Scientific research now shows the many health benefits of CBD, from the most severe illnesses to the most common conditions. CBD continues to surprise medical researchers with the variety of health benefits it provides. An increasing number of scientists, physicians and consumers are learning about these health benefits and incorporating CBD into healthy lifestyle plans.
- Antiemetic - Reduces nausea and vomiting
- Anticonvulsant - Suppresses seizure activity
- Antipsychotic - Combats psychosis disorders
- Anti-inflammatory - Combats inflammatory disorders
- Anti-oxidant - Combats neurodegenerative disorders
- Anti-cancer - Combats tumour and cancer cells
- Anti-depressant - Combats anxiety and depression disorders
Some illnesses decrease the appetite to the point of preventing the body from healing. CBD stimulates appetite, according to the National Cancer Institute and also eases nausea and vomiting. This is especially helpful for individuals on chemotherapy and other treatments for serious diseases.
CBDs bind to CB1 receptors in the body to relieve pain. CBD also has an anti-inflammatory effect that reduces swelling.
CBD may alleviate severe social anxiety. Generalized Social Anxiety Disorder, or SAD, is one of the most common forms of anxiety disorders that impair quality of life. Some consumers complain of increased social anxiety after marijuana use but this may be due to low levels of CBD proportionate to the higher levels of THC.
The National Cancer Institute details several studies into the anti-tumour effects of CBD. CBDs may do this by inducing tumour cell death, inhibiting cancer cell growth, and by controlling and inhibiting the spread of cancer cells. One study by California Pacific Medical Centre suggests CBD turns off the gene involved in the spread of breast cancer. These scientists found CBD inhibits ID-1, an action that prevents cancer cells from traveling long distances to distant tissues.
CBD relieves psychotic symptoms associated with schizophrenia, according to research by University of Cologne in Germany. Schizophrenia affects about 1.1 percent of the population, or approximately 2.4 million adults in the United States. There is also increasing evidence that CBD may mitigate or even reverse the short and long term effect of THC related psychosis.
Dravet syndrome is a catastrophic form of intractable epilepsy that begins in infancy. A number of high profile reports on the treatment of Dravet syndrome with Cannabidiol has resulted in a major pharmaceuticals company researching CBD. A product is now in late stage trials following positive early results.
Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease sufferers have been taking Cannabis for many years for pain relief and moderation of some symptoms. Psychoactive THC was believed to be the beneficial element but research is revealing that the CBD is creating significant medical benefits such as preventing muscle spasm, regulating inflammation and preventing or even repairing, neurological damage without the side effect of THC.