Most cannabis users will wax lyrical about the beneficial properties of THC, but an increasing number are celebrating the benefits of its non-psychoactive sidekick CBD. In this article, we will look at 10 brilliant uses for CBD, and showcase some of the methods of delivery for this powerful compound.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of just over 100 cannabinoids – compounds only found in marijuana – that is present in the cannabis plant. In some high-CBD strains, up to 40 percent of the plant’s extract can be made up of cannabidiol. The non-psychoactive nature of CBD means that it has far more practical and mainstream medical uses than THC. Let’s jump right in.
The anti-psychotic properties of CBD could be helpful in treating schizophrenia. A recent study found that a group of schizophrenia patients had success with CBD, sometimes to a greater extent than with approved pharmaceutical options for the condition.
2) Multiple Sclerosis
In the United Kingdom, the only medically-approved cannabis product available on prescription is made to treat Multiple Sclerosis. The Cajal Institute found that CBD reverses the body’s inflammatory responses by conducting experiments on animal models and cell cultures. The actions of CBD were effective in limiting the symptoms of MS.
The results of the investigation showed that mice administered CBD over a 10-day period had improved motor function relative to those who weren’t. From this, scientists concluded that CBD may have potential in treating at least some of the problems causing MS.
The US National Library of Medicine released a study showing how CBD stopped non-obese mice from getting diabetes, reducing IL-12 production from splenocytes in the process. Inhibiting the spread of IL-12 is essential, as the cytokine can cause autoimmune diseases such as Type 1 diabetes.
Sometimes the sedative properties of CBD are considered a side effect, but for those who suffer with insomnia, this “side effect” is actually the compound’s greatest asset. Those with sleeping issues and clinical disorders can both benefit from a dose of CBD before bed.
Unlike sleeping pills, CBD isn’t addictive or full of unwanted side effects.
5) Nicotine addiction
University College London conducted a study with 24 participants who were attempting to quit smoking. One group was administered an inhaler of CBD, the other was given a controlled placebo. Cigarette usage fell among the CBD group by nearly 40 percent.
The evidence suggests that CBD reduced cigarette consumption, without causing a spike in nicotine cravings. Therefore, people trying to quit smoking could find it easier than they otherwise would with CBD – perhaps the compound could become an approved smoking cessation treatment in time.
6) Crohn’s Disease
Preliminary research has identified CBD as an efficacious medication for the notorious Crohn’s Disease, thanks to the unique interactions of the CBD and THC cannabinoids – they work usefully within the system that modulates gut function – Crohn’s Disease adversely affects the gut. The anti-inflammatory benefits of CBD also provide pain relief from Crohn’s, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and similar conditions.
7) Mad Cow Disease
CBD stifles the production and spread of prions, proteins responsible for certain neurodegenerative diseases, including Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and mad cow disease. Cannabidiol achieves this by stopping prions from forming and accumulating in the brain. A 2007 study showed that CBD administered to mice infected with mad cow disease lived for around a week longer than mice who weren’t.
CBD has qualities that help to protect the skin from damage and maintain its overall health – CBD topicals are an effective method of combatting conditions like psoriasis, eczema and acne.
The Journal of Clinical Investigation published a study recently carried out by the National Institute of Health. It showed that CBD was a prominent sebostatic and that when the compound was applied to human sebaceous glands, it could help clear up the skin by stifling lipid synthesis in the skin. The anti-inflammatory properties of cannabidiol also contribute to this effect.
Researchers found that CBD medication could be effective at combatting fibromyalgia in a study carried out back in 2011. Their investigation discovered that fibromyalgia patients who used CBD experienced fewer symptoms than patients who didn’t. With the cause of fibromyalgia not fully known, it’s possible that cannabis (and CBD strains in particular) could become a number one, mainstream treatment for in the near future, depending on the findings of future research.
CBD has anxiolytic and anti-inflammatory properties that come to the fore when the compound Is inhaled or ingested. The cannabinoid stifles the production of cortisol, otherwise known as ‘the stress hormone’. PTSD patients may also be able to utilize the anxiolytic effects of CBD.
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