Many cannabis users rave about THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) as an active ingredient of the cannabis plant, but the real star may just be CBD as you will find below. CBD is among over a hundred active cannabinoids or chemical compounds existing in marijuana, but it is a key phytocanabinoid that composes about 40% of the plant’s extract. And with its insignificant side effects, it is also well-appreciated for its whole arsenal of medical applications.
Even as medical CBD is becoming more and more popular these days, below are some of its less known benefits:
Curbing Nicotine Addiction
In a study conducted at the University College London, each of 24 smokers were given an inhaler of CBD or a placebo. This resultsed in the participants smoking a lower number of cigarettes without increasing their craving for nicotine. This suggests that cannabidiol helped in the withdrawal process.
Regular cannabidiol consumption has been shown to stop the synthesis of prions, or proteins that lead to neurodegenerative diseases like Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and mad cow disease.
Inflammatory Process Reversal
Through animal models and cell cultures, researchers at Cajal Institute found that inflammation can be reversed by CBD and that the cannabinoid can be highly effective against multiple sclerosis. The study demonstrated that in a matter of 10 days, mice that received CBD treatment developed extraordinary motor skills. This helped researchers in their conclusion that CBD can control certain parts of MS.
Scientists have gathered some evidence of CBD’s ability to treat Crohn’s disease, noting that CBD interacts with the body’s gut system, which is what creates trouble for Crohn’s patients. Additionally, the cannabinoid’s anti-inflammatory effects also provide relief to those who are suffering from Crohn’s and other bowel diseases.
While everyone knows of the pain-alleviating effects of medical CBD, only more recently have singled out fibromyalgic pain. This was the result of a study conducted in 2011 on patients suffering from pain from fibromyalgia in particular.
The US National Library of Medicine featured a study which said that CBD prevented diabetes in non-obese mice, and this helped reduce IL-12 production by splenocytes. This cytokine plays a big role in various autoimmune diseases, including Type 1 diabetes.
Tiredness is among the few side effects of CBD, but this can be used to help those who are dealing sleep issues. Rather than depending on conventional medicines, they can rely on CBD, which is non-addictive and drastically safer.
Fially, when taken orally, CBD can provide anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety effects, helping those who deal with stress and anxiety issues and even those with post-traumatic disorder. But that’s not all. In certain studies, even schizophrenics have been proven to benefit from CBD.