CBD Health Benefits
CBD Health Benefits
With the industry expected to be valued at $16 billion before the end of 2025 in the US alone, the CBD industry is one that has taken the world by storm and this is because of the many health benefits it offers. With more than 60% of global consumers reporting a reduction in their anxiety level, there are many benefits associated with the consumption of CBD.
In this piece, we will take a look at some of the many CBD health benefits.
What Is CBD?
Otherwise referred to as the lesser child of the Cannabis Sativa plant, cannabinoid (CBD) is a non-psychoactive compound that has proven to be of immense benefit to consumers everywhere. With its origin in Central Asia, CBD has been identified to be of medical importance to consumers as far back as 750 BC.
In the last couple of years, most studies have been carried out to prove the beneficial nature of CBD. Interestingly, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of Epidiolex as a form of treatment for epilepsy in children under the age of 2. Epidiolex is an oral CBD solution that has proven time and again to be helpful in the treatment of the aforementioned disease.
CBD Health Benefits
Unlike Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) the more famous compound of the Cannabis Sativa plant, CBD has a low affinity with cannabinoid receptors. However, CBD has been said to influence a number of other receptors like the Opioid receptor which is responsible for the regulation of pain. In addition to this, CBD also influences the Glycine receptor which is responsible for regulating serotonin the "feel good" hormone.
In this section, we will discuss some of the many CBD health benefits proven by extensive research carried out in the last couple of years.
- Treatment Of Anxiety
According to a study carried out in 2015, it was revealed that CBD demonstrated a higher level of anxiety-reducing (potent anxiolytic) effect in animals. Results gotten from the study revealed that lower CBD dosages resulted in relief of anxiety than higher dosages.
To explain this, most medical experts speculate that since CBD works as an agonist in the body, lower dosages would be able to elicit positive agonist responses. On the other hand, higher doses may simply overwhelm the brain, thereby triggering an involuntary and compensatory effect to fight CBD in the process nullifying any effect it may have.
To further prove that CBD is capable of treating anxiety in humans, a study was conducted in 2019. This study involved 47 respondents who experienced high anxiety levels. These respondents were placed on active CBD dosage for a month and results revealed that 79.2% of the respondents experienced reduced anxiety levels.
These studies are proof that CBD has immense benefits especially when it comes to reducing anxiety levels in humans.
- Treatment Of Nerve Pain
For a long time now, medical CBD has been used as a treatment form of patients suffering from acute nerve pain. Medical experts reveal that CBD is capable of treating nerve pain because of its interaction with the Glycine receptor which is also responsible for regulating how nerve signals pass between the various nerve cells in the body system.
By interacting with this receptor, CBD is capable of relieving you of all nerve pains. While there are not many studies to prove this CBD health benefit, experts in the medical field have suggested that its interaction with body receptors can lead to immense health benefits.
- Treatment Of Seizures
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) back in 2018 approved the use of Epidiolex an oral CBD solution for the treatment of seizure and epilepsy in children. This rare seizure has been identified by medical experts to have severe effects and capable of resulting in lifelong seizures.
While most people are still skeptical about this CBD health benefit, evidence that came to light recently reveals that CBD's interaction with some of the known seizure medications like Onfil helps to drastically boost blood concentrations. According to these experts, this interaction between CBD and other seizure medications will provide faster and more efficient treatment for patients.
This interaction with various seizure medications helps to treat rare and common seizures in adults and children alike.
- Treats Insomnia
This is one CBD health benefit that is currently becoming a well-known fact. CBD according to various studies is capable of treating insomnia in humans. Before we understand how CBD does this, it is important that we take a look at some of the root causes of insomnia in humans.
Depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), nightmares, environmental factors, and pain have been identified as the main causes of lack of sleep in humans.
Unlike sedative and various sleep medications that offer patients instant and temporal relief, CBD seeks to treat insomnia by eliminating the root cause. To do this, CBD interacts with body receptors to relieve you of anxiety, nightmares, PTSD, depression and other mental health conditions. For acute body pain, CBD interacts with the Glycine receptor as mentioned earlier to ensure that you do not feel any pain, thereby eliminating any pain-induced insomnia.
By interacting with these receptors and eliminating the various root causes, CBD offers you permanent treatment. CBD, unlike sedatives, does not offer instant relief, it is a gradual process.
- Reduces Heart Complications
A number of studies conducted in 2017 revealed that CBD is capable of treating various heart problems including hypertension. One of the studies conducted involved 9 respondents who voluntarily took 600 milligrams of CBD. Results from the study showed that respondents who were treated with CBD experienced lower blood pressure, making them slightly free from various heart complications.
While most people are skeptical of the many CBD health benefits, there are studies that prove that CBD is capable of treating a number of ailments. Like most of the other medications, regular CBD intake may attract minor and some of the time severe side effects. If these effects become worse and persist, see your doctor!