Cannabidiol – more commonly known as CBD – is rapidly gaining interest from even the most traditional members of the medical community. Researchers are constantly learning more about cannabidiol’s potential as a safe, natural treatment option for a wide variety of health issues. Here are just a few of the many groundbreaking discoveries medical researchers have made regarding CBD.
1. CBD might actually be more effective than prescription antidepressants in some cases.
When starting prescription treatment for depression, many are surprised and dismayed to learn that it may take up to two months for their antidepressant to become fully effective. Additionally, many people don’t experience some of the negative side effects associated with antidepressants until this point, forcing them to go back to the drawing board with a different medication. For the severely depressed, having to wait so long for relief can be difficult to face.
Recently, researchers have discovered that not only is cannabidiol an effective treatment option for depression, it also has fast-acting properties and no major side effects, potentially making CBD even more effective than traditional antidepressants.
2. Cannabidiol is a powerful treatment for anxiety sufferers.
During a recent survey of the CANNA community, we found that a whopping 72% of patients reported using medical marijuana to treat anxiety. CBD is quickly gaining popularity as a treatment option for anxiety sufferers, and multiple research studies have found CBD to be quite effective in treating Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD).
During a recent survey of the Eaze community, we found that a whopping 72% of patients reported using medical marijuana to treat anxiety. CBD is quickly gaining popularity as a treatment option for anxiety sufferers, and multiple research studies have found CBD to be quite effective in treating Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD).
3. CBD can help you quit smoking.
A 2013 study conducted by the University College London uncovered something pretty awesome: consumption of cannabidiol reduced cigarette consumption among heavy smokers by a whopping 40%. While larger studies are needed, this may be a huge breakthrough for those who have experienced negative side effects from prescription drugs.
Those who wish to try to quit smoking with cannabidiol should consume CBD via inhaler whenever they feel the urge to smoke (as done during the study) versus smoking in order to avoid replacing one smoking habit with another.
4. CBD oil can be used to treat chronic acne.
Roughly 50 million Americans are affected by acne each year, spending a whopping $3 billion on various acne treatments – many of which fail to work. However, recent studies have shown that cannabidiol may be an effective, natural treatment option for acne sufferers thanks to its ability to regulate sebum production while reducing inflammation.
5. Cannabidiol may help treat diabetes.
Research suggests that cannabidiol may help manage and treat a variety of diabetes-related complications, including treatment of neuropathic pain and glaucoma. Studies are underway to determine if CBD can even be used as a treatment for diabetes itself. “Unlike insulin and other existing medications for diabetes, CBD may actually suppress, reverse and perhaps cure the disease,” says Mark Rosenfeld, CEO of ISA Scientific, an Israeli company currently running clinical trials involving cannabidiol.
6. CBD is very effective in treating fibromyalgia symptoms.
Medical marijuana is quickly becoming a popular treatment option for fibromyalgia sufferers who haven’t found relief from prescription treatment options. According to Fibro Today, feedback from those who have tried CBD oils to treat fibromyalgia has been overwhelmingly positive.
Many patients state that medical marijuana has provided relief from a variety of symptoms associated with fibromyalgia, including pain, insomnia, fatigue, restless leg syndrome, depression and anxiety. Additionally, a 2011 study found that fibromyalgia sufferers experienced reduction of pain and stiffness and an increased feeling of well-being within 2 hours of cannabis use.
7. CBD can help provide relief from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
Sadly, post-traumatic stress disorder has become a widespread epidemic among war veterans. In fact, it’s estimated that as many as one out of every five veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from PTSD. Traditionally, heavy anti-depressants and potentially addictive anti-anxiety medications have been used to treat those with PTSD. However, an ever-growing number of veterans have been ditching pharmaceuticals for medical marijuana.
Given how effective CBD has been in treating both depression and anxiety, the DEA has finally approved a controlled clinical trial to study the effectiveness of cannabis as an official treatment for PTSD. Arizona psychiatrist Sue Sisley – who’s involved in one of the first large-scale studies – states, “[We] believe CBD-rich strains of marijuana may be most optimal for treating PTSD”.
8. CBD can treat – and may even cure – Crohn’s Disease.
In recent years, the internet has been flooded with testimonies from people who have successfully used cannabidiol to treat – and in the case of Fatin Phoenix Ward, even cure – Crohn’s and other inflammatory bowel diseases. A 2014 study published in the journal Pharmacology found that cannabis “produces significant clinical benefits in patients with Crohn’s disease”. Likewise, a 2013 study found that an eight week course of cannabis produced “significant” benefits to patients with active Crohn’s disease without any side effects
9. Cannabidiol is a safe treatment for back pain.
Given the increased awareness surrounding the potential dangers of opiates, more and more Americans are turning to medical marijuana to treat everything from chronic lumbar pain to sciatica. In fact, countless research studies have found both CBD and THC to be highly effective treatment options for a wide variety of chronic pain conditions. Most importantly, unlike most prescription painkillers, medical marijuana produces minimal side effect
10. CBD as a safe alternative to prescription sleep aids.
A whopping 60 million Americans suffer from insomnia each year. While there are plenty of prescription sleep aids on the market, most have some pretty undesirable – and sometimes incredibly dangerous – side effects. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that many people have turned to medical marijuana for help sleeping. A 1981 study published in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology found that 160 mg of cannabidiol helped patients gain “significantly more” sleep than a placebo. Likewise, those that have trouble sleeping due to problems with pain, anxiety, or PTSD find relief with CBD.
If you’re interested potentially using CBD oil, edibles or any other cannabidiol-based product as a treatment option, we highly recommend consulting a doctor who specializes in medical marijuana, as they’ll be able to provide you with the best treatment options for your specific needs and medical history.
The Sublingual Collection is the most popular way of consumption since it doesn't need other remedies to intake the benefits of CBD. It's as easy as putting three drops under the tongue and hold it for 20 seconds.
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