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What Is CBD? And What Are The Top 5 Benefits of Using It?
What Is CBD? And What Are The Top 5 Benefits of Using It?
CBD has a significant amount of health benefits, but what exactly are they? What is CBD and what's it going to do for you?
What is CBD, anyway?
Well, that's the question we're here to answer today. Did you know that Cannabis is composed of over 400 chemical entities? 60 of those are cannabinoid compounds, many of which have opposing effects on the human body.
Some of these compounds aren't completely understood yet. Fortunately, CBD isn't among them. As we move into this new era of cannabis legalization in Canada and the US, CBD is the second most publicized cannabinoid.
By the time you finish reading the article below, you'll know what it is and why it's useful. Read on to discover the reasons for which the world is crooning over CBD.
What is CBD, Exactly?
Before we move forward, let's make sure we're using the same terminology. First, let's define cannabis. We could have also said define marijuana, for they're one and the same. Cannabis is also known as weed, pot, reefer, grass, hash, or dope.
Until recent years, the drug been buried in deep-rooted negative assumptions. Many of these were incorrect. The once taboo drug has become the focus of today's medical research. Thus far, many useful compounds in the plant have been discovered.
Among them is CBD, otherwise known as cannabidiol. Unlike many of the other compounds in cannabis, CBD has no psychoactive properties. In other words, those who take CBD oil don't feel stoned.
The chemical comes in many forms:
They all create much the same effect. Each form is useful for a different route of transmission. For instance: topical salves or digestible capsules.
Modern studies show that chronic inflammation is the common factor connecting most diseases. Whether the connection is correlational or causational is still up for debate. But it's clear that a reduction in inflammation translates to a reduction of disease symptoms.
And CBD oils have been shown to do just that.
One recent study showed that oral CBD treatment significantly reduced inflammation and sciatic-nerve pain in mice.
Another study used Sativex (a hybrid CBD nasal spray) on 58 people with rheumatoid arthritis. The drug significantly improved pain, movement, rest, and sleep quality in all participants.
The World Health Organization has singled out depression. It's called it the biggest contributor to disability in the world. It ranks anxiety as number six on its list.
Modern medicine treats depression and anxiety with pharmaceutical drugs. Unfortunately, the side effects may be as bad as the initial problem. Side effects include agitation, sexual dysfunction, headaches, insomnia, and drowsiness.
Other medications, such as benzodiazepines, are often addictive. They may lead to substance abuse.
CBD oil, has no known side effects, even in high doses. It's shown promise as a treatment for both anxiety and depression. It's no surprise, then, why many have been seeking it out as a natural remedy.
In one study, 24 participants who had social anxiety disorder received 600 mg doses of CBC or a placebo. Afterward, they took a public speaking test. Compared to the placebo group, the CBD group had the following:
- Less cognitive impairment
- Less discomfort
- Less anxiety
The chemical has also been shown to antidepressant effects in several animal studies. The effects are linked to CBD's ability to act on your brain's serotonin receptors. These receptors regulate mood and social behavior.
Humans have been using marijuana plant to reduce pain since 2900 B.C.
More recently, the chemicals responsible for the pain relief have come under scrutiny. And CBD has been one of the chemicals thought responsible.
You see, the human body contains a specialized system called ECS. Or, the endocannabinoid system. It regulates such functions as appetite, pain, sleep, and our immune system response.
Our bodies produce endocannabinoids. They're neurotransmitters that bind to special cannabinoid receptors in your nervous system.
Studies show that CBD may reduce your chronic pain by activating endocannabinoid receptors. For example, one CBD study performed reduced rats' pain responses to surgical incisions.
In one study, 47 people with MS (multiple sclerosis) were treated with Sativex. Sativex is an oral spray that's a combination of CBD and THC, another chemical in cannabis. Those involved experienced a significant improvement in their walking, pain, and muscle spasms.
Another study involved children with a particular epilepsy disorder. It's called Dravet Syndrome. Those administered CBD oils saw a dramatic reduction in seizures.
Scientists have even tested how CBD affects neurodegeneration associated with Alzheimer's disease. The rats tested showed that CBD may decrease inflammation and help prevent neurodegeneration. Yet another study showed CBD helped prevent cognitive decline in mice. Those tested were genetically predisposed to Alzheimer's.
Diminish Cancer Symptoms
CBD may help cancer symptoms and chemotherapy side-effects. Those include vomiting, pain, and nausea. One study tested the effects of THC and CBD on 177 people who had cancer-related pain. They didn't gain relief from traditional pain medications.
Those treated with an extract with both CBD and THC said their pain greatly decreased. Those treated only with THC only reported a mild reduction of pain.
The chemical may even have an anti-cancer property. A test-tube study found concentrated CBD created cell death in cancer cells of human breast tissue. Another study showed CBD may inhibit aggressive breast cancer cell spread in mice.
Further research on humans is required to say definitively whether or not this is true.
Another study on CBD tested people undergoing chemotherapy. Those treated with a 1-to-1 combination of THC to CBD via a mouth spray found a reduction in vomiting. Those treated with a standard treatment noticed a less notable reduction.
Now that we've answered the question, "what is CBD," you can see the benefits of such a useful, non-psychoactive compound. You can find CBD oil in any marijuana dispensary. Don't worry, if they haven't legalized marijuana in your state, national legislation may soon be passed to remedy the situation in the US.
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