Cannabidiol or CBD, a non-psychoactive and highly therapeutic compound found in cannabis, has caused a revolution in medical marijuana. Thanks to this finding, the acceptance of cannabis is beginning its comeback thanks to advances in education and the testimonies of patients who verify that not only its symptoms are attenuated but that it does not have any appreciable psychoactive effect. CBD is non-intoxicating and CBD works with ECS.
Although it is impossible to name all the benefits of CBD as there is much current research on it, many studies show that CBD can have positive effects on the following medical problems:
Slows The Growth Of Cancer Cells
Research shows that cannabidiol reduces and even stops the spread of cancer cells.
Cannabinoids reduce pressure in the eye, reducing the increase in eye pressure associated with glaucoma. When these receptors are activated, the outflow increases, and the inflow of liquid decreases.
Another way that marijuana can help treat glaucoma is by preventing the death of neurons. Glaucoma patients usually have a high level of glutamate, so that that cannabis could protect neurons in this case.
Helps With The Treatment Of Hepatitis C
In research conducted in March 2017 by a team of scientists, it was reported that CBD has antiviral activity when treating Hepatitis C, and even more interesting, the interaction between CBD and the CB2 receptor of our endocannabinoid system could translate into the activation of our defense mechanisms, slowing down the infection process by this subgroup of viruses. Specifically, this study showed that patients who had been given CBD were more likely to complete their hepatitis C treatment (86%) than those who did not use it (29%).
Treat Crohn’s Disease.
A 2012 study looked at 13 patients diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. They received a three-month treatment of medical cannabis, and the results were promising. The patients improved.
Three-month treatment with inhaled cannabis improves measures of quality of life, disease activity index, and causes weight gain, and increases BMI in patients with long-term IBD.
Just one year later, a group of researchers from Israel conducted a trial with 21 patients to examine the anti-inflammatory effects of cannabis. All the patients diagnosed with Crohn’s disease suffered severe symptoms and had not improved with other treatments.
After eight weeks, 5 of the 11 patients who had been treating Crohn’s disease with medical cannabis had experienced a complete remission of their symptoms, in addition to generating a clinical response in 90% of cases. Meanwhile, among those who had taken a placebo, the clinical response barely reached 40%, and there was only one case of remission.
CBD causes the most significant benefit that cannabinoid treatment offers in this condition. When cannabidiol connects to the body’s cannabinoid receptors, it helps relieve pain and discomfort. Besides, it reduces inflammation and increases appetite. This combination provides positive and effective effects in treating Crohn’s disease.