Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the at least 100 cannabinoids in cannabis and has been the focus of a lot of research, thanks to its various medical applications. It’s not only CBD’s healing capacities though that have gained it this much interest in the last few years. The compound is nonpsychoactive as well, meaning, you will not get ‘high’ from it, unlike recreational marijuana as we all know it.
Here are only five of the most important health benefits that CBD oils have to offer:
Scientist have found that CBD works with receptors in the brain and immune system to tone down inflammation and reduce pain. Some studies, such as this investigation published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, found that CBD substantially decreases inflammation in mice and rats – but it’s not strictly rodents that gain from these results. In a 2008 review, it was determined that CBD relieves pain without any harmful side effects in humans.
Seizures result from a significant fluctuation of electrical activity in the brain. A study found in The New England Journal of Medicine ventured into the effects of CBD medication on young adults with Dravet syndrome, an uncommon type of epilepsy that is usually caused by a fever. The subjects experienced less frequent seizures by a median of 38.
Although CBD is usually used against physiological symptoms, there’s an increasing body of research that shows it can be used to improve mental health conditions as well, including anxiety. The University of So Paulo itself held a study where it was found that CBD has the ability to reduce subjective anxiety, suggesting to investigators that the compound can help fight anxiety in [social anxiety disorder], and that this effect involves activities in the limbic and paralimbic sections of the brain.
Treatment of Cancer
Cannabidiol has been found to help in cancer treatment too, and in various ways at that. In colon cancer and leukemia specifically, it makes tumors shrink by speeding up the death of tumor cells. Furthermore, research has shown that CBD can be effective in arresting the spread of cervical cancer cells.
Reduction of Diabetes Risk
A less popular health benefit that comes with CBD oil is the reduced risk for the autoimmune disease, diabetes. A study of diabetic-prone female mice of regular weight came out with just 32 percent of the subjects ending up with diabetes, while the group that was not treated with CBD were all diagnosed as diabetics.
In summary, CBD oil is an amazingly useful medicine that can address an entire range of health conditions, both physical and psychological. Though this list should be much lengthier, it does tell us that this compound can be the health solution long sought by many.