Cannabis plant has been historically famous for its therapeutic properties and currently its member plant, namely hemp is the center of attraction in the herbal medicinal industry. Cannabidiol compound extracted from hemp is being widely used as a therapeutic medication as well as daily health supplement, and the plethora of CBD products promise cure for multiple ailments. Here is a list of the various health issues that can be healed with cannabidiol.
The knowledge of the connection between pain sensations and endocannabinoid system of the body sheds light to the possibility of using CBD as a pain relief medication because it works by interacting with receptors of the endocannabinoid system. The body inherently produces neurotransmitters called endocannabinoids that interact with the cannabinoid receptors at various body parts and offer pain relief. As the levels of these endocannabinoids drop, there is a higher chance for pain symptoms associated with various diseases to worsen.
CBD use meets the deficit by supplying cannabinoids to the body, which interact with the receptors of affected area and offers pain relief. Chronic pain is characteristic of diseases like arthritis and multiple sclerosis and CBD use can help the patients in handling the severe pain symptoms and lead a better quality life.
Anxiety And Depression
Anxiety and depression are two common mental health disorders that are detrimental to a person’s quality of life. Anxiety is normal if it occurs in case of any dangers because it evolves as a normal defense mechanism but recurrent panic symptoms in the absence of potential threats are characteristic of anxiety disorder.
Depression is the persistent, unchanging low mood that does not seem to improve even after weeks and months, and the triggers can be many. WHO found out that depression is the mental disorder that affects the largest portion of world population and anxiety ranks sixth.
Both disorders are treated using pharmaceutical drugs, which often come with many side effects like headache, insomnia, drowsiness etc. Some can even be addictive. Several studies have suggested that CBD is a better alternative medication that can treat anxiety disorder and depression with minimal side effects.
Symptoms Associated With Cancer Treatment
Cancer treatment is a painful process that has several associated symptoms like nausea, vomiting and pain. The symptoms are especially associated with chemotherapy and patients who use CBD report significant reduction of symptoms.
Some animal studies have also suggested that CBD has the potential to be used as a cancer treatment medication in future.
Acne is a skin condition that is common in adolescents and even in people that have crossed the adolescent age. Factors like genetics, inflammation, bacteria as well over activity of sebaceous glands contribute to acne. Sebaceous glands produce a waxy substance, namely sebum that nourishes and protects skin but their over activity leads to excess sebum production which then combines with dirt and dead cells on skin to form acne.
CBD use regulates the activity of sebaceous glands preventing excess sebum production and its anti-inflammatory action inhibits the activation of inflammatory cytokines that causes acne.
The neuroprotective properties of CBD make it an effective medication to treat neurological disorders like multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Both diseases affect the motor skills of the patient, and seizures and muscle spasticity are the prominent symptoms of epilepsy and multiple sclerosis.
Studies have found out that CBD is successful in handling these symptoms effectively without causing notable side effects. Take a note of the fact that Epidolex, a CBD medication, is an FDA approved drug for the treatment of epilepsy.
Heart Health Benefits
Higher blood pressure could put your heart health at risk and could lead to several conditions like heart attack, stroke and metabolic syndrome. Stress and anxiety elevates the blood pressure levels and CBD regulates blood pressure by helping handle stress and anxiety.
Substance Abuse Disorder
Withdrawal symptoms associated with substance abuse make it quite difficult for people to quit the habit even if they genuinely want to. The symptoms can vary from nausea to hallucination in severe cases and CBD use helps in reducing the severity of these symptoms making it easier for people to quit substance abuse.
CBD can also reduce the dependence and craving for abusive drugs by affecting the pleasure centers in the brain that is associated with the pleasing sensation one gets while taking drugs. As one becomes less dependent on abusive drugs, the withdrawal symptoms will be less severe and they will be motivated to quit the habit at the earliest.
Not much time has elapsed after the legalization of hemp CBD and its entry to the markets, indicating that quite a large part of its potential is yet to be discovered and the clinical studies that are happening in the background seem quite promising.