Cannabidiol (CBD) is growing in popularity as the research is released on just how wonderful it can be for anxiety, pain, and chronic problems so many people suffer from. But the benefits aren’t just for those currently experiencing troubles. The research is overwhelmingly positive and links CBD to not only balancing the Immune system, but protecting the brain as well.
I know you are thinking that this can’t be so. That marijuana disrupts brains cells; it can’t protect them. Remember that CBD is not the equivalent to consuming basic marijuana. There are little to no side effects, no ‘high’ is felt, and the science undeniably backs the use of it.
The US National Institutes of Health acknowledge the benefits of CBD and do not discourage against therapeutic usage.
As a neuroprotectant, CBD reduces the previous damage done to the brain and nervous system and allows for the growth and development of new neurons. This means that spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, diseases, and strokes may benefit greatly with CBD treatment. The oxidative stresses caused by head injury, genetic disorders, and autoimmune diseases that typically lead to temporary or permanent neurological damage may be protected against or greatly reduced with the use of CBD oil.
But what about using CBD oil preventatively? Are the benefits still there if the problems are not?
Research has linked CBD oil, as a preventative supplement, to the following neurological disorders:
- Amyuotophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Epilepsy (and other seizure disorders)
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Parkinson’s Disease
It has also been proven that CBD oil aids in management of the symptoms of all of these disorders: depression, agitation, appetite loss, pain, insomnia, and inflammation.
Alzheimer’s has been proven to be caused by inflammation within the brain, although the cause of the inflammation is still unknown. Research is currently being performed with CBD oil and the prevention of possible neurological inflammation. Ohio State Professor of Neuroscience, Gary Wenk, PhD has been studying this possibility for decades. He found that after the age of 30, the human brain naturally begins becoming inflamed. By utilizing CBD, this inflammation can be halted or reduced.
The US government has recently labeled CBD not only as a neuroprotector, but as an antioxidant as well. These two titles are different, but after breaking it down, you will see that they are tied to one another. The brain accumulates excess glutamate over time, and this can lead to glutamate (a neurotransmitter) toxicity, which can destroy brain cells. Studies show that CBD reduces hydroperoxide toxicity in neurons.
Furthermore (as if you need more reason to believe in CBD!), this oil promotes new brain cell growth in adult brains!
While more research is needed, and occurring, it is believed that CBD oil can be used to minimize cell damage, promote healing, and prevent future neural damage.
As I discussed in Part 1, cannabinoids are derived from the cannabis plant, but are not the same thing as the drug marijuana. Cannabinoids, such as CBD oil do not produce a ‘high’ or other well-known symptoms of ingesting marijuana. Instead, this oil is known only to aid the body, as proven by more research than you have time to read!
I have spent countless hours reviewing the studies available, and I truly believe that CBD oil can be an added benefit to almost everyone’s lives, but more specifically to those suffering from chronic pain, inflammation, anxiety, and so many other health issues. It seems that where the medical professionals draw a blank and prescribe more medications, CBD oil may in fact be a much better supplement to the body. It is at least worth considering.
Today, I want to address another powerful aspect of CBD oil that not many know about. The oil itself reacts with the body’s natural endogenous cannabinoid system (ECS). This system is a complex network of lipids and receptors. The endocannabinoids and their particular receptors are produced naturally by the body and are located in the brain, connective tissues, glands, and the cells of the immune system. These receptors are designed to interact actively with cannabinoids to balance the body’s immune system as a whole.
Cannabinoids work hand-in-hand with the ECS to help the immune system -and the body as a whole- reach it’s optimal levels by binding to the ECS receptors. This process is proven to aid in most autoimmune diseases, such as Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, IBD, Fibromyalgia, Celiac Disease, and Lupus. Researchers are currently studying just how valuable CBD oil can be for other autoimmune illnesses; it will take time, but the current information points to positive results in all areas. This new research will be invaluable, as over 50 million people (75% of which are women) suffer from autoimmune diseases.
With autoimmune diseases, the body cannot differentiate between outside intruding germs/cells and its own healthy cells. Research shows that CBD oil binding to the ECS receptors increases the body’s ability to distinguish differences.
Our immune systems are complex aspects of the body. Often times, it falls out of balance and leaves us susceptible for illness and discomfort. Typically, the immune system becomes overstimulated and causes common ailments, but an under-stimulated immune system is linked to cancers and other life-threatening diseases. It is important to work on keeping the system balanced and healthy. CBD oil works naturally with the ECS to maintain a healthy balance.
Just as the body receives and benefits from the sun’s natural Vitamin D (and many other naturally occurring vitamins), it also greatly benefits from a plant’s natural oils.
Cannabidiol Oil (CBD Oil) is derived from cannabis (marijuana plant), using the chemicals that are naturally found in the plants. This oil does not produce the ‘high’ that you would assume comes from marijuana. There is actually no form of intoxication associated with the oil, but it is still looked upon in a negative light because of its origin. As the research unfolds though, people are beginning to understand just how powerful and beneficial this plant can be to our society. CBD oil has benefits to long to describe in one article, and instead of giving you a short overview, I am breaking it into two separate articles. Even then, there is more to read and uncover! I highly recommend digging in to the research available out there!
Research shows that CBD Oil Benefits the following:
- Chronic Pain
- Panic disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Social phobia
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Mild to moderate depression
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Menstrual Cramps
- Muscle Pain
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- And More…
18% of adults (40 million Americans over age 18) suffer from an anxiety disorder. It is rarely talked about, and either over-medicated for or under-treated, as many doctors do not take it seriously. Of course, I will recommend exercise, dietary changes, and alternative outlooks on the conditions as first treatments, but sometimes it is not enough.
Researchers believe that CBD changes the response to serotonin through the brain’s receptors. A 2012 study discovered that CBD oil successfully reduced anxiety in adults suffering from social anxiety disorder. A 2011 study revealed that CBD oil greatly reduced stress and anxiety in those who fear public speaking. With dozens of other studies finding similar results, it is time that this legalized natural treatment be more well-known and accepted.
We have learned that CBD oil alters the cerebral blood flow, reducing uptake in the left parahippocampal gyrus, hippocampus, and inferior temporal gyrus. The blood flow increased in the right posterior cingulate gyrus. CBD may then help the hippocampus regenerate neurons, which then relates to an overall impact on the activity in limbic and paralimbic brain areas, significantly reducing anxiety.
Further research shows that CBD oil:
- Aids in sleep with those suffering from insomnia due to anxiety
- Lowers the heartrate and other physiological effects of anxiety
- Improves Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms
As mentioned above, CBD oil has an effect on the brain’s receptors, and this effect has been discovered to help in pain management. The oil has the ability to lessen inflammation and reduce chronic pain.
Over 38 million adult Americans suffer from chronic pain, and doctors (again) typically over-medicate these individuals, who then still suffer. Cannabidiol shares neuroprotective effects with THC (the strain of marijuana that produces the ‘high’), inhibits glutamate neurotoxicity, and displays antioxidant activity greater than ascorbic acid (vitamin C) or tocopherol (vitamin E). It is a TRPV1 agonist that inhibits fatty acid amidohydrolase, which reinforces CBD’s ability to manage pain.
This pain can be related to everything from menstrual cramping to chemotherapy side effects. There can be pain from injury or pain from illness, but one thing is consistent, CBD has the research behind it to provide pain relief. Even if not used alone, it should be considered as part of a management regimen.