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 considering its lack of adverse side effects, it is also famous for its entire array of medical applications.
While the health advantages of medical CBD have become increasingly well-known today, here are some of its little known benefits:
Curbing Nicotine Addiction
A research project at the University College London saw 24 smokers getting a CBD or placebo inhaler each. The participants ended up smoking less cigarettes but without an increase in their nicotine cravings. This indicates that cannabidiol had a contribution 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.
Reversal of Inflammatory Process
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 revealed that mice developed superior motor skills within ten days of receiving CBD. This helped the scientists conclude that CBD can play an important part in reducing certain aspects of MS.
Knowing that CBD interacts with the body’s gut system, which is at the core of Crohn’s disease, researchers have gathered evidence proving that CBD can have a role in treatment. Furthermore, because cannabinoid also offers anti-inflammatory properties, it can also offer relief to those who deal with Crohn’s, along with 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 outcome of a 2011 study on patients suffering from fibromyalgic specifically.
According to a study featured in the US National Library of Medicine, CBD can help stop splenocytes from producing IL-12. This cytokine has a large role in Type 1 diabetes and many other autoimmune diseases.
One of the few side effects of CBD is tiredness, but this can be used to help people who have trouble sleeping. Instead of conventional medication, they can switch to CBD, which is much safer and non-addictive.
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 some studies, even schizophrenics have been shown to benefit from CBD.