Cannabidiol — more commonly known as CBD — has gotten a lot of good press in recent years. And for good reason! The potential health benefits of CBD are vast, often in different (or even synergistic) ways with THC. CBD and THC seem to be the Yin and Yang in holistic health. CBD is THC’s non-intoxicating sibling, making it ideal for patients who may not want the “high” associated with THC.
Below we’ve compiled three amazing health benefits of CBD. Keep in mind, of course, this is far from an exhaustive list. There seem to be dozens of potential health benefits from CBD, but we’re only at the embryonic stages of research. In the coming years — as high-quality, gold-standard human studies proliferate — we’ll begin learning even more about the therapeutic versatility of CBD.
Despite thousands of parents reporting the miraculous turnarounds their children experienced in reducing the severity and frequency of seizures — hence why so many “CBD refugee” parents moved to Colorado — high-quality research has been virtually non-existent. Fortunately, times are a changing, and research has been increasing since 2016.
An NYU study published in 2017 exploring the impact of CBD on the quality of life for children with childhood epilepsy found that over a 4-week baseline period and then a 12-week observation period, study participants experienced a 50%+ reduction in monthly motor seizures.
We still need more data from large, gold-standard randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled studies, however, the data thus far is promising and seems to validate what thousands of parents have long known. CBD can be a godsend!
CBD is often touted as a “wonder drug,” and in many ways it is. One exciting area of research is the potential role of CBD in treating anxiety and possibly even anxiety-related disorders. Studies suggest CBD is an anxiolytic (meaning it reduces anxiety). That’s why strains higher in CBD are less likely to cause cannabis users anxiety or paranoia and can even calm a high caused by overconsumption of edibles.
A 2011 multi-institutional study from Brazil found that CBD reduces anxiety for individuals with social phobia in high-stress, simulated public speaking environments.
Some of the conclusions from the study include:
Other studies suggest CBD may help treat several anxiety-related disorders including:
Given the fact the U.S. is experiencing the worst opioid epidemic in history, early research exploring CBD’s therapeutic, anti-addictive properties related not only to opioids, but cocaine, amphetamines, alcohol, tobacco, and even cannabis withdrawal syndrome is nothing short of remarkable.
In fact, one breakthrough study found that states that implemented liberal medical cannabis laws experienced a “24.8% lower mean annual opioid overdose mortality rate compared with states without medical cannabis laws.” Further, in each year after states implemented laws legalizing medical cannabis, the lower rate of overdose mortality generally strengthened year after year.
Below is a list of some of the most interesting studies:
While research is still in the early stages, largely relying on animal models rather than humans, the concluded studies have been incredibly promising in regards to CBD’s potential ability to help addicts dealing with a wide range of addictions.
Studies suggest CBD may help addicts keep cravings at bay, inhibit cue-induced drug-seeking behaviors (like environmental stimuli that reminds the addict of their drug), inhibit alcohol-induced neurodegeneration, and more!
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