What comes to your mind when we say Cannabis?
Euphoria? Abandon? Pleasure? Relaxation?
If your answer is any of the above, then you are spot-on!
Cannabis has a psychoactive constituent (THC) that produces the “High” that people experience on its use. However medical research has thrown light on the innumerable benefits derived from Cannabidiol (CBD), the second major constituent of cannabis.
What is Cannabidiol (CBD)?
Cannabinoids, a naturally occurring active compound in the cannabis plant has always been infamous for its recreational use (Remember the movie The Beach?).
This plant has an estimated 113 different compounds out of which THC and CBD are the two main constituents. These affect the receptors in the brain to alter an individual’s physical and mental state. THC is mainly responsible for the psychoactive effects or the feeling of “high” caused by the use of cannabis.
CBD has several powerful anti-inflammatory, analgesic, neuroprotective and anti-anxiety properties, which explains its growing popularity to treat a plethora of medical conditions. Unlike THC, CBD does not have any psychotropic effects and hence is widely preferred.
Why should I Choose CBD?
CDB-based medication does not affect or alter the Endocannabinoid (ECS) system of the human body, but helps the body use its own endocannabinoids more efficiently to regulate sleep cycles, pain and auto-immune responses.
How do I use CBD?
What’s more you could now order your coffee with a dash of CBD oil or satisfy your sweet tooth with CBD infused toffee and candies. “Mr. Nice Guy “a cocktail sold at Madison on park bar lists CBD as one of the ingredients. The Hemp Garden a one-of-a-kind CBD based product store in New York, sells a variety of oils and edibles.
But theatrics aside, CBD oils that are customized as per a person’s requirements are popular way of administering CBD. There are websites that sell good quality and reliable CBD oils as well. However each individual reacts differently to the same dosage of CBD, making it imperative that you consult a doctor to arrive at the correct dosage.
What are the benefits of CBD oil?
CBD oil which is one of the most popular ways of administering CBD has a multitude of possible benefits such as:
In view of its analgesic properties it has proven beneficial when administered to patients who undergo chemotherapy in reducing symptoms like nausea and pain. Studies show that a combination of CBD + THC has proven useful in alleviating pain in patients in the advanced stages of cancer who may not have found relief even after using strong opioids.
A mix of CBD and THC administered to patients suffering from chemotherapy related nausea and vomiting has shown to offer respite from the symptoms.
In a lab study conducted in 2007 by a team led by Dr. Sean McAllister at the California Pacific Medical Centre, CBD was effective in killing breast cancer cells in mice. Another research has found that CBD is detrimental to the growth and spread of cancer cells.
However these studies call for further research on humans to be of any value.
Research shows that high blood pressure is the cause of many illnesses like stroke, cardiac arrest and mortality. CBD is now considered as an effective treatment for hypertension. A study in which 600 mg of CBD was given to healthy male volunteers proved that a single dose of CBD lowered resting blood pressure and its response to stress.
CBD Oils have anti-anxiety and stress reducing properties which help to reduce blood pressure levels. They are also effective in treating diabetic complications such as cell death, fibrosis and inflammation.
Anxiety, Depression and Insomnia
We all worry over things like our jobs, relationships or growing expenses, but the inability to handle anxiety may to depression, anxiety and Insomnia.
According to statistics available on the Anxiety and Depression Association of America website, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in America, affecting 18.1% of the population or over 40 million adults in America over the age of 18 every year. What is alarming though is that only 36.9% of those affected receive help.
Depression is the leading cause of disability in America affecting more than 16.1 million adults or about 6.7% of the population; however Antidepressants prescribed for these disorders unfortunately do not work for everyone and come with many side effects.
CBD has come as a ray for hope for many who are looking for alternate methods of treatment. Studies have shown that CBD works as a fast-acting antidepressant by working on the body’s endocannabinoid system.
CBD own Neuroprotective properties, which essentially means that it can activate certain receptors of the body’s endocannabinoid system, without altering their state, thereby increasing their efficiency.
- In fact Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now allows the use of Epidiolex, a pure form of CBD , used to treat Seizures related to Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) or Dravet syndrome (DS) in patients 2 years of age and older.
- CBD oils have also been found beneficial in the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a debilitating disease that affects the central nervous system and has symptoms like pain, muscle spasticity, inflammation, fatigue and depression. Studies show that CBD improves mobility in people suffering from MS.
- CBD can remove Alzheimer’s protein from brain cells according to a 2017 study conducted by scientists at the Salk Institute.
- Degenerative disorders like Parkinson’s can benefit from using CBD as shown in a 2014 study of the effect of CBD on symptoms of Parkinson’s.
- CBD due to its anti psychotic properties can help treat patients with schizophrenia according to research.
The Arthritis Foundation states that one in five adults and over 50 million Americans show signs of arthritis. CBD by virtue of its anti-inflammatory properties has been effective in alleviating the symptoms according to a study in 2017. However the effect of CBD differs from person to person, hence it is advisable to consult a doctor to arrive at the correct dosage.
Emerging research indicates that CBD oils can also help in the prevention and cure of certain diseases like Type 1 diabetes, Tumours , Alcohol and Tobacco addiction , Opioid addiction etc,.
But wait ....hold on!
Before you make a dash to stock up on CBD oils, just a word of caution though.
Though CBD oils are extremely safe with minor side effects according to studies, it is important that you are fully aware of the implications before using them.
Some of the known side effects of CBD oils are
- Changes in Appetite
- Dry Mouth
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Anxiety and Depression
In 2017, The WHO expert committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) concluded that in its unadulterated form, CBD does not cause harm or have abuse potential. While further research is underway on the subject it has been proved that CBD is well tolerated in humans and is safe.Have you used CBD oils or other derivatives before? How has it helped you? Please share your experiences in the comments section below.
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