The Many Healthy Benefits of CBD
When it comes to marijuana, CBD is the darling of cannabinoids. But beyond being a buzzword that even your grandma knows, what is CBD, and what are some of its therapeutic uses? Here’s a breakdown of what you need to know:
So What Exactly is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol, and it’s one of the 60+ compounds found in cannabis. Unlike THC, CBD produces little to no psychoactive effects. In fact, CBD can actually lessen, or balance out, the psychoactivity of THC.
One of the reasons cannabis is so effective in treating illness has to do with the human body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is present in both humans and animals, and scientists estimate that it evolved in our primitive ancestors over 600 million years ago. The system plays a big role in our immune systems, healing, and maintaining homeostasis. Receptors are found throughout the body–in our brain, organs, connective tissues, and glands. In the brain, cannabinoids “control emotional behavior, mood, stress, and fear.”
The ECS even allows communication between different cell types. In an article for NORML, Dr. Dustin Dulak explains that the “endocannabinoid system, with its complex actions in our immune system, nervous system, and all of the body’s organs, is literally a bridge between body and mind.”
What are the therapeutic benefits of CBD and which conditions does it help treat?
According to a 2013 review published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, studies have found CBD to possess the following therapeutic effects:
- Reduces nausea and vomiting
- Suppresses seizure activity
- Combats psychosis disorders
- Combats inflammatory disorders
- Combats neurodegenerative disorders
- Combats anxiety and depression disorders
Cannabis is being used to treat a number of conditions, including Dravat’s Syndrome, arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, MS, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD, depression, epilepsy. Research has even shown that CBD may help slow down tumor growth and prevent cancer from spreading.
CBD may also be an effective antibiotic that can be used to treat superbugs. Many bacteria are becoming resistant to traditional antibiotics, but preliminary research shows that CBD has a similar potency to common antibiotics and is less likely to cause resistance.
CBD and THC work best together
Often described as the “power couple” of cannabis compounds, and commonly referred to as the “entourage effect”, used together CBD and THC actually enhance the therapeutic effects of cannabis. Researchers have found that together, THC and CBD synergistically enhance anti-inflammatory properties, anti-tumoral effects, and neuropathic pain.
Despite having no lethal dose or known serious medical side effects, both cannabis and CBD are still illegal under U.S. federal law.
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