There’s a lot of attention on the benefits of CBD for health and wellness these days.
Which isn’t surprising:
Emerging evidence shows that cannabidiol’s bundle of qualities could be game changing for medicine.
CBD is 100 percent natural and does not come with nasty side effects. This is something Big Pharma has struggled to achieve despite billions sank in research and development.
It is also frustrating that available prescription drugs for chronic pain have shown limited long term effecitveness.
Granted, there is still much we must learn about CBD. Many of the claims made about CBD’s qualities still lack empirical scientific proof.
But, as we will see, there is already enough evidence to justify the current hype around cannabidiol. Indeed, the benefits of CBD extend beyond health and wellness.
Want to give CBD a try?
Since you are here, I will assume you do. If you will only do so from a position of solid, scientific proof on its effectiveness, then you have come to the right place.
This article will cut through all the noise and discuss 24 benefits of CBD that have been proven by studies and scientific research.
Three of these benefits have the potential to impact public health in a massive way.
Lets start with a quick primer on CBD:
A Short History on CBD
CBD owes its growing appeal to the pioneering work of Israeli organic chemist, Raphael Mechoulam. He discovered the endocannabinoid system back in 1964.
Mechoulam and his associates solved the age old misunderstanding on how the main cannabinoids in cannabis – CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – affect the human brain.
For the most part, CBD has been wrongly perceived to have sedative qualities. The confusion stems from its relationship to its psychoactive cousin, THC.
Mechoulam’s groundbreaking research established the endocannabinoid system as the bridge between the brain and the rest of the human body. Endocannabinoids regulate such important body functions as sleep, pain, mood, appetite, and the immune response system.
The challenge, though. is the body can only produce endocannabinoids in limited quantities.
Hence, possibly the Mechoulam team’s most important discovery is the striking similarity between cannabinoids from cannabis sativa and the endocannabinoids the human body produces on its own.
By manipulating and supplementing these endocannabinoids with CBD it is possible to control diseases caused by the malfunction of the immune system.
This important piece of knowledge has subsequently inspired research into the many possible benefits of CBD.
Which we will now discuss:
24 Research Backed Benefits of CBD
There are still significant legal cobwebs and stigma for medical marijuana to wriggle through.
Many of the claims that have been made on CBD have been derived from tests done on animals, and others on folk knowledge. We still need to verify these CBD benefits with actual clinical trials.
But, there are quite a few that scientists have already established to be true.
To break ground, we will first look at why the beauty industry is getting excited about CBD. We will then look at its all-important benefits for health and wellness.
CBD and Beauty
Stories where people are restocking their entire vanities with CBD infused skin creams, serums, and other beauty products are on the rise.
And to cash in on this CBD craze, all manner of CBD based beauty products are popping up. We are even seeing entire brands founded on the promise that CBD is great for your entire beauty regimen.
You can now get your regular CBD dosage in a wide variety of beauty and personal care products. These include mascaras, hemp milk, bath bombs, lotions, sleeping masks, shampoos, and conditioners.
As we will see later, there is solid evidence that CBD can help treat inflammation when topically applied. But, CBD’s benefits for beauty in general aren’t yet fully established.
Here is what we already know:
CBD may help prevent and control acne
Acne is a skin condition that causes pimples, blackheads, or cysts on the skin. In extreme cases it can result skin scarring.
This dreaded skin condition is common in the 12 – 24 year age group. It is not dangerous. But it can have a negative effect on self esteem and general quality of life, especially in young women.
But there is good news:
Studies have confirmed CBD’s anti inflammatory and lipostatic effects. These hold great potential in preventing and treating acne symptoms. You can learn more here, here, and here,
CBD can also help regulate the skin’s natural production of oils using its ability to activate receptors in the sebaceous glands.
These sebaceous oils that our skin excretes can cause acne if produced in excess.
As an anti-inflammatory, CBD also helps in calming the skin and in controlling acne symptoms. Common signs of acne include swelling and patches of red skin that form around pimples.
You could ask, aren’t there acne medications already available?
There are. But if you are dealing with severe cystic acne, some of the available medication can be dangerous. So dangerous that it has strict controls.
You have to sign consent forms affirming that you are aware of the possible risks. What are these risks?
Are you sitting down?
Foetal abnormalities for pregnant women, nose bleeds, dry lips and skin, and mood swings.
You won’t get any of that with CBD.
Even more encouraging, scope for CBD’s skin benefits is growing beyond acne:
CBD may help treat skin cancer
Due to the discovery of the endocannabinoid system for the skin, it is now possible to further investigate CBD’s potential for treating various other skin conditions.
We could soon be talking of CBD remedies for skin diseases like seborrhea, allergic dermatitis, psoriasis, cancer, systemic sclerosis, and hair growth disorders.
CBD for skin cancer – one of the deadly disease’s more common strains – naturally commands a lot of attention. As many as 5.4 million cases are diagnosed each year.
A study by the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Public Health produced remarkable results. It should CBD as effective in reducing skin cancer by up to 90 percent over a span of two weeks.
The only gripe with the study is they used synthetic CBD. You would imagine the results being better with natural CBD.
Another more recent study, this time on rats with melanoma cells, established a combination of CBD and THC’s ability to cause the death of malignant melanoma cells.
Alternative cancer treatments are exactly the kindest on the body.
One of the most famous anecdotal successes using CBD to treat cancer is that of Rick Simpson. He used a potent CBD extract directly on his skin to treat basal cell carcinoma, a common skin cancer caused by sun exposure.
Simpson shot to global fame after reporting the excellent results he had recorded. He is now a vociferous advocate for CBD.
Another, Michael McShane, who used Simpson’s CBD oil recipe started noticing improvement in his symptoms after only three months. His improvement was even noted by his doctor.
CBD is a powerful antioxidant for the skin
Antioxidants in CBD are said to be more powerful than vitamins C and E.
That is a remarkable fact, considering how many Vitamin C supplements we take.
Oxidation is the process of oxygen combustion for the production of energy and proteins that our skin and body need to keep healthy. It is a natural process that takes place all the time.
But one of the by-products of this processes are free radicals.
Though useful for killing bacteria, free radicals are also unstable and overactive. They can be destructive if not controlled, much like how rust destroys metals.
We must mention that the body has a way of keeping the oxidation process in balance.
But then there are external sources of free radicals, like UV radiation, cigarette smoke, fatty and processed foods, and detergents. These are more difficult to protect against.
Why CBD then? It is not like there is any shortage of antioxidant creams on the market
Well, when used topically, CBD is well tolerated and safe for most skin types.
What this means is sufferers of conditions like severe cystic acne and psoriasis can try it without fear of any nasty side effects.
CBD can help remove skin scarring
We have already established how CBD can help in preventing acne. It does this by suppressing the overproduction of acne causing sebaceous oils.
But since acne carries no threat to life, most sufferers care more about the scarring it causes on the skin. Can CBD help with that?
Evidence that’s emerging suggests it does.
Studies show that CBD‘s anti-inflammatory qualities can help the skin regenerate by removing dead skin cells. CBD also stimulates the production of collagen, a process that slows as you age.
Collagen itself is an important protein source that helps wounds heal better, albeit at a slower pace. It also aids moisture retention, which improves skin elasticity.
Since it improves blood flow, CBD also promotes skin health, giving it a youthful radiance.
Yes, evidence from verifiable clinical tests is still lacking. But we can’t ignore the growing body of testimonials by people who credit CBD for helping them heal after injury.
Here is one:
The Independent newspaper published a story on a testimonial by Michal Takac, a British businessman.
Takac claims a personal success using a hemp ointment made from CBD to treat wounds he sustained in a serious work accident. Takac lost three fingers in the accident.
He cites his treatment success as inspiration for starting his fledgling CBD products business.
The entrepreneur says he turned to CBD after noticing the meds his doctors were prescribing were not working. Not long after he says his scar tissue started to heal and the pain and inflammation subsided.
Physical injuries aside, CBD can also help heal a troubled mind:
CBD For Mindfulness, Anyone?
You wouldn’t bet on the growing number of people stocking up on CBD products using them to help sink into a deeper meditative state.
Or could you?
As it turns out, CBD and meditation go well together.
Spread a generous dip of your choiciest CBD massage oil all over, sit and fold your legs into the lotus position, close your eyes…
… and you may sink into such a deep meditative state you forget you are even meditating. You forget all your stresses? Something like that.
Yes, but how does CBD help?
CBD could help to concentrate thoughts and to calm the mind
An important part of meditation is slowing the brain and concentrating thoughts. This promotes mindfulness by filtering out the barrage of negative thoughts.
Those new to meditation struggle with this, which is where CBD supplementation helps.
But as you may have suspected, claims on CBD’s ability to focus the mind are, for the most part, still anecdotal.
Some schools of thought have taken a different direction in arguing CBD’s efficacy for this benefit, though.
They have related CBD and meditation’s common ability to promote neurogenesis.
Neurogenesis is cell growth in the part of the brain that regulates learning, memory, and perspective taking. Crucially, that part of the brain is also regulates emotion.
This suggests that CBD can be useful in calming the mind, which is the whole point of meditation.
Other studies link CBD’s ability to activate 5-HT1a serotonin receptors to its potential for calming the mind and relieving stress. These receptors are control the mind’s ability to manage anxiety.
CBD for Athletic Recovery
Many of cannabis’ health benefits will sound crazy at first.
But few will sound crazier than CBD’s touted benefit as an athletic recovery supplement. With cannabis’ well documented abuse as an illicit drug, the last people you would expect to see using it are athletes.
Yet, they are doing so in growing numbers. As a triathlete myself, I know what a big deal recovery is for athletes.
If you don’t help your body recover faster after a practice session or event, it will take you longer to get back in shape for more practice or competition.
When you think of it, the potential isn’t hard to prove
considering CBD’s effectiveness as a pain and inflammation remedy.
We will dig deeper into CBD’s benefits for pain and inflammation below:
CBD for Chronic Inflammation Related Disorders
Inflammation by itself is not bad for the human body.
In fact, it is an important part of our immune and healing systems. Inflammation helps our bodies heal after injury. It also protects against external forces like bacteria and viruses.
The tricky part, though, is inflammation comes with some discomfort. Signs of inflammation include pain, redness around the affected area, and heat. You may also feel fatigued and lose appetite.
But all these pains and discomforts must not last beyond a few days. If they do it becomes a case of chronic inflammation, which is a real pain to deal with.
Could CBD be the answer?
CBD provides relief from chronic inflammation
Studies have uncovered evidence that CBD could be the most effective and sustainable remedy for chronic inflammation.
How does CBD help then?
Well, research shows CBD can influence the function of our immune system. How?
Through its ability to activate receptors in the brain that influence our perception of pain. Thanks to this special quality, CBD can calm the immune system and help suppress inflammation signs.
We have covered CBD for inflammation in greater detail here.
What we have yet to explore is the potential for CBD as a treatment for autoimmune diseases. These are diseases where the immune system misfires and starts to attack vital body organs.
CBD has potential to treat several of these neurodegenerative diseases:
CBD as a treatment for multiple sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system. The condition attacks the myelin sheath, a protective coating around nerve cells.
This hampers the communication between the brain and the rest of the body. This results in inflammation and spasticity – a condition where muscles are continually contracted. Other effects are that you will have trouble walking and balancing your body.
You will also feel weak and numb. After 15 years with the condition, MS sufferers – numbering an estimated 2.3 million across the world – will need help walking.
Again, it is CBD’s effect on the immune system that prompted investigation into its potential for treating MS. To be specific, it is CBD’s anti-inflammatory qualities that could be the miracle treatment for MS sufferers.
As this report shows, CBD also improves mobility for MS sufferers, which is its biggest challenge. This is assumed from CBD’s ability to loosen muscles and reduce spasticity, and to control fatigue and pain.
An interesting fact is the only CBD-based medicine ever certified in the US, Sativex, was developed for MS. It is specified as an anti-spasticity medication that improves mobility for sufferers.
Sativex is also effective when treating another autoimmune disease:
CBD controls symptoms in Rheumatoid arthritis
With MS the immune system turns on the central nervous system. In the case of rheumatoid arthritis, it attacks the tissue in joints.
Again this causes soreness, heat, and redness around the affected joints, and pain.
As in MS, RA sufferers also experience moderate to severe muscle contraction. The joint stiffness it causes hampers a sufferer’s mobility.
The Sativex spray, for its anti-spasticity strength can, thus, also help RA sufferers. This study on rats also revealed further evidence that CBD gel also helps to ease joint pain.
CBD can help control yet another disorder caused the malfunction of the immune system:
Cannabidiol May Promote Bone Healing and Growth
Every year people around the world break bones in traffic, work, and different other accidents.
Recovery is painful and, in the elderly especially, healing often proves difficult.
We know that CBD can help manage chronic pain and inflammation. But studies are showing that it can also help with bone growth, which would significantly improve chances of healing.
Could CBD be useful in treating osteoporosis – the thinning of bones, which often leads to fractures?
One study established that CBD could protect against age-related osteoporosis. This study urges the exploitation of CBD receptors for the treatment of such complex bone related diseases as osteoporosis.
More generally, there is growing scientific evidence that CBD may help in treating bone fractures.
CBD and Inflammatory bowel disease
What happens when the immune system starts to attack the lining of the intestines?
Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Or, in simple language, IBD is inflammation of the intestines.
Depending on the part of the intestines, IBD can be identified as Crohn’s disease (gastrointestinal tract) or ulcerative colitis (large intestines).
Symptoms of IBD include extreme tiredness, swelling in the tummy, and weight loss. The disease is marked by high per-patient costs and prevalence in Canada is among the highest in the world.
As you may expect, the Canadian Institute for Intestinal Research is quite excited about CBD’s potential for treating IBD.
The institute references a study conducted on 30 Crohn’s disease patients in Israel. Twenty one of the study participants reported an improvement in symptoms after using CBD therapy. Some were even able to reduce dosage or drop the medicines they were using.
Other research efforts also support CBD’s clinical effectiveness in treating IBD.
CBD – Mental Health Miracle?
The WHO says, mental health disorders account for 33 percent of the years lived with disability (YLD).
Put another way, neuropsychiatric disorders are the leading cause of disability worldwide. Depression, schizophrenia, alcohol-use disorders, and bipolar disorder are the leading culprits.
CBD has been cited as a possible treatment for most of these disorders.
Besides its potential as a treatment, research also shows CBD therapy comes with far more manageable side effects than available opium based antipsychotic drugs.
CBD has shown promising antidepressant qualities
The World Health Organisation says about 300 million people worldwide suffer from depression.
Depression itself is the world’s leading cause of disability.
In the more severe cases depression can even lead to death. In fact, statistics show incidence rates of 1 in 10 sufferers committing suicide.
According to the World Health Organization, depression is also a major risk factor for cancer and heart disease. The 15 – 29 age group is the most likely to suffer depression.
A more effective treatment may be on the way, thanks to CBD.
A test conducted on rats and alongside a prototype opioid antidepressant proved CBD may have antidepressant properties.
Here is the exciting part:
CBD as a treatment for depression produces far more tolerable side effects than traditional treatment options.
The opioid antidepressants doctors currently prescribe for depression are mostly effective in the short term. Some of their side effects include drowsiness, sexual dysfunction, headaches, insomnia, and addiction.
These side effects are not much more tolerable than signs of depression itself. These include fatigue, restlessness, pessimism, suicidal thoughts, trouble concentrating, irritability, and insomnia.
Speaking of insomnia:
CBD for the treatment of insomnia causing disorders
Insomnia is generally described as difficulty in falling or staying asleep.
Among its effects, insomnia leads to an increased risk of stroke, obesity, heart disease, and inflammation.
An average forty percent of Canadians suffer from insomnia or another sleep disorder.
Even though it is a common assumption that CBD can help ease insomnia, that belief has no scientific foundation.
It is actually its psychoactive cousin, THC that is effective in inducing sleep, thanks to its sedative powers.
But THC therapy can make you high and comes with other undesirable effects, especially in cases of over-medication.
Here is how CBD can help insomnia sufferers:
We now know CBD is effective in treating depression and other mental health disorders that cause insomnia. We can thus reason that CBD can help in preventing and controlling insomnia.
For the record, insomnia is usually associated with another disorder. It is a symptom of one disorder or another in 85 – 90 percent of the cases, like depression, as we have seen.
So a careful study of every insomnia case’s underlying causes must underpin any treatment regime, for which CBD may well play a central role.
That said, there is a sleep disorder that CBD can treat directly:
CBD can help combat excessive somnolence
Somnolence is a fancy word for sleepiness, or the drowsiness that you feel before you fall asleep.
Sufferers of this condition feel drowsy and fatigued most of the time. As you can assume, the effect on school, work, and personal relations will be bad.
Excessive sleepiness is not a disorder in itself. But it has terrible effects. Among its possible causes are some medication and an actual sleep disorder, like obstructive sleep apnoea.
Do you find yourself dosing a few minutes after switching on your work computer?
Then surprise surprise, CBD could save your job.
In a controlled study on rats, researchers found CBD to be effective in inducing alertness. This helps in modulating sleep. How? By activating neurons that are ‘involved in the generation of alertness’.
Worrying that CBD use may end up throwing your sleep cycle out of balance?
This study proved that CBD has no acute effects on the sleep-wake cycle of healthy subjects.
This next disorder is not a psychotic disorder. But it is also caused by an attack on the brain.
It is one of the first few afflictions for which a CBD based medicine has been certified.
A CBD based drug for the treatment of epilepsy is already available
Most of the studies into CBD’s potential efficacy for treating different ailments are still in the preclinical stages.
Because of this health authorities are quick to encourage caution whenever the CBD subject is brooked. But that is changing slowly as actual CBD based meds are approved.
One of the first major drugs approved in America, where CBD is still illegal in some states, is Epidiolex.
The drug is indicated for the treatment of two rare but severe strains of epilepsy – Dravet and Lennox-Gastaut syndromes.
This is great news for people suffering from these two deadly epileptic conditions.
But, if anything, this success also proves a CBD therapy for other more common epilepsy conditions may be on the way.
CBD has shown potential for treating schizophrenia
CBD is currently being researched for its antipsychotic properties.
This should be good news for the world’s 51 million schizophrenics, an estimated that over 280,000 of whom are in Canada.
Schizophrenia is a serious long term mental disorder.
Signs of the disorder are inconsistent behaviours, poor emotional balance, episodes of delusion, disconnect from reality, and general mental stagnation. The condition currently has no cure.
Available antipsychotic medication have shown a positive treatment success rate. But the trouble is it comes with sometimes serious side effects. These include weight gain, dizziness, sexual dysfunction, nausea, seizures, and blurred vision.
So, with its more tolerable side effects the proposed CBD based therapy could be the perfect treatment.
Here is a related fact that will interest you:
Research data shows CBD can help in treat recent onset psychosis caused heavy cannabis use or misuse.
CBD is also attracting interest by scientists investigating treatment for other psychotic disorders:
Effective control for social anxiety symptoms
A study was conducted on 24 sufferers of social anxiety disorder who had never been treated before.
The results were very encouraging.
The study group received 600 mg of CBD. Both this and the placebo group were then put through a public speaking test. The result was less discomfort in speech delivery, cognitive impairment, and less anxiety than the placebo group.
This proves a CBD based cure could be effective in treating social anxiety disorder.
And things are looking up for another stress related disorder:
CBD for PTSD
CBD could be the next breakthrough treatment for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
A 2016 study on a girl suffering from PTSD and paediatric anxiety caused by sexual abuse showed CBD to be a more effective alternative to pharmaceutical drugs.
When monitored after using pharma drugs, the girl did not show any significant or long term improvement. Yet the medication caused her major side effects.
She was then put on a CBD oil trial treatment. This one led to a significant improvement in the girl’s quality and quantity of sleep. She also showed a maintained reduction in her anxiety levels.
A bit of information on PTSD should give us some perspective:
PTSD involves stress from actual exposure to threat of death, injury, or sexual violence. Eight out of every 100 people experience it at some point in their lifetime.
In Canada prevalence is estimated at 9.2%, which is among the highest in the developed world.
It is clear CBD could provide a big boost in the fight against PTSD. But is switching from current medication to CBD therapy that easy?
Transitioning from Opioid Painkillers to CBD
Opioid painkillers come with many side effects and actual dangers to life. In fact, you may wonder why their prescription is even allowed.
In some cases prolonged use of prescription opioid drugs can even lead to the worsening of symptoms. Overdoses usually result in certain death.
The opioid epidemic is one of the deadliest in recorded history. Here is a gory and more graphic picture:
As much as 80 percent of heroin users say they transitioned from opioid drug addiction.
The Center for Disease Control in America has more depressing statistics. Its report for 2016 show that 33,000 people died due to opioid drugs overdoses. Contrast that to the 13,000 heroin related deaths. Not a pretty picture.
So, given a choice, many chronic pain sufferers will not touch opioid painkillers.
Only now there is a viable, much healthier choice in CBD.
But we have already established that, haven’t we? Yes, but how easy is it to transition from CBD to opioid medication?
CBD is safe to use with your opioid painkillers
If you are reading this it is a fair assumption you are doing so because you are considering replacing your opioid pain medication with CBD.
What is also true is that you are unlikely to throw away all your opioid drugs and start gouging CBD capsules. That would be hasty, wouldn’t it?
In most cases you can safely supplement most pain medication with CBD. Of course, you must consult your doctor first. But it usually is safe to do so.
To test the effectiveness of CBD for pain relief, a study was conducted with 67,422 medical cannabis patients in California.
One of the key takeaways is, of those who admitted to have used opiates for their pain, 67 had used them with CBD.
These people did not report any side effects from the interaction.
Even better, an overwhelming 93 percent of the study subjects strongly agreed they would get off the opiates completely. All they needed was the guarantee of a regular supply of the CBD meds.
A similar percentage agree CBD’s side effects are more tolerable than those from using opioid drugs.
Struggling to withdraw from your opioid painkillers?
CBD may help people struggling to withdraw from opioid painkillers.
As we have pointed out above, opioid painkillers can get addictive, especially when used long term.
The consequence is the longer you depend on the drugs for pain relief the harder it gets to withdraw from them.
Actually, in the case of chronic pain people often have no choice than to keep taking their meds. This is inspite of the attendant side effects.
Still, when the effects become more severe than the condition you are treating, the only option is to withdraw from the drug.
It is here that people run into major problems, though. What’s worse is, even after the condition is actually cure, you could already be hooked on the drug and will still feel an urge to continue taking it.
Actually, methadone, a drug that is commonly prescribed for people with opioid drug withdrawal problems is itself addictive and is routinely abused.
CBD again emerges as a possible solution. This study even proved it more effective than methadone. Because it is not psychoactive, CBD is obviously a more sustainable treatment option.
This brings us to potentially one of CBD’s greatest prospects:
Here is even better news:
CBD could help with other addictions
Addiction is the compulsive desire for the use of something, or loss of control over its consumption.
Anything that is characterized by a lack of control can’t be good.
In light of what we have just learnt, could we then assume that CBD would be effective in treating other addictions not necessarily drug related?
Yes, we can.
This placebo controlled study tested CBD on people who wanted to quit smoking.
The placebo group showed no reduction in the number of cigarettes smoked, while the CBD group noted a drop of 40 percent.
This study, conducted on rats, showed CBD counters binge alcohol consumption induced neurodegeneration.
Another study, this time on a 19 year-old girl with cannabis withdrawal syndrome showed an improvement in symptoms after only 10 of treatment with CBD.
These 3 Benefits of CBD Could Transform The Face of Public Health
There is now real hope that CBD could provide more sustainable medication for chronic pain sufferers. It could also be the answer to the growing menace of opioid painkiller addiction.
Drugs with less and more tolerable side effects for previously difficult to treat diseases like epilepsy, and can now also be developed.
To paint a perhaps more optimistic picture, with its massive potential for health and wellness in general, CBD could change life as we know it.
But of all the benefits of CBD I researched for this article, there are three that could have a transform the face of public health in a radical way.
I have saved those for last:
Cannabidiol May Have Antibacterial Properties
One of the biggest public health challenges are what are the so-called superbugs. These are a type of disease causing bacteria that have an ability to evade antibiotics.
One such, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) can cause infections that are difficult to treat.
The bacterium can survive on the skin and infection is usually through open wounds. Thereafter it spreads rapidly throughout the body.
Painting an even grimmer picture, some strains of the bacterium are even showing resistance to vancomycin. This is a drug that’s widely regarded as the last resort in fighting antibiotic resistance.
But studies are showing that CBD is just as effective as vancomycin in killing these antibiotic resistant bugs. This raises hope that topical MRSA killing creams could soon be developed for the treatment of wounds.
There is still much more research needed to understand how exactly CBD kills bacteria and whether bugs won’t develop resistance to it as well.
The CDC in America will soon release an updated review on the dangers that MRSA and other superbugs pose to public health.
But we can glean some insight from their 2013 review. It showed that on average 23,000 of the 2 million affected die each year in the US alone.
The fear for public health authorities is that these superbugs could mutate into something even more dangerous. The BBC reports that superbugs could kill more people than cancer by 2050, which is a scary prospect.
Here is another CBD benefit that could have a transformative effect on public health:
CBD could be effective in quelling drug induced nausea and vomiting
Cancer, a disease afflicts is difficult to treat as is already.
Yet some of the available medications (read chemotherapy meds) are very difficult for patients to keep down.
Among the long list of side effects from taking chemotherapy medicines are nausea and vomiting. CBD can help control these two side effects.
Other people taking harsh meds also ought to be excited about CBD’s potential for controlling these two side effects:
A medication can only help if you can keep it down. For cancer in particular, rejection of medication by the body has real life threatening consequences.
There is research evidence to support this claim.
As we wait for more evidence that’s still emerging, we already know that CBD can help regulate nausea and vomiting.
Several current studies are also building on the positive results recorded from this small Spanish study.
CBD’s efficacy for drug induced nausea is welcome news for the many cancer sufferers for whom available anti-nausea medication does not work.
Chemotherapy is the only effective cure for cancer.
Any therapy that can help people keep their chemotherapy meds down should, thus, be a massive help in fighting the cancer scourge.
Again a CBD therapy for drug resistance could have massive implications for public health.
Which brings us to the benefit I am most fascinated by:
Cannabidiol could help treat substance use disorders
Opioid addiction and overdoses are now a major public health crisis in north America.
In comparison, substance abuse is a problem of epic proportions. Here are some sobering statistics:
The percentage of Canadian males who had used any drug at some point in their lifetime is estimated at 53 percent. In America, 2007 figures show that illicit drugs cost the country $193 billion, $11 billion of which were health related.
Yes, exploring the many benefits of CBD, you may find it preposterous that a cannabis product can useful in combating drug abuse.
Yet that is exactly what this study established.
The study subjects had a history of using cocaine or alcohol and had shown the usual signs of relapsing users. For the test, they were medicated with CBD once per day for a week.
The results were remarkable:
Previous relapse signs reduced substantially, with the effect lasting for up to five months. This is despite the fact all traces of CBD in the body and brain had cleared after only three days.
The results are conclusive; CBD can help people struggling with drug addiction relapses.
CBD Could Shape The Future of Medicine
Due recognition for medical marijuana has take a very long time.
And the road ahead is still crooked and full of obstacles:
CBD research is still hamstrung by restrictive regulation in many jurisdictions
But now that cannabis is legal in Canada and has the attention of medical science, we expect CBD’s full bundle of benefits to be fully researched.
The other hurdle standing against research into CBD is that no one can patent it since it is a natural compound.
Yet, the attached accessibility is why CBD could be so transformative for medicine. It means more people should be able to access and afford the different therapies.
In conclusion, a future in which your local pharmacy has isles of different CBD meds, cosmetics, and wellness supplements is a real possibility. In fact, you can live bits of it already.
What CBD products are in your vanity right now?