With the gradual acceptance and legalization of CBD use, cannabis health benefits have proven to be many and varied. Get to know the different areas where CBD can meet consumer medical needs.
Marijuana has commonly been tied to increased appetite, and studies have associated CBD use with higher caloric intake. Yet, many of the same studies, such as from the International Journal of Epidemiology, have seen lower body mass index, lipid levels, and glucose levels in CBD users. Research is still being conducted, but the evidence continually points to cannabis increasing metabolism and promoting healthy weight control.
Anxiety and Depression
Another urban legend is slowly being debunked as multiple outlets have published reports showing links between cannabis use and lessening of anxiety. If appropriately prescribed, CBD can promote mood stabilization which leads to easing of the symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Of course, pain relief is near the top of the heap regarding practical uses for cannabis. Beyond general treatment for pain and discomfort, CBD in topical forms can target specific complications from arthritis. It has even proven effective in alleviating pains associated with multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, and other sources of chronic pain.
Research has established that CBD helps improve blood circulation, lower hypertension, and stabilize blood sugars. This stems from the way cannabis boosts insulin sensitivity and lowers insulin resistance. It not only regulates insulin absorption and diabetes management well in some patients, but it has also been credited for the prevention of diabetes onset by some practitioners.
The aforementioned mood-stabilizing effects can be particularly beneficial for people with autism. Since those with this disability have a high tendency toward mood swings and personality disorders, a CBD prescription can be a calming aid.
Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease
The anti-inflammatory agents in CBD are showing promising results against Alzheimer’s, many of whose effects result from brain inflammation. Sufferers of Parkinson’s cope with uncontrollable tremors, pain, and sleeplessness. Various advocates were instrumental in the legalization of cannabis because of its ability to reduce the adverse effects of Parkinson’s and encourage a healthier sleep routine.
CBD has long been touted as an effective treatment in lessening the disorienting pain from glaucoma. Its antiinflammation properties can help soothe pain caused by eyeball swelling common in glaucoma patients.
While certainly not promoting CBD as a cure-all, pay attention to studies and reports that continue to demonstrate the many cannabis health benefits for responsible consumers.