With marijuana legalization advancing across the country (29 states to date!), it’s no wonder that scientists and health professionals alike are also speeding up marijuana research.
Majority of cannabis research these days is directed towards its medical effectiveness and impact on one’s overall health.
Recently, the spotlight is on CBD or cannabidiol, a compound found in marijuana that has promising medical properties without the usual high associated with its use. Cultivators, dispensaries, and everyone involved in the medical marijuana industry are currently working double time, thanks to skyrocketing consumer demand in the CBD cannabis market.
Curious about CBD and its health benefits?
Let’s review the established research findings behind CBD’s efficacy and figure out if the compound will live up to our high (pun intended of course!) expectations.
Know Your CBD
For a start, marijuana plants contain chemical compounds called cannabinoid, often in low concentration. Meanwhile, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) are two cannabinoids that are present in high levels in marijuana, and both are gaining a lot of public attention lately because of their therapeutic properties. In fact, cannabis strains are usually identified and classified by their relative composition of the two compounds.
One notable difference between THC and CBD is their psychoactivity. THC is psychoactive and can get you high while CBD does none of this. For this reason, folks who are after marijuana’s health benefits prefer CBD.
Which benefits exactly? Find out below as we dig deep into existing human studies on CBD health benefits.
1. CBD helps curb anxiety.
Anxiety can throw your body out of whack and manifest itself in symptoms such as sleeping problems and inability to focus. This is where CBD saves the day!
A small, double-blind study in Brazil revealed that oral CBD reduced anxiety in subjects with social anxiety disorder or SAD. Their findings were supported by another small study focusing on the effects of CBD to patients with SAD and how they’ll do in a simulated public speaking test. The CBD-treated group did better than the placebo-treated group. On measures of cognitive impairment, discomfort, and alertness, the CBD-treated group did just as well as the group who did not have social anxiety disorder.
2. CBD helps suppress seizure activity.
Parents of children with epilepsy as well as adults with the condition were pleased when the American Epilepsy Society announced in their annual meeting this year that CBD has anti-epileptic properties.
The organization cited the findings of a new study revealing that oral cannabidiol (CBD) is effective in reducing both the frequency and severity of seizures in both children and adults. Meanwhile, it’s worth noting that the organization urges individual to work with their primary care physician first before diving into CBD.
3. CBD eases chronic pain.
Did you know that an increasing number of people prefer CBD over medical marijuana for chronic pain relief?
A study whose findings were just published June of this year revealed that 93 percent of patients are likely to choose cannabis for pain management if it were more readily available. These folks are more likely making the right choice because marijuana’s efficacy is backed by solid research evidence. In fact, a clinical review on the subject had the following findings:
Use of marijuana for chronic pain, neuropathic pain, and spasticity due to multiple sclerosis is supported by high-quality evidence. Six trials that included 325 patients examined chronic pain, 6 trials that included 396 patients investigated neuropathic pain, and 12 trials that included 1600 patients focused on multiple sclerosis. Several of these trials had positive results, suggesting that marijuana or cannabinoids may be efficacious for these indications.
The Bottom Line
Not all medical cannabis are created equal. There are several varieties of medicinal cannabis and they vary in composition, strength, and effects. For this reason, it’s best to consult with your primary care physician first before trying out medical marijuana.
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