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9 Weird Uses of CBD You Didn’t Know
Cannabidiol. While you might not have heard of the chemical, you probably have heard of its shortened name, CBD. It’s best known for its potent medicinal effects without the “high” associated with cannabis.
This compound has been shown effective in treating severe diseases, such as cancer and glaucoma. While those effects are very important, their widespread visibility comes from the strict legal limitations of early medicinal cannabis laws.
Today, fewer restrictions mean more CBD uses, including many you’ve probably never heard of. Let’s take a look at some weird uses for cannabidiol you may not be aware of.
The cannabis plant is commonly called marijuana by the public. Its abilities to bring on a “high” when consumed are well known. However, that high isn’t the only reason why people have used the cannabis plant for centuries.
Early humans used the plant for all sorts of medicinal uses. Even as recently as the early 1900s, cannabis was popular as medicine in the United States. However, prohibition put a stop to all of its uses as medicine.
For years, the plant was the center of a crusade against drugs, made illegal and ostracized. Though, recent movements have returned cannabis to good standing both within society and within the medical community.
Twenty-nine states now have medically legal cannabis, with others even having legal recreational cannabis. The newly relaxed regulations have brought to light the aforementioned new uses for medical cannabis.
We’re entering an age where you can turn to medical cannabis find relief for just about everything, from insomnia to acne.
Cannabidiol derives from with the cannabis plant, or its cousin – the hemp plant. Hemp, as many know, is used in creating everything. from rope to clothes to shampoo. Its seeds are even used as food.
The difference is that hemp doesn’t contain the psychoactive chemical THC. It also boasts lower levels of cannabidiol. While it’s still possible for hemp to produce cannabidiol extracts, they’re of lower quality.
The cannabis plant, however, produces copious amounts of both CBD and THC. The problem is that cannabis is illegal in many states, even for medical purposes.
If you’re in a medical or recreational state, you’re in luck. Though, those living in prohibition states still have to settle for cannabidiol oils derived from hemp.
Eager to learn more? Here are some surprising ways cannabidiol can improve your health. (For a bonus on why CBD should be accessible, click here!)
#1: CBD for Insomnia
Cannabidiol affects every cell and process in your body, from proteins to receptors and other brain chemicals that induce changes in neurotransmitters and hormones. The outside cannabinoids interact with what’s known as our endocannabinoid system.
These effects have a direct impact on our body systems, especially sleep.
Research indicates that cannabidiol increases sleep duration and relieves insomnia. Volunteers receiving 160 mg cannabidiol reported better sleep than those receiving a placebo.
The same study also showed less dream recall for those receiving cannabidiol. If you’re looking for a better night sleep, this drug could help solve the problem.
#2: Anxiety, Stress, and Depression
Stress and anxiety affect a significant part of the population. Most medical “cures” involve medications that carry unwanted side effects. That’s where cannabidiol comes into play.
Research confirms that cannabidiol significantly decreases subjective anxiety compared to a placebo. It works by increasing serotonin levels, which in turn, relieve depression symptoms.
What’s more, cannabidiol side effects are non-existent. The lack of harsh medications ensures you’re treating anxiety, stress, and depression safely.
Acne is a common bacterial condition that affects 80 percent of the population at some point in their life. A plethora of treatments exist, but none that seem to combat the disease.
Believe it or not, cannabidiol extracts work better than most at treating acne. Even better than your “traditional” western medicines.
Acne is a result of bacteria and an excess of sebum (oils produced by the body) that combine to form pimples. CBD inhibits inflammation and sebocyte activity (the producers of sebum), which in turn lowers bacteria levels.
Instead of fighting bacteria with modern medicine, fight the cause with cannabidiol.
#4: Quit Smoking
Many consider quitting smoking one of the most difficult things anyone can attempt. While there’s the patch, psychotherapy, and many other things, kicking the habit isn’t ever easy.
Cannabidiol oil could actually hold the answer to quitting smoking. One research study asked smokers to use cannabidiol inhalers, which in turn led them to smoke 40 percent fewer cigarettes.
Smokers using the placebo inhaler did not see a reduction in cravings, and also didn’t lower the number of cigarettes smoked.
#5: Eliminate Nausea
Nausea has baffled scientists and others for quite some time. The number of treatments is enough to make clear that there’s no cut and dry answer to the problem.
Cannabidiol oil, however, offers a compelling treatment option. Findings suggest that CBD activates a compound known as 5-hydroxytryptamine-1A (5-HT1A). This reduces the sensation of nausea and also suppresses the vomiting reflex.
There’s even evidence that these treatments can suppress nausea to a greater extent than modern, traditional medicines.
#6: Counteracting CBD
Tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC, is the active ingredient in cannabis. It causes the “high” that the plant is so well known for. It’s also part of what gives cannabis its bad name.
Exposure to THC can cause impaired memory, increased obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety. Cannabidiol can help counteract these effects.
The two compounds bind to the same receptors, with cannabidiol reducing both the short and long-term effects of THC. This can help medical cannabis users who choose to smoke the plant avoid some of the less than desirable effects.
#7: Diabetic Retinopathy
Diabetes causes a number of issues ranging from simple blood-glucose issues to nerve death. Among these problems is diabetic retinopathy.
Diabetic retinopathy is a condition where high blood sugar levels cause damage to the blood vessels in the eyes, specifically the retina. Vessels leak, swell, or even close completely.
Research shows that cannabidiol reduces oxidative stress, cell death, vascular hyperpermeability, and inflammation. The plant derivative seems to succeed where modern medicine fails.
Salves, also known as lotions, are useful for treating dry skin and other skin disorders. However, the introduction of legal cannabis has led to CBD-infused oils that can help treat a number of disorders.
The salves treat everything from eczema to muscle pain and provide a natural alternative to conventional medicine.
These products work thanks to cannabidiol’s ability to penetrate the skin and combine with the aforementioned receptors that activate the body’s endocannabinoid system.
#9 Inhibit Cancer
Cancer affects millions upon millions of adults. The ability to treat the disease is one the most debated in our culture.
Cannabidiol offers cancer-fighting benefits that most people are unaware of. Many know the anti-nausea effects that cannabidiol brings to chemotherapy patients, but CBD’s use goes much deeper.
This compound is known to inhibit:
Invasive cancer cells: Cancer cells that can’t migrate into new tissues can’t metastasize, and therefore, can’t spread.
Cancer cell adhesion: Cancer cells adhere to the walls of other tissues, which in turn lets them invade those tissues. CBD inhibits that adhesion.
Cancer cell migration: Before cancer cells can adhere or invade, they must move. Cannabidiol stops cell migration, working threefold to help prevent cancer from growing and spreading.
What Does CBD’s Future Look Like?
The future of cannabidiol lies in further developing its medical uses. As cannabis becomes more and more accepted worldwide, it’s likely we’ll see just that happen. Cannabidiol’s applications are too varied to ignore.
Currently, states with legal cannabis are leading the charge in researching more and more applications for cannabidiol. This research aims to discover more groundbreaking medical uses that will change the scientific world.
Even if someone can find relief for a minor skin condition, cannabidiol will have paid off dividends. The end of cannabis prohibition has just begun.
Much and more isn’t known about the cannabis plant because of the years of prohibition. We’re just discovering the true potential of this plant, and are sure to discover plenty of other “weird” effects the cannabis plant can have on people.
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