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Cannabidiol or CBD is a naturally occurring compound present in high ratios in the hemp plant. CBD interacts with the human body through our endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for promoting homeostasis by regulating functions like sleep, appetite, and immune response. With a little bit of research, you can find countless reasons to love CBD. Here we list five of our favorites.
1. Studies Show CBD Fights the Spread of Cancer
According to the National Cancer Institute, CBD can play a primary role in the treatment of cancer and allay the negative side effects of traditional cancer treatment options by lessening nausea, increasing appetite, and improving sleep. However, CBD has also been demonstrated to possess tumor destroying capabilities in certain types of cancer, including breast and colon cancers. CBD also increases the uptake of cytotoxic drugs, meaning CBD can be used in conjunction with with some traditional cancer treatments to increase the efficacy in inducing cell death.
Read more about CBD’s effects on cancer here.
2. Scientists Hint That CBD Might Mitigate the Negative Effects of THC
Using CBD can help if you feel like you’ve taken too much THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana. According to a study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, users of high-CBD strains experienced lower levels of THC-induced anxiety, meaning CBD can lower the feelings of paranoia produced by THC. The group also found that CBD “attenuates the memory impairing effects of THC”. The researchers propose that CBD’s antagonistic effects on the CB1 receptor are responsible for this ability to lessen certain negative side effects of marijuana.
3. The Government Recognizes CBD’s Benefits
Awarded to Nobel Prize winner Julius Axelrod and his team of researchers on behalf of the U.S. government, patent 6,630,507 carries the dubious title Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants. The patent was granted to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which has the power to license the patent to drug developers like Kannalife™ Sciences. According to the patent, cannabinoids like CBD may be effective in the treatment of neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s disease, as well as other age-related inflammatory or autoimmune diseases.
More about the ‘507 patent here.
4. Research Suggests CBD Helps Control Seizures in Children
CBD has shown great promise in its ability to control symptoms in patients with intractable epilepsy who have failed to respond to traditional treatments. This is especially true in young children. While the mechanism of CBD that controls seizures is not well defined, recent research reviews have documented pure CBD’s efficacy in epileptic conditions like CDKL5, Lennox-Gastaut, and Dravet syndromes while trying to reveal its method. Although there are accepted treatments for epilepsy, these often prove to be ineffective, creating a desperate need for a CBD-based alternative.
For more about CBD and epilepsy, see our epilepsy condition page.
5. CBD May Help Alleviate America’s Opioid Crisis According to Substance Abuse Specialists
There is no denying that America is facing an opioid addiction and overdose epidemic. However, research published by Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment suggests that cannabis can be used as an intervention for the abuse of addictive substances like opioids. Further, states that have established medical marijuana programs have seen a 25 percent drop in opioid overdose deaths, and when used in conjunction with painkillers, CBD may work synergistically to increase its effects. Additionally, use of medical marijuana led to pain patients using 64 percent fewer opioid painkillers, curbing the opioid crisis at its source.
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