10 benefits of CBD
CBD is not only the second most abundant cannabinoid present in Cannabis sativa. Researchers are discovering that cannabidiol is also very effective in therapies to treat various physical and mental health problems.
CBD stands for cannabidiol, a cannabinoid overshadowed by its psychoactive counterpart, THC. Recently, scientists and consumers are recognizing the innumerable benefits of CBD for both our physical and mental health. Below we report the 10 main benefits of CBD, interesting therapeutic properties that could leave you speechless.
1. The CBD temples the effects of THC
CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, i.e. it does not cause the so-called "high" associated with cannabis. As many marijuana users will already know, THC tends to cause different psychotropic effects when consumed and can generate moments of anxiety, paranoia and panic when taken in high quantities. However, CBD can counteract the symptoms of anxiety induced by THC, generating sedative effects that reduce some negative consequences of this psychoactive cannabinoid, such as tremors and rapid heartbeat. CBD and THC are more effective when they act together than when they are taken separately in their isolated forms. This principle is also known as "Entourage Effect”
2. Pain and Inflammations
If we were to list all the benefits of CBD for our health, the pages of a great encyclopaedia would not suffice. In this article we will limit ourselves to telling you that many consumers use this cannabinoid to alleviate pain and inflammation. Although giant steps have been made in cannabidiol research, the international medical community has not yet fully recognized and accepted the therapeutic properties of cannabinoids. According to a study published in 2012 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, CBD can suppress chronic inflammatory pain in rodents. According to several testimonials released by consumers of therapeutic cannabis, CBD food supplements are very effective in reducing the inflammatory symptoms associated with chronic pain. Cannabinoids, like CBD, can reduce pain thanks to their action on the endocannabinoid system present in the human body. Cannabinoids bind to our receptors and stimulate responses in different areas of the body, favouring different beneficial neurological mechanisms. Some laboratory tests have confirmed that CBD acts on the CB1 receptor, generating analgesic effects.
3. DOC and DPTS
CBD has shown in recent years to mitigate the symptoms associated with two forms of anxiety: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (DPTS) and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (DOC). According to several studies, the DPTS is generated by an anandamide deficiency in the human endocannabinoid system. There is therefore a close relationship between cannabinoids and symptoms related to anxiety disorders, such as social anxiety. Patients with DOC can alleviate and cure mental and physical compulsions by taking cannabis varieties high in CBD and low in THC.
In addition to relieving anxiety disorders, CBD also acts as an antipsychotic. Some scientific evidence suggests that cannabidiol could help treat schizophrenia and other mental health problems, such as bipolar disorder. Although THC itself can’t generate mental illness, it can simulate acute psychotic symptoms in some people. This shows how important the action of CBD is, when taking high THC concentrations. Although THC has beneficial properties for our health, its therapeutic efficacy is greatly expanded by the presence of CBD, which reduces the possible occurrence of side effects related to psychotropic effects of the psychoactive cannabinoid.
One of the worst feelings you can experience is nausea, which can often degenerate into vomiting. Do not worry, CBD oils can easily reduce this disorder, effectively treating rejection symptoms. CBD oils are easily digestible, do not contain chemical components and do not give off the unpleasant flavours of normal anti-emetic drugs, rich in antacids and bismuth. A study published by the British Journal of Pharmacology in 2012 confirms that CBD has effective anti-methane properties in rats. Furthermore, when taken together with THC, CBD reduces nausea even better, since THC and CBD can reduce the feeling of nausea both separately and together.
Several documents on anticonvulsant properties of CBD have recently been reported. According to the data collected, this cannabinoid would be very effective in therapies to treat some forms of childhood epilepsy, including Dravet Syndrome. Although limited to several anecdotal testimonies, progress made in this field seems quite promising. The varieties of marijuana high in CBD and low in THC would seem very effective in reducing seizures.
Charlotte Fiji, a six-year-old girl suffering from a debilitating form of epilepsy, was forced to face repeated crises, around 1200 a day. His parents were desperate and no longer knowing how to alleviate his problems, they tried cannabidiol. The result? Today, epileptic seizures have dropped to three a month. It could almost seem like a miracle, but the stories about the effectiveness of CBD against epilepsy are an increasingly common reality!
Try looking at the skin care products department and you will find that among the natural ointments and ointments there will be many containing industrial hemp. Hemp and CBD contain several very beneficial anti-inflammatory components that help to inhibit lipid synthesis. CBD, in fact, acts on human sebaceous glands, producing a "triple" anti-acne action on skin cells. Cannabidiol can naturally suppress cell proliferation.
Although CBD is known for its calming effects, it also offers energizing properties capable of regenerating energy and restoring strength. This is due to the ability of cannabidiol to strengthen the cells of the human body, contributing to their proper regeneration. In addition, CBD is also an excellent antioxidant that promotes the sense of waking not inhibited by the presence of free radicals. According to a study published in 2008, cannabidiol has powerful antioxidant properties, even higher than those of vitamin C and E.
9. Anticancer / Anticarcinogenic
One of the most interesting and encouraging fields of research on CBD is the effectiveness of CBD in the reduction of tumours and inhibition of tumour cell proliferation. Cannabinoids bind to receptors in our endocannabinoid system to prevent the formation of tumour metastases, inhibiting the possible growth of the tumour and limiting the migration of tumour cells in the body. The potential applications of Cannabis for cancer patients are now known and scientifically proven. In addition, cannabinoids also can alleviate the side effects of chemotherapy, decreasing pain and vomiting and inducing pleasant feelings of euphoria.
10. Legal: no prescription required
Medical prescriptions can be difficult to obtain, regardless of the medication required. However, CBD is legal in almost all of Europe and can be purchased in the form of CBD oil, topical ointments and more. Instead of queuing in your pharmacy, order your products online. CBD oils are very easy to take and dose. Just make sure you buy properly purified and chemical-free products. CBD oils are extracted from hemp flowers without the use of solvents, through careful processes that eliminate plant impurities, additives and any other contaminant. In addition to these 10 benefits of CBD, there are many other properties studied with interest by researchers in order to fully understand the therapeutic properties of cannabidiol and all other cannabinoids.