give to children, and it’s been shown to be especially useful in those cases. One survey reported over 80% of parents saw a dramatic drop in the number of seizures their child had once starting on CBD. Even more impressively, they found that after five months the number jumped to nearly 90%.
Improve Heart Health
Caring about your heart health is one of the best things you can do to extend your life. CBD seems to provide a few key benefits that significantly reduce your chances of developing heart disease later in life. Researchers have found that CBD protects blood vessels from damage as well as promoting white blood cell function and platelet aggregation. One study concluded CBD helps reduce damage from blocked blood vessels, while others have shown it can reduce your average heart rate during stressful situations. Anyone looking to bolster their heart health should seriously think about adding CBD to their routine.
Treat Substance Abuse
Some studies even suggest that CBD could be an effective tool in the fight against addiction. Researchers found that by taking Cannabidiol for as little as a week, smokers could reduce their overall smoking by more than 40%. More impressively, they found many did this without any increased cravings. However, it’s not just smoking CBD can help with. One study found Cannabidiol could be an effective treatment for opioid, cocaine, and psychostimulant addiction as well.
Protect Against Tumors
One of the more exciting possible benefits of CBD is its effect on tumor growth. One study found that CBD treatments entirely halted the growth of a few different types of cervical cancer. At the same time, it also seems that CBD actually helps kill tumor cells in colon cancer and leukemia patients. We still need a lot more research to say anything for sure, but CBD seems like it could be an integral part of tumor reduction treatments in the future.
Reduce Risk Of Diabetes
One of the less commonly known benefits of CBD is helping prevent and treat diabetes. There are actually several ways in which CBD is beneficial for those who are pre-diabetic and diabetic. We’ve known for several years that marijuana use is tied with a lower risk of developing diabetes, but new research shows it could be CBD that has the most significant impact. While researchers haven’t been able to nail down precisely why we now know that CBD use can significantly reduce the risk of insulin resistance.
One of the benefits of CBD with the longest standing history of evidence is its effect on psychotic conditions, such as schizophrenia. In fact, a critical review of all the evidence published over the last 30 years concluded that not only is CBD an effective treatment for conditions such as schizophrenia, but it’s remarkably risk-free compared with other conventional treatments. These findings have only renewed interest in CBD as a potential antipsychotic for several hard to treat conditions.
Weed has long been known for making users sleepy, but it turns out that CBD could have a major role to play in helping people get restful sleep. A study published last year studied over 400 patients with insomnia who used a combination of THC and CBD to help treat their disorder. The participants on average said their symptoms decreased nearly five full points on a scale from 1-10. The researchers concluded that it was actually strains with higher levels of CBD which worked more effectively than the THC heavy ones.
There is a growing consensus that the cannabinoid system is intricately related to microbial gut health. Research suggests CBD has been used for hundreds of years for a myriad of gastrointestinal problems, and targeted usage would only increase these gains. They concluded this is likely due to several factors including, involvement in motility, gut-brain-mediated fat intake, gut permeability, and dynamic interactions with gut microbiota. A report published by the National Cancer Institute also found that CBD can help increase appetite in cancer patients.
Promote Bone Health
One of the more quickly growing uses of CBD is to use it to treat bone density problems such as osteoporosis. The data supporting this usage goes back fairly far, but in the last couple of years it’s started to gain some serious traction. One study concluded that CBD blocks a specific receptor in the body which can significantly and rapidly decrease the activity of osteoclasts, which degrade bone over time. Researchers believe the CBD is helping promote healthy bones by reigning in wild swings in bone density.
If you see any symptoms you or a loved one struggle with regularly, be sure to learn more about what CBD can offer. As you can see, CBD is useful at treating a wide variety of conditions, many of which have only previously had treatments which came with several adverse side effects. While the research isn’t complete, we now have solid ground to build on. After all, it’s seeming more and more likely that CBD could be just the thing that finally gives you or a loved one some quality of life back.
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