The Health Benefits of CBD

The Health Benefits of CBD

health benefits of cbd

What is CBD?

CBD or Cannabidiol is one of over a hundred compounds found in the cannabis plant that belongs to a class of substances called cannabinoids. Whereas CBD is the major non-psychotropic component, THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is the ingredient that produces mind-altering effects in users. Simply put, the health benefits of CBD cannot be overstated, and the evidence is not simply anecdotal but supported by research as you’ll see as you read on.

Importantly, CBD oil is perfectly legal in South Africa as a result of its ultra-low THC content.

How does CBD Work?

CBD works because the human body contains an Endocannabinoid system, which according to the Wikipedia Online Encyclopedia “is a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors located in the mammalian brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems.” Cannabinoids manifest their effects by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system, that responds to cannabinoid ‘agonists’, or chemical messengers. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for the psychological and physiological effects of cannabinoids, of which there are two types: endocannabinoids, which originate inside the body, 2-AG and anandamide are the two most significant endocannabinoids and exogenous cannabinoids which arise outside of the body, such as the THC and CBD in cannabis.

What are the Health Benefits of CBD?

The health benefits of CBD are numerous. It is a wondrous molecule with potent antioxidant, analgesic, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and antipsychotic effects. It alleviates cognitive decline associated with ageing, and it also reduces the risk of diabetes. Studies show that it has a significant impact on various neurological and physiological disorders. Such disorders include anxiety, ADHD and ADD, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, bipolar, cancer, chronic pain, depression, diabetes, epilepsy, fibromyalgia and hypertension. These in addition to inflammation, insomnia, migraines and headaches, multiple sclerosis, nausea, OCD. Furthermore, many use CBD to treat osteoporosis, Parkinson’s, PTSD, schizophrenia, seizures, spasticity, spinal injury and even stress.

The Therapeutic Effects of CBD

The Biology and Potential Therapeutic Effects of Cannabidiol: View Research Paper

A number of studies over the last two decades or more have reported that CBD has anti-seizure activity, reducing the severity of seizures in animal models. In addition, there have been a number of case studies and anecdotal reports suggesting that CBD may be effective in treating children with drug-resistant epilepsy.

CBD for Pain Management

Cannabinoids in the management of difficult to treat painView Research Paper

“Cannabidiol, a non-euphoriant phytocannabinoid common in certain strains, shares neuroprotective effects with THC, inhibits glutamate neurotoxicity, and displays antioxidant activity greater than ascorbic acid (vitamin C) or tocopherol (vitamin E).”

CBD as an Anti-Inflammatory

Cannabinoids as a novel anti-inflammatoryView Research Paper

Cannabinoids, the active components of Cannabis sativa, and endogenous cannabinoids mediate their effects through activation of specific cannabinoid receptors known as cannabinoid receptor 1 and 2 (CB1 and CB2). The cannabinoid system has been shown both in vivo and in vitro to be involved in regulating the immune system through its immunomodulatory properties.

CBD as a Cancer Treatment

Cannabidiol as potential anticancer drugView Research Paper

Collectively, the non-psychoactive plant-derived cannabinoid CBD exhibits pro-apoptotic and anti-proliferative actions in different types of tumours and may also exert anti-migratory, anti-invasive, anti-metastatic and perhaps anti-angiogenic properties. On the basis of these results, evidence is emerging to suggest that CBD is a potent inhibitor of both cancer growth and spread.

Cannabidiol inhibits angiogenesis by multiple mechanismsView Research Paper

This study reveals that CBD inhibits angiogenesis by multiple mechanisms. Its dual effect on both tumour and endothelial cells supports the hypothesis that CBD has potential as an effective agent in cancer therapy.

Cannabidiol inhibits cancer cell invasion via upregulation of tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinases-1View Research Paper

Altogether, these findings provide a novel mechanism underlying the anti-invasive action of cannabidiol and imply its use as a therapeutic option for the treatment of highly invasive cancers.

CBD as a Treatment for Alzheimer’s

In vivo Evidence for Therapeutic Properties of Cannabidiol (CBD) for Alzheimer’s Disease: View Research Paper

The studies provide “proof of principle” that CBD and possibly CBD-THC combinations are valid candidates for novel AD therapies.

CBD as a Treatment for Anxiety and Insomnia

Effectiveness of Cannabidiol Oil for Pediatric Anxiety and Insomnia as Part of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: View Research Paper

The main finding from this case study is that CBD oil can be an effective compound to reduce anxiety and insomnia secondary to PTSD. A review of the literature suggests some benefits from the use of CBD because of its anxiolytic and sleep-inducing effects.

CBD as a Treatment for Epilepsy

CBD-enriched medical cannabis for intractable pediatric epilepsy: View Research Paper

CBD treatment yielded a significant positive effect on seizure load. Most of the children (66/74, 89%) reported reduction in seizure frequency: 13 (18%) reported 75-100% reduction, 25 (34%) reported 50-75% reduction, 9 (12%) reported 25-50% reduction, and 19 (26%) reported <25% reduction. Five (7%) patients reported aggravation of seizures which led to CBD withdrawal. In addition, we observed improvement in behavior and alertness, language, communication, motor skills and sleep.

Hypnotic and antiepileptic effects of cannabidiolView Research Paper

Seven out of the eight epileptics receiving cannabidiol had improvement of their disease state, whereas only one placebo patient improved.

CBD as a Treatment for Arthritis

Attenuation of early phase inflammation by cannabidiol prevents pain and nerve damage in rat osteoarthritis: View Research Paper

The data presented here indicate that local administration of CBD blocked OA pain. Prophylactic CBD treatment prevented the later development of pain and nerve damage in these OA joints. These findings suggest that CBD may be a safe, useful therapeutic for treating OA joint neuropathic pain.

The nonpsychoactive cannabis constituent cannabidiol is an oral anti-arthritic therapeutic in murine collagen-induced arthritisView Research Paper

Taken together, these data show that CBD, through its combined immunosuppressive and anti-inflammatory actions, has a potent anti-arthritic effect in CIA.

For further reading, ProjectCBD maintains a comprehensive list of conditions and related scientific studies that examine how CBD is used in the treatment thereof.

Where Can I Buy CBD Oil?

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You can purchase CBD products from our online store, and we will courier your package to your door or to a nearby collection point anywhere in South Africa. For international customers, select the ‘Quote for Worldwide Shipping’ option at the checkout. Take a look at our most popular CBD products below.



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Conclusion

It would almost seem that the health benefits of CBD are too good to be true, but scientific studies are now bolstering what was once just anecdotal evidence for the effectiveness of CBD in the treatment of so many ailments and maladies. If you are interested in CBD oil and would like to know more, please do feel free to contact our customer service team at support@organica.co.za, or click the chat button on our website.

For more information, view our highly informative article: CBD Oil South Africa – The Ultimate Guide to CBD Oil

 

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