Cannabis has been used for medical treatments in what would be considered “folk medicine” since the plant was discovered. It was quickly determined to provide significant relief from a variety of symptoms and health conditions. From helping with insomnia to pain control, this miracle plant has enriched the lives of many people living with problematic health issues.
The cannabis plant has two primary cannabinoids, THC and CBD. Both have their own unique health benefits and science is showing that they work best together. However, it is still possible to buy CBD-only products for those consumers who don’t wish to experience any psychoactive effects. For everyone else, there are edibles, extracts and flowers that offer various ratios of these important compounds. Strains that are 10:1 and 1:1 CBD/THC can be found at most well-stocked retail outlets.
CBD-rich products can be used to treat many common health conditions. Here are five common maladies treatable with CBD:
Anxiety – CBD has many mental health applications, but anxiety is one of the most common mental health issues Americans face. In a recent study on public speaking anxiety, researchers found that pre-treatment with CBD significantly reduced anxiety, cognitive impairment and discomfort in their speech performance. The placebo group presented with higher anxiety. CBD can also be effective for treating social anxiety, panic disorders and symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
Cancer – CBD research shows properties that inhibit cancerous cell growth and migration. One study showed CBD may strongly impact breast cancer cells. Other cancer studies on CBD also show positive effects on colon and lung cancer as well as leukemia. Cannabis also helps with many of the side-effects of cancer treatment such as insomnia, decreased appetite, nausea and depression.
Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders – CBD has been shown to significantly reduce or eliminate seizures in some epileptic children, many of whom had tried an average of 12 prior medications. Additionally, children using CBD for treating seizures reported better sleep and improved mood.
Nausea – Both CBD and THC have been shown to reduce nausea and vomiting. Cannabis has long been used to help cancer patients recover from chemotherapy. Poor appetite and nausea are symptoms of many conditions that can be relieved with CBD oil or cannabis. Seniors are especially at-risk for poor nutrition due to appetite loss. Some cannabis strains also have added digestive benefits. While CBD alone can help with nausea, a product that contains both THC and CBD will offer better results.
Pain relief – CBD has anti-inflammatory properties and works with our body’s endocannabinoid system to alter pain receptors in the brain. CBD research has shown significant impact on chronic pain, including