Top 3 Health Benefits of CBD

As CBD grows in popularity, researchers are taking a closer look at its many health benefits. As people experiment with this amazing compound, they’re seeing its positive effects on health issues like inflammation, anxiety, depression, epilepsy, and more.

Let’s take a closer look at what science says about the health benefits of CBD.

 

CBD and inflammation

Inflammation is your body’s way of acknowledging when something is wrong. An army of white blood cells rush to the injured or infected area and try to protect it. That’s why in injuries, we see swelling and redness. This is known as acute inflammation. With chronic inflammation, the same rules apply to an extent. When our bodies cannot get rid of the unwanted substance, inflammation sets in long term and diseases can potentially occur, such as cancer, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, IBD, etc. This is known as chronic inflammation.

Today, with the help of CBD, patients are reporting a relief from their chronic inflammation. In 2006, a study suggested that CBD contains anti-inflammatory properties (1). Another study showcased the influence cannabinoids have on the function and flow of cytokines of the immune cells. With this evidence, cannabinoids have been suggested to be a therapeutic agent for a number of inflammatory disorders (2).

 

CBD treatment for anxiety and depression

Our lives are filled with anxiety to a degree. We’ve all had our share of worry, fear, and stress. However, battling an anxiety disorder is much more serious. It can leave us feeling defeated, affecting our day-to-day lives. However, in recent studies, CBD has proven to be effective when treating patients with anxiety. In one study, researchers observed how CBD changed the blood flow in both the limbic and paralimbic regions of the brain. Using neuroimaging tests, once CBD was administered, researchers saw a change in patients who suffered from SAD (Social Anxiety Disorder) brain activity, showing an improvement in their overall state of being (3).

Researchers have also conducted a study with patients agreeing to a SPS test — Simulated public speaking. These patients reported feeling less anxious after receiving CBD. With an anxiolytic-like and antidepressant-like compound, CBD has also shown positive results in treating depression (4).

 

CBD treating seizures and epilepsy

These two disorders may perhaps have the most astonishing evidence to date. Researchers have focused their time and attention on the effects CBD has neurologically and its treatment for epilepsy and seizures.

A 3 month-old girl named Charlotte started experiencing seizures. After a number of tests, doctors diagnosed her with Dravet Syndrome – a severe form of epilepsy that cannot be controlled by medication.

Charlotte was treated with medications that only helped for a short time.  As months passed, Charlotte’s condition progressively got worse. Averaging 300 seizures a week, Charlotte's parents desperately looked for an alternative method of treatment, and they discovered CBD. The results were astounding. After receiving CBD, Charlotte went from 300 seizures a week to 1-2 seizures a month.  Charlotte is now able to live a more normal life and her parents are overjoyed (5).

Over the last couple of decades, a number of studies have been conducted on the use of CBD in treating seizures and epilepsy. Researchers are wanting to conduct more tests. However, what they have found is that CBD has been effective in potentially reducing seizure activity in animal models.

 

In the end, CBD is a natural substance that shows great promise in reducing pain, inflammation, anxiety, depression, seizures, and other health issues. What’s been considered as an “alternative” therapy up to this point is quickly going mainstream. And there’s good reason for it. People’s lives have been dramatically improved because of this substance, and it looks as though the positive research is just getting started.

If you struggle with certain health issues, consider giving CBD a try. It could help your situation, and possibly even change your life.

 

Sources:

  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2270485/ 
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16023222?dopt=Abstract
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22290374
  • http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1516-44462012000500008&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en
  • https://www.cnn.com/2013/08/07/health/charlotte-child-medical-marijuana/
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