CBD (Cannabidiol) has seen a surge in interest over the past few years in treating a wide range of illnesses, pains and mental health issues.
As more research is put into the effective use of CBD and its clinical practicality, more cases have been found of it being used to treat pain and other symptoms related to cancer, mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, and more. While there is more research that needs to be done before CBD oils or other products are introduced as standard medicinal practice, here are some well-documented benefits.
Treating depression or anxiety
CBD has been demonstrated to have a positive effect on serotonin receptors in the brain, a strand of neurotransmitters which are highly correlated with a person’s general feeling of well-being, which is why this specific area of brain chemistry is often the target of various antidepressants.
Essentially, CBD has been demonstrated to positively affect those receptors of the brain. While typical antidepressants take several weeks before they begin to take effect, the noticeable improvements to mood stability from using CBD is potentially much faster.
Treating pain or chronic pain
Of all the medicinal uses of CBD, its impact on alleviating pain is often regarded as its most popular. Not only has CBD been shown to have potential in alleviating pain related to cancer, but it has also helped a vast amount of people with pain related to muscles and joints. Additionally, sufferers of arthritis have also found CBD to be helpful in treating their symptoms.
How this works is through a neurotransmitter in your body called endocannabinoids, which the body produces to respond to cannabinoid receptors in the nervous system. CBD impacts these neurotransmitters in a way that helps reduce pain and inflammation.
While CBD hasn’t been fully standardised in the clinical industry, there are many people whose lives have been profoundly impacted for the better by using CBD products.