CBD (cannabidiol) is associated with a wide range of benefits when applied topically, inhaled, or consumed as an oil, as the CBD binds to neuroreceptors that can send signals for homeostasis, mood, immune system, and movement regulation. As CBD research continues, more health benefits are revealed. Consider these ways that CBD oil may benefit health.
Manages Anxiety and Depression
CBD is known for its calming effect, especially for anxiety and depression. According to a 2017 study, individuals who received 300 mg of CBD experienced less anxiety compared to those who did not prior to a public speaking test. Another study of mice revealed that CBD behaves similarly to the antidepressant imipramine.
Manages Some Epilepsy Symptoms
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of CBD for treatment of seizures caused by two rare forms of epilepsy (Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome) for patients over the age of 2. This came after three studies revealed that those taking CBD under the brand name Epidiolex had decreased frequency of seizures.
Reduces PTSD Symptoms
According to a 2018 study following 11 people suffering from PTSD, 10 of the 11 receiving CBD and routine outpatient psychiatric care reported their PTSD symptoms decreased. While therapy is necessary for treatment, the CBD provides the alleviation of anxiety symptoms.
Alleviates Opioid Addiction
Preclinical animal and human clinical trials suggest that CBD could aid in treating opioid addiction. According to one study, CBD administered to those with heroin use disorder caused a significant reduction in cravings, anxiety, heart rate, and cortisol levels without any adverse effects.
Manages ALS Symptoms
ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) causes the deterioration of nerve cells to worsen muscle control. Some research shows that when combining THC and CBD, individuals with ALS may benefit, especially those reporting muscle spasticity.
Soothes Unmanageable Pain
Canada has approved the use of Sativex, a spray combining THC and CBD to treat pain from multiple sclerosis and cancer that does not respond to pain medication. Studies in the US have revealed that CBD can effectively manage chronic pain without adverse effects.
Manages Diabetic Complications
CBD has been found to reduce the effects of high glucose on human cells. By reducing the effects, CBD may prevent or treat diabetic complications and plaque buildup in the arteries. A study of 13 patients with type 2 diabetes treated with CBD rather than insulin showed lowered resistin levels. This suggests CBD may naturally treat diabetes through hormone regulation.
Protective Against Neurological Disease
Preclinical and clinical studies reveal CBDs antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which can protect the neurons. Preclinical studies suggest CBD may be effective against many neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, MS, and Huntington’s, though further studies are needed.
Soothes Arthritis Symptoms
Sativex has been approved in the UK to improve sleep and alleviate pain in those with rheumatoid arthritis. A 2018 study administered CBD gel to patients with osteoarthritis knee pain while stopping anti-inflammatory medication. Those treated with CBD reported statistically significant decreases in worst pain levels during the week.
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