CBD is becoming very popular as a supplement, or even as a prescription-strength medical treatment for a variety of health issues. Most people who are familiar with CBD know that it can help reduce pain, relieve stress, and is a strong anti-inflammatory. However, there are other health benefits for more serious disorders and diseases that are still relatively unknown.
When you read a complete guide to CBD, you will learn more about how it interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) that runs through our nervous system and brain. This is the key for how it can have an impact on our health in several ways. Here are three examples that have been backed by scientific research:
#1) It Can Reduce Seizure Activity
One very powerful use of CBD is as a treatment for seizure disorders such as epilepsy. There is no cure for this condition, and while there are some treatments or medications to reduce seizure activity, they don’t work the same for everyone.
For some people, CBD (or a mix of CBD with THC) can be used to reduce the frequency and severity of seizures. In one study, CBD was given to 214 people with severe epilepsy and was found to reduce seizure activity by 36.5%. Another study looked into the effect of CBD for children with Dravet syndrome, a type of epilepsy that is typically drug-resistant. It saw that seizure activity was significantly reduced.
#2) It Has Anti-Tumor Properties
Cannabis has long been known as a treatment for people undergoing cancer treatments to reduce pain and improve their appetite. However, there are some early studies that are showing CBD as a potential way to reduce tumors and kill cancer cells. The few studies that have been done were using animals and test tubes with cancer cells.
One test tube study found that a concentrated amount of CBD actually killed human breast cancer cells. Another study using mice found that CBD slowed the spread of breast cancer cells. Lastly, a combination test tube and animal study found that CBD prevented the spread of multiple types of cancer.
#3) It Improves Quality of Life for People with Parkinson’s Disease
Another neurological disorder that CBD has been found to help is Parkinson’s Disease, which is a brain disorder that is characterized as tremors and shaking, stiffness, and loss of balance and coordination. There are no cures, and treatments are limited to potentially slowing the progression of symptoms that typically get more severe over time. One study found that CBD was able to help improve the quality of sleep for people with Parkinson’s disease. Another study found that CBD is able to potentially improve the quality of life, though it also noted that further research was needed.
Epilepsy, cancer and Parkinson’s are three health conditions that have limited options for cures or treatments. They also severely affect quality of life, the latter two can often be fatal. The early research into the potential of CBD as a treatment to prevent seizures, kill or slow the spread of cancer cells, and improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s are a ray of hope for future medical applications.