Interested in the effectiveness of CBD?
CBD or Cannabidiol has a long and illustrious history as a natural remedy for a host of ailments. Records show that Cannabis for medicinal use goes all the way back to ancient China, Egypt and India, where the effectiveness of CBD as a treatment for conditions including gout, rheumatism and malaria was hailed, in addition to its well-known properties as a powerful anti-inflammatory.
Over time, it made its way to the new world and became the favored cure-all for a variety of ailments including migraine, nausea, rheumatism, convulsions, fever, coughs, and as an aid to sleep, until well into the 1930s.
After Cannabis, hemp, marijuana and associated cannabinoids were classified as a Schedule 1 drug in the United States of America, in the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 – a classification meaning ‘highly addictive, with no medicinal value’ - not much research was conducted on the effectiveness of CBD for medicinal purposes for several decades.
Now, with renewed interest in alternative and natural remedies, many studies have been undertaken regarding the efficacy of CBD for therapeutic use. The results are exciting and very promising, although more research is needed. Several studies have shown that CBD is not only highly effective in treating somatic (physical) disorders, but in treating neurological disorders as well.
How does CBD work?
Because of the stigma attached to hemp-based and marijuana-based products, as a result of relentlessly negative public messaging by legislators, many people are hesitant to consider CBD-based products as a viable method of natural medicine. This is partly due to a common misconception that CBD can get you ‘stoned’ in the same way that marijuana can – but of course, this is not the case. The psychoactive component, THC – or Tetrahydrocannabinol – is responsible for the ‘high’ - and is the substance that is still banned in several states.
CBD, however, contains no psychoactive component, and is 100% legal to consume.
Of course, the million-dollar question is: does it work? And : how can it help me?
Numerous studies conducted on the efficacy of CBD as a therapeutic agent and natural medicine have shown that CBD has a remarkable effect on human and animal physiology (both dogs and cats), and that it is an enormously effective contributor to the reduction of inflammation, the release of mood-enhancing serotonin in the brain, the relief of chronic pain and discomfort, as well as many other benefits.
Most notably, CBD has been shown to assist greatly with the health and regulation of endocannabinoid system (or ECS) within the human body, which plays a role in regulating appetite, cardiovascular system health, metabolism, pain, inflammation and immune system response, learning and memory, reproduction and fertility and sleep.
That just emphasizes the effectiveness of CBD as a valuable contributor to the treatment of chronic stress, immune system disorders, and even more serious medical occurrences like seizures. For those who suffer from high-functioning anxiety, CBD also modulates and helps normalize the body’s ‘fight or flight’ reaction to everyday stressors. There is even evidence that it helps to reduce acne as well as lessening the symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
Despite the vast number of benefits demonstrated in research and anecdotal studies, remember that CBD is a plant-based compound – it is not classified as a medication and should not be construed as one. If you’re suffering from any medical condition, we recommend that you see your physician and follow their advice.
CBD products have been shown to provide a highly effective and very safe way of alleviating many ailments, as well as simply being a healthy, natural lifestyle supplement choice for everyone – and now you can enjoy those benefits too.