There’s still a lot for us to learn about CBD, and whether it’s something we want to include in our daily lives. There are many benefits to using it, although there is no medical research to back this up, people are reporting the amazing effects of taking different forms of CBD.
Main benefits of CBD:
1. Pain Relief
As CBD contains an anti-inflammatory property it is great at relieving pain. It is known to reduce pain for many conditions such as; arthritis, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries and chronic and muscle pain.
It is considered that CBD interacts with the receptors in the brain and the immune system to help reduce inflammation and alleviate pain.
2. Reduce appearance of Acne
The effects of CBD on receptors in the immune system may help reduce overall inflammation in the body, including acne. Affecting more than 9% of the worlds population, acne is thought to be caused by a number of factors, including genetics, bacteria, underlying inflammation and the overproduction of sebum, an oily secretion made by the sebaceous glands in the skin.
CBD can be used to treat neurogenerative disorders such as; Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s and Strokes. It is believed that CBD’s ability to act on the endocannabinoid and other brain signalling systems may provide benefits for those with neurological disorders.
CBD is yet to be used by medical professionals to treat any condition, although one drug has been approved to treat Multiple Sclerosis, Sativex. An oral spray consisting of CBD and THC, Sativex has proven to be a safe and effective way to reduce muscle spasticity in people with MS. One study in particular found that Sativex reduced spasms in 75% of 276 people with MS who were experiencing muscle spasticity that was resistant to medications.
Another study found that after giving 214 people with severe epilepsy 0.9-2.3 grams of CBD oil per pound of body weight, their seizures reduced by around 36.5%.
4. Relieving Anxiety
Although CBD is most commonly used to treat physiological symptoms, there’s a growing number of research being carried out that indicates it can also be used in the treatment of a range of mental health conditions, including anxiety. A study carried out at the University of São Paulo found that CBD significantly reduces subjective anxiety, meaning “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.”
5. Cancer Treatment
Very early research has suggested that CBD may help alleviate cancer symptoms and cancer treatment side effects. CBD’s ability to moderate inflammation and change how cells reproduce is promising for cancer treatment.
CBD as well as some of the other compounds found in cannabis have an antitumor effect and can amplify the death of tumour cells in both colon cancer and leukaemia. In addition, investigations have shown that CBD can be used to stop the spread of cancer cells in cervical cancer. It is important to note that the vast majority of CBD and cancer studies are pre-clinical, meaning they’re not conducted on human or even mammalian test subjects, and the findings – while promising – should not be construed as conclusive proof that CBD can cure cancer.
6. Reduce the Chances of Developing Diabetes
In a study published by Neuropharmacology, researchers set out to explore what effect CBD would have on non-obese diabetes-prone female mice. Only 32% of mice that received the CBD were diagnosed with diabetes, compared to 100% of the untreated group.
7. Reducing Seizures / Reducing the effects of Epilepsy
Seizures occur when there’s a dramatic fluctuation of electrical activity in the brain. A number of high profile cases have raised awareness in the past year of CBD’s anti-seizure properties, but it’s only recently that science has been able to confirm this link. A study was carried out and published in The New England Journal of Medicine to explore the effects of CBD on young adults with Davet Syndrome. The trial saw participants spilt, some receiving CBD while others received a placebo. The participants who received the CBD saw their seizures drop by around 38.9%.
Although these are great benefits of using CBD, none of these claims are backed up with medical evidence. CBD has not been proven to cure any of these conditions and it should always be considered thoroughly before considering to use CBD to treat any conditions.