Hemp-derived CBD products carry an impressive array of potential health benefits.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a medical compound that comes from the marijuana plant, or its close relative hemp. Unlike another compound derived from cannabis called tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, CBD is not psychoactive and therefore does not have a mind-altering effect on its users.
A growing body of research shows CBD’s roster of potential health benefits, including anti-inflammatory properties and its proven positive effect on brain chemistry, helping with ailments ranging from arthritis and other forms of pain to relief from symptoms of anxiety and depression. CBD also contains antioxidant, antipsychotic, anticonvulsant, and antiemetic agents, adding to its potential.
Here are some of the many potential health benefits of CBD, backed by research.
Neurological and Neurodegenerative Disorders
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has officially called CBD beneficial for people with neurological and seizure disorders. The latest and most important development was the FDA’s 2018 approval of Epidiolex, a prescription drug used to reduce seizures in two rare forms of epilepsy (Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome), with CBD as its active ingredient.
Neurodegenerative disorders are those that cause the brain and nerves to deteriorate. They include Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), stroke, and Parkinson’s disease. Researchers believe that studying a receptor called CB1 can help understand how CBD could potentially slow the progression of those diseases, and more. Initial research related to Alzheimer’s disease indicated that CBD could help patients in the early stages keep their ability to recognize faces for a longer time.
Substance Abuse and Addiction
Early animal and human studies delivered some promising findings that indicate CBD could be useful in treating opioid addiction and other forms of substance abuse. There’s also evidence from some pilot studies that suggests that CBD may help users quit smoking by reducing cravings as well as symptoms associated with substance use disorders (insomnia, anxiety, pain, drastic mood changes, etc.)
Anxiety and Depression Relief
Preliminary human and animal studies show that CBD can potentially change the way the brain’s receptors respond to serotonin, thus delivering some relief linked to mental health. This means CBD use could help manage anxiety, improve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression, reduce stress and insomnia, and offer some anti-psychotic effects on patients with schizophrenia and other forms of psychosis.
CBD’s potential positive influence on the brain’s receptors can also help humans manage pain, relieving the symptoms caused by severe injuries, arthritis, muscle pain, chronic pain, spinal cord injuries, multiple-sclerosis related pain, etc. While there’s a recognized need for more clinical studies to get a better understanding of how CBD can help manage pain, it’s clear CBD has potential. For example, a multiple sclerosis drug made from a combination of THC and CBD called Nabiximols (Sativex) has been approved in Canada and the U.K.
It’s yet to be determined whether CBD could play any role in preventing cancer cell growth, so it’s too early to come up with any definitive conclusions at such early stages of research or endorse CBD for any type of cancer treatment. However, according to the National Cancer Institute, some research done as part of the National Toxicology Program has determined that cannabinoids can help relieve some cancer symptoms and side effects of cancer treatment. This includes, for instance, relieving pain and vomiting/nausea related to chemotherapy.
The effect of CBD on the brain and immune system receptors can help reduce many kinds of inflammation, from overall body inflammation, to reducing acne and eczema, to various kinds of chronic inflammation. One study also showed CBD use reduces early pancreatic inflammation in Type 1 diabetes.
Can CBD Benefit You?
With a growing body of research, CBD’s list of applications and benefits will keep growing as well. If you’re interested in giving CBD a try, Crescent City Vape — through our new brand Simply CBD — carries the best selection of hemp-derived CBD products in New Orleans.
Simply CBD dispensaries are located within all Crescent City Vape locations across New Orleans. We pride ourselves on customer service and product education, so if you have any questions or would like to discuss your specific needs, contact us anytime or stop by any of our shops. We’re more than happy to show you how to use any of our CBD products, and discuss the dosage that might work best for you.