Top 5 Benefits Of CBD. Nia Faraway, Founder Of Yugenial.
What are the Top 5 benefits of CBD?
London is going crazy for Cannabis culture and for good reason. However this is anything but the street variety, the magic ingredient being the much talked about CBD, rather than THC.
Despite both being cannabinoids derived from the Cannabis Sativa plant, CBD actually comes from the Hemp variety (bred to contain high CBD and next to no THC), where as THC is the psychoactive component that gives skunk its powerful high. CBD itself, along with the other cannabinoids of the Hemp plant, are not psychoactive and will not give this effect. However it does show potential for some other promising results:
1. CBD AND PAIN RELIEF
Marijuana has traditionally been used for pain relief for centuries, with evidence going as far back as 2900BC. Scientists believe that CBD plays a large role in this, as it mimics neurotransmitters in the body called endocannabinoids, which interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This is believed to be involved in regulating a host of functions from sleep to immunity.
CBD may help to reduce chronic pain by impacting endocannabinoid receptor activity, reducing inflammation and interacting with neurotransmitters.
A study in rats has found that CBD injections act like local anaesthesia, reducing pain response to surgical incision, whilst another study found that oral CBD in rats reduced sciatic nerve pain by acting as an anti-inflammatory.
In humans, medical grade CBD is being investigated for relief in conditions such as MS and arthritis.
2. CBD AND ANXIETY + DEPRESSION
With a growing mental health epidemic, the WHO estimates that depression may be the single largest contributor to disability world wide, with anxiety coming in at 6th.
In Brazil, a cohort of 57 men received received either oral CBD or placebo 90 minutes before being asked to conduct a public speaking test. Researchers found that around 300mg of CBD was effective at reducing symptoms of anxiety before the test. It has also shown anti-depressant effects in a few animal studies.
3. MAY REDUCE ACNE
Acne is a common skin condition thought to be caused by a number of factors including genetics, diet, bacteria, inflammation and sebum production. Based on recent scientific studies, CBD oil may help treat acne due to its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to reduce sebum production. A study conducted in vitro (via a test tube), found that CBD oil prevented sebaceous gland cells from producing too much pore clogging sebum, and prevented the action of ‘pro-acne’ agents such as inflammatory cytokines.
One of the most studied uses of medical grade CBD is in neurological disorders such as MS and epilepsy. Even though the area is new and emerging, there have already been promising results and Epidiolex was the first CBD based treatment to be licensed last year in June.
Studies are now investigating improved quality of life and reduction of symptoms in people with Parkinsons. In a long term study in mice, those genetically predisposed to Alzheimer’s disease found that it helped prevent cognitive decline.
5. HEART HEALTH
CBD may have possible benefits in lowering blood pressure. In hypertension (chronic high blood pressure), there is a higher risk of developing conditions such as stroke, heart attack and metabolic syndrome. A recent small scale study treated 9 healthy men with 600mg of CBD oil and found that it reduced blood pressure when compared to placebo. Interestingly, their blood pressure was also raised less than the placebo group when given a stress test.
Animal studies have also suggested that heart disease may be tackled with CBD’s powerful antioxidant effects, which reduce the associated inflammation and cell death.
There is a whole plethora of potential benefits available with this wonderful plant-based remedy. Other areas of future development include big areas such as cancer, psychosis, addiction and diabetes.
However for the healthy average Joe hoping to take it as a health supplement, it’s important to avoid using too much too quickly, and gradually experiment with what you find works best for your body. Your endocannabinoid system is unique to you and often results are the effects of trial and error with doseage, method and frequency – learn how your body works and responds, as there is no one size fits all approach to health!