Cannabidiol (CBD) has been at the forefront of medical marijuana for the past decade. As more research into the amazing cannabinoid is completed, more medical applications are being discovered. Cannabidiol has been clinicaly proven to treat conditions such as anxiety, depression, withdrawal, nausea, chronic pain, inflammation, arthritis, and epilepsy, among others. Moreover, there has never been a better time for patients to try CBD. It is now available in variety of convenient, discreet, and health-conscious dosing methods such as oils, capsules, tinctures, and transdermal patches. Here are just 3 of the conditions that CBD has been clinically proven to treat.
CBD has been clinically successful in the treatment of anxiety. Cannabidiol has shown promise as a potential treatment for numerous kinds of anxiety disorders such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Social Anxiety Disorder, and Seasonal Anxiety Disorder. Cannabidiol can be especially useful for anxiety because it treats other conditions that may be contributing to feelings of anxiety. For instance, CBD has also been successful in the treatment of substance abuse and withdrawal symptoms, chronic pain, and sleeplessness.
Studies show that CBD is an anxiolytic compound that has significant anxiety-killing properties in both humans and animals. A 2011 study found that CBD reduced anxiety in public speaking situations for patients suffering from social anxiety disorder. Moreover, a 2017 study on PTSD found that cannabidiol was effective in suppressing negative memories from the past and successful in allowing patients to relax.
Arthritis refers to the inflammation of the joints, and the associated pain and swelling that accompanies it. The term ‘arthritis’ refers to a wide range of more specific arthritic conditions like Osteoporosis (OA) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). These conditions can affect anyone over the age of 25 but are especially prevalent among seniors.
CBD can serve as an alternative medical option for patients who treat their arthritis with drugs such as analgesics, corticosteroids, and non-steroidal inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin or ibuprofen. These drugs have been known to cause numerous severe side effects. By comparison, clinical trials for the treatment of arthritis with CBD show that cannabidiol can be beneficial with minimal side effects.
A 2006 study found that a cannabis-based oral spray was effective in treating pain related to Rheumatoid Arthritis. Furthermore, a 2009 study confirmed these findings by concluding that CBD was a “potent” treatment option for arthritis-related inflammation.
CBD has made international headlines for its ability to treat a broad spectrum of epileptic conditions in a wide range of patients. CBD is not only effective in treating adult epilepsy, but has even been successful in preventing seizures in children and adolescents. The story of Charlotte Figi, an 8-year old from Colorado who cured her previously untreatable epilepsy with CBD has inspired countless other parents to treat their children with cannabidiol.
CBD has been remarkable for its ability to treat certain epileptic conditions that are considered to be largely untreatable. Patients suffering from rare forms of epilepsy such as Dravet Syndrome and Lennox-Gastuat Syndrome have been successful in reducing their convulsions with cannabidiol. Moreover, several patients actually reported eliminating convulsions all-together while medicating with CBD.
During a recent study from 2017, 3 out of 5 subjects suffering from Sturge Weber Syndrome reported a decrease in seizures of at least 50%. Another study from 2016 found that cannabidiol may even be useful as a preventative measure for individuals likely to develop epileptic conditions.