CBD, or Cannabidiol, is one of 113 identified ‘cannabinoids’ found in the cannabis plant. CBD accounts for up to 40% of the plant and has been identified by a considerable number of individuals as a health supplement and an effective therapeutic complement for the treatment of a variety of ailments. There has also been considerable clinical research on CBD and its long list of benefits, with particular focus on the effects of CBD on anxiety, pain, neurological issues, and movement disorders.
HOW IT WORKS
CBD’s effect on the body is effectuated through the endocannabinoid system, which in turn regulates all the other physiological systems in our body such as the nervous system and digestive system. When all the physiological systems are functioning properly and are in “balance”, the body is called to be in homeostasis. The endocannabinoid system consists of receptors located at various points in the body. CBD stimulates these receptors into sending signals to the body to maintain and manage the other systems of the body.
CBD has become a popular mainstream method of managing anxiety. There is no scientific proof as to CBD being a cure for anxiety or as an effective primary treatment, but CBD has shown to be effective as a complement to the treatment. CBD has shown to have an effect on the serotonin receptors, which induces a calming effect on the body. While it may not target the anxiety directly, it does mitigate the physical symptoms one experiences when in that state. Studies have been conducted where subjects were administered either CBD or a placebo and then put into a stressful situation. Those given CBD evidenced lower levels of stress, discomfort, and cognitive impairment.
Epilepsy is the one illness where CBD has been shown to have a true effect. While CBD is not a broad-spectrum treatment for all types of epilepsy, it has played a major role in the treatment of Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. Epidiolex, a drug made from a concentrated form of CBD oil, has been approved by the FDA for patients aged 2 and above.
CBD is used as a pain management supplement by a multitude of people from all walks of life. Athletes have begun using CBD to help with recovery from games and workouts. An interesting fact, marijuana has been used as an analgesic since 2900 BC.
Research has shown that CBD has an effect on the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain, that are responsible for managing inflammation and pain. CBD’s stimulation helps reduce inflammation and pain, which when coupled with the calming anxiolytic effect, promotes faster recovery of the body from wear and tear.
Even though studies provide ample evidence that CBD is well-tolerated and has very few side effects, they nonetheless have shown up in limited numbers. Reported side effects included fatigue, diarrhea, lethargy, and changes in appetite. Scientists also observed that CBD interacted with other medications. Therefore, if you are on any medications, it would be best to speak to your general physician before you opt to take CBD oil.
Published by Matthew Piggot