Scientific Studies of Benefits
Complete Body WellnessCannabidiol, or CBD, is emerging as one of the most exciting and important developments in the understanding of overall health and wellness due to the sheer number of applications and benefits to the human body. Extensive scientific research has uncovered CBD’s potential benefits which, when added to a daily routine, can deliver astounding results. Some highlights of the findings are CBD’s “anti-inflammatory properties that suggest it can reduce the risk of cancer, metabolic disorders, and neurodegenerative diseases.” Project CBD
Some of the most exciting areas of studies around potential benefits are in pain relief, anxiety relief, neuroprotection for intervention of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, cancer treatment, diabetes, and skin health.
CBD has all-natural analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties that make it ideal for the treatment of pain. CBD also influences non-cannabinoid receptor systems in the brain, including opioid receptors, which are known for their role in pain regulation. These two factors, combined with the non-addictive properties and fact that humans do not appear to build tolerance, are driving scientific interest in the therapeutic uses of CBD.
CBD interacts with the brain by boosting the signaling of serotonin receptors and studies have shown CBD to be potentially beneficial for the treatment of a number of anxiety-related disorders including PTSD, social anxiety, OCD, general anxiety disorder, and mild to moderate depression. In one animal study, researchers found that CBD may effect serotonin faster than SSRIs (Zoloft and Prozac). In the study they indicate that “The fast onset of antidepressant action of CBD and the simultaneous anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effect would solve some of the main limitations of current antidepressant therapies.”
CBD acts as an all-natural neuroprotectant by helping reduce damage to the brain and nervous system and encouraging the growth and development of new neurons. Studies have shown that “CBD may represent a very promising agent with the highest prospect for therapeutic use.”
Cannabinoids have natural anti-tumor effects and there are multiple studies that show the benefits of using CBD to help fight cancer cell proliferation. One study concluded that “Collectively, the non-psychoactive plant-derived cannabinoid CBD exhibits pro-apoptotic and anti-proliferative actions in different types of tumors and may also exert anti-migratory, anti-invasive, anti-metastatic and perhaps anti-angiogenic properties.” The study determined that “On the basis of these results, evidence is emerging to suggest that CBD is a potent inhibitor of both cancer growth and spread.”
CBD’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects are potentially able to protect against complications from diabetes and studies have shown that CBD can prevent against diabetic complications like atherosclerosis, cell damage, and cell inflammation. Most of the evidence available outlines CBD’s effect on type 2 diabetes and individuals have reported improved control of blood sugar, better sleeping patterns, and the reduction of chronic pain.
CBD is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect skin from the damaging effects of free radicals to aid in the fight against effects of aging. CBD is particularly interesting because cannabinoid receptors are located throughout the skin and CBD interacts with these receptors to encourage homeostasis and healing. A specific study of the endocannabinoid system of the skin and health disease has shown CBD to interact with the endocannabinoid system to provide benefits for psoriasis and skin tumors, hair growth disorders, acne and seborrhea, dry skin, dermatitis, systematic sclerosis, and itchy skin.