Americans are getting a few new words added to their everyday medical jargon, and they happen to be coming from the cannabis community. “CBD” is one of them.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the hundreds of cannabinoids found within the cannabis plant, but it’s proving to be the compound that is having medical communities take pause as they observe the effectiveness of CBD to treat symptoms of many medical conditions.
Here are 5 ways that CBD is changing health care as we’ve known it:
Recognizing the Importance of the Endocannabinoid System
Medical marijuana has found much of its advancement in the ways that cannabinoids, including CBD interact with the body’s internal endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for a number of physiological functions in the central and peripheral nervous systems as well as in peripheral organs like the skin.
As more research is done, and more of the medical community looks to the endocannabinoid system, a “therapeutic promise” is revealed (and supported by so many personal experiences) for aiding in diseases and conditions such as Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease, neuropathic pain, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury, to cancer, atherosclerosis, myocardial infarction, stroke, hypertension, glaucoma, obesity/metabolic syndrome, and osteoporosis, to name just a few.
In response to this, the cannabis community has gone full-speed ahead in promoting CBD as an important supplement for health and are pushing for more research at the federal level to prove the effectiveness of CBD, and cannabis therapies.
CBD and Pain Management
More than 90 Americans die from overdose from opioids every single day, many of whom were using opioids for pain management that created a dependency.
According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, pain affects more Americans than heart disease, diabetes, and cancer combined. It’s estimated that 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, indicating that pain is an epidemic. America is in a current crisis where we can’t allow our societies to fall victim to the wrongs of Big Pharma, and prescribing doctors, of opioids any longer.
Pain is the body’s response to inflammation, which is often the root cause of many pain conditions. When a joint or muscle is inflamed, signals are sent to our brain that we need to protect our bodies from the damage that is being done, and that’s why we feel pain. CBDs help interrupt the pain signalsto the brain, acting as an analgesic.
CBD has been used to treat pain for centuries but has now made a strong comeback in pain management discourses.
CBD was recently removed from the list of prohibited substances from the World Anti-Doping Agency after MMA fighter Nate Diaz came out in support of the role of CBD in reducing his post-fight inflammation.
Mental Health Finds Promise in CBD
While it’s been generally accepted that high-THC strains of cannabis may produce detrimental effects to users who have anxiety or depression, the same isn’t so with CBD.
Medical communities are now looking at the ways that CBD can interact with the brain to help the effectiveness of the brain’s serotonin receptors as well as how CBDs may show promise in aiding in the regeneration of neurons in the brain’s hippocampus.
Those who use medical marijuana for cannabis are finding great promise in CBD-rich strains, allowing people to find relief that they haven’t been able to find in anti-anxiety or anti-depression medications.
In addition to this, many veterans around the country are using cannabis as a mean to treat the symptoms of PTSD, recognizing that CBD can help users deal with memories and their fear responses more effectively.
The Promise of CBD is Strengthened with THC
While many medical marijuana users choose low-THC (or no-THC) strains in favor for CBD rich strains, the cannabis community is interested in the way THC can affect and interact with CBD.
It’s believed that the power of CBD is brought out by the presence of THC, adding to the overall medicinal and therapeutic effect of CBDs. While people treating anxiety and depression should stay away from high amounts of THC as noted above, it’s often said that small to moderate amounts of THC can help those using CBD for pain feel a wider benefit from their uses. THC levels can be so small that a psychoactive effect is minimal, but the CBD value is strengthened.
CBD and Cancer Research
Studies are still very preliminary, but there have been several attempts for scientists to look at the role of CBD in tumor growth. Recently there have been some studies emerge within cannabis that have looked at what happens when CBD is injected directly into human and experimental animal subjects.
So far, there are promising results that cancerous tumors are being shrunk through CBD therapies, yet there is so much political red tape surrounding cannabis research that we can’t get clinical documentation to catch up to people’s personal accounts.
Exploring CBD for Many Medical Conditions
If there wasn’t something that was making impact within those using CBD, the advocacy efforts to push for more research wouldn’t be as strong.
Luckily, cannabis companies and dispensaries within states legal to sell medical marijuana have created incredible products from tinctures, to oils, to vape cartridges, to drops, to suppositories, that are allowing people to use CBD in their medical approaches.
Cannabis dispensaries across the country have picked up on the existing research and are using the accounts of people to provide personal evidence on the ways CBD is changing health. Luckily, more and more medical professionals are recognizing the benefits of CBD and cannabis too, and are working with organizations like MyCannX to get medical cannabis patient registrations increased across the country.
Connect with MyCannX to get your medical cannabis card to begin your journey with CBDs and medical marijuana.