Cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD, is all over the news. Google trends shows a near-exponential growth in search interests since 2016. A contracted survey by Quartz of 2,000 people in the US recently finds that more than 85% have heard of CBD—more than one out of five of those having tried it themselves. We have written about the basics of CBD, its general effects (it does not get you high), and options for consumption.

If you’re in the Canton, Illinois area and would like to learn more about CBD products and different CBD-rich strains of our medical marijuana, be sure to contact Salveo Health and Wellness and our staff can answer questions. Feel free to give us a call at 309-204-3909, too!

Peer-reviewed research and clinical trials on humans do not conclusively show the pros and cons of CBD, but given the recent hype of the naturally-occuring resin found in marijuana plants and its potential medical applications, we think it’s prudent to give a quick rundown of the top uses and benefits of CBD.

CBD Aiding with Appetite and Digestion

Many people claim CBD helps with appetite and digestion issues, which stems in part because there are cannabinoid receptors in the digestive system. (Note: because marijuana and CBD impact the endocannabinoid system and receptors are found in the digestive, reproductive, nervous, and immune systems, CBD tends to popularly be touted as a cure-all.) When mixed with THC, CBD aids in stimulating appetite and helps with general digestion. The National Cancer Institute cites THC-CBD extracts improving appetite, and recent animal trials show that CBD can stabilize issues associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), nausea, and vomiting. While CBD alone has not conclusively proven to aid in digestion and appetite, a THC-CBD strain is proving to help. (As they say, there’s a reason why stereotypes are around, and “the munchies,” while being a common trope since Cheech and Chong, has a lot of weight to it.)

Seizure CBD Treatments for Epilepsy Patients

Perhaps the most substantiated medical use of CBD currently is for serious types of epilepsy, especially in children. The medical benefits of CBD for epileptic episodes got mainstream attention when Colorado parents successfully treated their daughter’s seizures with CBD. Since then, the FDA recently announced the first-ever CBD-based drug approval for Epidiolex, a drug used to treat seizures associated with two rare forms of epilepsy in children, and there are on-going trials for future treatments.

CBD Relieving Stress and Anxiety

CBD directly works with 5HT1A (serotonin) and GABA (an inhibitory neurotransmitter) receptors in the brain, which can affect mood disorders like depression and social anxiety. Animal trials in mice show promising anti-anxiety evidence of CBD. (As Quartz reports, there is a pretty disturbing method in which scientists provoke fear in mice for a 2012 study, which includes a python.) While sparse, recent human trials with public speaking are promising as well. Furthermore, and relating to mood and anxiety, a recent research review shows ties between CBD and sleep/insomnia, but scientists are saying CBD and CBD-THC mixes show that it may keep people awake as well as help them sleep.

CBD as a Natural Substitute for Pain Relief

An increasingly common use and benefit of CBD is for treating chronic pain. We talk about the potential benefits of medical marijuana and chronic pain, but even without THC, research is showing that CBD can inhibit inflammatory and neuropathic pain, which are large contributors to chronic pain and difficult to treat. There is also research exploring the potentially helpful ties between CBD and rheumatoid arthritis and other types of joint and muscle pains.

Bonus: Medical Application of CBD in Cancer, Acne and Addiction Treatments

While there is not as much research on these potential benefits, CBD is showing potential with treating acne as a part of its anti-inflammatory traits. Cancer treatment is becoming an increasingly interesting application as initial research shows potential for stopping the spread of cancer cells and sometimes aiding in their destruction. Lastly, CBD can aid those with cigarette and opioid addiction. As a natural supplement for some pain treatments, THC-CBD can prevent opioid addiction, and studies show potential of CBD in helping smokers quit smoking and aid in some withdrawal effects, too.

These are just a few of the popular and potential medical benefits of CBD. Illinois has a list of covered illnesses eligible for medical marijuana and CBD treatment. If you want to learn more about CBD or if you’re interested in learning about the Illinois Alternative Pilot Program (OAPP) that provides options for patients and perspective patients seeking medical marijuana treatments, we provide links and information on the Salveo Health & Wellness website. Feel free to talk directly to our in-shop experts today, and if you’re in Canton, Illinois, swing by and we would love to talk there too!

Sources and further reading:

  • Top benefits: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317221.php
  • Top 7 benefits: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/cbd-oil-benefits#section4
  • Really good overview: https://www.parsleyhealth.com/blog/cbd-oil-health-benefits/
  • CBD Project: https://www.projectcbd.org/guidance/conditions
  • Harvard Health Overview: https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/cannabidiol-cbd-what-we-know-and-what-we-dont-2018082414476

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