Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural chemical compound that is found in hemp plants. It can be extracted into oil, which can then be added into all kinds of different products, such as oil drops, edibles, vape pens, and more. CBD has become a very popular supplement in recent years, as more research uncovers how it interacts with our bodies to benefit our health and well-being.
If you are cautious over certain claims about CBD, you’re not wrong to be wary. There’s a long history of exaggerated claims for what supplements can do. If you want to know the truth about CBD, here’s a list of all the benefits of CBD, backed up by scientific research and clinical trials.
1. Reduce Pain
The most documented benefit of CBD is its ability to reduce pain. It achieves this by interacting with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) that runs through the nervous system. According to the pharmacbd.com premium CBD binds to the receptors in the ECS in a way that dulls the pain signals that are sent through our body when we feel pain, so it is less intense than it would be otherwise.
Clinical studies have tested how it can help various people with different kinds of pain. One study tested CBD in people with multiple sclerosis, and found that improved their symptoms related to pain, walking and muscle spasms. It has also been found to help people with arthritis, fibromyalgia, and acute pain from injuries and surgery.
2. Improve Mental Health
CBD can also be used to help improve our mental health, by reducing feelings of stress, anxiety, depression, and even severe conditions like PTSD. The way it works goes back to the receptors in the ECS, which doesn’t just regulate things like pain. It also affects the signals to our brains that tells it when to release certain hormones and chemicals that can affect a number of other things, such as your mood.
Specifically, CBD helps promote the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that is important to our moods. People who have mental health disorders have been found to commonly have a lower than usual amount of serotonin production.
3. Help with Cancer Symptoms
Cancer of any type is a terrible disease for someone to go through. It is common for people with cancer to experience several symptoms from their condition itself, as well as harsh side effects from the treatment and surgery they receive for it.
It can include things like pain and anxiety, but also nausea, vomiting, inflammation, and more. CBD has been found in trials to help reduce vomiting and nausea from chemotherapy, and as noted above can also be used to reduce pain, stress and anxiety.
4. Treats Skin Conditions
There are many chronic skin conditions that can be caused or triggered by inflammation and dryness. This includes things like acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, and more. For inflammation, CBD has been found to have powerful anti-inflammatory properties, due to having a high level of antioxidants and omega fatty acids. Both help reduce inflammation, but also promote better skin health and reduce sebum production that can trigger an acne breakout.
5. Reduces Seizure Activity
Seizure disorders like epilepsy have proven difficult to treat. Not only is there no permanent cure, but there is no singular treatment that works on everyone. Some people have forms of epilepsy that prove resistant to most treatment options that try to prevent or reduce seizure activity. CBD has emerged as a new treatment option that can sometimes dramatically reduce seizures in patients. However, like other treatment options it does not appear to help everyone.
6. Helps with Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder that causes a person to shake and tremor uncontrollably. It also can cause stiffness, and difficulty in the person’s balance and coordination. It only gets worse over time, to the point that the patient can no longer talk.
There is no cure for Parkinson’s, and treatments focus on slowing down the disease’s progression and maintaining quality of life for as long as possible. Early trials have tested CBD as a way to help, and have found that it can help improve sleep quality and overall quality of life.
7. Improve Brain Health
As you may be able to tell from above, CBD seems to help with your brain’s health. It can help with specific neurological conditions such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and even Alzheimer’s disease. It is not fully clear why, because research into how CBD affects your brain’s health is still early. However, it seems clear at this point that CBD is able to improve your brain’s health because of its anti-inflammatory properties, as well as its promotion of brain cells and brain signals.
8. Reduces Blood Pressure
The heart is the other vitally important organ in your body, and CBD has also been found to help with its health as well. Specifically, early trials found that it helped reduce blood pressure in men when put through stress tests.
This is another area where the research into how CBD affects the heart is still early to know how and why, but the early signs point to a positive overall effect. For example, an animal study found that it appears to reduce inflammation and cell death from heart disease, reduce stress and anxiety which can affect your heart’s health, and reduce oxidative stress or damage caused by diabetes.
9. Prevents Diabetes
There appears to be potential in CBD being able to prevent diabetes. An animal study performed on non-obese diabetic mice where they were given CBD before they fully developed the condition. The results found that mice who were given CBD had significantly reduced and delayed insulitis, which is the destructive condition in the pancreas that leads to the development of diabetes. The reason seems to be tied to the production of Th1 cytokines, which is a pre-inflammatory response that leads to inflammation of the pancreas and heart.
10. Potentially Kills Cancer Cells
Perhaps the most exciting potential of CBD is its ability to kill certain cancerous cells. This could open the door for CBD to assist in treatment of cancer itself, as a supplement to other more aggressive treatment options. The results of early trials found that CBD was able to kill human breast cancer cells in a test-tube study, as well as slowing the spread of breast cancer cells in mice in an animal trial. There has yet to be any medical trial on humans, however.
As the above 10 benefits should illustrate, CBD is able to interact with our bodies in unique and potentially profound ways. It has the ability to affect the functionality of our brains and nervous system, from feelings of pain and our mood, to the production and health of our various organ cells, to being able to inhibit or kill foreign cells that are harmful to our health.
There is still so much more that needs to be researched, but more thorough and in-depth clinical trials are underway or being planned. Be wary of anything that has not yet been proven by human trials, but in the meantime you can still enjoy using CBD for things like pain and your mental health.