What can CBD do for me?
CBD has numerous benefits because of the fact that the endocannabinoid system is found all through our body. The most common medical conditions that have been shown to respond effectively to CBD oil are pain (both chronic and acute), arthritis-induced pain and joint swelling, inflammation, anxiety, depression, and insomnia.
However, there have been dozens upon dozens of other medical conditions and disorders showing that cannabidiol may also be able to help with multiple sclerosis (MS), fibromyalgia, epilepsy, and Alzheimer’s disease, among many others. Here are some conditions in which definitive research studies have shown positive results in terms of CBD oil being used as a therapy for:
"CBD has numerous benefits because of the fact that the endocannabinoid system is found all through our body. The most common medical conditions that have been shown to respond effectively to CBD oil are pain (both chronic and acute), arthritis-induced pain and joint swelling, inflammation, anxiety, depression, and insomnia."
Natural Pain Relief or Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Not a lot of people realize that the U.S. government currently holds a patent on CBD oil for its use as a neuroprotectant (meaning it protects the brain and its cells from nerve degeneration which are common due to old age, and from diseases like alzheimer’s, MS, and fibromyalgia).
Moreover, though, one of the most well-studied aspects of CBD therapy has been for its use as a pain reliever and an anti-inflammatory.
Project CBD, in fact (which is a non-profit organization dedicated to the transparency of cannabidiol research), lists no less than 19 published studies on CBD for inflammation, and a further 21 on CBD oil for pain relief. And of course, these are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the vast resources that have been put into researching cannabidiol for these specific uses.
CBD for inflammation, in particular, is an extraordinary use due to the fact that inflammation is the underlying cause of dozens upon dozens of disorders and medical challenges. Conditions ranging from diabetes to obesity to chronic pain, for example, have all shown excellent response to the natural, anti-inflammatory effects of CBD oil.
Quitting Smoking and Drug Withdrawals
Research into CBD’s use a means to wean off addictive substances has likewise been extraordinary.
For instance, addiction to alcohol, tobacco, pharmaceutical drugs, and deadly opiates have all been scientifically shown to be much easier to overcome (and ultimately wean off of), when using CBD oil as a daily therapy. While the exact reasons for its anti-addictive properties are not yet fully understood, it’s believed that restorative properties in serotonin and dopamine production lie at the root of the complex physiology.
Major publications into CBD’s use as a means to help save lives of opioid addicts, in particular, have been groundbreaking.
Epilepsy and Other Mental Health Disorders
You may recall a major story that CNN did several years back about a young girl named Charlotte Figi. To (literally) make a long story short, Charlotte was basically a victim of one of the most rare forms of epilepsy known – a condition called Dravet Syndrome. Since birth, she would suffer gran mal seizures literally every single day of her life, sometimes hundreds in a single day.
After exhausting every single form of known medication and treatment available, and consulting with all the top epilepsy doctors from across the US, her parents finally decided to try CBD as a last-ditch attempt. And the results, to put it mildly, were no less than a miracle. While her seizures didn’t stop altogether, they were reduced from hundreds per week down to one, two, or three per day – and many days were even 100% seizure-free.
CBD oil for epileptic seizures has proven to be a reliable treatment option, [and has recently been] approved by the FDA.
Likewise, CBD use for mental disorders like anxiety, stress, and depression have been similarly promising, with dozens of studies being published showcasing the compound’s ability to moderate psychological responses to environmental change that result in brain chemistry abnormalities.
DID YOU KNOW? The U.S. government holds a patent on cannabinoids [such as CBD] for their use as a neuroprotectant.
Along with its use for pain, inflammation, depression, and arthritis, CBD oil for anxiety is certainly one of the most popular and most well-understood uses for the cannabis-based therapeutic compound.
Over a dozen high-profile published studies have been listed on Project CBD, which is known across the country as the #1 resource with regard to collecting and organizing current scientific data on cannabidiol.
If you have been wondering if CBD oil for anxiety may be a practical treatment for your specific condition, take some time to read a few real-life testimonials. To put it lightly, you will likely be in awe of the positive results people have seen.
Type 1 Diabetes
To be clear, it has never been clinically documented that CBD oil for diabetes is a cure for the disease.
However, it has been relatively well-documented that CBD may have the potential to help treat the onset of diabetes-induced symptoms.
For instance obesity, glucose regulation, inflammation, and insulin resistance have all been scientifically documented to respond positively to the administration of CBD oil. And in fact, in one particular study in mice, it was shown that cannabidiol altogether lowers the incidence of diabetes in non-obese diabetic mice. This is believed to be due to the fact that the compound interacts with CB-2 receptors, which are known to be in abundance throughout the islet cells of the pancreas.
Though far less medically significant than most other disorders that it is known to help treat, CBD for acne is also one of the most common and popular uses for the cannabis-based compound.
This is kind of ironic, of course, as for years there’s been the thought that smoking marijuana actually causes acne. Not too long ago, however, we published an in-depth article that basically exposed this as no more than an urban myth. In terms of treatment, a lot of people have seen very positive results in acne reduction with both topical CBD salves, as well as traditional CBD tinctures.
Alzheimer’s Disease is another condition that has benefited immensely from the neuroprotective properties of CBD, and like we mentioned above, the U.S. federal government currently holds a patent on cannabidiol for this exact purpose (i.e. protection from brain cell degeneration).
While not necessarily known to cure the disease, CBD oil for Alzheimer’s could possibly be viable in terms of a therapy, as its interaction with ECS receptors results in a chemical protection (and even regeneration) of nerve cell fibers, which are inherently important to the health of all types of brain cells.
Written by Alex Li
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