Medical cannabis and CBD is all the rage these days, especially since it is becoming legal in more states every year. One major reason for all the excitement is that CBD is highly effective at treating many common health issues and relieving pain. The benefits of CBD and cannabis are huge, and people are starting to catch on.
Pain Relief and Inflammation
Probably one of the most sought after reasons for using CBD is for its powerful pain relieving properties. CBD is highly effective at reducing pain levels, particularly chronic pain. It has been shown to be especially beneficial for fibromyalgia. Taking CBD products may decrease the need for pain medication and opiates.
Stress, Anxiety, and Depression
Another common use for CBD is for stress and anxiety. Cannabis that is high in CBD compounds has been consistently shown by numerous studies to reduce anxiety and stress. It can also be helpful for treating symptoms of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder).
CBD has also been shown to improve symptoms of depression.
Topical CBD products are not only good for pain relief, they are also very beneficial for the skin. CBD helps to repair damage from free radicals and promotes healing of damaged skin. It can aid in the healing of wounds and is beneficial for treating acne and psoriasis.
Sleep Issues and Relaxation
While it has been shown that CBD is actually mildly stimulating versus sedating, it is still effective at regulating sleep. It can be helpful for treating insomnia, and may possibly benefit those with sleep apnea.
Diabetes and High Blood Sugar
The fact that CBD can be used to help control diabetes by stabilizing blood sugar is exciting for me in particular. I had gestational diabetes when I was pregnant, which means that I have a higher chance of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.
Cardiovascular Health and Cholesterol
Amazingly, CBD is also great for cardiovascular health and reducing cholesterol. It lowers blood pressure and is anti-inflammatory, which is beneficial for the heart and arteries.
It has also been shown that those who use CBD regularly have lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol numbers and higher HDL (“good”) cholesterol numbers.
Brain Health and Alzheimer’s
One of the most promising uses for CBD specifically is for regulating brain health. Cannabinoids are neuroprotective and they encourage the creation of new nerve cells, even as we get older and our brains start to age.
CBD also has great potential to be beneficial for treating the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. This is huge for those who are suffering the devastating effects from these diseases.
Cancer and Cancer Treatment
CBD has the potential to be an anticancer drug, but more studies are needed. Preliminary studies have shown promising results of the effect of CBD in fighting cancer, specifically in reducing tumor growth.
There have been more studies done on using CBD for easing some of the effects of cancer treatment such as chemotherapy, and the results are very positive. It can drastically reduce nausea and vomiting, and is effective for pain control and anxiety.