When cannabis was first being touted for its therapeutic potential, it was the psychoactive THC compound that supporters were excited about. However, more recently, as research has advanced, scientists and cannabis users have become more aware of cannabidiol (CBD).
In contrast to THC, CBD is non-psychoactive, so you can’t get “baked” off it, but it is infused with analgesic, anxiolytic, anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, and other medical qualities. Even better, when CBD and THC are taken together in full-spectrum form, these qualities are amplified through the “entourage effect,” with the CBD’s natural healing abilities becoming more pronounced, and the psychoactive effects of the THC brought under control.
This is especially important for those using marijuana for anxiety, as in isolated form, THC can induce paranoia through that psychoactivity. Hence, most medical marijuana users – who have full access to the plant – will either smoke or vape the CBD buds, CBD vape additive CBD e-juice which also has THC, or take CBD-THC oil, edible or cream products directly.
We all know how CBD is great in reducing seizures in patients with severe forms of epilepsy, but the cannabinoid’s medical résumé is wide-ranging. Here are ten potential medical uses for CBD in either isolate or full-spectrum form.
1. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
The anti-inflammatory and anxiolytic effects produced by CBD have been noted for their effectiveness in tackling PTSD. High stress and anxiety levels are common with PTSD, and CBD promotes calm in the user and slows down racing thoughts. Moreover, as an antipsychotic, CBD keeps the user mentally grounded – for that reason, CBD-isolate is perhaps a better option than a CBD-THC mix for those with PTSD.
2. Mad Cow Disease (Prion)
An intriguing 2007 study in the Journal of Neuroscience showcased CBD’s ability to slow down neurodegenerative diseases in mice by inhibiting prion proteins. The build-up of these prions causes mad cow disease, something CBD may be able to prevent. As of now, research in humans on the matter is limited, but with the knowledge that rodents brains’ have similarities to humans, there is real hope for the future.
3.Ending Cigarette Addiction
With the health risks now explicitly known, more and more people are trying to give up cigarettes – but nicotine addiction is hard to break. However, a recent study involving 24 smokers has offered new hope for smoking addicts. Some were given a placebo, while others were given an inhaler containing CBD oil. Smokers using the placebo noticed no changes, but those with the CBD cigarettes found that their cigarette reduced almost 40% during the one-week testing period. Quitting smoking demands willpower, but the evidence suggests CBD can make the process easier.