While CBD seems to have suddenly come on the scene, the use of the hemp plant (Cannabis sativa) in medicine is nothing new. However, hemp, in the form of CBD, is experiencing an amazing resurgence. Today, our customers use CBD as a natural remedy for many ailments including insomnia, depression, anxiety, migraines, acne, muscle pain, rheumatism, chronic pain and much more. CBD is similar to the chemicals naturally created by our bodies, so it helps reduce symptoms better than some synthetic drugs – without harmful side effects.
CBD is extracted from the hemp plant and is made into oil, cream, isolate, vape oil, and food. The World Health Organization concluded that naturally occurring CBD is safe and well tolerated in humans (and animals), and isn’t associated with abuse potential.
What are the benefits of CBD?
For one, it could reduce the use of bezodiazepines for treating anxiety. Research and psychiatry professor Esther Blessing at New York University Langone Health did a review of CBD’s effects on mood.
“Studies so far have shown that CBD of a specific dose is roughly as effective as drugs like Valium and other benzodiazepines in reducing experimental anxiety,” she told The Atlantic.
In 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Epidiolex (cannabidiol), a CBD formulation, for treatment for two severe pediatric seizure disorders: Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. The FDA approved Epidiolex for children ages 2 and up. It is the first approval by the FDA for a substance derived from cannabis and also the first approved for treatment of Dravet syndrome
According to studies, CBD also helps treat or prevent:
- Inflammatory and neuropathic pain
- Dementia-related conditions (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s etc.)
- And more
For more studies related to CBD in the treatment and prevention of medical issues, please go to our CBD and Scientific Proof page.
The Benefits of CBD for Seniors
Seniors have discovered the benefits of CHD as well. They say the compound is an all-natural, non-habit-forming remedy for many ailments related to aging. Among the ailments are chronic pain, glaucoma, arthritis, and cardiovascular disease. In an article in AARP, Mikhail Kogan, M.D., medical director of the George Washington University Center for Integrative Medicine, said he prescribes CBD for his patients. Cannabinoids, he said, are “safer than Tylenol or caffeine by tenfold. If you compare them to opiates, they’re about 10,000 times safer.”
Forbes reported that a study of 1,000 seniors ages 54 and up found that 9% of seniors have tried CBD for health-related reasons. “51% of those that have tried it reported having an improved quality of life afterward. Over 65% of the seniors surveyed that tried CBD said that their quality of life was good, while only 31.1% said the same before trying CBD,” according to the article.
According to the study, conducted by Remedy Review, more than half of the seniors interviewed took CBD via oral drops. More than 60% of the seniors who tried CBD said that it helped reduce their pain, and 45.6% reported improved sleep quality. Seniors also reported having reduced anxiety, stress relief, and a more positive mood, the study found. Perhaps most telling is that 89% of the seniors who tried CBD said they would recommend it to friends and family for relief of health problems.
CBD Can Benefit Pets, Too
Animals also benefit from CBD’s therapeutic properties. It’s the reason we sell CBD drops for pets. Consumers report CBD helps relieve their pets of symptoms associated with inflammation, epilepsy, fearfulness, rheumatoid arthritis, anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), pain, nausea, glaucoma, and skin problems.
Our pets are much smaller than us and their endocannabinoid system more complex, so they tend to feel the effects more acutely than we do. Dr. Cornelia Wagner of the Hawthorne Veterinary Clinic in Portland, OR, suggests starting with the lowest amount possible and gradually increasing the dose every 5 days until the desired effect is achieved.