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 little side effects, it is also popular for a whole range of medical uses.
While the health advantages of medical CBD have become increasingly well-known today, here are some of its little known benefits:
Treating Nicotine Addiction
In a University College London experiment, 24 smokers were given a CBD or placebo inhaler each. 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.
The use of cannabidiol has been shown to stop the production of prions, which are proteins that cause mad cow disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and other neurodegenerative diseases.
Inflammatory Process Reversal
With the help of animal models and cell cultures, Cajal Institute scientists discovered that CBD can reverse inflammation and can be very protective against the effects of 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.
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. In addition, the anti-inflammatory properties of the cannabinoid provide relief to people who have Crohn’s and other related diseases.
While CBD’s pain relief benefit is known to most people, its particular effect on fibromyalgic pain has been pointed out only relatively recently. This was the result of a study conducted in 2011 on patients suffering from pain from fibromyalgia in particular.
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.
Tiredness is among the few side effects of CBD, but this can be used to help those who are dealing sleep issues. 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.