Cannabidiol (CBD) has long been recognized for its therapeutic benefits; in fact, use of the hemp plant for medicinal purposes goes back thousands of years. But you’re probably wondering if there’s any modern-day studies on the healing benefits of CBD to back the claims. We can tell you there are many – and as the popularity of CBD rises, we can expect to see many more in the future. If there’s one thing many researchers agree on, it’s that data so far provides a case for further research to learn more about the therapeutic potential of CBD.
CBD is recognized as a compound that can be used for a wide variety of disorders.
In their paper, “Therapeutic applications of cannabinoids,” published in Chemico-Biological Interactions (2018), researchers Nancy Mauryaa Bharath and Kumar Velmurugan write:
“In an era of rising disease threats and antibiotic resistance, cannabinoids can prove to be boon for the medical and scientific world. A large body of scientific literature is suggestive of the positive effects and medicinal utility of cannabinoids and it can be concluded on the basis of these studies that if negative implications of these compounds are restricted or modified, these can serve as potential therapeutics for a wide variety of diseases such as epilepsy, cancer, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma and many more.”
And a compound in CBD — endocannabinoids — may be important in overall mind and body health, according to Bradley E. Alger, Ph.D., who concluded in “Getting High on the Endocannabinoid System” published in Cerebrum (2013):
“Endocannabinoids are literally a bridge between body and mind. By understanding this system, we begin to see a mechanism that could connect brain activity and states of physical health and disease.”
In a 2018 study, researchers found that consumers use CBD for diverse medical conditions, particularly pain, anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders. The researchers concluded that the data “provide a compelling rationale for further research to better understand the therapeutic potential of CBD.”
Want to learn more? Here are some of the health disorders researchers say CBD can relieve or shows great promise in relieving, with links to the studies on the healing benefits of CBD:
Cannabinoids suppress inflammatory and neuropathic pain
Cannabis extract to be used to treat diabetes
Prevalence of obesity is lower in cannabis users than in nonusers
Cannabis may relieve symptoms of multiple sclerosis
Cannabidiol reduces cigarette consumption in tobacco smokers
Studies indicate CBD can help in addiction treatment and may even help prevent relapse
FDA approves first drug comprised of CBD to treat rare, severe forms of epilepsy
Dementia (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease)
Cannabinoids such as CBD could help remove dementia from brain cells
Cannabidiol as potential anticancer drug
CBD leads to improvement in fracture healing
High Blood Pressure
A single 600mg dose of CBD reduced blood pressure in a small group of participants.
Cannabidiol as a potential treatment for anxiety disorders
CBD has potential as a therapeutic agent for the treatment of acne
CBD could represent a novel fast antidepressant drug
Mechanism of cannabidiol for safe pain relief without side effects
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
CBD has potential for the development of a new class of anti-IBD drugs
Cannabidiol a novel therapeutic approach for treating anxiety and trauma-related disorders such as phobias and PTSD
Topical CBD has potential as effective treatment of arthritis
CBD may be effective for treating nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy or other therapeutic treatments
As with any medication or supplement, you should consult with your doctor before starting a CBD regimen or discontinuing prescribed medications.