5 Medical uses for CBD

While there are hundreds of cannabinoids present in marijuana, those who use it are generally after just two – THC and CBD. THC is the cannabinoid that produces the psychoactive effects including giddiness, a feeling of relaxation, and increased creativity. But the other popular cannabinoid, CBD, has many properties that can help with illness and certain conditions, and it doesn’t come with any of the psychoactive effects. It’s for this reason that so many medical marijuana strains contain more CBD than they do THC.

CBD can be used to treat so many medical conditions that the list is almost endless. Below are five medical uses for CBD, and some of them are pretty surprising.

Autism

Autism is a neurological disorder that affects many children around the globe. Many treatments for the condition have been found to be ineffective, but there’s been a lot of study recently on the effects of CBD in kids suffering from autism. And the results have shown that medical marijuana, even in high-CBD oil form, can go a long way in helping kids suffering from this disorder.

According to researchers at the University of California, medical marijuana can be very helpful when treating neurological diseases such as autism. Because CBD helps regulate emotion and focus, it can help children suffering from autism from becoming over-anxious. This in turn helps reduce the amount of seizures they may suffer from. CBD can also help children become more social, which can be problematic when autism is present, and it can also help with cognitive functions.

Another helpful aspect of supplying medical marijuana high in CBD to autism patients is that there isn’t the fear of overdosing that comes with many other types of prescriptions. And because medications containing a large CBD content for autism rarely contain significant amounts of THC, parents don’t have to worry about their child becoming stoned after taking a CBD oil or topical solution.

Liver disease

Cirrhosis, or liver disease, is a condition in which healthy liver cells become damaged, scarred and inflamed over a number of years. The only cure for it currently is a liver transplant but not all patients may need to go to such lengths, as CBD may be able to help with this condition as well.

CBD is known for helping with many different types of inflammation, including that which occurs in the liver. One reason why medical marijuana is particularly effective in helping the liver is because it’s this organ that contains a high number of CB2 receptors. These receptors are part of the endocannabinoid system and they help control different physiological aspects of the body including appetite and sleep. Because the liver has many of these receptors, CBD is likely to target that area and can help heal any damage that may have occurred.

Eating disorders and obesity

When CBD activates these CB1 receptors, they can make certain palatable food suddenly unappetizing. This is most likely to happen with sweet foods rather than savoury, making CBD a great way to combat obesity. This in turn can help with other ailments and conditions that come with being overweight, including heart problems and back pain.

But on the other side of the coin, CBD can also help with eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia. CBD has been found to increase the appetite in most patients when it is taken. For anorexic patients already seeking other treatment such as psychiatric treatment for the underlying issues related to the eating disorder, CBD can also increase the appetite. In bulimic patients also seeking other forms of treatment for underlying issues, CBD can greatly help prevent nausea and vomiting.

Arthritis

Medical marijuana can pack a double whammy when using it to help treat things like arthritis and joint pain. Just as there are CB2 receptors in the liver, they can also be found in significantly high numbers in the joint areas. When CBD activates these receptors, they can greatly reduce inflammation within the joints and reduce the amount of arthritis found in them.

But in addition to the effects CBD can have on arthritis, other cannabinoids in medical marijuana have also been found to be very effective in treating the condition. THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana, has long been known as a treatment for chronic pain – something that arthritis sufferers often have to live with.

Diabetes

While medical marijuana hasn’t been found to be an effective cure for diabetes just yet, there’s been significant study and research done to prove that CBD and other cannabinoids can greatly help reduce many of the effects patients suffer from. Namely these are things such as neuropathic pain and glaucoma, two specific ailments that have also been proven to improve when CBD is used to treat them.

Some companies, such as ISA Scientific in Israel, are also currently studying how CBD could one day be used to suppress, reverse, and possibly even cure diabetes, although scientists aren’t there just yet.

These are just a few of the conditions that CBD and other cannabinoids in medical marijuana have been proven to help. CBD can also help with anxiety, addiction, and even chronic acne to name just a few. And there are likely to be more conditions found to be helped by CBD in the future. Truthfully, this cannabinoid was used to treat most ailments for hundreds of years before legislatures in many areas around the globe placed a prohibition on it.

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