15 Common Uses for CBD
The Amazing Health Benefits of CBD
Cannabis has been helping people thrive for centuries dating as far back as 2900 BC. Though the bulk of focus has been on the therapeutic value of cannabis’s psychotropic qualities, it is those same qualities that have people some people shirking its use and denying its medical value.
But the chemicals, or cannabinoids, that cause those psychotropic sensations (specifically, THC and THCv) make up only a fraction of the plant’s total chemical composition. Other cannabinoids derived from cannabis have been shown to be just as promising in the medical community as THC is (or more) minus the wonky head and body “high” synonymous with cannabis consumption. The most exciting of which: cannabidiol, or CBD.
Though a relatively new discovery, CBD has been shown to have amazing therapeutic potential by acting on cannabinoid receptors within the brain and body to encourage endocannabinoid production and action. Because conditions like fibromyalgia, migraines and Irritable Bowel Syndrome may be caused by an endocannabinoid deficiency or lack of naturally-occurring cannabinoids in the body, CBD may play a valuable role in the mediation of such diseases.
Need a few more reasons to try CBD products? Here are 15 of our favorite reasons to use CBD to improve health.
Chronic pain is one of the main reasons people use cannabis products. Though it was originally thought that THC alone contained analgesic properties, research has shown that CBD also relieves chronic neuropathic and inflammatory pain without causing a tolerance. This could also reduce opioid dependency which is especially important given America’s opioid epidemic.
Research in rat models has shown CBD to reduce nausea and vomiting related to a wide range of conditions like chemotherapy, motion sickness or foul odors. In fact, some studies suggest CBD may be more effective at treating nausea than many other modern treatments.
Inflammation occurs when white blood cells congregate to fight infection. Sometimes, however, the process goes awry which can lead to many inflammation-related illnesses. CBD has been shown to reduce inflammation by controlling immune system responses. Furthermore, because CBD promotes the production of endocannabinoids, it can help the body self-heal more efficiently, too!
4) Neurological Disorders
Neurological disorders are caused by a loss of neurons in various areas of the nervous system resulting in a drop in cognitive and motor functions. Though the cause is unknown, chronic inflammation is a common trend among those suffering from neurological disorders which may explain why CBD is an effective treatment for neurodegenerative diseases like MS, ALS, and Parkinson’s Disease.
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by convulsions, sensory disturbances and sometimes a loss of consciousness. Though treatment is available, the side effects can be uncomfortable at best and deadly at worst (when the body can’t fight infection due to a drop in white blood cells, for example) Fortunately, CBD may reduce epileptic seizures without the unwanted side effects, and can treat the side effects of other epilepsy treatments, as well.
Arthritis is caused by painful inflammation and stiffness in the joints. Arthritis may be caused by many things like injury, reduced cartridge tissue, or autoimmune disorders. Because there are many causes, there are also many treatments for arthritis, but CBD may help treat all forms of arthritis because it is both immunosuppressive and anti-inflammatory.
Psoriasis is an inflammatory condition that causes excessive skin cells to build up creating itchy, unsightly scales. Because there is an abundance of CB receptors in the skin, CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties work well as a topical agent to reduce psoriasis plaque build-up.
Acne is the most common skin condition affecting millions of people worldwide. It can be caused by hair follicle blockage, excess sebum production, or bacterial skin infections. Used topically, CBD can reduce acne by minimizing inflammation, fighting bacterial infections, and minimizing sebum production.
9) Hair Loss
Recent studies have shown CBD to reduce hair loss by stimulating hair follicles. In relation to chemotherapy-induced alopecia, both pre- and post-CBD treatment was effective at reducing hair loss though pretreatment seemed to be more effective.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, which affects more than 3 million people each year, is caused by a failure to fully recover after witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event. Research shows that repeated administration of CBD reduces PTSD symptoms by facilitating neurotransmitter in the frontal cortex and hippocampus, the areas of the brain responsible for things like memory, emotion, judgement and problem solving.
CBD may help treat other anxiety disorders like Social Anxiety Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by regulating CB receptors throughout the brain, though only acute doses have been studied. More research is necessary to determine if chronic dosing has the same effect.
Serotonin is a chemical in the brain responsible for regulating mood and transmitting nerve pulses throughout the brain. When serotonin is lacking, chronic depression may result. CBD has been shown to reduce depression by activating serotonin receptors in the brain thus making them more readily available for use.
13) Sleep Disorders
CBD’s effect on sleep has not been well researched, but some studies suggest CBD may reduce fatigue when taken during waking hours. Interestingly, it may also promote more thorough, longer-lasting sleep when taken no less than two hours before bedtime.
Cigarette smoking is a dangerous habit contributing to more than 500,000 deaths each year. Unfortunately, the highly-addictive nature of nicotine makes it difficult for many to kick the habit. But preliminary studies have shown CBD to reduce cigarette smoking by around 40 percent.
15) Opioid Addiction
The opioid epidemic in America is devastating, accounting for more than 15,000 deaths annually. In addition to reducing the need for opioids, CBD helps reduce the risk of addiction by reducing the reward-facilitation in the brain and by “decreasing cue-induced, drug-seeking behaviors”.
Though research on cannabidiol is young, it's showing amazing promise in the medical community for treating things like inflammation, cell growth, mood disorders, skin disorders, and so much more. Find out if CBD can help you, too. Purchase CBD products online or find our products at a store near you.
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