Cannabidiol (CBD) has garnered serious media attention as a popular treatment for everything from anxiety disorders to addiction issues. Harvard Health Publishing reports that CBD is a major component present in medical marijuana and comes from the hemp plant. While CBD products do not cause a person to get “high,” this popular marijuana component has proven to have many benefits that make it a popular health aid.
Lowers Anxiety Levels
Anxiety is a significant mental health challenge for many people. Anxiety & Depression Association of America (ADAA) reports that anxiety disorders affect 40 million people in The United States.
CBD has proven to help people suffering from anxiety disorders. Healthline reports that a study found that a 600mg dose of CBD made it possible for people suffering from social anxiety to give a speech. Since giving a speech ranks very high on fear charts, this type of achievement is noteworthy. Verywell Mind reports that an astounding 77% of people fear speaking in public.
Promotes Brain Health
CBD acts as a super antioxidant and is stronger than both vitamins C and E, exhibiting anti-inflammatory properties that are neuroprotective. Already unanimously approved by the FDA advisory panel to treat epilepsy in children, studies are ongoing to determine if CBD can be used to protect the brain from Alzheimer’s, dementia, and multiple sclerosis.
Medical News Today reports that animal studies published in Molecule show that CBD shows promise and might protect the brain from the following:
- Parkinson’s disease
- amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Huntington’s disease
- multiple sclerosis (MS)
Offers Pain Relief
Pain management is one of the most promising benefits of CBD use. By reducing inflammation, CBD interacts with the body’s neurotransmitters to reduce chronic pain. People suffering from arthritis and other chronic pain conditions report improvements when they take CBD. Harvard Health Publishing cites an animal study published in the European Journal of Pain where CBD skin applications lowered pain associated with arthritis.
Promotes Heart Health
Heart disease is a major health problem in the U.S., causing one in every four deaths, according to CDC. That’s why CBD’s ability to lower blood pressure is good news. Midland Health Testing Services cite American Society for Clinical Investigation findings of a link between CBD oil and a reduced, resting blood pressure reading.
Since high blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease, high blood pressure must be managed as an important preventive measure. Researchers attributed CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties for blood pressure improvement.
Improves Inflammatory Skin Problems
Medical News Today reports that CBD treatments have improved some skin conditions, exhibiting anti-itch, anti-aging, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Skin conditions that have shown improvement after using CBD products are:
- atopic dermatitis
- skin cancer
Shows Promise as Addiction Treatment
Research indicates that CBD oil may benefit addicts. Based on five studies involving humans, University of Montreal scientists concluded that people suffering from opioid, psychostimulant, and cocaine addiction responded favorably to the use of CBD oil.
Verywell Health reports that the results varied by addiction. For example, CBD was effective in curbing drug-seeking behaviors for cocaine, methamphetamine, and other drugs categorized as psychostimulants. While this positive impact is quite remarkable, CBD’s results as an aid for minimizing the negative symptoms of withdrawal were disappointing.