Although many people talk about THC when they discuss cannabis, the real hero may just be CBD (cannabidiol) as you will read below. CBD is just one of more than a hundred active cannabinoids or compounds present in marijuana, but it behind about 40% of the herb’s extract. And with its insignificant side effects, it is also well-appreciated for its whole arsenal of medical applications.
Even as medical CBD is becoming more and more popular these days, below are some of its less known benefits:
Eliminating Nicotine Addiction
In a study conducted at the University College London, each of 24 smokers were given an inhaler of CBD or a placebo. The participants ended up smoking less cigarettes but without an increase in their nicotine cravings. This indicates that cannabidiol had a contribution in the withdrawal process.
The use of cannabidiol has been shown to stop the production of prions, which are proteins that cause mad cow disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and other neurodegenerative diseases.
Inflammatory Process Reversal
With animal models and cell cultures, it was discovered by Cajal Institute researchers that CBD can reverse the inflammation process as well as guard against the effects of multiple sclerosis. In the study, mice that received CBD treatment for 10 days acquired exceptional motor skills as a result. This helped researchers in their conclusion that CBD can control certain parts of MS.
Scientists have gathered some evidence of CBD’s ability to treat Crohn’s disease, noting that CBD interacts with the body’s gut system, which is what creates trouble for Crohn’s patients. Furthermore, because cannabinoid also offers anti-inflammatory properties, it can also offer relief to those who deal with Crohn’s, along with other bowel diseases.
We all know that medical CBD helps alleviate pain, but fibromyalgic pain is something that only more recently has been singled out. This was the result of a 2011 study which focused exclusively on subjects who had fibromyalgia.
The US National Library of Medicine featured a study which said that CBD prevented diabetes in non-obese mice, and this helped reduce IL-12 production by splenocytes. This cytokine plays a big role in various autoimmune diseases, including Type 1 diabetes.
One of the few side effects of CBD is tiredness, but this can be used to help people who have trouble sleeping. Instead of conventional medication, they can switch to CBD, which is much safer and non-addictive.
Finally, CBD, when ingested, can have anti-anxiety and anti-inflammatory effects, and this helps people with anxiety and even PTD (post-traumatic disorder). But that’s not where it ends. According to some studies, CBD can even help schizophrenics.