What is CBD Good For?
Over the last year, you have probably read about or heard about CBD. Also known as cannabidiol, CBD is the latest wonder that is changing people’s lives all around the world, but what is CBD and what is it actually good for?
CBD is just one of the 104 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids found in the cannabis or marijuana plant, Cannabis sativa. Yes, we mentioned the word marijuana! But don’t think that CBD is going to be making you high. Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC as you may know it is the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis and causes the sensation of getting “high” that’s often associated with marijuana. However, unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive making CBD an appealing option for those who are looking for relief from pain and other symptoms without the mind-altering effects of marijuana or certain pharmaceutical drugs.
The world of health and wellness is always expanding, and CBD right now is at the forefront and is really gaining some traction as more and more scientific studies are published confirming CBD may help with ailments such as anxiety, stress and various chronic pains. Below is a list of the benefits that have been backed by scientific evidence:
It Can Relieve Pain
For people around the world experiencing chronic pain, CBD has now come into the limelight as a natural approach to relieve pain. CBD is now being publicised as the alternative to pain medication in treatments such as arthritis and back pain. But how does this happen? Well, It’s thought that CBD oil helps in easing chronic pain in part by reducing inflammation and certain swelling.
It Can Alleviate Cancer-Related Symptoms
As you might have heard Toby Cavill discussing while on our show, CBD may help reduce cancer-related symptoms and side effects related to cancer treatment, like nausea, sickness and pain. He also mentioned CBD also helped him reduce chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, which are among the common chemotherapy related side effects for those with cancer. We it seems that many other people worldwide agree.
While going through chemotherapy there are also drugs that help with these distressing symptoms that a patient goes through, but they are sometimes ineffective, leading some people to seek alternatives as Toby did. A perfect example shows a study of 16 people undergoing chemotherapy found that a one-to-one combination of CBD and THC administered via mouth spray reduced chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting better than standard treatment alone
It Can Reduce Anxiety And Depression
You might have already read about how CBD is currently being used to help with Anxiety and Depression? Both are common mental health illnesses that can have overwhelming impacts on health and well-being and PROLIFE CBD said that over 30% of its clientele purchased CBD Oil for either anxiety or depression and according to the World Health Organisation “depression is the single largest contributor to disability worldwide, while anxiety disorders are ranked sixth”=
Both depression and anxiety are normally treated with pharmaceutical drugs, which can cause a number of side effects. On the same note medications such as benzodiazepines can be addictive and lead to further problems such as substance abuse.
So far, CBD oil has shown huge potential as a treatment for both depression and anxiety and people worldwide have jumped on this bandwagon, taking the natural route with CBD to help themselves and loved ones with minimal side effects. CBD oil has even been used to safely treat insomnia and anxiety in children with post-traumatic stress disorder. These qualities are linked to CBD’s ability to balance the brain’s receptors for serotonin, a neurotransmitter that controls mood and social behaviour.
It Can Reduce Acne
Acne, as we know, is a very common condition that affects more than 10% of the population of the UK! When you break down the factors that cause ACNE it could be due to a number of reasons such as bacteria, genetics, underlying inflammation and the overproduction of sebum (oil secreted from the skin). PROLIFE CBD have reported a number of clients that have had ACNE completely clear up through use of CBD Oil on a daily basis and co-founder of PROLIFE CBD Toby Cavill has even seen huge personal results using CBD after suffering from ACNE for 15+ years.
So does it work? Well based on some scientific studies CBD Oil helps treat ACNE because of its ability to reduce sebum production and also its anti-inflammatory effects. A study has found that CBD may be an effective and safe way to help and treat ACNE, thanks in part to its remarkable anti-inflammatory evidence.
Its Neuroprotective Properties
As you will have heard Cherry Cavill discussing, one of the most studied uses for CBD is for treating neurological disorders like epilepsy and MS. Despite research in this area is quite new several recent studies have shown very positive results.
One study found that an oil (made up of CBD and other compounds) reduced spasms in 75% of 276 patients with MS who were experiencing muscle spasticity that was resistant to medication. You can read this here. In a separate study 214 people with severe epilepsy were provided with 0.8–2.2 grams of CBD oil per pound of body weight. Following this, seizures in the patients were reduced by over 36%!
In the neurological world, its not just epilepsy and MS that CBD has shown to assist with, and research is shown that CBD can be used to treat several other neurological ailments! A prime example is that many studies have shown that any treatment with CBD improved sleep quality and overall quality of life for people with Parkinson’s disease.
Several Other Potential Benefits of CBD:
CBD Oil hasn’t only shown to help with just the above, though more research is needed, CBD is thought to provide the below health benefits too:
- Antipsychotic effects
- Substance abuse treatment
- Anti-tumour effects
- Diabetes prevention