The therapeutic benefits of a cannabis compound- Cannabidiol (CBD)

Cannabidiol

Introduction

 Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical found in the plant of Cannabis sativa. It is the main active ingredient present in cannabis plant along with THC (Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). CBD is a natural remedy for treating a large number of common ailments. This is a very useful compound as it has a large number of therapeutic benefits. It has the potential to treat various chronic disorders. Therefore, it can be used to manage the symptoms of various chronic disorders.

Properties of Cannabidiol

Cannabidiol has the following properties which make it a highly effective compound. Let us have a look at the major properties of this compound.

1. Non-psychoactive compound

It does not have the negative impact on the central nervous system. It does not cause the mind-altering effects. Therefore, it is considered as a non-psychoactive compound. In fact, it also protects the CNS from toxic effects of THC.

2. Neuroprotective property

Neuroprotective means to protect the neuron. Actually, it has the ability to protect the neurons. During neurological disorders like multiple sclerosis, neurons got damaged and unable to function properly. This lead to the generation of various chronic disorders. Cannabidiol has the potential to repair or protect these damaged neurons. Therefore, it can be used to treat neurological disorder because of having neuroprotective properties.

3. Anti-inflammatory property

Inflammation is one of the responses of the immune system. During this response, the body starts swelling up and produces a sensation of pain. Sometimes muscle stiffness also occurs. This increases the intensity of pain. Cannabidiol has the potential to reduce the intensity of chronic pain by reducing the inflammation. Therefore, it can be used to reduce inflammation because of having anti-inflammatory properties.

4. Anxiolytic property

It has the property to reduce the problem of anxiety and depression. This property is known as anxiolytic property. Because of having this property, it is well known for treating such conditions very effectively. Therefore, it is recommended for reducing the anxiety.

5. Antiemetic property

Nausea and vomiting are some of the common side effects of various medicines. Cannabidiol is well known for controlling these symptoms. It has the potential to work as an anti-emetic and hence, can provide a relief from such common symptoms. In fact, child bearing women are also switching to cannabis based medicines to get rid off these symptoms.

6. Anticonvulsant

 The seizure is very common in the patients with epilepsy. A seizure is a condition in which a person’s behaviour changes because of disturbance of electrical activity within nerves. Seizures are commonly known as fits. Cannabidiol has the property to suppress the fits. Therefore, it can be used to treat epilepsy.

Note- Above mentioned are some of the major properties of CBD. However, it has a lot more properties like- antioxidant, antipsychotic, anti-tumoral, muscle-relaxant and analgesic. These all properties make it a therapeutic compound which has a large number of benefits. Below mentioned are the major therapeutic benefits of Cannabidiol.

Therapeutic benefits of Cannabidiol (CBD)

CBD is a cannabis compound with fewer side effects. This compound has the following therapeutic benefit:

1. Treatment of a brain tumor

 A brain tumor is one of the life-threatening condition. Due to the uncontrolled growth of cells in the brain region, the brain cannot work normally. This generates many problems in the body. If remain untreated, it can cause death. CBD can be used to treat such conditions by interacting with the mechanism involved in causing such tumor. However, the anti-tumoral property of this compound also plays a significant role.

How CBD helps in treating brain tumor

Actually, the anti-tumoral property of this compound plays a vital role in doing so. It prevents the uncontrolled growth of the cells by destroying the part of a tumor. Not only this but it also interacts with the mechanism of VEGF pathway. This pathway is directly involved in regulating the growth of new blood vessels. These blood vessels transport the oxygen and nutrients present in the blood to the tumor. The tumor requires these nutrients for its growth and development.

The structural isomer of the CBD interacts with the VEGF pathway and prevent the formation of new blood vessels. Thus, contributing to the development of a tumor. Therefore, it can be used to treat the condition of the brain tumor.

2. Reduce the intensity of chronic pain

The pain which lasts for a longer period of time is known as chronic pain. It may arise because of various reasons such as falls, initial injury, sudden accident and ongoing cause of illness. Chronic pain may affect a person’s daily routine and does not allow him/her to perform tasks with flexibility. CBD has the ability to reduce the intensity of chronic pain.

In fact, a 2009 study conducted on humans proved that CBD is a highly safe and effective treatment for reducing the intensity of chronic pain.

3. Treatment of neurological disorders

In today’s scenario, a large number of people across the world are suffering from neurological disorders like epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. These disorders create a disturbance in the nervous system and can lead to death. All the researchers are making efforts to find a solution for the same. In fact, many of them are studying CBD for treating these conditions

How CBD helps in treating neurological disorders?

It has the neuroprotective property which enables it to protect the damaged neuron. This property of this cannabis compound is very helpful in managing the neuron-related disorder. Because of neuroprotective property, it can be used to control the symptoms to a larger extent.

In fact, according to a 2005 study, CBD is a well-tolerated treatment for reducing pain and sleeping disturbance in patients suffering from neurological disorders.

4. Reduces the negative effects of THC

THC stands for Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. It is the structural isomer of the CBD. THC has the negative impacts on the central nervous system which alters the state of mind. This property of THC is known as psychoactive property. CBD has the ability to control this negative effect by its properties.

How CBD reduces the negative effect of THC?

CBD naturally seems to reduce the toxic effects of THC such as memory impairment. In fact, it has the non-psychoactive property which neutralizes all the negative effects of THC. However, many doctors usually advise CBD to reduce the side effects of THC. Therefore, it can be used to counter the negative impacts of THC.

Conclusion

Canabidiol is a well known from thousands of years for treating chronic disorders. It has a large number of properties. Therefore, it can be used to treat a large number of conditions and hence, can spare the lives of countless patients. First of all, it is a safe compound because it has fewer side effects. Secondly, it is an effective cannabis compound because of having various properties. Therefore, it is a well tolerated compound among the humans.

For more information on the Cannabidiol (CBD), you can read my another article on CBD enriched hemp oil here– https://www.ahealz.com/article/2018/07/11/hemp-oil-benefits-highly-enriched-cbd/

 

 

References

https://www.projectcbd.org/about/what-cbd

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/oils/cbd-oil-benefits-uses-side-effects.html

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2828614/

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