Although research is still ongoing, much of the research around Cannabidiol (CBD) shows the compound has a lot of health benefits. CBD is one of the compounds found in Marijuana although it lacks the psychoactive effects that have made marijuana so popular with recreational users. CBD provides string therapeutic effects, making it a great long-term solution for many common conditions. Some of them include the following.
A good appetite is necessary for the body’s normal functions and vital when the body is trying to heal. Some forms of treatment including various medications can decrease the appetite, thereby preventing the immune system from doing what it was meant to do. According to research conducted by the National Cancer Institute, CBD stimulates the appetite. CBD can also prevent and ease nausea and vomiting which can be beneficial to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
- Pain Relief
CBD has mostly been used to relieve pain and as an anti-inflammatory. It binds to the CB1 receptors in the body to reduce pain and swelling. These analgesic properties make it a great treatment for nearly every condition from arthritis to cancer.
- Anxiety Relief
Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is one of the most common anxiety disorders that can affect the quality of life. Some people have reported an increase in social anxiety after marijuana use. But this is due to the high levels of THC in marijuana and lower levels of CBD.
A study was conducted in 2011 to study the effects of CBD on people with SAD. 24 people who had never received treatment for the condition were divided into 2 groups. Each member from one group received 600mg of CBD and the other group (the control group) received a placebo. Each of the 24 participants was then asked to take part in a simulated public speaking test and the scientist measured their heart rate, blood pressure and other psychological and physiological stress.
Towards the end of the study, the CBD group showed a significant reduction in anxiety symptoms and even showed less discomfort in their speech performance. Those in the placebo group displayed symptoms of higher anxiety. Treatment with CBD may also be better than anti-depressants since it acts quickly and doesn’t present any side-effects or withdrawal symptoms.
- Reduces Cancer Spread
The National Cancer Institute has also linked CBD to the reduction of certain types of cancer. One study conducted by the Cancer Institute shows that CBD reduced the development of certain types of cancers in mice and rats. The study also shows that CBD may be able to do this by inducing the death of the tumor, inhibiting the growth of cancer cells and controlling the spread of cancer cells.
According to research conducted by the University of Cologne in Germany, CBD can relieve psychotic symptoms associated with Schizophrenia. It has also been proven to alleviate cognitive symptoms in animals in Alzheimer’s.
Although studies are still ongoing, CBD has continued to surprise scientists with the variety of health benefits. It seems this compound can be useful in the treatment of something as simple as a headache to a complex and serious condition like Cancer.