The health benefits of CBD, what are they and who are they for?
You’ve probably heard CBD being used as a treatment for all sorts of health issues (including for your pets), but currently the strongest evidence we have is using CBD to treat childhood epilepsy syndromes like Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. In fact, the only FDA approved cannabis-derived medicine, Epidiolex, treats these conditions and includes CBD.
What about treating other symptoms? While studies are ongoing, there is growing data that suggests CBD is effective in addressing anxiety, insomnia, inflammation among other symptoms. Let’s dive into each individually and how CBD *may* help.
Why CBD may help anxiety.
Some research indicates CBD can affect the serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin levels are believed to impact anxiety and depression, medications like antidepressants work by regulating serotonin levels. So taking some CBD may help weather your anxiety, give you clearer thoughts and go about your day more even-keeled.
Why CBD may help insomnia.
Problems with anxiety and sleep are often linked to serotonin levels. Again, this is where CBD could be a real breakthrough with more controlled studies. A a small-sample study published in 2019 (The Permanente Journal) concluded that anxiety decreased in almost 80% of patients, and sleep scores improved in 66% of patients. By reacting with those serotonin receptors, you can find yourself having an easier time calming down before dozing off in a peaceful slumber.
Why CBD may help pain/inflammation.
Some researchers think that CBD interacts with your endocannabinoid receptors attached to both your brain and immune system. By interacting with these receptors, the body creates anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects that can effectively sustain pain management. Like all CBD studies, more human trials and controlled experiments are needed. But a 2018 overview study conducted by researchers gave favorable conclusions that CBD can have a significant impact on chronic pain, without bad side effects. A vote of confidence for relieving you pains wherever they are and feeling better in the day to day!