CBD, or Cannabidiol, is a powerful compound inside the cannabis plant. Unlike its cousin THC, CBD is non-psychoactive and does not produce a “high.” This potent substance provides a host of medical benefits, as well as being legal in all 50 states – a great benefit for those looking for the effects of medical cannabis without the “high.” The body’s ECS, or endocannabinoid system, regulates and assists many functions including relaxation, appetite, response to inflammation, and even the brain’s cognitive function. TIME magazine reports that the United Kingdom’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA,similar to the United States FDA) says “We have come to the opinion that products containing cannabidiol are a medicine” citing numerous medical benefits as well as showing “restoring, correcting or modifying effects on physiological functions.”
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Cannabinoids show very promising results in dealing with pain, in both chronic pain and pain traditionally difficult to treat by conventional means. The analgesic effects cannabinoids produce often provide relief to patients that don’t respond well to other more common methods. “Patients most often ascertain an individual stable dosage within 7–10 days that provides therapeutic relief without unwanted psychotropic effects,” meaning that it’s easy to find your personal “right” dose safely. Using cannabinoids alongside traditional pain management methods has been shown to increase the effectiveness of both treatments.
The body’s endocannabinoid system controls a whole host of functions, and plays a key role in mood and mindset. Stress is a part of life unfortunately, and humans have always sought to relieve it- CBD is showing promise. CBD in particular interacts with a certain set of neurotransmitters in the brain, providing anxiolytic (calming, anti-anxiety) and antidepressant effects, and the vast majority of studies show a positive connection between CBD the treatment of both anxiety and depression.
Inflammation has long been a subject of debate in the medical community. It’s well-known that inflammation can cause, and can BE caused by, a number of conditions. It’s not a sign of good things happening, as pain, cancers, and more can be tied to inflammation. CBD is rapidly gaining attention in the field for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, and shows great promise in the treatment of inflammation over a wide array of conditions and situations. Diabetes, arthritis, atherosclerosis, hypertension, Alzheimer’s disease, and more all fall into this category, and are being closely researched side by side with CBD.
In an exciting recent breakthrough, patients with epilepsy and other seizure disorders are finding the first real relief ever- in the form of CBD. Cannabinoids show startling efficacy when lessening the intensity of seizures, and for a large percentage of patients the regular use of CBD prevents seizures altogether. This is groundbreaking, as anti-seizure medications have historically been fairly harsh on the body and patients are stuck choosing between options that aren’t all that great. CBD changes this, and promises exciting results in the future.