Most Common Medical Uses and Potential Benefits of CBD

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

What is CBD?

A recent trend in both medical research and cannabis research is the adoption of cannabidiol (CBD) for treating many different conditions. But before you go lathering CBD oils on your skin or taking a CBD infused edible, perhaps you are wondering what CBD is. In short, CBD is just one of many organic compounds found in the cannabis plant and is prevalent in almost all strains of cannabis, some having higher levels of CBD than others. In this blog, we will be going more in-depth about the effects of CBD on your mind and body while also reviewing any potential risks with using CBD.

If you are in the Canton area and you want access to affordable, high-quality medical marijuana, be sure to contact Salveo Health and Wellness. Our staff is dedicated to providing the medical marijuana community with effective treatments for a wide range of medical conditions. If you don’t have your medical marijuana card, but you qualify for one, we are happy to help you achieve the right treatment for your conditions. Visit our website for more information about our medical marijuana dispensary and CBD treatments or give us a call at 309-204-3909.

CBD Basics

Just to be clear, CBD is a naturally-occurring resin found in cannabis plants. Both sativa and indica strains have CBD in the cannabis flowers. Certain breeders and growers have created CBD rich or dominant strains, some of them containing little THC and mostly CBD. CBD can be extracted from these strains in a variety of methods, with some resulting in pure CBD oil.

One of the most important things to understand about CBD is that it does not have the same psychoactive effects that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) has. If you only take CBD, you won’t feel “stoned” or “high,” and there is a general lack of lethargy or lack of concentration that accompanies the consumption of THC. This makes CBD a perfect candidate for anyone who does not wish to get high but still wants to experience the healing properties of medical marijuana.

Speaking of which, most of those therapeutic properties come from CBD. For patients who are looking for relief from anxiety, stress, or muscle inflammation should consider trying CBD. Scientific studies and clinical research are still in their infancy, and a large body of research is required before any sweeping, definitive claims can be made about CBD’s healing properties. Early adopters, advocates, and researchers of CBD claim that CBD oil can help with conditions like arthritis, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain and inflammation, epilepsy and so much more. Early research also suggests that CBD may have certain anticancer and neuroprotective properties.

Taking CBD

CBD can be consumed in a variety of ways. It is important to consider what you are most comfortable doing when you consume CBD. Certain marijuana strains are CBD-rich, meaning that there is still THC in them, but there is also the prevalence of CBD. If you don’t want to experience the psychoactive effects of THC, stick to CBD oils and extracts that can be either vaporized, consumed orally, or applied to the skin.

If you are interested in vaporizing, commonly referred to as vaping, be sure that you know the chemical composition of the oil that you are smoking. CBD oils are commonly sold in easy-to-use cartridges for vaping, but some of these cartridges may contain THC in them. Vaping CBD is one of the fastest ways to administer CBD, with most users reporting relief from their symptoms in just a few minutes.

Ingesting CBD in the form of edibles requires no equipment to consume the CBD. Whereas vaping CBD requires a vaporizer, CBD oils can be consumed orally in a variety of flavors and treats. Whether you like fruity gummies, hard candy, chocolate, or coffee, there is a CBD edible that can work for any picky eater. Consuming CBD edible is perhaps one of the slowest ways to feel the effects of CBD, with users reporting one to two hours before feeling the effects on their body.

Topical creams, salves, and ointments that contain CBD are also a popular way of consuming CBD. Depending on your condition and the severity of it, a topical CBD lotion might provide you the greatest relief. Whether you have sore muscles, aching joints, or inflamed tissues, a CBD lotion might be perfect for you.

CBD Oils and Tinctures in Canton, Illinois

If you are interested in taking CBD for a medical condition, be sure to get a medical marijuana card that allows you to visit high-quality dispensaries legally in Illinois. Many medical marijuana patients see a marked improvement in the quality of their lives after they begin medical marijuana treatments. If you are in the Canton area, make sure you visit Salveo Health and Wellness to find a wide selection of CBD options. Visit our website or call us today at 309-204-3909 for more information.