The Proven Benefits of CBD
Cannabidiol—CBD—is a cannabis compound that has significant medical benefits, but does not make people feel “stoned” and can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC. The fact that CBD-rich cannabis is non-psychoactive or less psychoactive than THC-dominant strains makes it an appealing option for patients looking for relief from inflammation, pain, anxiety, psychosis, spasms, and other conditions without disconcerting feelings of lethargy or dysphoria.
Treatment of ADD/ADHD
ADD/ADHD symptoms are typified by low dopamine and high cortisol levels and can be reduced by CBD, which increases dopamine and lowers cortisol levels in the body. While some studies have investigated cannabis as a treatment for symptoms of ADD/ADHD, few have conside at particular. However, there is a great deal of anecdotal evidence supporting the effectiveness of CBD as a treatment for symptoms of ADD/ADHD.
Relieves Pain and Inflammation
Among the many proven benefits of CBD, pain relief is one of the most widely recognised. Research evidence suggests that it may be useful in pain modulation by inhibiting neuronal transmission in pain pathways. A 2012 study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine found that it significantly suppressed chronic inflammatory and neuropathic pain in rodents without causing analgesic tolerance.
Research shows that it produces antipsychotic effects and further studies have shown that it prevents human experimental psychosis and is useful in clinical trials of patients with schizophrenia, exhibiting a remarkable safety profile.
Studies using animal models of anxiety and involving healthy volunteers suggest that it decreased anxiety in patients with social anxiety disorder. Researchers have further indicated that it may also be useful for panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
A 2012 study published in the British Journal of Pharmacology found that CBD induced anti-nausea and anti-emetic effects when it was administered to rats.
Lowers Incidence of Diabetes
A 2006 study found that CBD treatment significantly reduced the incidence of diabetes in non-obese diabetic mice by 56 per cent, while a histological examination of the pancreatic islets of the CBD-treated mice revealed significantly reduced insulitis.
Promotes Cardiovascular Health
A 2013 study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology found that it protected the heart against vascular damage caused by high glucose, inflammation or type 2 diabetes in animal models.
Treatment for Arthritis
A study conducted in 2017 concluded that the local administration of CBD blocked osteoarthritis pain and that it also prevented the later development of pain and nerve damage in the affected joints.