You can find CBD in everything from tinctures and gummies to chocolates and beer. Every new product comes with the promise of health benefits. People are using CBD for conditions such as epilepsy, anxiety, addiction recovery, pain, inflammation, arthritis, PTSD, insomnia, and more. But is CBD a panacea for all these aches and pains? Once you learn how CBD works in the body and impacts homeostasis and inflammation, you can see how it can trigger healing for a variety of conditions.
How CBD Works In The Body
The human body is naturally programmed to benefit from supplemental CBD. There are over 113 cannabinoids found within the hemp plant, including CBD. The human body has an endocannabinoid system (ECS) composed of internal cannabinoids and receptors. There are two primary receptors. CB1 receptors found in the brain and nervous system and CB2 receptors found in the immune system and other organs of the body. When stimulated, this system supports balance, stability, and overall homeostasis in the body.
One of the ways we can stimulate and support the ECS is by supplementing with plant-based cannabinoids, such as CBD. In turn, this can target the brain, nervous system, and immune system influencing sleep, appetite, mood, stress response, inflammation, pain, memory, and more.
The Evidence for CBD: What Studies Show
Researchers continue to look at the connections between CBD and its relationship to reducing inflammation, which can often be an underlying or contributing factor to a host of other conditions. A quick google search can point you to the growing number of studies on cannabinoids and their effectiveness. Here we highlight a few critical studies and milestones.
One of the most comprehensive studies on CBD was published in 2017 by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. A committee of experts from various science and medical fields looked at more than 10,000 abstracts from scientific journals and summarized the findings. The researchers said there is conclusive evidence to support the use of cannabis or cannabinoids for treating chronic pain in adults, for nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy, and for improving multiple sclerosis spasticity symptoms. Researchers found there is moderate evidence that cannabinoids are effective for sleep-related conditions.
Researchers agree CBD is effective in treating epilepsy. In 2018, the FDA approved Epidiolex, the first CBD-derived drug, as a treatment for Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome which are two rare and severe forms of epilepsy.
CBD may offer an option for treating different types of chronic pain. A study from the European Journal of Pain showed that when CBD is applied topically, it can lower pain and inflammation due to arthritis in animals. It has also been shown to inhibit inflammatory and neuropathic pain, two of the most challenging types of chronic pain to treat.
A study published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience showed positive results for using CBD for the treatment of PTSD. The researchers noted that CBD is safe, with few side effects, and is well-tolerated for humans making it a new therapeutic option for people who have PTSD.
Another study published in Neurotherapeutics found evidence that strongly supports CBD as a treatment for generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder when administered acutely.
Anecdotal evidence from parents of autistic children points to a reduction of aggressive behavior, a decrease in seizures, and improved speech. A landmark Israeli study published in Neurology showed that the conditions in 80% of the autistic children in the study using CBD improved.
Be An Informed Buyer
If you’re looking for CBD to help with a particular condition, there are a few factors to consider. First, if you’re under a health provider’s care, be sure to discuss how CBD could work into your treatment program and its potential impact on any medications you are taking. Second, look for a quality product.
The market is quickly flooding with CBD products of various strength and quality. Look for a Certificate of Analysis or COA which ensures the product is lab tested and contains what it says on the label. Also, look for products that are non-GMO, 100% natural, humane, and grown and produced in the U.S. where there are strict guidelines to protect consumers.
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