August 6, 2018; by Briana McDonald (Silver Bulletin e-News Magazine) Although cannabis has been because of its popular mind altering affects with the heady crowd, it actually has many medicinal properties as well. In fact, there are over 60 compounds found in cannabis that belong to a class of ingredients called cannabinoids or cannabidiol (CBD Oil). They are effective in reducing pain and inflammation, regulating mood, reducing anxiety (better than medication) and also helps to fight against cancer. CBD Oil has many benefits without the THC head trip and this article shows how they can help us without getting high.
CBD vs THC
CBD and THC are completely separate compounds and using a CBD oil will NOT get you “high.” This is because CBD is the major non-psychoactive component of Cannabis Sativa and does not have an effect on CB1 (CB1 receptors are found mostly in the brain in the regions associated with movement, coordination, pain, emotion, memory, cognition and autonomic functions) and CB2 receptors which explains the lack of mind altering affects. THC on the other hand communicates with the CB1 receptor which is why most marijuana grown has high THC, low CBD, unless grown for specific medical purposes. (1)
Reduces Pain & Inflammation:
Research studies are showing us how CBD oils have been effective in pain management by inhibiting neuronal transmission in pain pathways. (2) Studies have also shown cannabinoids provide an analgesic benefit in patients with chronic neuropathic pain and people who suffer with multiple sclerosis. (3)
Helps to Reduce Anxiety:
CBD oil has been shown to help reduce anxiety in people who suffer with social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and also post traumatic stress disorder. (4) A study conducted in 2011 which was conducted to compare the effects of a simulation public speaking test to patients who suffered with social anxiety. Twenty four patients who had never been treated prior were given either CBD or a placebo an hour and a half before the test. The experiment concluded that people who had taken the CBD oil had reduced levels of anxiety, greater cognitive impairment and discomfort in their speech performance while the placebo group presented higher anxiety, cognitive impairment and overall discomfort. (5)
Lowers Blood Pressure:
A randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, crossover study published in 2017 that involved 9 healthy male volunteers who were given 600 mg of CBD or a placebo to investigate if CBD reduces blood pressure in humans had reductions of blood pressure in one single dose! (6)
CBD Oil Reduces Frequency of Seizures in Children who suffer with treatment resistant epilepsies:
“Severe childhood epilepsies are characterized by frequent seizures, neurodevelopmental delays and impaired quality of life. Parents of these children are forced to seek alternative treatments. The survey was presented to parents belonging to a Facebook group dedicated to sharing information about the use of cannabidiol-enriched cannabis to treat their child’s seizures.
Nineteen responses met the following inclusion criteria for the study: a diagnosis of epilepsy and current use of cannabidiol-enriched cannabis. Thirteen children had Dravet syndrome, four had Doose syndrome, and one each had Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and idiopathic epilepsy. The average number of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) tried before using cannabidiol-enriched cannabis was 12. Sixteen (84%) of the 19 parents reported a reduction in their child’s seizure frequency while taking cannabidiol-enriched cannabis. Of these, two (11%) reported complete seizure freedom, eight (42%) reported a greater than 80% reduction in seizure frequency, and six (32%) reported a 25-60% seizure reduction. Other beneficial effects included increased alertness, better mood, and improved sleep.
Side effects included drowsiness and fatigue. Our survey shows that parents are using cannabidiol-enriched cannabis as a treatment for their children with treatment-resistant epilepsy. Because of the increasing number of states that allow access to medical cannabis, its use will likely be a growing concern for the epilepsy community.
Safety and tolerability data for cannabidiol-enriched cannabis use among children are not available. Objective measurements of a standardized preparation of pure cannabidiol are needed to determine whether it is safe, well tolerated, and efficacious at controlling seizures in this pediatric population with difficult-to-treat seizures. “(7)
Research studies have also demonstrated that CBD contains antiproliferative, pro-apoptotic effects that inhibit cancer cell migration, adhesion and invasion. (8) Research has also found a cannabidiol-driven impaired invasion of human cervical cancer (HeLa, C33A) and human lung cancer cells (A549) that was reversed by antagonists to both CB(1) and CB(2) receptors as well as to transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1). The decrease of invasion by cannabidiol appeared concomitantly with up regulation of tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinases-1 (TIMP the findings provide a novel mechanism underlying the anti-invasive action of cannabidiol and imply its use as a therapeutic option for the treatment of highly invasive cancers. (9)
The many benefits of CBD oil could fill an entire book and have hard science backing them up. Don’t trip, marijuana is now used for more than just “getting high”! CBD Oil Has Many Benefits Without the THC Head Trip
Briana McDonald-is a natural health writer and contributor to the Silver Bulletin e-News Magazine (Utopia Silver Supplements). She does free-lance health article writing as well as website and ad design.
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