Today, most people could certainly go for a new cure-all remedy, especially those of us who struggle with anxiety, chronic pain, and cancer-related symptoms. So it’s not surprising that CBD is becoming more popular by the day. In fact, it is approximated that the CBD market will hit the 20 billion mark by 2024.
But, the big question is whether or not CBD actually has health benefits. Continue reading this post to find out.
What is CBD (Cannabidiol)?
CBD is just one of the roughly 100 chemical compounds found in the cannabis Sativa plant. It’s among the most prevalent compounds in cannabis, only coming second to THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the cannabis compound with psychoactive effects.
CBD is extracted from hemp, a cannabis plant with low levels of THC, so it doesn’t get you high. According to the World Health Organization, CBD doesn’t present any effects indicative of it being abused or depended upon by humans.
Today, you can find CBD in food items, oil capsules, tinctures, oil bases for vaporizers, and beauty products such as lotion.
Health Benefits of CBD
Here’s a look at the medical conditions where CBD may be or has already proven to be effective:
In 2018, the FDA approved Epidiolex (plant-based CBD formulation) to treat seizures for people aged 2 years and above with rare forms of epilepsy, such as Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome and Dravet Syndrome.
It has also been found that CBD can be used together with conventional CBD medication to treat treatment-resistant forms of epilepsy. CBD is thought to be able to reduce seizures by almost 44% in most people.
A 2015 medical journal review looked at CBD and how it impacts multiple anxiety disorders, such as seasonal affective disorder, generalized anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and panic disorder. It found strong preclinical evidence showing that CBD supported the treatment of anxiety.
Another study by the Brazilian Journal of Psychiatry in 2017 tested the anxiety levels of 57 men in a simulated public speaking test. Some test participants were given a placebo, while others were given either 150 milligrams, 300 milligrams, or 600 milligrams of CBD before their speeches. The participants who received 300 milligrams of CBD showed a significant anxiety reduction compared to those who took a placebo. Interestingly, those who received either 150 or 600 milligrams of CBD experienced more anxiety during the tests compared to the participants who received 300 milligrams.
These studies show that CBD can help treat anxiety. However, more research is needed to determine the proper dosage.
CBD can potentially alleviate pain related to arthritis, inflammation, and nerve damage by interacting with neurotransmitters in your central nervous system. In a four-week trial on the pain-relieving effects of CBD, people with nerve damage in the lower half of their bodies reported a significant pain reduction after using topical CBD oil.
Still, you should exercise caution when using CBD for its pain relieving properties because there’s still much to be studied concerning its effects.
CBD may help with weight loss, nausea, and vomiting caused by chemotherapy treatments. In fact, the FDA has approved three cannabis-related drugs to help alleviate these symptoms.
Inflammatory Skin Conditions
Various studies have found that CBD has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties. Some experts suggest that these properties occur when CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system on the skin. CBD can help treat various skin conditions, including acne, skin cancer, itch skin, psoriasis, and atopic dermatitis.
Besides the conditions outlined above, CBD is also thought to provide antipsychotic effects, substance abuse treatment, and possible improvement in sleep.
People use CBD for different reasons, including controlling pain, reducing anxiety, managing seizures, and alleviating inflammatory skin conditions. Although CBD is effective in alleviating various conditions, it has been found that CBD treatment may have some side effects that require further studies to address.
Before using a CBD product, consult a healthcare professional on appropriate dosing and any other questions you may have. Fill out the form below or contact our team to learn more about how our products can help you.