CBD (cannabidiol) has long been the health compound of the future; but now that it’s finally gaining the mainstream traction it deserves, it’s steadily becoming the health compound of the present. More people than ever are taking health into their own hands through some form of CBD usage, and the benefits of CBD are more widely expounded upon than ever.
When it comes to CBD benefits, though, how much is fiction, and how much is data-backed? How much of what you have heard has the benefit of being backed by real studies, real statistics, and real science?
That’s what we’re going to discuss today. Here are the top 5 research-backed benefits of using CBD.
#1: Neurodegenerative Disease Treatment
One of the least known benefits of CBD is its effectiveness in the treatment of epilepsy. Coincidentally, it’s also the benefit most widely accepted by the medical community. Multiple studies have supported CBD’s effectiveness in stymying seizures, and the FDA has sanctioned the use of CBD medications like Epidiolex to treat them.
CBD has also been shown to be effective in treating Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s is a disease marked by physical tremors caused by the reduction of dopamine in the brain and the subsequent loss of neurons. Several studies have shown that treatment with CBD can improve quality of life and sleep for people with Parkinson’s disease.
Finally, CBD has been linked to the effective treatment of Alzheimer’s disease (though research is still ongoing), mainly by reducing the impact of inflammation and oxygen build up on the brain.
#2: Depression and Anxiety Treatment
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like Lexapro and Celexa and benzodiazepines like Xanax and Valium have long been used to treat individuals suffering from anxiety and depression. But benzodiazepines can be addictive, and SSRIs come replete with their own troubling side effects (drowsiness, headache, irritability, etc.).
As a result, CBD is being adopted more and more as a natural alternative to pharmaceutical-grade treatments for depression and anxiety. It has shown anti-depressant qualities in several animal studies, but has also had success in human trials. In one study, 24 people with social anxiety disorder received either CBD or a placebo before a public speaking test. The group that received CBD had less anxiety, cognitive impairment and discomfort in their speech performance compared to the placebo group.
#3: Pain Treatment
CBD has longstanding ties with pain-relief dating back hundreds and thousands of years. At least ten controlled trials on at least one thousand patients have shown that CBD is effective in treating neuropathic pain. One such study, conducted in 2008, found that CBD offers effective pain relief without inducing adverse side effects in patients.
CBD can also be used in conjunction with opioid medications, and a number of studies have demonstrated that CBD can in fact reduce the severity of opioid-related withdrawal and lessen the buildup of tolerance.
Finding the right dosage is pivotal when using CBD for pain; and we at Curaleaf Hemp always recommend starting small until you know how your body will react to the compound.
#4: The Treatment of Cancer and Symptoms Related to Cancer
CBD has been demonstrated to have properties that counteract the growth of spread of cancer. Several animal studies support CBD as anti-cancer agent, and one test-tube study found that concentrated CBD was effective in killing human breast cancer cells.
The most effective cancer-related use of CBD, however, might be as a means of deterring the pain, nausea, and vomiting caused by cancer and treatments for cancer like chemotherapy. One study looked at the effects of CBD and THC on 177 people with cancer-related pain who were resistant to pharmaceutical pain relief medication. Those treated with CBD and THC experienced greater pain relief compared to those who were treated with just THC.
#5: Heart Health
Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States each year, and CBD does a number of things to deter it. The two most important of these are the ability to lower blood pressure, and the ability to promote good cholesterol and lower bad cholesterol.
One 2013 study measuring 4,652 participants found that cannabis users had higher blood levels of good cholesterol. The same year, a separate analysis of over seven hundred members of Canada’s Inuit community found that, on average, regular cannabis user had increased levels of good cholesterol and lower levels of bad cholesterol.
On the blood pressure front, one recent study found that, when treated with CBD, 10 subjects experienced reduced blood pressure compared to a placebo. The same study also found that all 10 subjects experience a smaller blood pressure increase when put through stress tests.
CBD Benefits: Putting the Data in “Data-Backed”
Because a wide range of clinical studies have found evidence supporting the notion that CBD has a wide range of benefits, it is has become trendy to look at CBD as something of a “cure-all” for pain, anxiety, and other ailments. It’s not. There are still many more years of tests and trials before CBD achieves overarching acceptance in the scientific and medical communities. But early evidence linking CBD to pain relief, anxiety relief, and the like is encouraging to say the least. In the case of ailments like Parkinson’s, the it’s irrefutable. We here at Curaleaf Hemp believe it’s only a matter of time before CBD gets the widespread recognition it deserves!
Interested in experiencing the benefits of CBD first hand? Try any one of our safe, effective CBD products and start taking health and wellness into your own hands today.