Throughout history, cultures around the world have turned to cannabis for its medicinal qualities. That still holds true today, thanks to recent legalization efforts and a growing amount of research that supports these therapeutic claims. The fact is scientists have only begun to scratch the surface when it comes to this versatile natural medicine.
Research indicates that CBD can be effective in managing a wide range of illnesses and chronic conditions, such as:
- Antibacterial: Scientists at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience in Queensland, Australia, have found CBD to be just as potent as common antibiotics in its ability to kill certain types of bacteria, including staphylococcus, which causes skin infections, and streptococcus, which causes strep throat. CBD was even successful against antibiotic-resistant superbugs.
- Addiction: CBD helps regulate imbalances in our endocannabinoid system. That includes imbalances of our natural reserve of dopamine, the chemical released by the brain whenever addictive behaviors are satisfied.
- Inhibits Cancer Cells: According to reports published in Current Oncology, there is a large body of evidence that shows cannabinoids have successfully minimized tumors in lab animals.
- Insomnia: CBD has gained popularity as a sleep aid for those who suffer from insomnia and other sleep-related issues.
- Depression: CBD’s influence on our body’s serotonin regulation makes it ideal for those suffering from depression. What’s more, CBD is without the harsh side effects that often accompany commonly prescribed antidepressants.
- Improves Brain Function: Studies indicate that CBD aids in neurogenesis, the process by which our brain forms new neurons, as well as neuroplasticity, which influences connections between neurons and our cortical sensory systems. That makes it easier for us to learn and remember information.
- Strengthens Bones: A recent study by Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University researchers indicates that CBD helps the body to heal bone fractures and limits bone loss, which can help combat osteoporosis and similar bone issues.
- Manages Epilepsy: In 2018, the FDA approved its first-ever cannabidiol prescription called Epidiolex to treat seizures caused by two rare types of epilepsy.
- Regulates Blood Sugar: Research indicates CBD may lower the risk of diabetes and minimize inflammation caused by high-glucose levels in the body.
- Influences Immune Response: Scientists have found CBD to operate as an immunosuppressant, which may benefit autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and Crohn’s disease.
- Reduces Inflammation: CBD has been shown to reduce inflammation caused by a number of conditions.
- Lowers Risk of Artery Blockage: As an anti-inflammatory, CBD can help relax the artery walls and limit plaque build-up, which in turn helps to lower blood pressure.
- Quells Nausea: Most of the existing research around CBD and nausea involves cancer patients experiencing side effects related to chemotherapy. The American Cancer Society suggests cancer patients use CBD to manage treatment-related symptoms. Patients report relief from nausea after using CBD, or a combination of CBD and THC.
- Relieves Pain: Many patients have found relief from various types of chronic pain by taking CBD. Though the research is limited, we do know that CBD affects our body’s ability to absorb anandamide, an endocannabinoid that regulates the way we experience pain.
- Lowers Anxiety: Scientists are still unclear on the relationship between CBD and anxiety, but we do know CBD binds to the serotonin receptor in our body’s endocannabinoid system. This regulates the release of serotonin, which is responsible for improving our mood.
- Reduce Muscle Spasms: Studies show that by reducing inflammation, cannabinoids can also reduce the proteins that trigger muscle spasms.
- Manages Skin Conditions: CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties have made it a popular treatment against Eczema, Psoriasis, and similar skin disorders.