CBD Benefits, backed by science.
Let's find out what all the hype is about.
CBD is the fastest growing Health and Wellness industry. Its market valuation is conservatively projected to hit $16 billion in the United States by 2025. And it boasts a wide range of wellness benefits to back up all the hype.
Some of our customers use CBD in a holistic approach, as a way to promote overall health and enhance their daily wellness routines. Athletes use CBD because of its anti-inflammatory qualities and beneficial effects on the immune system. Many more find comfort in the calming effect of CBD; using it for anxiety, depression, insomnia, and post-traumatic stress.
The medical and scientific communities are extremely interested in CBD and have begun various research studies to explore its true potential.
Research on CBD is limited but shows promise.
It’s tough to get a scientific reading on the full range of CBD’s benefits, especially the ones listed above. It’s not because the research doesn’t exist, it’s just that most of it is still ongoing.
As with any young pharmacological industry, more time is needed to map out CBD’s full range of effects on the human body and mind.
Most of the current research into CBD is defined as ‘preclinical’ research, carried out in labs on human cells or animal test subjects. These studies still need to go through the rigorous protocol of clinical trials on humans before obtaining government approval.
That being said, the findings coming out of these preclinical trials is extremely positive, with some showing CBD to be far more effective (and with almost no side-effects) as compared to current forms of treatment. You’ll read more about these findings a little later on in this article.
But if you want to be scientific about CBD’s benefits, you can only really look at the findings coming out of clinical trials.
Clinical trials are valued in the scientific community for ensuring the efficacy and safety of medical treatments. They are also very time consuming, require extensive funding and large amounts of space for the research-grade cannabis products. These have been some of the biggest obstacles to clinical trials of CBD.
But even with these limitations, two CBD-based medications have passed NHS (England) and FDA (America) approval and are on the market right now.
The most promising CBD treatment has come from research into neurological diseases and disorders such as epilepsy and multiple sclerosis.
Epidiolex is an oral solution that contains CBD and is used to reduce seizures in patients with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome – two severe forms of epilepsy.
Sativex is an oral spray containing both CBD and THC used to treat muscle stiffness and spasms in sufferers of multiple sclerosis, as well as other symptoms including pain, difficulties sleeping, tremors and bladder problems.
Studies show benefits of CBD for pain and inflammation
Research has shown that CBD has pain reducing properties. Unlike other pain medication, CBD doesn’t have addictive properties, or the potential to be abused or misused when dealing with chronic pain.
Other research has shown it’s remarkable anti-inflammatory properties. CBD is being used to help with conditions such as coronary artery disease, hypertension, diabetes, depression, rheumatoid arthritis, and even Alzheimer’s disease.
CBD’s combined ability to relieve pain and combat inflammation makes it a perfect supplement for athletes and other individuals who participate in intense exercise. Recent research has pointed to CBD as a promising topical treatment for various exercise-related symptoms such as joint pain and muscle ache.
CBD is widely used to improve emotional stability and help alleviate symptoms associated with mental-health conditions.
Studies suggest that CBD has the ability to influence serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for mood regulation. It’s also an immuno-modulator — keeping the immune system in balance and promoting an overall sense of wellbeing.
Preclinical research has provided evidence that strongly supports CBD as a potential supplemental treatment for generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
CBD promotes cardio-vascular health
Recent studies have also shown the possible benefits of CBD on the heart and circulatory system. Researchers say that CBD can help with heart health by lowering cholesterol levels in the blood, clearing plaque from blood vessels, and strengthening the heart muscles.
One study showed that CBD reduced blood pressure, even in cases of elevated stress.
This finding links back to the stress and anxiety reducing properties of CBD, showing what an interconnected web the benefits of CBD truly are.
CBD is proving to be one of the most promising and exciting forms of medical intervention currently being explored.
While research from clinical trials on humans is still limited to one or two medications, the research coming out of other kinds of trials is incredibly exciting.
Watch this space, because CBD is poised to revolutionise the worlds of medicine and wellness.
We’ll keep you updated with all the exciting news that’s sure to come.
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