CBD Health

10 Science-Backed Health Benefits of Using CBD Oil

Health Benefits of CBD/Cannabidiol

1) CBD Fights Against Cancer

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CBD and other chemicals found in Cannabis have an antitumor effect and could be used to improve standard treatments (R).

CBD successfully stopped cancer cells in multiple different cervical cancer cells (RR2).

CBD increased tumor cell death in leukemia and colon cancer (RR2R3).

It also decreased human glioma cell growth and invasion, thus suggesting a possible role of CBD as an antitumor agent (RR2).

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 (RR2R3).

Anticancer Mechanisms:

  • 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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CBD Can Blunt Th1 and Th2 Dominance

In a rat model of asthma, both Th1 (IL-6 and TNF-a) and Th2 (IL-4, IL-5, IL-13) responses are reduced by CBD treatment (R).

CBD decreased the production and release of inflammatory cytokines such as Th1 (TNF-alpha, IFN-gamma, and IL-6), Th2 (IL-4), and IL-8 (RR2).

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CBD Helps with Th17 Dominance

CBD can help suppressing Th17 dominance, which means that it can help with some Th17-dominant autoimmune diseases (R).

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 was found to prevent toxic effects of neurotransmitter glutamate and radical oxygen species (ROS) in the brain, thus preventing brain cell death (RR2).

CBD has antioxidant activity greater than vitamin C (ascorbic acid) or vitamin E (α-tocopherol) (R).

CBD may also protect brain cells from beta-amyloid toxicity, making it a potential therapy in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease (RR2).

CBD may also protect the brain in cases where blood flow is reduced (ischemia) (RR2).

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 (RR2R3).

5) CBD Has Therapeutic Potential for Schizophrenia

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CBD is a potential treatment for psychosis (RR2).

CBD improves the symptoms of schizophrenia, but the mechanism of action is unknown (RR2).

Studies suggest that CBD has similar effects as atypical antipsychotic drugs, but with fewer side effects (R).

6) CBD Helps with Epileptic Seizures

CBD may be a promising therapy for treatment-resistant epilepsy (RR2).

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

Cannabidiol reduces anxiety in both healthy individuals and patients with social anxiety disorder (RR2).

Studies showed that CBD significantly reduced anxiety and discomfort caused by public speaking (RR2).

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).

CBD is a potential therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment (R).

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8) CBD Relieves Pain

Studies suggest that cannabinoids may be a new class of drugs for the treatment of chronic pain (RR2).

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 (RR2R3).

Sativex, a combination of CBD and THC as a sublingual spray, is effective in treating neuropathic pain in patients with multiple sclerosis and in cancer patients with advanced pain (RR2).

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).

Researchers found that CBD in low doses decreases nausea and vomiting produced by toxic drugs, but in high doses it increases nausea or has no effect in animal models (RR2).

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).

CBD Oil helped me greatly reduce my food sensitivities. If you struggle with food sensitivities, I’d recommend experimenting with CBD oil as well as the Lectin Avoidance Diet, a diet specifically designed to help you pinpoint the exact foods that give you a reaction so you can start eating worry free.

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