CBD AS ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the 100+ cannabinoids that naturally occurs in cannabis. In recent years, this cannabinoid has become the subject of considerable research due to its many diverse medical applications. While CBD’s therapeutic attributes have contributed to its growing popularity in recent years, it is this cannabinoid’s nonpsychoactive properties that have sparked an intensified interest in its medicinal potential. CBD has broad therapeutic benefits that can be applied across a range of neuropsychiatric disorders.
Since CBD is nonpsychoactive, meaning it does not produce the ‘high’ that is typically associated with cannabis consumption, it has become a safe and effective alternative for patients who are concerned about the mind-altering effects of other cannabinoids such as THC or pharmaceutical medications.
The most common and effective way to consume CBD is through CBD oils. However, the exact concentrations and ratio of CBD to THC is an important factor and can vary depending on the product and manufacturer. Pure CBD oils or oils that contain higher CBD to THC ratios have been shown to offer a wider range of health benefits that could potentially improve the symptoms associated with a wide range of health problems.
5 KEY MEDICAL APPLICATIONS OF CBD OIL
1. Reduces Inflammation
Cannabinoid receptors occur naturally in our body’s immune cells and play a vital role in the regulation of the immune system. Several studies have shown that when exogenous CBD receptors bind with our bodies CB1 and CB2 receptors, they play an enormous role in regulating our body’s anti-inflammatory mechanism.
2. Epilepsy and Seizures
The interest of CBD as an anti-epileptic treatment has skyrocketed in recent years. Seizures occur when there is an extreme fluctuation of electrical activity in the brain. CBD oil helps to control seizures by attaching to the receptors in the brain that are responsible for regulating relaxation and controlling excitability. Numerous studies are now confirming the link between CBD consumption and significantly reduced seizure frequency.
3. Anxiety and Stress
In addition to CBD’s ability to treat physiological symptoms, there is a growing body of research that indicates CBD can be effectively applied to a range of mental health conditions, including anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. According to a 2018 study of CBD users, anxiety ranks as one of the top reasons for consuming CBD products. CBD eases anxiety by helping the body process serotonin, a hormone that plays a key role in regulating emotions
While research is still preliminary in this area, several studies have shown that CBD may be valuable in treating cancer and cancer-related symptoms. CBD possesses anti-proliferative properties, also known as an antitumor effect, meaning it can destroy existing tumor cells and
prevent the spread of more cancer cells. While this area of study is still in the pre-clinical stage (not yet tested on humans), CBD’s ability to reduce the pain associated with cancer and chemotherapy has been widely applied.
A recently discovered benefit of CBD oil is its ability to reduce the risk of developing diabetes. Regular CBD consumption can lower patients’ fasting insulin levels and decrease BMI (body mass index) and obesity levels. CBD interacts with various functions in the body to increase metabolism and suppress appetite, which contribute to its weight management benefits.
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