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As we’ve discussed on this blog many times before, Cannabidiol (CBD) has many potential benefits based on the research that has been done. In the past we have covered individual ailments and diseases that CBD may help manage. Today we’ve compiled a list of ten ailments/diseases that CBD has been reported to help!
- Epilepsy: CBD is effective for treatment-resistant epilepsy, backed by double-blind placebo controlled human trials and an FDA-approved drug.
- Pain: CBD binds to vanilloid TRPV1 and serotonin receptors; it is very likely to be effective for chronic pain management according to animal studies and some robust human trials.
- Anxiety: Because CBD binds to serotonin receptors, it may help with anxiety; animal studies are abundant but human studies are fairly limited. A study in the Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology found that CBD reduced social anxiety.
- Psychosis: CBD has demonstrated antipsychotic properties and clinically significant effects in humans. The mechanism of action is not fully understood, but it appears to reduce brain function abnormalities.
- Inflammation: There is significant research on animals and some research on human tissue suggesting that CBD reduces inflammation.
- Addiction:The endocannabinoid system (ECS) intersects with the brain’s reward pathways. CBD is an ECS-receptor antagonist and may help curb addiction withdrawal and craving/motivation. Animal and limited human studies support the hypothesis.
- Autoimmune Disease Symptoms: CBD has demonstrated immunosuppressive effects in mice, inhibiting leukocytes, facilitating T-cell death, and reducing inflammatory cytokine release. Randomized, controlled human trials have shown that cannabinoids are effective for pain and spasticity in multiple sclerosis. Recent research in Frontiers in Neurology called for the broad use of CBD to increase mobility in individuals with multiple sclerosis.
- Insomnia: Improved sleep is one of the most touted benefits of CBD, but studies and the mechanism of action are limited (related to reducing anxiety?).
- Skin: CBD may address acne and improve skin conditions due to upregulating effects on skin growth, hormone balance, and hair follicles. This is a newer application and research is still young.
- Cancer? There are studies that demonstrate CBD’s ability to combat cancer cells in petri dishes or rat tumors. It is unclear how CBD works (if at all) inside a person suffering this terrible disease. Cannabinoids are used in palliative care for cancer-related pain and as an anti-emetic, allowing patients undergoing chemotherapy to eat and keep their food down.
How does CBD have such wide-ranging promise? The answer is simple: the endocannabinoid system (ECS)! This system in the body was discovered a mere thirty years ago and has since been found to affect nearly every other system or process in the body, including the nervous system, digestion, thermoregulation, the reproductive system, neurogenesis and so much more! While there is still much research to be done, the groundwork has been laid and CBD is helping millions around the world!