Cannabis plants contain a substance called cannabidiol, also known as CBD. CBD engages with neuroreceptors in the endocannabinoid system, which delivers messages between the cells to assist regulate your mobility, mood, homeostasis, and immune system, whether it is applied topically, eaten orally through smoking, or eating edibles.
CBD is frequently obtained in oil form from the Cannabis Sativa plant and combined with a suitable carrier oil, such as hemp seed oil, for consumption. A recent study of two thousand American adults found that fifty-five percent of those who claim to have used CBD before specifically utilizing CBD tincture and oil.
- Reduce Depression and anxiety – CBD’s calming properties are indeed its best-known benefit and the reason it is so broadly used. An experimental public speaking was used in a 2017 study in Brazil to measure the anxiety symptoms of 57 men. Before their speeches, some people received a pill, while others received 150, 300, or 600 mg of CBD. Compared to those who got the prescription, individuals who received 300 mg of CBD reported much less anxiety during the exam. It’s interesting to note that participants who took either 150 or 600 mg of CBD seemed to be more anxious during the exam than those who took 300 mg.
Meanwhile, at least one mouse study found that CBD produced effects that were comparable to those of antidepressant drugs. Human tests are also needed to find out whether CBD can cause identical anti-depressant responses in the body.
- Treating particular epileptic syndromes – The treatment of epileptic seizures in some situations may include the use of CBD. The FDA approved the use of CBD in 2018 to treat syndrome-related seizures caused by Lennox-Gastaut and Dravet syndrome. These two uncommon types of epilepsy affect patients who are aged least two years old.
The FDA’s decision is based on three carefully reviewed research. In these studies, Epidiolex or a pill was given to about five hundred patients with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome or Dravet syndrome. When used with other prescribed drugs, Epidiolex reduced participants’ frequency of seizures more than the pill did.
- Neurological disease prevention – CBD has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, following clinical and preclinical research. These characteristics, according to researchers, can provide remarkable neuroprotection against a variety of brain disorders.
Several preclinical studies indicate that CBD may be beneficial in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and multiple sclerosis. More clinical research is required to demonstrate CBD’s benefits as a treatment for these medical conditions.
- Drug addiction treatment – Some studies suggest that CBD may be used to treat heroin addicts.
In one study, CBD was given to people who had a heroin use disorder. CBD significantly decreased heroin users’ cravings, withdrawal anxiousness, resting heart rate, and saliva levels over a week. There were no harmful side effects discovered.
Other studies have found CBD to be effective in reducing psychiatric and medical symptoms such as anxiety, insomnia, and physical discomfort in patients with substance abuse disorders, noting that CBD could be a treatment option for opioid addiction. However, more research is required.
- Reduce the symptoms of ALS – ALS is an illness that causes nerves in the spinal cord and brain to deteriorate, leading to a progressive loss of muscle control. The exact cause of ALS is unknown, though it may be hereditary in some instances. There is no treatment available, and therefore only two FDA-approved prescription drugs are available to help control ALS symptoms.
According to research, people with ALS, like people with PTSD, can benefit from the effect produced by the combination of THC and CBD. In a new report, patients were given different doses of THC and CBD based on their preferences and needs.