Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, doesn’t get a fraction of the attention that THC does in terms of the medical potential of cannabis, but it probably deserves as much or more. This compound shows natural anti-anxiety, anti-psychotic, anti-epileptic, and anti-inflammatory properties, making it broadly applicable to any number of conditions. Research remains sparse but shows very promising results thus far.
Here are 10 things you may not have previously known about CBD and its uses.
Due to the anti-anxiety and antipsychotic effects of CBD, it’s been shown to work effectively in the management of post-traumatic stress disorder.
2. Stopping Prions
CBD restrains the formation and accumulation of prions, the special proteins behind diseases such as mad cow disease and other neurodegenerative illnesses.
A 2011 study of fibromyalgia treatments showed that CBD outperformed all traditional treatments in the alleviation of symptoms.
While the relationship of schizophrenia with other psychoactive compounds in cannabis is still in question, some research has shown that CBD treatments are equally effective to mainstream medications with fewer side effects.
As CBD prevents the production of IL-12, it could help in the fight against diabetes and various autoimmune diseases related to the cytokine. A study of non-obese diabetic mice showed that it prevented further development of the disease.
CBD acts with extreme efficiency in the prevention of acne, working as an anti-inflammatory agent and sebostatic by inhibiting underlying mechanisms of the ailment.
A study at the Cajal Institute has displayed remarkable results from CBD treatment of animals with multiple sclerosis, noting improved motor function and a general progression of health. Cell research shows that this stems from a reduction of inflammatory responses and a long-term protective effect on the cells.
7. Crohn’s Disease
Due to the unique interactions of THC and CBD with the neurological system that controls the gut, and its anti-inflammatory properties, CBD is considered a strong candidate for treating Crohn’s and other bowel diseases.
8. Cigarette addiction
A study of participants trying to stop smoking showed that people who responded to the urge to smoke by using an inhaler with CBD showed a 40% drop in cigarette consumption compared to no drop in people using a placebo inhaler.
One of the few consistently-noted side effects of CBD is tiredness, but this can be quite beneficial for sufferers of insomnia – especially in combination with the anti-anxiety traits.