BENEFITS AND USES OF CBD
Cannabidiol is a popular natural remedy used for many common ailments. Better known as CBD, it is one of over 100 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids found in the cannabis or marijuana plant, Cannabis sativa.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, and causes the sensation of getting “high” that’s often associated with marijuana. However, unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive, this quality makes CBD a good option for those who are looking for relief from certain symptoms without the mind-altering effects of marijuana or certain pharmaceutical drugs.
CBD oil is made by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant, then diluting it with a carrier oil like coconut or hemp seed oil. It is gaining momentum in the health and wellness world, with some scientific studies confirming its may ease symptoms of certain ailments. To date, the strongest scientific evidence is for CBD effectiveness in helping with childhood epilepsy syndromes, such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), which typically don’t respond to antiseizure medications. In numerous studies, CBD was able to reduce the number of seizures and in some cases it was able to stop them altogether. Recently the FDA approved the first ever cannabis-derived medicine for these conditions, Epidiolex, which contains CBD.
CBD is also known to be used by some to help with anxiety and insomnia, studies suggest that CBD may help with both falling asleep and with staying asleep.
A study from the European Journal of Pain: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4851925, showed that CBD, applied on the skin, could help lower pain and inflammation due to arthritis. Another study demonstrated the mechanism by which CBD inhibits inflammatory and neuropathic pain, two of the most difficult types of chronic pain to treat. These are of course not sufficient nor conclusive studies and further research is currently taken place to substantiate the claims of CBD proponents.
More information about the benefits of CBD can be accessed here www.healthline.com/nutrition/cbd-oil-benefits