Health Benefits of CBD/Cannabidiol
1) CBD Fights Against Cancer
CBD and other chemicals found in Cannabis have an antitumor effect and could be used to improve standard treatments (R).
Cannabinoids may be promising tools in combination therapy for breast and prostate cancer, due to their direct antitumor effects, their ability to improve the effectiveness of conventional antitumor drugs, and their usefulness as a treatment to reduce pain (R, R2, R3).
- CBD decreased the ability of the cancer cells to produce energy, leading to their death (R).
- CBD treatment helps lymphokine-activated killer (LAK) cells kill cancer cells better (R).
- CBD blocks CPR55 signaling, decreasing cancer cell proliferation.
2) CBD Reduces Inflammation and Autoimmunity
Due to its anti-inflammatory role, CBD is a very promising therapeutic agent for a variety of inflammatory and pain-associated disorders.
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Other Anti-inflammatory Mechanisms:
- CBD reduces the growth and mobilization of neutrophils (R).
- CBD reduces the inflammatory Macrophage Inflammatory Protein-1 (MIP-1 alpha, MIP-1beta) (R).
3) CBD May Protect From Neurodegenerative Diseases
CBD has antioxidant activity greater than vitamin C (ascorbic acid) or vitamin E (α-tocopherol) (R).
Early human studies showed a dose-related improvement in patients with Parkinson’s disease treated with 100–600 mg/day of CBD over a 6-week period (R).
However, another study failed to show any beneficial effect of a mixture of THC and CBD either on Parkinson’s disease or dyskinesia (R).
CBD has been shown to reverse cognitive deficits of Alzheimer’s disease in animal models (R).
CBD, due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, may be a promising agent to treat and prolong survival in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) patients (R).
4) CBD May Relieve Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms
Cannabis derivatives may relieve symptoms in multiple sclerosis patients (R).
A combination of CBD and THC is effective and well tolerated in the treatment of muscle tightness, pain, sleep disturbances, and loss of bladder control (urinary incontinence) in people with multiple sclerosis (R, R2, R3).
5) CBD Has Therapeutic Potential for Schizophrenia
Studies suggest that CBD has similar effects as atypical antipsychotic drugs, but with fewer side effects (R).
6) CBD Helps with Epileptic Seizures
In a survey including parents of children with treatment-resistant epilepsy, 84% of parents reported a reduction in their child’s seizure frequency while taking CBD (R).
These children also experienced increased alertness, better mood, and improved sleep. Drowsiness and fatigue occurred as side effects (R).
After 3 months of treatment with a purified 98% oil-based CBD extract, 39% of children with treatment-resistant epilepsy had a more than a 50% reduction in seizures (R).
7 out of 8 patients suffering from secondary generalized epilepsy and resistant to antiepileptic drugs had improvement of their disease state after receiving 200-300 mg/d of cannabidiol for up to 4.5 months (R).
7) CBD Reduces Anxiety
CBD also reduced anxiety caused by the use of THC (R).
Researchers suggest that it may be effective for panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (R).
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8) CBD Relieves Pain
CBD significantly decreased chronic inflammatory and neuropathic pain in rodents (R).
Cannabidiol, especially in a combination with THC, shows promising results for the treatment of postoperative pain, chronic pain associated with multiple sclerosis, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and neuropathic pain (R, R2, R3).
Studies have shown that CBD and opioids act together to relieve pain (R).
9) CBD May Be Beneficial in Rheumatoid Arthritis
Due to its anti-inflammatory effect, cannabinoids may provide relief of joint pain and swelling and decrease joint destruction and disease progression (R).
Administration of CBD protected joints against severe damage, decreased progression, and produced improvement of arthritis in animal models (R).
The first controlled trial showed that administration of Sativex over five weeks produced significant improvements in the intensity of pain on movement and at rest, quality of sleep, and inflammation. No serious adverse effects were observed (R).
10) Cannabidiol Relieves Nausea and Increases Appetite
A study showed that CBD relieved nausea and vomiting when it was given to rats (R).
THC is an approved drug used to treat nausea and vomiting (dronabinol) in human patients, but more clinical studies proving the efficacy of CBD are needed in humans (R).
According to the National Cancer Institute, CBD increases appetite by binding to cannabinoid receptors in the body (R).
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