Seven Benefits and Uses of CBD
Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is a natural remedy which has been studied for its role in easing symptoms of common health issues, such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), insomnia (may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep) and chronic pain. CBD is an essential component of medical marijuana and is derived from the hemp plant. CBD does not cause a “high” and is not indicative of any abuse or dependence potential.
Listed below are some benefits of using CBD, backed by research study results:
Can Relieve Pain
A study from the European Journal of Pain showed that CBD applied on skin can help lower pain and inflammation from arthritis and inhibit neuropathic pain. In another study, individuals who suffer from multiple sclerosis experienced improvements with pain while walking and with muscle spasms.
Can Reduce Anxiety, Depression and PTSD
According to the World Health Organization, depression is the largest contributor to disability, and anxiety disorders are ranked sixth worldwide. In one Brazilian study, researchers discovered that a 300 mg dose of CBD was the most effective at reducing anxiety. CBD acts on the brain’s receptors for serotonin, which regulates social behavior and mood. CBD appeared to reduce nervousness and cognitive impairment in patients with social anxiety.
Can Relieve Cancer-related Symptoms
CBD may reduce common side effects related to cancer treatment, such as pain, nausea and vomiting.
May Potentially Reduce Acne
Based on some scientific studies, CBD may help treat acne due to reduction of sebum production and anti-inflammatory properties.
May Have Neuroprotective Properties
Researchers believe that CBD may provide benefits for those with neurological disorders, due to its ability to act on the endocannabinoid system. Research is limited, but CBD has been shown to ease symptoms related to epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease.
May Potentially Benefit Heart Health
Recent research has linked CBD with lowering high blood pressure. High blood pressure is linked to higher risks of stroke and heart attacks. Decreased stress potentially decreases blood pressure and hopefully prevents heart damage.
Other Potential Benefits
More studies are needed, but researchers suggest that CBD may benefit individuals with mental disorders by reducing psychotic symptoms.
Magda Villegas is the Clinical Administrator at KWC Tucson