What are the benefits and contraindications of CBD?
In this article, we explore the benefits and contraindications of cannabidiol, a substance with multiple healing properties that have recently come to the fore more and more often and to remedy ever-greater ailments that previously could not be cured, or that were treated with too aggressive drugs and, in many cases, harmful.
CBD OIL: HEALTH BENEFITS
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over eighty cannabinoids found within Cannabis Sativa. Although the therapeutic and healing properties of Cannabis light (also known as marijuana) have long been known and come to the attention of the public and medical circles, the substance is illegal in numerous countries and, for this reason, it is putting the ban means that it cannot be used even in a “beneficial” way, due to its precious healing properties.
For a few months, however, it has been possible to buy CBD oil online without a prescription: this pushes more and more people to want to be informed about the benefits and possible contraindications of this substance.
Unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD is not psychoactive or psychotropic, i.e. it has no amazing effects. Within our bodies, however, we have an “endocannabinoid” system, which is naturally predisposed to interact with cannabinoid substances (such as CBD). It is therefore not surprising that the healing properties of Cannabis have been known and used since ancient times, and that the intake of CBD oil brings so many benefits to our body.
According to a 2013 study published by the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, there are many benefits to CBD:
It is important to remember here that cannabis that is used by many for recreational purposes does not have much to do with cannabidiol, since it contains a large amount of THC and modest amounts of CBD, which is the substance that interests us instead.
CBD: Anti-inflammatory and against cancer
Several studies show that CBD inhibits the proliferation of cancer cells. A study has shown that CBD has an effect on the growth of breast cancer cells, inhibiting it, while it has little or no effect on healthy cells. Since the administration of 700 mg of CBD per day for six weeks has proven to be non-toxic, it is assumed that CBD can also be used safely as a prolonged treatment.
The beneficial treatment has also been observed against lung, colon and leukaemia tumours.
CBD: beneficial effects against pain
Cannabidiol has also been used against chronic pain effectively. Studies suggest that CBD could become an elective treatment for chronic pain. Used effectively also in inflammatory states and for the treatment of autoimmune diseases.
CBD, anxiety and panic attacks
Further, studies seem to suggest that CBD has curative effects in the case of anxiety-related disorders such as social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic attacks and generalized anxiety.
CBD can also be used to treat epilepsy
CBD oil has been used as a treatment for epilepsy and has improved the quality of life in patients (children) with epilepsy.
CBD OIL AGAINST NAUSEA AND VOMITING
CBD oil has also proven to be a valuable ally as an antiemetic, in the treatment of nausea and vomiting. Studies suggest that its effectiveness as an antiemetic is greater when used in low doses.
CANNABIDIOL DRUG AGAINST DIABETES
Cannabidiol has been successfully tested in non-obese diabetic mice. Even in studies in adults, women and men, marijuana users were found to have a 16% lower fasting glucose level.
CBD AND OTHER BENEFICIAL EFFECTS ON SLEEP, ARTHRITIS, APPETITE
Due to its anti-inflammatory effect, CBD reduces inflammation due to arthritis and also has beneficial effects on sleep, appetite and acne, also reducing the latter. CBD would also have benefits on mood, acting similarly to antidepressant medications. Finally, several studies show the benefits of cannabidiol also in chronic intestinal diseases: in these cases, CBD would also help in the normalization of intestinal motility.
CBD is safe and well-tolerated, even in high doses. However, some contraindications may occur, such as dry mouth, slight tiredness, a slight drop in pressure, worsening of asthma, reduction in the absorption of other drugs.
CBD OIL: DOSAGE, METHOD OF RECRUITMENT
What is the best way to take CBD, and what are the forms on the market? CBD oil is in drops and can be used in all ways, i.e. for internal and external use. The concentration is 500 mg of CBD.
Then there is the CBD cream: this must be spread and has an effect mainly on the area of treated skin. It can also be eaten.
CBD’s resin can be used as drops and has a higher concentration: 1000 mg of CBD. The recommended dose, for all formulations, is 10-15 mg of CBD per day, twice a day (the dose can also be reduced or doubled).
CBD oil allows, especially sublingually, a better intake. It is very versatile and can also be mixed with food and drink.
CBD cream is instead indicated for the forms of arthritis: being spreadable, it can be used on areas of the body specifically affected by the disease.
CONSUMER OPINION: THE QUESTIONNAIRE ON THE BENEFITS OF CANNABIDIOLO
Magicweed has created a national questionnaire, with the aim of detecting the degree of satisfaction perceived in the use of cannabidiol for therapeutic purposes.
For the most part, those who replied to the questionnaire made use of flowers or CBD oil (a small percentage made use of food or other).
About half of consumers report making regular use of cannabidiol products, and another percentage use them “as needed”.
100% of those who answered the questionnaire say they are satisfied and “would recommend the use of CBD products to a friend”.
This, despite admitting the presence of numerous prejudices related to the use of Cannabis, also for therapeutic purposes.