CBD For Anxiety

Anxiety and depression are pathologies that affect human beings in many aspects of life, including social life, productivity, and health.** Cannabidiol (CBD) is a constituent non-psychotomimetic of Cannabis sativa with great psychiatric potential, including uses as an antidepressant-like and anxiolytic-like compound. Studies using animal models of anxiety and involving healthy volunteers clearly suggest an anxiolytic-like effect of CBD. Moreover, CBD was shown to reduce anxiety in patients with social anxiety disorder**. There is also evidence that suggests that CBD oil may be an effective intervention for the ongoing management of anxiety disorders. Those with anxiety disorders who fail to derive benefit from traditional pharmacology and/or who are unable to tolerate standard pharmacological treatments may want to consider administration of CBD oil on an ongoing or “as-needed” basis. The dosage of CBD differs for each person but it’s best to start small and gradually increase until you experience the desired result. You may want to experiment with the dosage ranges and see what works best for you.

Inflammation / Arthritis

CBD’s anti-inflammatory effects are believed to be linked to its ability to interact with receptors in immune cells. CBD interacts with CB2 receptors, which are generally located inside immune cells. By activating these receptors, CBD is able to evoke a wide variety of immune responses. One of these responses is to fight inflammation. Conditions like arthritis, MS and many others, are characterized by chronic inflammation. In some cases, this inflammation can be caused by a malfunctioning of the immune system, causing it to attack healthy cells. By helping lower inflammation, CBD can help reduce pain and other symptoms of conditions like arthritis and more.

CBD And Pain Relief

The major symptom of many short and long-term illnesses is pain, both chronic and acute. …  Although some initial clinical research measuring the effects of Cannabidiol oil intake on pain management exist, preliminary studies suggest the use of CBD in chronic pain management to be useful, allowing an increase in quality of life and the ability to rest without pain.** There is some research out there that suggests CBD might be a good solution for those that are sensitive to other medications as well**

CBD And Depression

CBD oil, or hemp derived Cannabidiol, may be a viable alternative to expensive antidepressant medications for the treatment of many forms of depression. By definition, depression is a condition of general emotional dejection and withdrawal; sadness greater and more prolonged than that warranted by any objective reason. Between 2009 and 2012, 7.6% of Americans aged 12 and over had depression with the highest rates of depression being found in females aged 40-59. Studies are now showing CBD (Cannabidiol) interacts significantly with the 5-HT1A neuro-receptor. This receptor typically binds to and reuptakes serotonin into the neurons in various parts of the brain reducing amounts of free serotonin in the extracellular space. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter known to be key in the treatment of depression, thus any compound, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI’s) or Cannabidiol, which increase levels of serotonin are thought to be ideal in the treatment of depression and are thought to have little or no side effects.

CBD And Blood Sugar Levels

Although there wasn’t a direct effect of cannabidiol on glucose levels, in a study using CBD and mice, the treatment prevented the production of IL-12 by splenocytes. Preventing this cytokine is important because it plays a huge role in many autoimmune diseases.

CBD And Fibromyalgia

Common treatments for fibromyalgia are anti-inflammatory medications, opioid pain medications, and corticosteroids. A 2011 study that focused on CBD and how it may help with fibromyalgia produced very promising results for future uses in treatment. Half of the 56 participants used CBD, while the other half used traditional methods to treat their condition. Those that used cannabis saw a great reduction in their symptoms and pain, while those using traditional methods didn’t see much of an improvement.

CBD And Addiction

Early research shows that CBD can help curb a wide range of addiction. From alcohol addiction, smoking, to even substance abuse, CBD shows promising results to help reduce one’s substance dependence. Here are some highlights from published clinical trials: Clinical trials proved that those treated with CBD significantly reduced the number of cigarettes they smoked by ~40% during treatment. A study used CBD for the treatment of alcohol-induced neurodegeneration. Neurodegeneration is considered to be the main cause of the chronic and relapsing nature of alcoholism. CBD lowers stimulus cue-induced heroin seeking behavior, helping to prevent heroin craving and relapse. CBD actually counterbalances the “high” effects of THC, helping to curb side effects caused by smoking marijuana.

CBD And Acne

A study published in the Journal Of Clinical Investigation and the National Institute Of Health discovered that CBD can provide treatment for acne. Researchers used cannabis-derived cannabidiol on the human sebaceous glands and came to the conclusion that CBD acts as a highly effective sebostatic and anti-inflammatory agent by inhibiting lipid synthesis.

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