What Are The Medical Benefits of CBD? - Part 3

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Let’s continue our discussion of which conditions could benefit from CBD treatment by beginning with strokes. One animal study found CBD reduced two types of brain damage caused by a stroke, so much so that the outcomes of the group which had the stroke were comparable to the control group that did not. Its neuroprotective properties may help prevent brain damage and help patients heal. When administered before trauma, CBD can also protect against the damage caused by spinal cord injury, and aid in the healing process. Because of its neuroprotective effects, CBD may also be beneficial for those with traumatic brain injury, and studies suggest the cannabinoid protects neurons following injury, reduces the formation of scar tissue, and regenerates neuronal axons. CBD may also treat nicotine addiction, and in one study involving 24 smokers, some smokers received a placebo inhaler while some received a placebo inhaler. Smokers were instructed to use the inhaler when cigarette cravings struck. Those who received the placebo did no reduce their cigarette usage, while those who received CBD reduced their use by 40%.

The medication Sativex, which contains equal parts CBD and THC, has been found to effectively lower scores of spasticity related symptoms in patients with moderate to severe Multiple Sclerosis, even when these patients were previously treatment-resistant. CBD also reduced the production of cytokines, and activated an important biological pathway blocked by multiple sclerosis. Sativex may also help those with ADHD. CBD was also found to improve social interaction and reduce hyperactivity in rats with ADHD. CBD may also promote wakefulness in those who suffer from sleep disorders that cause excessive sleep. CBD also improved the quality of sleep in young patients who suffered from PTSD. CBD may also help patients heal from liver disease. One study found CBD reduces the neurological damage and cognitive impairments caused by toxins that remain in the blood as a result of liver failure. CBD also restored liver and brain function. Lastly, when taken before and after surgery, CBD increased the success rates of bone marrow transplants, and patients who received CBD were less likely to develop graft versus host disease.

This concludes our series examining the many uses for CBD. This information has been provided by Leaf Science and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.

Research Says Cannabis Helps Fight Addiction

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Research is mounting suggesting cannabis can help fight addiction. One study published in the Journal of American Medicine (JAMA) found states with legalized medical cannabis experienced 24.8% lower mean annual opioid overdose mortality rates than states where medical marijuana was illegal. Another study found states saw a sharp decrease in patients admitted for opioid abuse after legalizing medical marijuana. Patients also spent less on prescription drugs for depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders, as a result of cannabis use. Researchers from the University of Montreal and the University of British Columbia found patients used cannabis to cope with crack cocaine addiction, and concluded, “Given the substantial global burden of morbidity and mortality attributable to crack cocaine use disorders alongside a lack of effective pharmacotherapies, we echo a call for rigorous experimental research on cannabinoids as a potential treatment for crack cocaine use disorders.”

Cannabis users and former heroin addicts are also more likely to complete their addiction treatment program than non-cannabis users. Lastly, cannabis can also combat addiction to legal substances like cigarettes and alcohol. One clinical trial found CBD helped patients reduce their cigarette use by 40% in comparison with patients who received placebo. Another study found 40% of medical marijuana patients were able to reduce their alcohol consumption. Authors call for a desire for more research, but say, “cannabis does appear to be a potential substitute for alcohol.” Additionally, cannabis may ease alcohol withdrawal symptoms. 

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10 Little-Known Uses for CBD - Pt. 1

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CBD is constantly hailed as a miracle cannabinoid as research comes out pointing to its medicinal benefits. Here are some medicinal uses you may or may not know about CBD. 

One study found CBD may be able to combat cigarette addiction. In the double-blind study, 24 smokers received either an inhaler of CBD or placebo, and were asked to inhale every time they felt the urge to smoke a cigarette. Those who received CBD experienced a 40% drop in cigarette intake and no increase in nicotine cravings, while those who received placebo experienced no change. Another study from the Journal of Clinical Investigation and the National Institute of Health found cannabis-derived CBD on human sebaceous glands is an effective sebostatic and anti-inflammatory agent that inhibits lipid synthesis, thereby treating acne.

Another study found CBD prevented the development of diabetes in non-obese diabetic mice through the prevention of IL-12 production by splenocytes, a cytokine that plays a role in human autoimmune diseases. In 2011, a study looked at CBD for the treatment of fibromyalgia. Out of 56 patients, half used CBD while the other half used traditional treatment regimens. Those who used cannabis witnessed a reduction in symptoms and pain, while those who used continued using traditional methods saw little improvement. Lastly, a study from the Journal of Neuroscience in 2007 found CBD can halt the proteins prions, something that would be beneficial in preventing neurodegenerative diseases like Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and mad cow disease. 

This information has been provided by High Times Magazine. Stay tuned for tomorrow's post to discover more about CBD's uses. This information has been approved by our Chief medical officer.