Public interest in CBD oil, and interest in cannabis in general, is at an all-time high. Medical experts and legislatures alike have recently started to take interest in the prepared cannabis oil, due to its speculated physical and therapeutic value. However, while the recent interest may seem new, medical cannabis has long been a heated topic of debate, especially in the United States. While there is some irony to be found in these debates, as the medical field has been using cannabis oil, and CBD, preparations for millennia now, public concern and the war on drugs originally led to a ban of the substance in the medical industry in the 1930’s. Today, we are seeing cannabis make a resurgence, and with that resurgence, CBD and hemp oils have started to gain a lot of attention. But before we can get into questions about the benefits of CBD, we first need to understand what CBD is.

So What Is CBD?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of sixty different compounds found in cannabis. CBD, in particular, belongs to a class of ingredients called cannabinoids. While recreational users tend to focus on a different ingredient, THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, medical researchers have started to shift their focus to CBD, and as interest and research into CBD has risen, so has the list of potential medical benefits. One of the biggest differences between THC and CBD is the fact that CBD is non-psychoactive.

What are the Practical Benefits of Taking CBD?

Early research pointed to a number of different benefits. For example, a 2013 study in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology pointed to evidence that CBD could act as an anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, antioxidant, antiemetic, anxiolytic and even an antipsychotic agent. If proven true, this could mean that CBD could be used to treat things like neuroinflammation, epilepsy, oxidative injury, vomiting and nausea, anxiety and even issues as impactful as schizophrenia. [1] This realization was a huge step forward for hemp and CBD, as it showed practical applications for the substance, giving evidence to the claims that were being made by medical professionals and cannabis supporters all over the globe.

Nausea Relief and CBD

One of the first benefits medical experts looked at when studying the potential benefits of CBD was nausea relief. The reason this was a logical step was because cannabis has been used for centuries as a suppressant of nausea, vomiting, and other stomach irritating health problems. Overtime research has revealed that both THC and CBD can help get rid of nausea and vomiting. However, it should be noted that these results were found in animal trials by the British Journal of Pharmacology, so we have yet to begin clinical trials on humans. [2] However, this is a good sign that points to the powerful potential of CBD as a method of treatment. One other point of note when talking about CBD for nausea relief is that there is a threshold for dosages. What this means is that in low doses CBD can work wonders in suppressing vomiting or nausea, but if high doses are given to users, CBD can then become an irritant itself, creating more nausea. This isn’t a new behavior, however, as many of the over-the-counter and prescribed nausea suppressants can also cause nausea in patients when higher-than-normal doses are administered.

CBD, Pain Relief, and Inflammation

One of the reasons cannabis started to gain an ever growing amount of traction in recent years is because the opioid crisis has become an ever present part of modern day life. As abuse for painkiller medications becomes more common, the need for a healthier alternative has become greater and greater. With that in mind, it’s not surprising that medical professionals have expressed optimism about CBD’s potential benefit as a natural pain relief. In fact, a study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine found that CBD was able to suppress chronic inflammatory and neuropathic pain significantly in test rodents. It also managed to provide this relief without creating any significant tolerance to the medication. [3] One of the most exciting potential uses for CBD as a pain reliever is the treatment of multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis is a debilitating medical issue that can cause serious pain to those living with it. However, a 2007 meta-analysis done in Canada shows that a combination of CBD and THC can be used to effectively treat neuropathic pain caused by the disease. [4] This could potential be a major relief for anyone dealing with multiple sclerosis, and it creates major implications for the substances use in the future.

CBD as a Potential Treatment for Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety, whether it be social or obsessive compulsive, can be a debilitating disorder for those diagnosed with it, but recent studies performed on healthy volunteers and animal models have shown clear signs that CBD can perform as an anxiolytic. Cannabidiol has been shown to reduce anxiety in users with social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and even panic disorder. This could be a potentially revolutionary development as taking CBD is much safer and easier than other anti-anxiety medications like alprazolam, clonazepam, and other benzodiazepines. [5]

One of the more recent studies focusing on CBD’s effects on anxiety was a 2011 study which compared the effects of CBD on patients with social anxiety disorder in a simulated public speaking test. These patients had never previously been treated for their disorders, and the study was performed with placebo control groups. The study is definitely worth a read, but the results it found were startling. Patients pretreated with CBD had significantly less anxiety, cognitive impairment and discomfort in their speech performance. Test subjects pretreated with CBD were also found to be more alert as well. The placebo group, however, performed as expected, with lower levels of alertness and higher levels of anxiety and cognitive impairment. [6]

Promoting Cardiovascular Health through the Use of CBD

One of the more recent studies done on the effects of CBD reports that CBD can protect the cardiovascular system from damage caused by glucose, inflammation, and even diabetes. This study, published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, was performed on animal models, meaning we still have to see results for how it prevents damage in clinical trials on humans, but based on what we have seen CBD do to regular inflammation, it isn’t much of a stretch to believe that CBD can be a powerful tool in promoting cardiovascular health. In fact, CBD proved to reduce vascular hyper permeability, which is a major cause of health issues like leaky gut. [7]

Are There Other Medical Benefits of CBD?

While knowing the effects of CBD on our everyday lives is important, and probably the most interesting aspect of the substance for the general public, there are also very real possibilities that CBD will be able to treat serious medical ailments that the majority of us will never experience ourselves. While this may be slightly less interesting to the majority of users, for those that are effected by issues like cancer, schizophrenia, seizures and neurological disorders, this kind of information can provide a massive relief and a glimpse of hope. For this reason, we are going to list some of the more specific, and extreme, potential applications of CBD below.

CBD’s Potential in Treating Cancer Patients

Cannabis has long been rumored to have benefits for cancer patients, but many have discredited these claims over the years. However, new research done by a number of different outlets, including the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, has shed new light on the subject. Several scientific reports have demonstrated that CBD may possess benefits including anti-proliferative and pro-apoptotic effects that can hinder cancer cell migration, adhesion, and invasion. [8] A 2006 study was the first to show that CBD may, in fact, selectively inhibit the growth of breast tumor cells. [9]

In more recent studies, like a 2011 study that focused on adding light on cellular mechanisms, CBD was able to induce cell death in breast cancer cells. This meant that CBD induced a concentration-dependent cell death of both oestrogen receptor-positive and oestrogen receptor-negative breast cancer cells. In addition, researchers noted that effective concentrations of CBD in tumor cells have little-to-no-effect on the healthy, non-cancerous, mammary cells. [10]

When we look at the research out there today, CBD appears to behave as a non-toxic compound that can be used to treat specific cancer types in concentrated purposeful doses. In fact, in-depth studies about the potential toxicity of CBD have shown that 700 milligrams can be taken for up to 6 weeks without any sign of overt toxicity in humans. This means that CBD can potentially be used as a long term treatment method for patients. While most of the research covered in this section focused on breast cancer, it should also be noted that other studies have shown that CBD may be helpful in fighting against lung, colon, and leukemia cancer as well. [11]

CBD as a Potential Treatment for Seizures and Other Neurological Disorders

Cannabidiol has long been a subject of interest for those suffering with epilepsy, so much so that Stanford University began approaching those who had shown interest in the substance as a form of treatment in 2014 for research studies. Of those approached, researchers were able to find 19 subjects that met the criteria for their research. Keep in mind that this is a relatively small sample size, and while the findings of this research gives many hope, it should be taken with a certain amount of skepticism.

Of the nineteen subjects chosen, the average amount of medications tried before moving onto CBD cannabis was twelve, and of the nineteen patients, sixteen of them reported a reduction in seizure frequency when taking CBD. Of these sixteen, two of the patients went as far as reporting that they were seizure free while on the drug. The remaining patients reported varying reductions ranging from 25-80 percent less seizures. In addition, many users reported improved alertness, better sleep, and better mood. There were side effects however, but these were usually mild and consisted of drowsiness and fatigue. [12]

The Antipsychotic Effects of CBD

As we previously mentioned in this article’s introduction piece, research published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology has shown that CBD has a potential use as an antipsychotic treatment. Its pharmacological profile appears to be remarkably similar to that of atypical antipsychotic drugs when compared to similar animal studies. Additionally, new studies suggest that CBD can prevent psychosis in humans, and open clinical trials on patients with schizophrenia seem to back up this claim. While no one is suggesting that you switch to CBD as a primary form of medication for psychosis, you very well may begin to see CBD prescribed as a genuine treatment for schizophrenia in coming years. [13]

What are the Main Points to Take Away from These Studies?

One thing is for sure, there’s a lot of research and interest in the effects of CBD, as well as other compounds found in hemp in general, but there is still a need for more research and studies as well. What we know so far can be summed up as the following: CBD is a non-psychoactive compound found in hemp that shows promise as a possible anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, antioxidant, antiemetic, anxiolytic and antipsychotic agent.

Please take some time to review the sources we referenced through this article below. In addition, make sure you read our disclaimer. We hope this helped answers some of the questions you had about CBD, its benefits, and potential applications.

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