Cannabidiol, famously known as CBD, is the chemical compound known as cannabinoids found in the Cannabis Sativa plant.
Thousands of years ago, doctors and healers across the globe used to prescribe cannabis because they believed that they’d witness its purported medical benefits firsthand. It was in the last half-century, when modern science brought cannabis back to the forefront and has shed some light on the healing properties that cannabis is believed to have. In fact, the number of CBD research on the health benefits of Cannabidiol has grown exponentially in the past decade.
In this article, we’ll see some of the notable research-backed medicinal benefits of Cannabidiol.
Relief from Chronic Pain
Millions of people worldwide suffer from chronic pain every year, and many of them have said that CBD has helped them to regain their quality of life. According to a study published in the Journal of Experimental, it has been found that CBD has significantly reduced the chronic inflammation and pain in some mice & rats.
CBD is believed to reduce inflammation in the human body by limiting the reuptake of the neurotransmitter adenosine. An increase in the amount of adenosine in the brain can impact the functioning of adenosine receptors, which play a major role in reducing inflammation throughout the body.
Alleviation of Anxiety & Depression
Anxiety & depression are one of the common yet debilitating health issues. Studies* have shown an increased interest in CBD in for treating people with anxiety or depression issues. As CBD has the potential to help people with anxiety disorders.
CBD is considered as a natural approach which acts on the brain’s receptors for the neurotransmitter serotonin that regulates mood and social behaviour. Also, it has been observed that having CBD before a yoga session promotes a more relaxed workout.
Reduction of Acne
According to a survey* more than 9 per cent of the population every year is affected by acne, which can arise due to various factors, such as overproduction of oil secretion produced by the sebaceous glands in the skin known as sebum. A study* has found that that CBD prevents sebaceous gland cells from secreting sebum in excess. Also, it prevents the activation of “pro-acne” agents such as inflammatory cytokines. Therefore, it can be said that CBD prevents or helps in reducing acne.
Another study* suggested that since CBD has the purported anti-inflammatory qualities, it can even treat the common skin issues.
Alleviation of Symptoms of Cancer
While a majority of cancer research involves animals, researchers (on the basis of various studies*) have found a promising connection between CBD and the treatment of cancer. In several studies, CBD has demonstrated anti-tumor effects, preventing the spread of breast, prostate, colon, brain, and lung cancer. However, CBD doesn’t cure the disease, but it has the potential to prevent the spread and reduces the symptoms.
Also, CBD helps in reducing chemotherapy-induced side effects such as vomiting and nausea.
Prevention of Seizures
After thorough research on the safety & efficacy of CBD for the treatment of epilepsy, the FDA in the year 2008 has approved the use of a specific form of CBD (known as prescription Epidiolex) for two rare (and severe) forms of epilepsy which are found mostly in children- Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. These forms of epilepsy typically don’t respond to anti-seizure medications. But it can be said that CBD has the potential to treat them.
Since CBD has the ability to reduce anxiety, it can also help with insomnia and potentially improves sleep quality by calming the nervous system. It can be said that CBD helps to stimulate melatonin production by boosting levels of tryptophan in the bloodstream while improving the serotonin production in the same way. A promising research* has shown that this combination can effectively treat insomnia.
With the emerging research on the potential medicinal benefits of CBD, it is expected that more therapeutic uses for this natural remedy will be discovered in the coming years!