Cannibidiol - prescribed by nature

What is CBD?

Cannibidiol, or "CBD" is the non-intoxicating component of the cannabis plant that has significant medical benefits, but does not make people feel "high" and according to recent studies, counteracts Hyper-Sensitivity to THC in some cases. The fact that CBD-rich cannabis is non-psychoactive or less psychoactive than THC-dominant strains makes it an appealing option for patients looking for relief from inflammation, pain, anxiety, psychosis, seizures, spasms, and other conditions without disconcerting feelings of lethargy or dysphoria some experience from High THC Cannabis. Scientific and clinical research, ­much of which is sponsored by the US government, underscores CBD's potential as a treatment for a wide range of conditions, including arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, MS, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD, depression, antibiotic-resistant infections, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders. CBD has demonstrable neuroprotective and neurogenic effects, and its anti-cancer properties are currently being investigated at several academic research centers in the United States and elsewhere. 

How CBD works

 • All cannabinoids, including CBD, attach themselves to certain receptors in the body to produce their effects.

 • The human body produces certain cannabinoids on its own. It has two receptors for cannabinoids, called CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors.

 • CB1 receptors are found all around the body, but many of them are in the brain.  

• The CB1 receptors in the brain deal with coordination and movement, pain, emotions and mood, thinking, appetite, and memories, among others. THC attaches to these receptors.  

• CB2 receptors are more common in the immune system. They have an effect on inflammation and pain. 

• It used to be thought that CBD acts on these CB2 receptors, but it appears now that CBD does not act on either receptor directly. Instead, it seems to influence the body to use more of its own cannabinoids.  

Potential Health Benefits

Natural pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties

• People commonly use prescription or over-the-counter drugs to

relieve pain and stiffness, including chronic pain.

• Some people feel that CBD offers a more natural way to lower pain.

•A study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine found that

CBD significantly reduced chronic inflammation and pain in some

mice and rats.

• The researchers suggest that CBD, the non-psychoactive compound

could be a new treatment for chronic pain.

• CBD is already in use for some conditions that cause chronic pain,

such as multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia

Quitting Smoking and Drug Withdrawals

• There is some promising evidence that CBD use may help people to

quit smoking. A pilot study posted to Addictive Behaviors found that

smokers who used an inhaler containing the compound CBD smoked

fewer cigarettes but did not have any additional craving for nicotine.

• Another similar study posted to Neurotherapeutics found that CBD

may be a promising substance for people who abuse opioids.

• Researchers noted that some symptoms experienced by patients

with substance use disorders may be reduced by CBD. These include

anxiety, mood symptoms, pain, and insomnia.

• These are early findings, but they suggest that CBD may be used to

avoid or reduce withdrawal symptoms.

Epilepsy and other mental heath disorders

• CBD is also being studied for its possible role in treating epilepsy and

neuropsychiatric disorders.

• A review posted to Epilepsia noted that CBD has anti-seizure

properties and a low risk of side effects for people with epilepsy.

• Studies into CBD's effect on neurological disorders suggest that it

may help to treat many of the disorders that are linked to epilepsy,

such as neurodegeneration, neuronal injury, and psychiatric

diseases.

• Another study posted to Current Pharmaceutical Design found that

CBD may have similar effects to certain antiopsychotic drugs, and that

it may be safe and effective in treating patients with schizophrenia.

• More research is needed to understand how this works, however.

Helps Fight Cancer

• CBD has been studied for its use as an anti-cancer agent.

• A review posted to the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology

notes that CBD appears to block cancer cells from spreading

around the body and invading an area entirely.

• The review indicates that CBD tends to suppress the growth of

cancer cells and promote the death of these cells.

• Researchers note that CBD may help in cancer treatment because

of its low toxicity levels. They call for it to be studied along with

standard treatments, to check for synergistic effects.

Anxiety Disorders

• Patients with chronic anxiety are often advised to avoid cannabis, as

THC can trigger or amplify anxiety and paranoia in some people.

• However, a review from Neurotherapeutics suggests that CBD may

help to reduce the anxiety felt by people with certain anxiety

disorders.

• The researchers point to studies showing that CBD may reduce anxiety

behaviors in disorders such as: post-traumatic stress disorder

• general anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder and

obsessive-compulsive disorder

• The review notes that current medications for these disorders can

lead to additional symptoms and side effects, and that people may

stop taking the drugs because of these unwanted effects.

• CBD has not shown any adverse effects in these cases to date, and the

researchers call for CBD to be studied as a potential treatment

method.

Type I Diabetes

• Type 1 diabetes is caused by inflammation when the immune

system attacks cells in the pancreas.

• Recent research posted to Clinical Hemotheology and

Microcirculation found that CBD may ease the inflammation in the

pancreas in type 1 diabetes. This may be the first step in finding a

CBD-based treatment for type 1 diabetes.

Acne

• Another promising use for CBD is as a new treatment for acne.

Acne is caused, in part, by inflammation and overworked

sebaceous glands on the body.

• A recent study posted to the Journal of Clinical Investigation found

that CBD helps to lower the production of sebum that leads to

acne, partly because of its anti-inflammatory effect on the body.

• CBD could be a future treatment for acne vulgaris, the most

common form of acne.

Alzheimer's

Initial research published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease found

that CBD was able to prevent the development of social recognition

deficit in subjects.This means that CBD could potentially prevent

people in the early stages of Alzheimer's from losing their ability to

recognize the faces of people that they know. This is the first evidence

that CBD has potential to prevent Alzheimer's disease symptoms

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