The Benefits of CBD: A Comprehensive Guide

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a compound found in the cannabis plant that has been gaining popularity in recent years due to its potential health benefits. Unlike its cousin THC, CBD is not intoxicating or psychoactive. Advocates of CBD oil and other CBD products claim that it can be used to treat conditions such as chronic pain, inflammation, migraines, epilepsy, autoimmune diseases, depression and anxiety. It is also marketed to promote sleep.

Part of the popularity of CBD is that it claims to be “non-psychoactive” and that consumers can reap health benefits from the plant without the high (or midnight pizza cravings). CBD is often extracted from the cannabis sativa plant in the form of an oil and mixed with an inert carrier oil such as hemp seed oil for consumption. In fact, 60% of the United States adults who report having used CBD before, 55% of them use CBD oils and tinctures specifically, according to a recent Forbes Health survey of 2000 U. S.

adults. Here are nine ways studies suggest that CBD oil could benefit you. Three well-reviewed studies provide the basis to support FDA decision. In these trials, 516 patients with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome or Dravet syndrome received Epidiolex or a placebo. Epidiolex, when taken together with other prescription drugs, decreased the frequency of participants' seizures compared to placebo. When introduced topically, CBD oil does not affect the systemic problem as it would if it were introduced directly into the bloodstream.

Instead, topical CBD is more localized and treats pain in a certain area. As it is more direct, it can have a more pronounced effect. In another small study, 13 patients with type 2 diabetes who were not receiving insulin treatment were given CBD and a placebo (instead of insulin).Researchers found that CBD decreased their levels of resistin (which causes resistance to insulin, the protein that regulates sugar levels) and increased their levels of glucose-dependent insulinotropic peptide (a hormone that ensures sufficient insulin release from digested foods) compared to its baselines before they started the test. These results suggest that CBD could be a natural treatment for diabetes by helping the body regulate insulin related hormone levels. The results were interesting, although not entirely conclusive.

On the one hand, patients treated with CBD did not experience much change in pain compared to patients on placebo. On the other hand, there were statistically significant differences between the group receiving the 250 milligram dose and the placebo group when measuring the average weekly improvement of their worst pain levels and physical function from WOMAC (Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Arthritis Index) rating. In addition, men seemed to benefit from CBD more significantly than women in this test. FAB CBD products are made from organically grown and laboratory tested Colorado hemp. Its product range includes CBD oils, gummies, topical CBD cream, dog treats and more. Currently, the only CBD product approved by the Food and Drug Administration is a prescription oil called Epidiolex.

It is approved to treat two types of epilepsy. In addition to Epidiolex, state laws regarding the use of CBD vary. While CBD is being studied as a treatment for a wide range of conditions, including Parkinson's disease, schizophrenia, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and anxiety, research supporting the drug's benefits remains limited. People use CBD oil and other CBD-based products for different reasons, such as reducing pain, controlling anxiety, and controlling seizures. CBD has been extensively studied for its benefit for people with epilepsy. An estimated one-third of people with epilepsy continue to struggle with seizures despite proper treatment. Some research has linked CBD to several benefits for the heart and circulatory system, including the ability to lower high blood pressure.

While nothing is as important as dietary and lifestyle changes to benefit heart health, research shows that CBD plays an important role in supporting cardiovascular health. Although CBD may benefit people with certain conditions, this depends on factors such as dosage, quality and the presence of THC in the product. When THC and CBD work together, they create what is called an “entourage effect” which is complemented by the benefits and potency of the other. Researchers concluded that with further studies CBD could have significant benefits when used in patients with diabetes, diabetic complications and plaque buildup on arterial walls. Due to cannabis prohibition and associated research restrictions there is limited evidence from human studies to support the benefits of CBD oil. Although more human studies are needed CBD can benefit heart health in several ways including lowering blood pressure and improving blood function. They concluded that CBD is a cannabinoid that improves quality of life and provides a small analgesic benefit to people with PN. Many of the proposed benefits of CBD are associated with its interaction with the body's endocannabinoid system (ECS). However with CBD, you will still get many of the same benefits you would get with THC such as pain control improved mood and relief from cancer-related symptoms. Researchers suggest the potential benefit of CBD on cardiovascular function and blood pressure improvement in both studies but point out that more studies should be completed.

Although some studies have shown promise there have been no large-scale studies demonstrating the benefits of CBD oil as a cancer treatment. Neuroimaging research suggests that CBD may benefit patients with psychosis by modulating brain function in certain regions that are altered in patients with psychosis. However the review highlights the need for larger and well-designed studies to better evaluate the benefits of CBD, for PN...

Diana Unverzagt
Diana Unverzagt

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