People have been using cannabis for medical reasons since the time of China’s Han Dynasty for treating rheumatic pain, constipation, female reproductive tract disorders, malaria, and other
There is also evidence of its use in traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine. Our ancestors used CBD for treating
neurological, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urogenital, and infectious diseases and conditions.
As you will see, cannabinoids like CBD can be an effective treatment for everything from insomnia to chronic pain and ease the symptoms of some of the most common conditions nowadays.
Taking cannabis for sleep goes back to 1500 B.C, according to ancient Hindu texts.
- Joseph Maroon, M.D, researched how cannabis affects the brain and believes it could help with sleep.
- 10 percent of Americans who tried CBD used it to help them sleep, and most said it worked!
- Experts recommend starting with a dose of 30mg and slowly increase if it doesn’t work.
2. Pain Relief
Cannabis has been used for pain since 2900 B.C! Today 40% of all CBD users use it for general pain relief.
- Studies have demonstrated that CBD can reduce pain through its interaction with endocannabinoid receptors. This lowers inflammation and relaxes the central nervous system.
- A study in which 47 sufferers of multiple sclerosis (MS) took a cannabis product called Sativex for a month showed reductions in pain and muscle spasms, as well as improved mobility.
3. Depression and Anxiety
In human and animal studies, CBD seems to produce a fast-acting antidepressant and anxiety-reducing effect by stimulating serotonin transmission in the brain. There’s a link between cannabidiol and neurogenesis, and endocannabinoids and stress.
- A 2013 study demonstrated that CBD may induce neurogenesis in humans.
- A 2016 study showed that the serotonin transmission that CBD causes in the brain is highly beneficial for those with anxiety or depression.
- CBD can also treat stress, which will in turn lessen stress-related depression, according to a 2018 meta-analysis.
“CBD is one of the best things I’ve ever tried for anxiety”. – Joe Rogan
4. PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Multiple studies have shown that CBD can help reduce nightmares and replaying negative memories.
- A 2015 medical paper reported, “in a subchronic study, CBD administered daily 1 hour after predator stress (a proposed model of PTSD) reduced the long-lasting anxiogenic effects of chronic predator stress, partially via 5-HT1AR activation.
- In a 2019 study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 10/11 patients experience a decrease in PTSD symptom severity after CBD intake.
5. Athletic/Sport Performances
When asked what he was smoking, Nate Diaz explained, “It’s CBD. It helps with the healing process and inflammation, stuff like that.”
- CBD’s healing and anti-inflammatory effects are hugely beneficial for high-performance sportspeople.
- As noted by the WHO, CBD has no abuse potential, unlike some other recovery aids.
- Other benefits for athletes include improvement of sleep, muscle relaxation, reduction of stress and anxiety, protection of the central nervous system, adaptogenic properties, and reduction of oxidation and inflammation.
While CBD isn’t a cure for any cancer, the recent research around it seems promising.
- Some studies indicate that CBD may reduce the proliferation and invasion of breast cancer cells.
- CBD may even induce cell death in some cancers, and make cells more sensitive to radiation treatment.
- Unlike treatments such as chemotherapy, CBD can achieve this without affecting ordinary cells.
- CBD may also ease the nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy.
CBD isn’t a cure for diabetes, but the cannabidiol’s anti-inflammatory properties have seen promising results.
- While no such human studies have been carried out, research conducted with mice showed that the rodents were less likely to develop diabetes after a course of CBD.
- CBD can reduce insulin resistance, and moderate blood sugar in people with Type 2 diabetes who don’t take insulin.
- CBD can also help with the inflammation and neuropathic pain associated with diabetes.
- Professor Veronica Brady of the University of Texas has stated that CBD tinctures and oils were helpful for her diabetic patients’ pain symptoms.
8. Heart Health and Blood Pressure
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), CBD can reduce blood pressure because it affects pain receptors, and this can help decrease blood pressure.
- Research shows that as little as one dose of 600mg CBD can lower blood pressure.
- One study found CBD reduced resting blood pressure and induced a smaller blood pressure increase in stress tests.
- CBD has far fewer potential side effects than traditional blood pressure medications.
- Because pain can cause high blood pressure, CBD’s analgesic properties are also important here.
CBD directly interacts with dopamine, which is a chemical neurotransmitter related to memory, focus, and mental awareness.
- For those suffering from a mental health issue, anxious or depressed thoughts can impact focus. CBD can reclaim concentration for people in this situation.
- Cannabinoids increase dopamine levels, which help with memory, focus, and motivation.
- CBD may help you get over the mid-workday mental slump by improving your brain function and neural pathways which can result in increased productivity and mental clarity.
Recent studies suggest that CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties can help acne and other skin conditions.
- As this study shows, CBD use reduces excessive sebum production. This also helps to limit the development of acne.
- Jeremy Riggle of Mary’s Nutritionals has succeeded in managing eczema-related pain, itch, and inflammation with CBD.
- Due to its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to reduce sebum production, CBD can prevent the activation of acne agents like inflammatory cytokines and treat the symptoms of eczema.
Half of the parents of children with autism stated that their communication was improved after the children started taking CBD.
- Another study stated that 80% of parents reported less problematic behavior from their children after taking CBD.
Recent studies concluded that CBD appears to have a beneficial effect for those recovering from opioid, cocaine, nicotine, and marijuana addiction.
- A study found CBD to be 30% more effective than opioids among a group of cancer patients.
- Smokers who took CBD ended up smoking 40% fewer cigarettes than usual.
Researchers at the Medical College of Georgia have early evidence that CBD could help to improve outcomes for those with COVID-19.
- Many of the fatalities associated with the virus occur because of lung inflammation that comes from an excess of cytokines in the body. As a natural anti-inflammatory, CBD can address this issue.
CBD may help reduce the cytokine storm and excessive lung inflammation in patients helping them avoid ventilation and acute respiratory distress syndrome.