Understanding the Value of CBD
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of almost 200 cannabinoids found in marijuana. CBD interacts with your endocannabinoid system (ECS), a vital, complex cell-signaling system which is responsible for maintaining bodily homeostasis. Scientific evidence suggests the potential value of CBD in the treatment of various conditions such as the following:
CBD may be used to improve sleep quality and reduce sleep difficulties. Research focused on patients suffering from chronic pain suggests that CBD may improve insomnia. In smaller doses, CBD may increase alertness and reduce daytime tiredness thus strengthening the sleep-wake cycle. Patients with Parkinson’s disease have shown a significant decrease in REM behaviour disorder – a sleep disorder in which patients physically act out their dreams with sudden movements and vocal sounds. Additional studies have shown that CBD may ameliorate sleep abnormalities in patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Nausea refers to the feeling of stomach distress and may be accompanied with an inclination to vomit. The feeling of nausea is regulated by the central nervous system, specifically through the ECS. Cannabinoids function at various sites within the central nervous system. CBD functions as an antiemetic and therefore may be used to treat nausea. Studies have indicated that CBD exhibits strong anti-nausea effects across a wide variety of animals through the body’s auto receptors.
A muscular spasm refers to the sudden, involuntary contraction of a muscle, which may result in excessive pain. Studies have shown that CBD can relieve inflammation, thus relieving muscle spasms. In one study, patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease reported a significant reduction in muscle spasms after a daily dose of CBD oil.
CBD oil may be used to treat acne due to its ability to reduce sebum production from the sebaceous glands, as well as its anti-inflammatory properties. A recent study found that CBD oil prevented the activation of inflammatory cytokines which are known as “pro-acne” agents.
The analgesic potential of cannabinoids may be utilized to treat painful conditions. Research has demonstrated that CBD exhibits analgesic properties through interaction with specific receptors in the ECS to increase anandamide, an endocannabinoid involved in reducing the sensation of pain. A topical application of CBD to the area of pain is demonstrated to reduce pain in animal models.
Arthritis is characterized by painful inflammation and tenderness of one of more joints. Studies have revealed that CBD can relieve inflammation. The therapeutic potential of CBD has been investigated in murine collagen-induced arthritis. CBD was demonstrated to have a strong anti-arthritic effect through its combined anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive actions.
Mental Health Problems:
Mental health problems are detrimental to the well-being of those affected leading to critical psychological distress in the general population. Unlike delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is not psychoactive. Case studies suggest that CBD may be beneficial for treating a range of psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, social anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and sleep disorder. Although the recent evidence demonstrates anti-psychotic effects, strong clinical research is required to conclude CBD as an effective treatment, as well as a long-term assessment of potential risks.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the dysfunction of the brain due to an external force caused due to an accident, namely a head collision. The effects of it can be both severe and long-lasting, with continued damage to the brain even after the accident that has caused it.
Medical cannabis is known for its protective qualities in the neural system. Both THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) have shown an advantageous impact on TBI. CBD in particular has been shown to help reduce the brain´s oxidative stress following a TBI Injury and also helps as a neuroprotectant and reduces neurological impairment and swelling. It is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, which means it doesn’t cause a “high” impact like THC.
Previous research done by Professor Yosef Sarne at Tel Aviv University has shown the positive relationship between cannabis and traumatic brain injury. The research revealed that when cannabinoids are administered shortly before or one to three days after the injury, it shows that it helps protect brain cells and long-term cognitive functions.
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