Over the recent years, scientists have been uncovering more and more amazing abilities of cannabinoids, chemical compounds found in cannabis sativa plant. Each of the over 80 cannabinoids has shown a unique therapeutic potential.
Among them, THC, the most talked-about chemical with psychotropic effect often outshines CBD (cannabidiol). The latter provides a great number of natural therapeutic benefits.
According to a 2012 study published in the British Journal for Clinical Pharmacology, CBD benefits include anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, anti-oxidant, anti-emetic, anxiolytic and antipsychotic effects, making the chemical a potential treatment for insomnia vomiting and nausea, anxiety and depression, respectively.
Lacking any psychotropic effect, CBD doesn’t produce the state of colourful high and euphoria associated with its controversial sibling, THC. So it’s natural and, importantly, legal alternative for those looking to experience the health benefits of hemp avoiding any mind-altering effects and legal problems.
So, let’s have a look at 5 CBD benefits you should know about before buying cannabidiol products for the first time.
Anxiety is normal. We all experience it at times, for example before a job interview or public speaking. Stress triggers our body’s natural “fight-flight-freeze” response (also known as the adrenaline response). This helps us recognize and avert possible threats.
But when we fail to manage this natural response effectively, it becomes persistent and affects our lives and relationships. It can even lead to serious psychological and behavioural disorders. So we should find natural stress relieves to keep our bodies in balance before stress gets the best of us.
A number of clinical studies involving healthy volunteers and animal models suggest the anxiolytic-like effect of CBD. It has shown the ability to reduce stress in people with social anxiety disorder.
A 2011 research aimed to study the effect of CBD on reducing public speaking stress in 24 Healthy Control patients and treatment-naïve Social Anxiety Disorder patients. The participants received a single dose of CBD or placebo before a public speaking test. After that scientists measured the blood pressure, heart rate, skin conductance and other physiological measures. The results showed that CBD significantly decreased anxiety and discomfort in their speech performance. The placebo group, on the other hand, presented a higher level of alertness and cognitive impairment in anticipation of their speech.
Researchers have also found substantial evidence to suggest that CBD can be a potential treatment for mild forms of depression and post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD). Its antipsychotic effect provides a calm mental environment for those who need it most.
People, who use CBD oil or edibles, report that it reduces tension, creating a wave of relaxation and positive emotions over the body. They also report that it doesn’t get them into a state of euphoria or intoxication. So people suffering from depression and mood disorders can use CBD as a natural and harmless alternative to traditional antidepressants, of course, after consulting the doctor.
Scientific evidence suggests that CBD may soon become a valuable agent in the treatment of neuropathic pain and inflammation.
A number of studies carried out in animal models have shown that cannabidiol dramatically reduces inflammation and pain by interacting with certain receptors in the brain and immune system. Receptors are tiny proteins that transmit signals from chemical stimuli throughout the brain pathways and help the nervous system respond.
CBD binds with the TPRV1 receptor, known otherwise as the “vanilloid receptor”. It is responsible for the sensation of heat and pain, as well as the regulation of body temperature. In this way, it creates both anti-inflammatory and painkilling effects without producing analgesic tolerance.
Soothing Nausea and Vomiting
Nausea’s main physiological function is to induce emesis or vomiting and get the body rid of toxic agents. However, this often happens to people who have motion sickness and seasickness or experience a strong emotional stress. Whatever the reason behind nausea, it’s a terrible condition everyone wants to avoid. But some of the pharmaceutical treatments for nausea don’t prove efficient for some people or produce negative side effects.
Research has shown that CBD and CBD-based products, like oil and edibles, can be an effective treatment for nausea and vomiting. Its anti-nausea effects are due to the fact that CBD supports high levels of anandamide, a natural cannabinoid enzyme by suppressing the fatty acid enzymes which degrade this compound.
CBD is also known to activate the 5-HT1A moamine neurotransmitter which, when activated, soothes nausea.
Besides supporting anandamide and activating 5-HT1A, CBD also interacts with serotonin. This is another neurotransmitter located in the nervous system and the blood. It is responsible for regulating body functions like sleep, appetite, mood and hormone production. Besides, serotonin is also able to generate nausea or diarrhea by acting on gut nerves which signal pain, intoxication or other problems. Binding with serotonin, CBD reduces nausea and vomiting.
Acne is one of the most common and annoying skin conditions in the world. It mostly affects teenagers and young adults. This happens as a result of hormonal changes during adolescence, causing profound psychological problems including low self-esteem and lack of confidence. So they often find themselves in search of a natural and effective treatment for skin problems.
Being a great source of antioxidants, hemp oil has an excellent healing potential for the skin. It’s antiseptic and sebum-reducing properties combined together help in fighting acne. A 2010 study conducted by Hungarian scientist Dr. Tamas Biro showed that CBD interacts with the body’s own endocannabinoids. They have an important role in regulating the amount of sebum produced by the skin. Dr. Biro found that when applied to skin cells, CBD stops the oil production, preventing acne.
Scientific research about the medical benefits of CBD is still scratching the surface. Yet, there’s already enough evidence to suggest that cannabidiol can offer a huge therapeutic value. The greatest advantage of CBD is that its side effects reported up until now are usually minor and insignificant compared to the benefits it provides.