The Effects of Cannabidiol
- 20 Jun, 2018
Scientific research has shown that CBD Cannabidiol may offer many health benefits. Cannabinoids found in the marijuana plant are being studied extensively to find out how they can help in the treatment of various ailments. Most of these have shown therapeutic value just as the terpenes that make the distinct odor of the cannabis plant. More than 125 terpenes and close to over 80 cannabinoids have been found in the marijuana plant. Each of these components has its own distinctive blend creating unique effects. CBD is one of the cannabinoids. Cannabinoids exist as 21-carbon molecules and help stimulate or block endocannabinoid receptors.Other cannabinoids including THCV, THC, CBN, and CBD tend to bind to receptors CB1 and CB2 - the same way the naturally occurring cannabinoids in the brain, AEA, and 2 AG, do. CBD is a non-psychotropic cannabinoid, which means it doesn’t cause the euphoria that is linked to some strains of cannabis. However, CBD is psychoactive meaning it can cross the blood-brain barrier. CBD may be taken in relatively high doses while not causing unwanted psychological side effects, unlike THC. The biggest reason for the increasing popularity of CBD is its non-euphoric feature.
CBD may also be used to reduce the undesirable effects associated with high-THC cannabis like paranoia and anxiety. In addition, CBD may have anti-depressive, anti-epileptic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-nausea properties. It may also aid in sleep and muscle relaxation.
Here are some of the possible benefits of CBD:Digestion
Having a good appetite is important to your health, especially if you are recuperating from a disease, ailment, or injury. Some illnesses tend to reduce appetite, and when you cannot take in a sufficient amount of nutrients from food, the body will have trouble healing. CBD may assist in stimulating appetite as the National Cancer Institute points out.
When in the body, CBD will bind to cannabinoid receptors, which help in regulating feeding behavior. When CBD components dock onto the receptors, it helps stimulate appetite. Still, on digestive aid, CBD helps ease vomiting and nausea witnessed in individuals having chemotherapy.Analgesia/Pain-Relief
CBDs are capable of binding to CB1 receptors in our bodies, and this process helps the body relieve pain. It’s also known that CBD offers anti-inflammatory effects, which help reduce swelling.Anti-Epileptic
A CNN documentary air in early 2014 pointed out that cannabis has anti-epileptic properties. The documentary by Sanjay Gupta, MD talked about a child having intractable seizures. Some years back before this documentary, Dr. Mechoulam had talked about an experiment done in Brazil by Paul F. Consroe and colleagues, which suggested that CBD was tested and seen to offer treatment for intractable epilepsy.
Patients took anticonvulsants, but these medications did not reduce the seizures. But, after adding a dosage of 200 mg per day of CBD, the results were impressive. After following this combined course of treatment using anticonvulsants and CBD for a couple of months, three out of the seven patients became seizure-free. One patient experienced only about two seizures, and two patients had reduced occurrence and severity of seizures. During that experiment, only one patient did not show improvement.Tumors and Cancer
Tissue culture and mice studies tend to show that cannabis may effectively inhibit the growth of tumors and cancers. An important component that may have a role in treating cancers is CBD. Cannabis is considered an antioxidant, something that makes it reduce the incidences of having cancer.
The mechanism in which cannabis is said to act as an anti-cancer substance is that it may affect a gene that controls metastasis thus helping reduce metastasis. Another theory is that it encourages apoptosis or death of the old and abnormal cells in the body, something inherent in patients with cancer. Also, cannabis may help inhibit angiogenesis, which is the process of forming new blood vessels that help feed cancer cells.
A research team conducting a study on effects of cannabis to inhibit the growth of malignant tumor cells in cell culture as well as mice found that cannabis could indeed help prevent the growth of the cells. The research conducted at the Medical College of Virginia was done in 1974 and it was published in 1975 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Another study done by California Pacific Medical Center suggested that CBD can turn off the genetic component that plays part in the spread of breast cancer. In this study, the scientists discovered that CBD may inhibit ID-1, and through this mechanism may help in preventing cancer cells from traveling to distant tissues in the body.Anxiety Relief
People with social anxiety may get relief from the use of CBD. Generalized Social Anxiety Disorder, also referred to as SAD, is among the common types of anxiety disorders that tend to reduce the quality of life of patients. While some patients have shown the tendency to have increased social anxiety when they take marijuana, this has been said to be contributed by low levels of CBD in relation to THC.
A study conducted in 2011, which intended to bring out the effects of CBD in patients having SAD, it showed positive results. 24 patients took part in the study and the group that was administered with CBD was able to show a significant reduction in discomfort in speech, cognitive impairment, and anxiety.
Another possible health benefit of CBD is that; it has also been implicated in offering antipsychotic benefits. According to a study done by the University of Cologne in Germany, CBD may help relieve psychotic symptoms that are commonly associated with schizophrenia.
In essence, CBD is continuing to surprise medical researchers as more and more health benefits are being discovere. Many physicians, scientists, and consumers are now beginning to understand these health benefits and are adding CBD into their lifestyle while medical doctors are researching the use of CBD to treat various ailments.