When it comes to cannabis, the preconceived notion is that it’s all about THC, getting stoned, and scarfing back a bunch of munchies. However, the cannabis plant is much more than that and certain properties throughout the plant can offer a variety of health benefits.
CBD, the short-form of cannabidiol, can be fabricated into a bunch of forms including oils, CBD creams, and tablets. Even though CBD is an active part of the cannabis plant, CBD contains zero psychedelic effects and presents a bevy of health benefits. As a result, the CBD market is a fast-growing one and researchers are studying its effectiveness.
Not to be confused with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD is non-psychoactive and regardless of how much you take, it won’t get you stoned. Quite the contrary to THC. CBD’s qualities have made it an intriguing option for people who are looking to relieve pain and ease certain disorders without the mind-blowing effects of THC.
CBD oil, arguably its most popular form, is used in both cooking and medicine and is formed by extracting the CBD from the plant and mixing it with other oils such as hemp seed or coconut oil.
If you’re interested in considering CBD as a remedy for a variety of physical and mental ailments, here are a few CBD health benefits that have been clinically proven to help.
Researchers have found that marijuana, in some form, was used to help alleviate pain as far back at 2900 BC, so it’s definitely not a new process.
Specifically, certain components within CBD have been shown to relieve pain. According to studies from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), CBD helps to reduce chronic pain by reducing inflammation by interacting with neurotransmitters. The NIT released a study claiming that mixing CBD and THC, the two properties of marijuana, have treated pain in patients who suffered from multiple sclerosis and arthritis. The same study also showed that CBD components helped to ‘significantly improve’ movement pain and resulted in a higher quality of rest and sleep in patients who suffer from arthritis.
Reduces anxiety and depression
CBD is said to have lasting effects on two of the most common mental health disorders – anxiety and depression. The World Health Organization says that depression is the most wide-spread type of disability around the world. While anxiety and depression tend to be treated with heavy pharmaceuticals (all of which come with a number of side effects), CBD has proven to be a natural remedy for the two heavy hitting mental health diseases.
Pharmaceutical side effects include agitation, headaches, difficulty sleeping, and drowsiness, none of which were found in patients who used CBD to treat anxiety and depression.
CBD has been known to also reduce some of the most common symptoms related to cancer, including nausea, pain, and vomiting, especially in patients who have been treated with chemotherapy. Another study conducted with mice, found the spread to subside within mice that had ingested CBD.
Can reduce acne
Acne is a far too common skin condition that affects a large amount of the teenage population and some adults. While acne is said to be caused by genetics and bacteria, CBD’s has been proven to reduce acne due to its anti-inflammatory qualities.
CBD has also been shown to help reduce the brain’s desire to depend on morphine and heroin in specific cases targeted for recovering drug addicts, and has been shown to reduce the possibility of tumours, prevent the spread of prostate and colon cancer, and reduced inflammation in diabetic mice.
While CBD is generally regarded as not having many side effects due to its natural compounds, it has caused some reactions in certain cases. Studies have proven that side effects include diarrhoea, dizziness, and changes in weight and appetite.
Is CBD legal?
While legal throughout all of Canada through an online dispensary, CBD is only readily available in most parts of the United States (as of June, 2020). The US government’s position when it comes to CBD can be a tad confusing and it depends on whether the CBD is extracted from hemp or the marijuana plant. While the legality of CBD is forecasted to change in the coming years, there is no official consensus in Congress that will make it legal, even though the United States is weighing the option of making cannabis legal throughout the entire country, akin to what Canada did in October of 2018.
While some CBD companies have made claims that CBD can help reduce the symptoms of cancer and alleviate pain (regardless of if it’s true for you or not), clinical trials of CBD studies still need to be extensively studied before it can be put out on the mainstream North American market. What’s encouraging is that using CBD (ordering it online) is not illegal and plenty of registered companies offer products. There are a vast amount of tests and research that has proven CBD as a valid substitute to some pharmaceutical medications and considering it’s an all-natural product, you can’t really go wrong with giving it a go.
CBD doesn’t contain any addictive qualities which means it’s as easy as throwing it out if it’s not right for you. CBD is also impossible to overdose on, a quality which proves its natural compound. Our point of view is, if you can ingest heaps of it without any serious kick backs (apart from just getting tired), it’s something you should at least consider. Especially if you’ve stressed all your other options. As always, if CBD is something you’re not comfortable ingesting, you may want to consult your doctor or naturopath to get some professional insight on using any of CBD’s variety of forms.
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Peter Wallace has been an advocate for mental health awareness for years. He holds a master’s degree in counselling from the University of Edinburgh.
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