Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is a cannabis compound which is completely non-psychoactive. It is emerging as a powerful medicinal substance with anti-inflammatory properties and the ability to help several diseases which were previously untreatable. CBD can help fight cancer and bowel diseases, it cures symptoms of schizophrenia, and even reduces anxiety and sleep disorders. People are unaware of a number of health benefits of CBD.
1. CBD Reduces Inflammation and Autoimmunity
CBD serves as a therapeutic medium for a variety of inflammatory and pain-associated disorders due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Inflammation has always been a subject for researchers when it comes to finding a therapeutic solution. CBD has a prominent way of interacting with the endocannabinoid system that appears very beneficial for the therapeutic applications which are related to inflammation.
2. CBD May Protect Against Neurodegenerative Diseases
CBD is said to prevent toxic effects of Neurotransmitter Glutamate and Radical Oxygen Species in the brain, which results in preventing brain cell death.
CBD has antioxidant activity much greater than that of vitamin C or vitamin E. CBD also protects brain cells from beta-amyloid toxicity, making it a potential therapy in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. It may also protect the brain in cases where the blood flow is reduced.
Some studies have shown improvement in patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease treated with 100 to 600 mg/day of CBD over a 6-week period.
3. CBD Relieves Nausea and Increases Appetite
CBD is said to relieve nausea and vomiting. Researchers found that CBD in low amounts decreases nausea and vomiting produced by toxic drugs, but in high doses, it can increase nausea or has no effect.
THC is a drug used to treat nausea and vomiting in human patients, but more clinical studies prove that CBD is more efficient in doing so.
CBD also helps in increasing the appetite by binding the cannabinoid receptors in the body.
CBD greatly helps to reduce food sensitivities as well.
4. CBD Promotes Bone Growth
CBD does not only increase the bone growth but also the bone density. This is all because of the endocannabinoid system. Cannabinoids work on receptors in the endocannabinoid system to produce bone formations. It is also found that broken limbs are healed much faster when treated with CBD.
5. CBD Helps In Treating Insomnia
CBD for anxiety is already a well-known benefit. As CBD possesses the ability to reduce anxiety, it can be helpful in reducing sleep difficulties and also improving the sleep quality. CBD helps in increasing the overall sleep amounts and improves insomnia as well. CBD has been shown to reduce insomnia in people who suffer from chronic pain.
If CBD is given in smaller doses, it can also stimulate alertness and reduces daytime sleepiness, which is important for daytime performance and for the strength and consistency of the sleep-wake cycle of an individual.
6. CBD May Help with Quitting Smoking
Research has found that inhaling CBD for a few weeks can possibly reduce the number of cigarettes smoked by almost 40%, without increasing the cravings for nicotine.
CBD is very easily available worldwide and legal in Idaho.
7. Cannabidiol Can Provide Treatment for Acne
CBD decreases the lipid synthesis and proliferation of sebaceous glands on the human face and also possesses an anti-inflammatory effect on sebaceous glands. Therefore, it can potentially act as a therapeutic agent for the treatment of acne vulgaris.
8. Cannabidiol Lowers the Incidence of Diabetes
CBD can impede and delay the destruction of insulin-producing cells present in the pancreas and also the production of inflammatory cytokines in diabetics.
CBD has found to reduce the inflammation of pancreatic cells and improves the glucose tolerance. It also increases the insulin sensitivity for type 1 diabetic individuals so that there is a possibility that less insulin is needed for the management. It also makes the fluctuation of the blood-glucose level more manageable.
Article contributed by Kathy T. Cooley