The Potential Health Benefits of CBD
When it comes to cannabidiol or CBD as it’s more commonly called, there’s a long list of reported health benefits.
Professional athletes and runway models to everyday people are discovering the benefits of this healing cannabis compound. If you’ve ever wondered about the actual health benefits of CBD, you’re not alone.
The legality of CBD is unclear to many people leaving them wondering whether or not they can buy it legally. CBD from hemp containing .003% THC or less can legally be bought and sold in America. Though this doesn’t mean that local law enforcement might not confuse your CBD with THC and end up arresting you. Cases like this are often tossed out of court and are more of a nuisance to defendants than anything.
CBD actually holds more reported health benefits than THC. The FDA even recently approved a drug for the first time ever that contained all-natural CBD extracted from marijuana. Let’s take a look at some of the reported health benefits from CBD with links to creditable studies to support the reported health benefits.
Reported Health Benefits of CBD
Vasorelaxant - to reduce the amount of tension on blood vessel walls. In test models CBD was shown to reduce tension that causes stress to the walls of blood vessels. “The protective effects of cannabidiol (CBD) have been widely shown in preclinical models and have translated into medicines for the treatment of multiple sclerosis and epilepsy.”- NCBI
Suppresses muscle spasms – CBD has been tested on mice and in clinical trials in humans like the ones conducted by GW Pharma showing success in the suppression of muscle spasticity.
Treats psoriasis - the pain and inflammation associated with psoriasis has been shown to be reduced by CBD in studies. CBD works with the endocannabinoid system’s cb1 and cb2 receptors to help repair damage to multiple layers of the epidermis.
Slows bacterial growth - CBD helps this process via the endocannabinoid system. Infections that were hard to heal or wouldn’t heal have been reported to heal rapidly when CBD was administered. “In general, the often-described favorable safety profile of CBD in humans was confirmed and extended by the reviewed research.”- NCBI
Relieves anxiety - CBD is reported by many people to help relieve anxiety and as a result also reduce insomnia. “We found that existing preclinical evidence strongly supports CBD as a treatment for generalized anxiety disorder”- NCBI
Relieves pain - Transdermal CBD has shown the effectiveness in relieving pain in studies. The reduction of pain is attributed to many factors such as reduced inflammation and increased communication amongst cells. Transdermal lotions, patches, and creams containing CBD are being embraced by profession athletes and runway models globally. “Cannabidiol (CBD) attenuates inflammation and pain without side-effects”- NCBI
Reduces inflammation - CBD works with the endocannabinoid system to reduce inflammation in many people. The reduction of inflammation is often attributed to communication between cells and nerves induced by cb1 and cb2 receptors becoming saturated with cannabinoids such as CBD. “Manipulation of endocannabinoids and/or use of exogenous cannabinoids in vivo can constitute a potent treatment modality against inflammatory disorders.”- NCBI
Reduces nausea and vomiting - Though CBD didn’t show strength in helping long term nausea and vomiting it did show that it helped with it in the short term. THC was more the helper for long term nausea and vomiting. “Preclinical research indicates that cannabinoids, including CBD, may be effective clinically for treating both nausea and vomiting produced by chemotherapy or other therapeutic treatments.”- NCBI
Reduces risk of artery blockage - Studies show that CBD is effective in reducing the potential of artery blockage thanks in part to its vasorelaxant properties. CBD was also shown to protect against vascular damage from high glucose and inflammation in tests conducted on animal models. “CBD has direct actions on isolated arteries, causing both acute and time-dependent vasorelaxation.”- NCBI
Reduces blood sugar levels - CBD is showing promise in the fight against diabetes. Studies show that CBD has the ability to significantly reduce high glucose levels in the blood. “CBD also reduced high glucose-induced increases”- NCBI
Reduces convulsions and seizures - CBD was the first ever natural cannabis derived compound to be approved by the FDA in the form of Epidiolex for the treatment of Dravet Syndrome Epilepsy. CBD is responsible for a reduction in seizure activity by as much as 42% or more on average. “Recent studies have shown an effect of CBD in treating epilepsy. They suggest that CBD can reduce the frequency of seizures,”- NCBI
Acts as a neuroprotective - CBD has been shown to preserve and even increase neuroplasticity in mice and humans. Numerous clinical studies support the anecdotal claim of CBD as a neuroprotective. Even the United States Department of Health knows that CBD and other compounds in cannabis have neuroprotective properties. That’s why they own U.S. Patent US6630507B1 “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants.” “CBD attenuates brain damage associated with neurodegenerative and/or ischemic conditions. It also has positive effects on attenuating psychotic-, anxiety- and depressive-like behaviors.”- NCBI
Promotes bone growth - CBD helps promote bone growth by triggering osteoblasts (a cell which secretes the matrix facilitating bone formation). The body’s endocannabinoid system works sending signals that alert the body to the presence of cannabinoids ultimately triggering osteoblasts. CBD has shown success in strengthening bone fractures too.
Inhibits cancer cell growth - Studies conducted on lab animals have shown both CBD and THC cannabinoids may inhibit tumor growth causing cell death. They also block cell growth and block the growth of blood vessels that are needed for tumors to grow. “It has been also demonstrated that CBD can lead to a decrease in lung tumor cell invasion and metastasis”- NCBI
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As you can see CBD has many health benefits. These aren’t just anecdotal claims, they are becoming facts. As cannabis legalization takes place in more places we can finally start to shed light on a subject the U.S. government kept in the dark for so long.
CBD may be just what you need to help you with the essential building blocks of good health. Millions of people can’t be wrong. The fact that the FDA approved a drug containing CBD shows that they know what CBD can do.