With the growing popularity of CBD (Cannabidiol) in the wellness circle, more and more people are relying on cannabis or CBD to treat their health issues. Of course, along with the hype and buzz around the compound comes a myth that the drug can cure everything under the sun.
The truth, on the contrary, is that although CBD does have tremendous potential, as it can help alleviate pain in a bouquet of chronic diseases, it doesn’t completely cure them. This, in itself, is still great news that boasts the benefits of CBD. It’s the next big thing, and customers are ready to jump on the CBD bandwagon because it eases the pain – without placing the user under a psychoactive spell.
THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), on the other hand, is all about psychoactive effects. It is the component of cannabis that gives the user that “high” feeling, and thus is what recreational cannabis users typically look for. Although both CBD and THC come from the same plant, their effects and uses are, as a result, quite different.
CBD’s medical benefits are what makes it a such a mythical plant. CBD’s popularity continues to grow given its ability to treat and relieve several ailments and pains — without stoning the user.
The miracle drug is worth every penny spent and here are a 6 ways CBD can boost your health.
1. Inflammation and Autoimmunity
Autoimmune diseases are those which affect the healthy cells of the individual. In a healthy immune system, antibodies guard against the viruses and do not attack the healthy cells.
CBD works as a very promising drug for numerous inflammatory and autoimmune diseases because the human body has sensors for cannabinoids, which are also produced by the body. As a result of an autoimmune disease, the internal cannabinoid system becomes unbalanced. This is where CBD comes into the picture,triggering anti-inflammatory properties by working on the immune cells.
2. Suppresses seizure
People suffer from seizures when there is electrical fluctuation in the brain. It’s only recently that science has managed to find a link between CBD and seizures — it reduces seizures in patients.
According to research published in The England Journal of Medicine people who consumed CBD saw a reduction in the frequency of seizure by almost 38.9 percent. Usually, people who suffer from seizure or epilepsy do not respond to any medication except for cannabis. The drug works by attaching to the brain cells that are responsible for regulating relaxation and controlling excitability in such patients.
3. Improves heart health
With the growing penetration of science, more uses of the drug come to the limelight, and one such health benefit is an improvement in heart health. According to a study, a single dose of cannabidiol helped in lowering blood pressure in healthy volunteers. The ability of CBD to reduce stress and anxiety results in improving heart health and lowering blood pressure. Furthermore, it protects the heart by relaxing blood vessels, reducing inflammation, and combating oxidative stress, thereby preventing potential heart attacks and strokes or reducing their chances of occurring.
4. Anti-cancer properties
CBD and some compounds found in marijuana are known to have an anti-tumor effect and can amplify the destruction of cancer-causing cells. Furthermore, according to various studies, it can reduce the spreading of cancer cells in cervical cancer. It also promises to fight breast and prostate cancer because it reduces pain and tumor, and enhances the effectiveness of cancer treatment.
Although most of the cancer-related studies are overwhelming and give a ray of hope to patients suffering from it, the current study is restricted to the cell alone. It remains uncertain as to how CBD helps the actual cancer patient.
5. Enhances appetite
A downside of any disease is the loss of appetite which results in malnutrition. People undergoing chemotherapy or those suffering from chronic pain often complain of no desire for eating, which further worsens their medical condition. Illness, tension, and medication send negative signals to the ECS system, resulting in the reduction of appetite. Regular consumption of the drug generates the desire in the patient to eat healthy foods which helps in giving them the energy to fight the disease.
6. Assists in neurodegenerative diseases
More than 342,000 Australians are suffering from Alzheimer which is primarily caused due to inflammation of the brain cell. And, CBD can help reduce the inflammation and reduces the intensity of the neurodegenerative disease. Simply put, CBD slows down the progression of the disease. THC, which is an active but reduced compound in CBD, minimizes the formation of amyloid plaque by blocking the enzymes which result in its formation. The amyloid plaque is notorious for killing brain cells and causing Alzheimer.
While there are many previous and ongoing studies showing signs of potential health benefits of CBD, still in-depth research is required to understand the actual working of the drug. None of the claims associated with the benefits of the compound should be mistaken for cures. In fact, in medicine, most drugs hardly cure sever illnesses but, rather, they treat illnesses.
CBD is no different in its effect on ailments, but stands out in the range of ailments that it has the potential to treat. Its relieving factor separates it from its THC relative, given its ability to bring such relief without the typical psychoactive effects on the user. In short, CBD is a safe and a natural way of treating many health issues. The health benefits of consuming the drug will overlap the potential side-effects. Consumers