We live in a country and a culture that considers scientific facts and evidence above all factors to make crucial decisions. For this reason, our legislation, our politicians, and our medical experts are becoming more and more accepting of the idea to use cannabis to cure or prevent adverse medical conditions. So much evidence now exists attesting to the positive affects of cannabis on health, we can no longer ignore it. Some people still remain very skeptical of using cannabis, and others do not want the psychological effects that accompany cannabis use. Luckily, recent medical discoveries have uncovered a compound within cannabis that offers all of the crucial medical benefits, and none of the psychological alterations: Cannabidiol, or CBD. CBD contains none of the compound called THC–the compound in cannabis that gets people “high.” CBD is still a relatively recent discovery, but with incredible breakthroughs. Some call it a “miracle oil,” or even a panacea because its elements have the ability to cure such a wide variety of ailments. Since it is still new though, it is still widely misunderstood, and many people are not aware of all of the health effects and benefits. Find out the top 20 incredible health benefits that we were in awe to find out CBD helps with!
Protects Against Cancer
According to 2,042 separate studies, CBD is anti-proliferative by inhibiting cell growth and tumors to fight cancer and tumors. Even though CBD is not a cure by any means, studies have proven that it might help act as a preventative measure. In the study, individuals who were given CBD were less likely to develop tumors and more likely to fight off cancer cells. Also, cancer patients going through chemo claim that CBD helps curb some of the painful side effects of the treatment. Even the National Cancer Institute reviews several studies that show cannabidiol may have a protective effect against cancer. This review includes research investigating the benefits of CBD treatment for a variety of cancers, including breast, colorectal, and lung cancers.
Relieves Rheumatoid Arthritis
Research suggests that Cannabidiol may be helpful in reducing the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis of all types including Rheumatoid arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Gout and other types of inflammatory joint diseases. By definition, arthritis is any acute or chronic inflammation of a joint, often accompanied by pain and structural changes and having diverse causes, such as autoimmune (rheumatoid), infection, crystal deposition (gout), or injury. The major symptom of any type of arthritis is pain and swelling and, depending upon the effected joint(s), may cause moderate to severe debilitation. In laboratory studies, CBD and other cannabinoid derivatives have been shown to be effective in down regulating inflammatory chemicals and cells and may help with the regulation of the immune response to injury and further degradation of bone and tissue. By decreasing inflammation the amount of pain, both acute and chronic, may be significantly reduced.
Reduces Blood Sugar Levels (Anti-Diabetic)
Reduces Risk of Artery Blockage
CBD is also anti-ischemic, reducing the opportunity for artery closures. Accumulating evidence now suggests that CBD is beneficial in the cardiovascular system. CBD has direct actions on isolated arteries, causing both acute and time-dependent vasorelaxation. In vitro incubation with CBD enhances the vasorelaxant responses in animal models of impaired endothelium-dependent vasorelaxation. CBD protects against the vascular damage caused by a high glucose environment.
Improves Blood Circulation
A study done on OBX mice (mice which are surgically modified to act as a stand in for testing of depression medications) found that the mice that were treated with CBD showed an almost instant improvement in their condition – around 30 minutes after the CBD injection the mice were observed having a noticeable decline in hyperactivity, which is a symptom of anxiety and depression in humans. “Our findings indicate that CBD could represent a novel fast antidepressant drug, via enhancing both serotonergic and glutamate cortical signaling through a 5-HT1A receptor-dependent mechanism,” researchers wrote.
CBD contributes to the cure to so many chronic ailments due to its ability to reduce inflammation. Cannabis has 20 times the anti-inflammatory power of Aspirin and 2 times more than Hydrocortisone.
Reduces Contractions in the Small Intestine
The CB1 cannabinoid receptor has specifically been found to inhibit motility of the intestine in a variety of laboratory and farm animals. The effect is specific, indicating that endogenous cannabinoids to be responsible for regulating smooth muscle tone in the intesting, and the rate of peristalsis. Rosell first demonstrated that cannabinoids inhibit contractions of the small intestine in the rat. Shook & Burks found that THC reduced the frequency of intestinal contractions, and reduced the flow of food in the small intestine. Kulkarni-Narla noted “Cannabis has been used for centuries in the medicinal treatment of gastrointestinal disorders.”
One study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology tested the effects of CBD on heart conditions (myocardial dysfunction), oxidative stress, inflammation, and cell death. The results revealed a significant reduction in the intensity of the ailments tested, once again proving the case for CBD.
CBD has been shown to be tranquilizing, and therefore used to manage psychosis. CBD also combats psychological issues, including working as an antipsychotic to combat psychosis. Additionally, 802 Studies suggest that CBD helps fight neurodegenerative disease.
Muscle Relaxant/ Reduces Spasms
CBD helps eliminate muscle problems and stiffness – In yet another study, a group of 160 patients suffering from either spasticity, spasms, bladder problems, tremor, or pain were treated with CBD. The result was a significant decrease in the patients #1 troubling symptom with the strongest being control of muscle stiffness and spasms.
Due to their anti-inflammatory affects, CBD can be used to treat some symptoms of Psoriasis. It is used to ease the itching.
Relieves Crohn’s Disease
Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects the lining of the digestive tract. CBD also helps with this disease due to its anti-inflammatory affects.