Understanding Cannabidiol (CBD) - Part 2

Photo Credit: Medical Marijuana Inc.

Photo Credit: Medical Marijuana Inc.

In the previous post, we set up the background of what CBD is and what therapeutic effects it can provide. Now we are going to dive in and discuss specific conditions and the ways CBD can help relieve their symptoms. 

CBD fights the progression of Alzheimer's disease by blocking microglial activation, which provides neuroprotection. By combining neuroprotective, anti-oxidative, and anti-apoptotic effects, CBD decreases the oxidative stress associated with the disease. CBD also slows the onset of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and reduces symptoms of pain, appetite loss, depression, sleeping issues, spasticity, and drooling. Those who suffer anxiety can benefit from CBD's effects on the limbic and paralimbic areas of the brain, reducing subjective anxiety, cognitive impairment, and the discomfort associated with public speaking in those who suffer Generalized Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD). CBD limits the progression of arthritis with its anti-inflammatory properties and anti-arthritic effects that protect the joints. The cannabinoid also supports bone health by enhancing the maturation of collagen and thereby improving the strength and healing process of bones.

Research is revealing how important CBD may be for treating various cancers. CBD has successfully slowed the progression of cancer in animal models, suggesting the cannabinoid would be effective in mediating cancer cell death in humans. It inhibits human breast cancer cell proliferation and invasion, and decreases the gene expression in breast cancer cells, thereby lowering tumor aggressiveness and reducing tumor size. The acidic form of CBD (CBDA) down-regulates invasive human brain cancer cells and prevents its growth. For leukemia specifically, CBD prevented complications that may occur after a stem cell or bone marrow transplant operation. CBD reduces the nausea, vomiting, pain, and appetite loss that cancer treatments produce.

That concludes today's post, but we will continue the discussion of CBD for specific conditions in the next piece. This information has been provided by Medical Marijuana Inc. and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.