Health Benefits of CBD
If you are a CBD user, or if anyone you know is a CBD user, it would be silly to ignore the beneficial effects of CBD on health and the human mind. It’s a non-psychotic substance, which means that it doesn’t affect serotonin in the brain as other psychotropic drugs do. CBD has the same structural makeup as many of our most important neurotransmitters, including dopamine and serotonin. This means that CBD, like the popular ADHD medication Ritalin, has the potential to alleviate some of the symptoms of ailments like depression and epilepsy. Also, unlike prescription drugs, CBD doesn’t produce any side effects.
What are the health benefits of CBD?
Results: Almost 62% of CBD-using patients reported having used CBD to treat at least one medical condition, including cancer, anxiety, chronic pain, depression, and arthritis. The top three health conditions treated by CBD users were anxiety, pain, and heart disease. The results in both studies were quite encouraging. However, almost 36% of CBD-treated patients reported that CBD successfully treats their particular health condition(es) well enough on its own, while just 4.3% said that it doesn’t work at all.
One of the health benefits of CBD
is that it can reduce the inflammation that often accompanies some types of diseases. In one study, for example, a CBD user showed significant improvement (a reduction in stiffness and pain) in response to treatment with Sativex (an anti-inflammatory), after being treated with Sativex for four weeks. Another common ailment for which CBD is recommended is multiple sclerosis, also known as sclerosis or ‘neovascular disease’. Multiple sclerosis is one of the most frustrating neurological disorders for which there are currently no cures. However, in some cases, such as with Sativex, CBD is effective in reducing the inflammation associated with multiple sclerosis.
Another of the many health benefits
of CBD is its anti-aging properties. One study found that a CBD-rich oil may help reduce wrinkles. The oil had a high amount of CBD. A lab test also found that CBD cracked open stems and leaf extracts from blueberry, grapefruit, and lemon, which are commonly used in wrinkle reduction and antiaging skincare products. These plant extracts appear to contain antioxidants that are beneficial in fighting the damaging effects of the ultraviolet rays from the sun. The antioxidant activity may help reduce cellular aging.
CBD may help reduce the negative side effects of some neuroleptic drugs
(antipsychotic medications used to treat schizophrenia and similar disorders). In one study, CBD was shown to improve patient symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis. In addition, the plant compound has been found to reduce seizures in animal studies.
A third common benefit of CBD is an increase in HDL cholesterol.
Research on animals and humans has found that CBD can lower LDL cholesterol while increasing HDL cholesterol. It may help reduce high blood pressure, which is a serious cardiovascular disorder. Studies have also shown that CBD reduces the risk of blood clots, which are known to cause heart attacks and strokes. CBD may also prevent or reduce epileptic seizures, which are another life-threatening symptom of epilepsy.