The second most abundant cannabinoid in the cannabis plant is CBD. The first is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and forms of isolated and extracted CBD are used in a variety of different none-recreational and medicinal products for human consumption such as in health supplements.
Although research and studies are still undergoing to find the numerous benefits of the extract, there are four commonly targeted conditions that it has been used for andhas resulted in successfully minimizing symptoms.
We take a look at these 4 below: Anxiety, Pain relief, Neurological disorders and Heart health.
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is one of the most common conditions a lot of people face daily. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), when clinical trials were done on rats with this disorder using CBD, it resulted in a reduction of their stress levels as well as symptoms of increased heart rate and anxiety vastly improved. The research studies can be found here.
Even though further research needs to be done, some of the clinical trials speak for themselves and users have found it working on their conditions as well. People who suffered from SAD or Social anxiety disorder, for instance, found it helped them with insomnia and reduced their anxiety.
Another beneficial quality of introducing CBD into your diet is that it helps bring relief to pain, discomfort and inflammation. The effects of research for pain management have seen positive results in many patients. It can offer an alternative solution for conditions such as chronic pain as opposed to taking opioids which can become addictive and have various unfavorable sideeffects on the human mind and body.
Further proving its effectiveness, is a drug called Epidolex, which is the only product on the market to contain CBD, has been rolled out and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
This is however a prescription drug that can only be bought through legal sources, and there are no non-prescription drugs that contain CBD. If you do find one, it may not be regulated or tested for purity and can have severe side effects.
A lot of serious health conditions such as cancer, arthritis, and migraines have symptoms that include chronic pain, inflammation and vomiting or lack of appetite. Using Cannabinoids to bring relief can be advantageous as listed out in this source: https://www.healthline.com/health/cbd-oil-for-pain#cancer-treatment-relief
Experts believe that when taking this plant extract in its many formats, for instance, drops, health supplements, powders and liquids, it can have a positive effect on the brains signaling system, and help those suffering from neurological disorders. In various studies, the brand of Sativex proved to reduce spasms by over 70% in a study done on 270 people who had multiple sclerosis and going through symptoms of muscle spasms.
When buying the right product that contains CBD in it, no matter what the format, always make sure it is pure and has less than 0.3% THC in it. This is the component that gets you high, and not many people can tolerate that feeling. If shopping online, reputable places such as Cheef Botanicals and various others, have the purest forms of the extractand also have reports of this on their website proving the lab tests done on their products.
CBD health supplements are one of the few natural ways to benefit the circulatory system as well as the heart. It is also good for lowering high blood pressure which is linked to conditions such as heart attacks and strokes.
When a study was done on young males divided into one group of placebo’s and one group was given CBD supplements amounting to 600mg, the result was a reduction in their blood pressure. Animal studies have also been done and researchers saw the death of cells associated with heart disease. Other things you should look out for when buying any of these health supplements are the manufacturer’s dosage instructions, they need to be indicated on the packaging, as well as any additional ingredients, such as additives or chemicals that have been used. This is, however, something you should avoid. Always go for organic and ethically harvested products.