50 Conditions That May Be Treatable With CBD
CBD has been getting a lot of attention from scientists over the past few decades. There have been scores of studies which attempt to determine CBD's effectiveness as a treatment for dozens of conditions from addiction to zits. And many of these studies indicate that CBD might be just what the doctor ordered not just for treatment of diseases, but for keeping people healthy.
Sounds ridiculous at first blush. How could one molecule possibly be beneficial in treating so many vastly different conditions? The short answer is that CBD mimics a natural substance produced by our bodies that is used to regulate the immune system and cellular activities.
The human endocannabinoid system (ECS) is responsible for helping the human body to maintain homeostasis. There are receptors throughout the human body, in all major organs, which receive a variety of endocannabinoids. These endocannabinoids have their origins in the synapses of the nervous system. They bind to receptors on the cells to achieve desired results.
For starters, endocannabinoids are responsible for activating immune responses. They are also key in protecting neurons from damage and regulating their function. They also act directly on cells to help healthy cells do their jobs while causing bad cells such as cancer cells to stop functioning.
The largest quantity of receptors is located in our central nervous system which connects the brain to the rest of the organs such as skin, heart, liver, glands, lungs, digestive organs, reproductive organs, and more.
Research has shown that the endocannabinoid system affects all vital functions, playing a big part in our sleep, mood, pain, movement, memory, and cognition.
Many researchers theorize that deficiencies and diseases can be attributed to a lack of endocannabinoids. Illnesses like fibromyalgia, migraines and irritable bowel syndrome, are believed to be caused by endocannabinoid deficiency.
There are over 100 different cannabinoids in cannabis which mimic human endocannabinoids and may have similar therapeutic effects.
Phytocannabinoids - those found in plants such as cannabis - are nontoxic to human beings. CBD, in particular, appears to have no major side effects.
Below is a list of 50 conditions which have been the focus of studies to determine how they respond to CBD.
50 conditions that may respond to treatment with CBD
A not-for-profit organization called Project CBD examined hundreds of peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals to compile a list of conditions for which CBD is being studied which have shown promising results. Here's what they found:
- ADD and ADHD
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Antibiotic Resistance
- Digestive Issues
- Endocrine Disorders
- Epilepsy and Seizures
- Heart Disease
- Huntington’s Disease
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Kidney Disease
- Liver Disease
- Metabolic Syndrome
- Mood Disorders
- Motion Sickness
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Chronic Pain
- Osteoporosis/Bone Health
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Prion/Mad Cow disease
- Sickle Cell Anemia
- Skin Conditions
- Sleep Disorders
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Stroke and TBI
Much research still needs to be done to determine how each cannabinoid effects the human body, but results of studies done so far are promising. There's obviously a lot at stake. As restrictions on studying CBD begin to ease, more studies will be done.
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