CBD, alongside with the THC is becoming increasingly popular for the treatment of insomnia, anxiety, chronic pain, and various drug addictions. But cannabinoids have much greater potential. Here is a guide for the most underestimated CBD benefits.
Why has the Cannabidiol became so popular recently? CBD, a compound derived from the cannabis plant, began to gain public attention after the news about kids that started using it to treat epilepsy when nothing else worked. Today, many U.S. conservative states, like Texas and Georgia still continue the Nixon’s war on drugs, but allow the use of CBD products with low THC concentration in serious cases. Meanwhile, when you cross the northern border (that isn’t as heavily guarded as the Mexican one) you can buy weed in Canada with a balanced concentration of the THC and the CBD or just choose a strain that best meets your needs. Funny and sad at the same time, right?
But it still doesn’t stop people across the United States from experimenting with CBD products in various situations ranging from anxiety to insomnia. Cannabidiol has earned a reputation as a “miracle drug” because it doesn’t cause any high for consumers and you can buy it online in all 50 states of the America. Currently, most people use this cannabinoid to remove side effects from cancer treatment, mental disorders (depression, anxiety, insomnia), inflammation (arthritis, Crohn’s disease) and chronic pain. But CBD gives hope for much more. Here are the 5 most underestimated CBD benefits.
- CBD as a Way To Quit Smoking
Addiction to nicotine is one of the most difficult habits to get rid of. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, only six percent of people successfully quit smoking every year. That’s why CBD is such an exciting prospect of quitting this habit.
As with cannabis in general, the ridiculous federal CBD ban hinders research into its medical benefits. There are, however, some small attempts on analysing the CBD’s effect on cigarette dependence. A 2013 study found that 40 percent of smokers using a CBD inhaler had reduced the amount of cigarettes smoked, while those given a placebo had not noticed significant changes.
In a small double-blinded study, it was found that 800 mg of CBD reduces the irritability caused by cigarette addiction triggers, such as being at a party or in the environment of other smokers. This brings us to the point of why the CBD is so effective in so many different conditions. It treats not only the physical symptoms, such as inflammation and pain, but also the anxiety that is associated with them. In this way, it has a holistic effect on the mind and the body in order to provide relief for patients.
- CBD for Bad Trips
Anyone who likes to experiment with cannabis has already been there. You smoked weed for the first time or had a little too many cannabis cookies, and suddenly your eyelids are heavy and the room is spinning. Some people say that CBD is the cure for this hellish situation.
CBD can counteract anxiety and paranoia, which are often associated with the ingestion of THC. Studies have shown that cannabidiol does this by modulating the excess activity of endocannabinoids in the brain.
You can try it yourself by using high quality CBD strains or CBD oil. These are the fastest ways to find relief in such situations. But then again, there is no guarantee that it will work perfectly every time because each body reacts differently to cannabinoids and often the CBD can indeed counteract the anxiety and paranoia but also enhance the rest of the effects of the THC.
- CBD for Dogs (And Cats!)
CBD is not only gaining a reputation as a wonderful medicine for humans. Animals also struggle with various conditions – from arthritis to anxiety – without any effective treatment. An increasing number of pet owners claim that CBD is the solution. In an online survey 44 percent of pet owners said that cannabis was more effective than traditional painkillers for their pets.
Although there are almost no studies on CBD treatment for pets (the first important study was published by Cornell University in July 2016), it is logical that CBD will work on cats and dogs because they also have the endocannabinoid system and the same cannabinoid receptors.
- CBD for Your Mother, Grandmother and Grandfather
Have you even tried to persuade your mother to smoke cannabis together with you? Even if so, before this happens, it doesn’t mean that a mother – or any of your loved ones – shouldn’t experience the miraculous health potential of the cannabis plant without the psychoactive effects caused by the THC. CBD can be an ideal way to convince people who are resistant to Cannabis: cannabidiol doesn’t get you high, it doesn’t carry this whole cannabis stigma, and can be ingested in many ways that are not harmful for your body, for example you can drink a CBD tea.
CBD is said to be beneficial in age-related diseases. While there are no studies on CBD in the treatment of the menopause, cannabidiol has proven to be promising in the treatment of its symptoms, including anxiety, depression, insomnia and loss of bone density.
These symptoms also affect a significant number of seniors who, according to the report from the 2016, are now the fastest growing group of cannabis users in the US. Most experts recommend that the patients should use CBD products with the THC for best results. However, clean CBD can be a good starter product.
- CBD in Countries Where Cannabis is Illegal
The legality of CBD is still uncertain in many countries. In fact, experts and politicians have different opinions on this subject. The US Federal Government continues to place CBD in the most restrictive category – Schedule I – alongside one of the most addictive drugs – Heroin, and alongside one of the most potent psychedelics known to man – the LSD. However, some people in the industry are moving away from this approach by recognising the Agricultural Act 2014, known as Farm Bill, as the legalization of CBD derived from the industrial hemp. This is the cannabidiol that is available online in all 50 US states and doesn’t contain THC.
As mentioned above, many experts say that it is not as effective as the CBD products that are regulated and sold more strictly in pharmacies, but most patients benefit from it. And maybe it’s worth having a CBD oil from the industrial cannabis when you don’t have the “real” cannabis with you and you’re desperate? Also, who knows, you may discover that you prefer CBD to marijuana flowers. Many Cannabis lovers interweave the use of these two types to achieve the perfect balance between recreational use and everyday health and well-being.
Based on an Aleksandra’s Barczyk article about the CBD health benefits