Uses of CBD?
CBD, whether marijuana or hemp based, has come under a lot of scrutiny because of people generalizing it as just another way to get “high”. This is not the case. As mentioned earlier, CBD oil often contains no THC. The caveat to this, however is that CBD may contain THC depending on the company that provides it and the extraction and processing methods they use. Dispensaries, for example, are more likely to provide CBD with THC. Speak to your provider to determine whether your particular dose of CBD includes THC or not.
As discussed, another reason CBD is so effective in the body is because of the already existing endocannabinoid system, ECS for short. The ECS is essentially pre-programmed with receptors specifically for either plant-derived cannabinoids, commonly found in the cannabis plants, as well as natural cannabis production within the body. Overall, the ECS helps regulate and balance the body to keep us at our healthiest.
CBD in general acts on the natural receptors of the endocannabinoid system in a variety of ways that regulate many common health conditions all while boosting your natural ECS to keep your body system functioning normal. While not FDA approved, there are multiple studies spanning back twenty to thirty years showcasing the positive potential effects CBD has on the following conditions:
- Protection against bacteria
- Mad Cow Disease
- Promote bone growth
- Decrease dyskinesia
- Substance abuse disorders
- Heart Health
- Neurodegenerative diseases
- Multiple sclerosis
- Epileptic seizures
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Nausea relief
- Appetite stimulant
All of the above listed conditions have been shown to be improved by CBD oil and its effects on the CB1 and CB2 receptors in endocannabinoid system. Thanks to CBD, many people who would otherwise have been living with such conditions as chronic pain or anxiety are able to live a relatively normal life. While there is a wide spectrum of grievances CBD is beneficial for, there are some common conditions that see more prevalent CBD usage than others. Common uses of CBD include:
- Anti-seizure: studies have shown reduction in severity and decrease in frequency of number and intensity of seizures.
- Neuroprotective: with regards to conditions such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, both studies have shown CBD to work against the toxicity in the neurons of the brain, working as an antioxidant and providing protection against further deterioration.
- Analgesic: a medical terminology for pain, CBD has been effective in providing pain relief, decrease in inflammation and overall decrease or cessation of opiate pain relievers.
- Anti-cancer: CBD has shown to be effective in blocking and preventing further growth of cancer cells within the body. Research and testing is ongoing in this area.
- Anti-psychotic: pertaining to schizophrenia, CBD has produced positive results in reversing antisocial behaviors, pacifies motor responses to sudden and startling stimulus, improved cognition, and overall improvement in functioning.
- Anti-anxiety: with regards to social anxiety, generalized anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) CBD is on the fast track for treating these disorders with the same effects as the benzodiapines usually prescribed that are far more addicting and have potential for side effects.
The effects of CBD are becoming widely known and studied even closer, but many potential uses of CBD are still being explored and some are yet to be discovered even to this day. Some lesser-known uses of CBD include, but are not limited to:
- Smoking addiction – in one particular case study, smokers who were assigned CBD inhalers saw their overall cigarette consumption decrease by 40%.
- Acne – the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD helped calm and soothe acne-ridden skin and reduced overall acne formation.
- Diabetes – CBD may not affect blood glucose levels as this pertains to diet and insulin production, but does help prevent the production of a specific cytokine responsible for autoimmune disorders.
- Fibromyalgia – CBD was proven more effective in a case study versus those who were assigned to continue normal mediation regimen for treat.
- Mad Cow Disease – the prion is the agent responsible for causing neurodegenerative disease. With CBD, production of this agent is blocked.
- PTSD – anti-anxiety and anti-inflammatory properties of CBD are successfully used in treatment of PTSD. The antipsychotic properties are also beneficial.
- Schizophrenia – as a non-psychoactive substance, CBD is an effective way to manage the symptoms of schizophrenia. It may also free sufferers from the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional medication.
- Crohn’s Disease – CBD acts directly on the digestive system allowing relief of inflammation and stress responses in relation to Crohn’s disease.
- Multiple Sclerosis – CBD reduces inflammation as well as provides protection from the harsh and debilitating effects of MS.
- Insomnia – CBD helps to promote a long and restful sleep without the after effects of being groggy, disoriented and a risk to yourself.
As with any exogenous compound taken into the body, there are side effects to consider as well as ensuring a thorough discussion with your physician in regards to current medications prior to beginning CBD usage. Common side effects include:
- Hypotension – this can be a potentially and dangerous side effect if already taking medication for maintain optimal blood pressure. Consult with your physician.
- Inappropriate dosage – consuming extreme amounts of CBD can cause oversedation and feelings of being “high”. Make sure to follow the recommended dosing and increase in small increments if needed.
- Motor functions – some individuals report slowing of basic motor functions, however these will resolve within a few hours.
- Quality of product – do thorough research on the product to ensure proper guidelines are being followed. Poor quality CBD will be ineffective and may cause additional side effects.
- Pregnancy – unfortunately, research surrounding CBD use during pregnancy is lacking. Consult your physician for more individualized advice.