CBD (Cannabidiol) is a cannabinoid compound derived from the chemical extract of the hemp (marijuana) plant. A large volume of research is ongoing on the effects of CBD on human health. Several research studies have reported various potential health benefits and therapeutic uses of CBD. CBD is found to be effective in the treatment of various ailments and medical conditions like chronic pain, inflammation, vomiting, nausea, fibromyalgia, vulvodynia, stress, and anxiety.
CBD contains a very low concentration of THC contents and for this reason, it does not produce psychoactive effects. Research studies have reported the non-toxic nature of the CBD. CBD does not put you “high” and for this reason, the chances of its overdosing are very low.
In this article, our main focus will be on the impacts of CBD on the overall health of a person. But first of all, we would like to discuss that how does CBD works in the human body.
How Does CBD Work?
The exact mechanism of working of the CBD in the human body is still unknown. However, many researchers are working on it continuously. Some research studies have proposed a possible working mechanism of CBD in the human body. According to this mechanism, CBD produces its effects in the human body by interacting with the Endocannabinoid System. You might be thinking that what is the Endocannabinoid System? It is actually an additional immune system in the body that is responsible for the regulation of many important functions in the human body such as memory, pain, inflammation, mood changes, and body temperature, etc. The Endocannabinoid System regulates all these functions through its receptors which are also known as endocannabinoid receptors. There are two major types of Endocannabinoid receptors in the body, CB1, and CB2 receptors.
CBD interacts with both of these Endocannabinoid receptors and produces its impacts on the human body. CBD may be able to interact with some other brain receptors as well like serotonin or dopamine receptors but there is very little information available in this regard.
The Impacts of CBD on Overall health of a person
There are the following major impacts of CBD on the overall health of a person:
CBD, when taken in an optimal dosage, can provide an instant relief from both chronic and acute pain by interacting with CB2 endocannabinoid receptors. CB2 receptors are particularly responsible for the pain and inflammation reception by the human body. CBD interacts with these receptors which results in the production of several cannabinoids in the body. These cannabinoids then start binding with the CB2 receptors and blocks the pain and inflammation reception by the CNS (Central Nervous System). As a result of this blockage, a person starts feeling relief from pain.
Research studies have reported strong anti-inflammatory properties of CBD. CBD may be helpful in reducing inflammation in different parts of the body through the interaction with Endocannabinoid System.
· CBD may be helpful in the alleviation of stress and anxiety
Anxiety and stress can lead to serious mental disorders or problems. CBD provides help in the treatment of stress and anxiety by interacting with the endocannabinoid system of the body. According to a research study, CBD inhibits the uptake of serotonin and anandamide chemicals by the body cells. Both these chemicals are regarded as “happy chemicals” because they are responsible for happiness. When CBD inhibits the reuptake of these chemicals by body cells, they retain for a longer time in the body and the patient starts feeling relieve from stress and anxiety.
Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which the patient feels difficulty in sleeping. There are many medical proven reasons for Insomnia but stress and anxiety are more significant among them. As CBD is helpful in reducing stress and anxiety in the human body, it can be also helpful in the treatment of Insomnia.
Recently, a research study was done on the 550 patients with insomnia. In this research study, all of the patients were received 50 mg of dosage of CBD for two weeks. After two weeks, the impacts of CBD were analyzed in the condition of insomnia. The results were surprising because 75% of the patients have reported recovery from Insomnia condition.
CBD may be helpful in the treatment of many brain health-related disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, and brain injuries. CBD enhances brain health by providing relief from anxiety and stress as well.
· CBD provides supports for Cancer Patients
The research is continuously increasing to analyze the efficiency of CBD oil in treating different symptoms associated with cancer treatment like nausea and vomiting. CBD Oil is found to be effective in the treatment of chemotherapy-induced pain as well.
In a recent research study, patients who were taking their chemotherapies used CBD Oil for four weeks. The majority of these patients have reported relief in various symptoms of chemotherapy like nausea, pain, and vomiting.
In another research study, CBD was found to be effective in reducing the growth of cancerous cells in the body.
· CBD Improves heart health
CBD is very much capable of improving heart health by maintaining healthy blood pressure in the body. CBD might be helpful in several other cardiovascular conditions like hypertension or stroke etc.
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