10 Outstanding Health Benefits of Cannabidiol (CBD)
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Recently, a tidal wave of new research indicates that Cannabidiol (CBD) may equal or exceed THC's medicinal effects, as well as surpass many orthodox pharmaceutical medications.
CBD is typically the second most abundant bioactive molecule found in most medical Marijuana strains. Traditionally, growers concentrated on manipulating Marijuana genetics to produce plants that afforded the greatest psychoactive effect. In this breeding process, CBD levels were typically artificially lowered to negligible levels.
With the recent availability of sophisticated testing, the exact quantity of each plant components can be determined precisely. Equipped with a comprehensive cannabinoid profile (amounts of each cannabinoid, CBD, THC), growers can now focus on breeding plants that are high in specific medicinal Cannabinoids such as CBD, while "breeding out" other molecules such as THC. These new high-CBD strains afford patients with many profound therapeutic benefits, deleting unwanted or unlawful psychoactive effects.
MMJDOCTORONLINE Note: If you have questions about how these important research findings relates to you, contact a MMJ Physician for an online Cannabis Consultation. MMJDOCTORONLINE also provides Grower Recommendations to qualified patients that wish to farm their own CBD enhanced strains of Medical Cannabis.
CBD is an antibacterial agent
Imbalance in the human flora is very bad news. Bad bacteria are indicated in many serious conditions, including gum, heart and intestinal diseases.
A study in 2008, "Antibacterial Cannabinoids from Cannabis Sativa" at del Piemonte University in Italy concluded that; the five major Cannabinoids, including CBD, showed potent activity against a deadly bacteria, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), a microorganism of great clinical importance.
CBD is functionally non-psychoactive
CBD does not make patients high, is not classified as a narcotic, and is legal in many countries. Unlike THC, the CBD molecule has a low affinity for uptake by neurological brain receptors (CB1). This is why psychological effects are minimal. CBD is widely accepted to have an affinity for the immune system (CB2) receptors.
Supporting consensus scientific opinion, an article in the Journal of Neuroinflammation, 2015 states that Cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, but affects the immune function and response of T cells.
CBD reduces inflammation
Recently, many studies indicate that CBD may well be the most potent anti-inflammatory agent of all Cannabinoids.
Literally hundreds of research papers find that Cannabinoids, the active molecules found in Cannabis preparations, exert potent immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory activities in many animal models.
Inflammatory disease, including rheumatoid arthritis, experimental colitis, liver inflammation, brain injury, neurological degeneration, and multiple sclerosis.
CBD promotes bone growth
Dr Yankel Gabet at Tel Aviv University reports that rodents with broken limbs healed much faster when treated with non-psychoactive CBD.
"We found CBD alone to be sufficiently effective in enhancing fracture healing. Other studies have shown CBD to be a safe medicinal agent, which leads us to believe we should continue this line of study in clinical trials to assess its usefulness in improving human fracture healing.”
CBD moderates or reduces function in the immune system
In a 2009 paper presented in Future Medical Chemical Journal, Cannabinoids and CBD were found to reduce inflammation and moderate immune system response. Further research and development of novel anti-inflammatory drugs were recommended and actively encouraged. Many other research papers echo these findings; that CBD is a major candidate for treating immune disorders.
MMJDOCTORONLINE Note: Inflammation is a condition that qualifies patients for a 420 evaluation / Medical Cannabis recommendation in California.
CBD relieves anxiety
Much research supports the claim that Cannabinoids can provide effective relief to people experiencing spells of anxiety and stress.
A 2013 paper published in the International Neuropsychopharmacology Journal explores, whether or not, Cannabidiol exert a therapeutically significant effect on human mental health; the inhibition of psychosis, anxiety and depression.
While the exact mechanism of CBD's action was unclear to the research team, the findings support the claim that CBD is anxiolytic in effect. In other words, CBD was found to be an anti-stress agent of importance and worthy of further study.
MMJDOCTORONLINE Note: Stress relief and anxiety reduction is, perhaps, the number one indication for Medical Marijuana.
CBD relieves pain
A wealth of research worldwide supports the claim that CBD, THC and other Cannabinoids are effective painkillers with low toxicity.
Chronic pain is a public health issue of massive proportion, particularly severe in aging populations of industrialized nations. In Europe, chronic musculoskeletal pain disables one in four elderly people. In Australia, half of older people report persistent pain, with a whopping 80% of nursing home populations being afflicted. A 2007 ABC News poll indicated that 19% of all adults have chronic pain.
In a 2008 paper by Ethan Russo. Therapeutic Clinical Risk management Journal, "Cannabinoids in the Management of Difficult to Treat Pain", the efficacy of CBD among other Cannabinoids were studied. Findings include;
- Cannabinoid painkillers are generally well tolerated in clinical trials observed
- Side effects are few and manageable
- Pharmacological use for treatment of pain shows great promise
- CBD in combination with opioid therapy is a very promising, efficacious treatment
This scientific report closes with the statement that "The future for cannabinoid therapeutics appears very bright, indeed."
MMJDOCTORONLINE Note: Our physicians commonly prescribe Medical Marijuana for pain relief in their 420 Doctor Evaluations.
CBD suppresses muscles spasms and seizures
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have recently allowed epilepsy centers to prescribe and study CBD for compassionate use.
FDA related studies focus on difficult epilepsies such as Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome in children. Results were presented at the American Academy of Neurology, April 22, 2015 in Washington DC.
- Test subjects ages ranged from 2 to 26 years, with an average age of 11
- All subjects had epilepsy that did not respond to currently available treatments
- 18% had Dravet Syndrome (DS)
- 16% had Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS)
- Seizures overall decreased by an average of 54%
- DS seizures decreased by 63% decrease over 3 months
- Improvements in seizure issues lasted six months while on medication
- Atonic seizures decreased by 66.7% on average
- 14 people withdrew from the study because the drug was not effective for them
MMJDOCTORONLINE Note: Patients with epilepsy may qualify for a doctor's 420 Recommendation for Medical Cannabis in California.
CBD reduces blood sugar levels
Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, the discoverer of Cannabidiol (CBD), postulated that the compound might work with many different receptors and could possibly be used to manage and treat diabetes, atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. In subsequent studies and trials at the University of Tel Aviv, there is now substantial evidence that supports this hypothesis..
- Rats with infarcts (areas of dead tissue) due to a failure of blood supply were reduced by 30% when given CBD
- Chronic inflammation is associated with insulin resistance - type 2 diabetes. As CBD reduces inflammation, there are indications that insulin resistance is reduced as well
- Sugar metabolism and heart function all also appear to benefit from CBDs anti-inflammatory properties
- Unlike insulin and other existing medications for diabetes, in some cases, CBD might suppress, reverse and cure the disease
CBD inhibits cancer cell growth
Many placebo controlled clinical trials reported the beneficial effects of Cannabinoids (including CBD) in treating the hellish side effects of chemotherapy, including nausea and vomiting (N/V).
Cannabinoid drugs, dronabinol and nabilone are now approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the prevention or treatment of chemotherapy-induced N/V in cancer patients.
Do Cannabinoids inhibit cancer growth? The bulk of Cannabinoid medical research conducted thus far concentrated on cancer cells grown in the lab, or on animal models using rodents and rhesus monkeys.
Many scientific studies support the finding that CBD and other Cannabinoids exert a wide range of growth-inhibiting effects on cancer cells and includes;
- Triggering cancer cell death
- Stopping cancer cells from dividing
- Preventing new blood vessels from growing into tumours
- Reducing the chances of cancer cells moving or invading neighbouring tissue
- Speeding up the cell’s internal ‘waste disposal machine
The summary conclusion of National Cancer Institute researchers is that Cannabinoids are efficacious drugs to treat at least some types of cancers in laboratory animals.
MMJDOCTORONLINE Note: Californian Medical Marijuana Doctors commonly prescribe Cannabis, especially in the treatment of pain, nausea and appetite loss associated with Cancer and chemotherapy. Medical Marijuana services accessed online is an efficient way to consult with a physician and get quick access to the right kind of Cannabis medication.