CBD or Cannabidiol is one of the principal active ingredients in cannabis. CBD is a vital component of medical marijuana, but contrary to THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD does not make you “high” by itself.
In many research studies, CBD has produced incredible potential benefits that affect the body’s endocannabinoid system. This system handles vital functions such as metabolism, appetite, sleep patterns, nausea and vomiting, pain sensation and perception, blood pressure, memory, inflammation, cravings, and emotional wellbeing.
What health issues may CBD help with?
CBD is believed to be helpful for many different health issues, but the most significant scientific evidence is for its effectiveness in treating some epilepsy syndromes, like Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS).
In many studies, CBD was able to reduce the number of seizures, or even stop them entirely. Epidiolex, which has CBD, is the first cannabis-derived medicine approved by the UK government for these conditions.
One of the most famous benefits of CBD is the capacity to calm and relax people. A 2017 study in the Brazilian Journal of Psychiatry tested the anxiety levels of 57 men in a simulated public speaking test.
Some men got a placebo while others received either 150 milligrams, 300 milligrams or 600 milligrams of CBD before their speeches. Those who received 300 milligrams of CBD experienced a lot of reduced anxiety during the test compared to the ones who received the placebo.
We still need more research on the effects CBD has on sleep disorders. Some people who use CBD for chronic pain say that they’re sleeping better. At the moment, it is unclear whether these patients sleep better because of the pain relief or because CBD directly affects their sleep.
Other initial studies of CBD and sleep disorders suggest positive results. However, not everyone experiences the same sleep benefits with CBD use, and different doses might lead to different effects. Research suggests that low doses of CBD are stimulating, while high doses of CBD are sedating.
Differences in experiences can also be because of the method of CBD administration and dose. More research is needed to get a better understanding of CBD as an intervention for sleep disorders.
The research on CBD products and pain management has been promising.
CBD can be an alternative for people who suffer from chronic pain and need medications, like opioids, that can be addictive and create more side effects. However, more research is needed to verify the pain-relieving benefits of CBD.
One 2018 study evaluated how well CBD works to relieve chronic pain. The research looked at studies conducted between 1975 and March 2018. These studies examined various types of pain, including cancer pain, neuropathic pain, fibromyalgia.
Based on these studies, researchers concluded that CBD was effective in overall pain management and didn’t cause negative side effects.
How can CBD be taken?
CBD comes in many forms, like oils, extracts, capsules, patches, vapes, and topical preparations for use on the skin.
If what you’re looking for is to reduce inflammation and relieve muscle and joint pain, a topical CBD-infused oil, lotion or cream may be the best option.
Alternatively, a CBC patch or a tincture or spray designed to be placed under the tongue allows CBD to directly enter the bloodstream.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of more than 100 different cannabinoids that are found in cannabis plants. It is a chemical compound that is responsible for the alteration of neurotransmitter release in the human brain.
We are excited for more research and studies to get released about the benefits and harmless nature of CBD.
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