As more people continue to endorse CBD and its potential use as a medication, you may find yourself on a growing list of curious consumers who are on the market for alternative or holistic treatment that targets a variety of ailments. The general use of cannabis and related products may still be a thorny issue in some circles, but cannabidiol can provide relief for some of the most common conditions today. For those who genuinely want to learn more, let’s go over 7 surprising benefits of CBD:

1. Reduces Anxiety

There have been dozens of studies conducted to see how CBD affects anxiety and stress-related symptoms, and the conclusion is that it generates what some researchers describe as an anxiolytic-like effect. What this means, is that cannabidiol reduces the intensity of anxiety for patients with generalized anxiety, social anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and even OCD. One study involved a simulated public speaking routine that tested how patients reacted to having CBD in their system. Half of the participants were given a placebo and the other half CBD, and the researchers found that taking CBD about1.5 hours before giving a public speech reduced feelings of anxiety significantly.

2. Relieves Pain & Inflammation

Pain relief is a common effect of CBD and a few other natural compounds; however research shows that CBD works very effectively to provide relief for localized pain, chronic pain, and it goes as far as preventing inflammation. It works by inhibiting transmission of pain through the neurons and also by causing the endocannabinoid system to release compounds that are known to relax the body and increase feelings of pleasure. Based on this 2007 study, CBD is quite effective at managing pain in patients with severe conditions like MS.

3. Helps to Fight Cancer

CBD is a potent antioxidant, and it has significant anti-proliferative, healing effects that minimize cell degeneration and cancer cell migration. Here’s a study showing how CBD acts on cancer cells to reduce the potency of the disease and to strengthen the immune system. Cannabidiol is non-toxic, and does not cause addiction. This makes it perfectly safe to use over a prolonged period when treating diseases and also as a preventative measure. Long term use may help to inhibit cancer cell growth, tumor growth, and some studies have linked it to reduced potency in leukemia.

4. Lowers Incidence of Diabetes

CBD can be used to target a vast range of ailments, including diabetes. Lab experiments show that CBD reduces the incidence of obesity in non-obese mice from a rate of 86% in on-treated mice to 30% in CBD-treated mice. Studies also reveal a reduction of plasma levels in pro-inflammatory cytokinesis.

According to this publication in the American Journal of Medicine, marijuana use was linked to a 16% drop in fasting insulin levels, and there was a connection between cannabis use and a thinner waistline.   

5. Boosts Mood

CBD has the same effect on the body as antipsychotic drugs and antidepressants, and by activating 5-HT1A receptors, it can reduce the symptoms of depression to improve mood. One of the ways it works is by combating the effects of cannabinoid deficiency in the brain and body. People who experience mood swings are likely to get relief through continued use; however, things like dosage and CBD strain must be considered. Here is some research on CBD and mood.

6. Aids Sleep

With loads of medical research and thousands of testimonials, CBD has been shown to treat sleeping disorders and increase overall sleep amounts. It also works well on people with chronic pain and are unable to get quality sleep. In low doses, CBD causes relaxation and reduces anxiety, both of which encourage sleep; however, CBD works on multiple levels to treat sleeping disorders.

Are there any risks? As of the moment, there haven’t been any concerns about using CBD before bed or attempting to increase the quality of sleep with CBD supplements.

7. Relieves Nausea

One of the oldest uses of CBD throughout history has been the suppression of nausea or vomiting. There is quite a lot of research to show how CBD eliminates nausea. For example, a study in the British Journal of Pharmacology found that CBD has anti-emetic effects and reduces nausea when administered to mice; but they also noted that cannabidiol works in a diphasic manner; meaning that low doses are enough to reduce nausea, but in high doses, it might cause the opposite effect.

Read the label when using CBD, and do not attempt to replace prescription pills with CBD without consulting with your doctor. While it’s true that cannabidiol has powerful medicinal effects, we do not recommend that anybody stop taking medication in favor of CBD. 

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