In the last two decades, the popularity of CBD products has grown exponentially. With the increasing popularity of these products, the market is suspected to reach more than $20 billion, which is a lot. The rise in the popularity of CBD has been quicker in the 2010s because of the legalization of growing industrial hemp. Also, recently a CBD-based drug named Epidiolex has become an FDA-approved medication.
This is not the first time CBD-based medication is used for treating medical conditions. There are records of the use of the drug from around 2900 BC. Cannabis products have been used for ages for herb-based medication.
CBD has both anti-inflammatory and anti-depressant qualities, which means it can treat many physical and mental problems.
Effects of CBD on Physical Problems:
CBD can help against a number of physical problems, including chronic pains and problems that cause those pains. The body has a proper endocannabinoid system with receptors in the whole body. The cannabinoids like CBD and THC act on these receptors.
Because of the anti-inflammatory properties, the pains can be treated. In animal studies, the results have shown that the anti-inflammatory aspect of CBD is actually helpful in reducing pains. The people who are using these products for arthritis and other painful problems are experiencing relief. But further studies are needed to confirm the effects of these products.
For a painful problem known as spasticity, there’s a famous spray known as Sativex. The reason for mentioning it is that it is a cannabinoid-based medicine with CBD and THC present in equal amounts. Apart from spasticity, the doctors may also prescribe this spray for other medical problems. However, it is not an FDA-approved medication.
CBD oils and ointments have also been shown to lower joint pains, neck pain, and back pain. Yet, it is not confirmed if the topical creams reach down from the skin or not. Still, the people who are using these products claim that they work. Still, more research is needed to support these claims as of yet.
Effects of CBD for Mental Problems:
Both THC and CBD have effects on the brain, yet the effects are very different. THC gives you a high and can alter your thoughts. In long-term use, it can also affect memory and response time. CBD is completely different in this regard. It can help with anxiety, depression, and stress. It can even help with addiction caused by THC and other addictive drugs.
As for its effects against mental diseases, the drug has been found successful in many studies. In a study, one group was given 300mg of CBD while the other received a standard placebo for anxiety. Better results were observed with the group that received a dose of CBD.
Also, the biggest breakthrough for CBD in the last few years has been a medicine for two complex epilepsies. These two types are Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome and Dravet Syndrome. The FDA-approved CBD medicine for these problems is Epidiolex. This medicine became FDA approved in 2018.
The case of Charlotte Figi has been one of the main contributors to the trust CBD products have today. Charlotte was a patient of Dravet Syndrome and had around three hundred seizures per week. Her parents gave her little doses of CBD oil and found great effects. The number of seizures decreased with time. From the stage of not being able to talk, walk, or eat, to living a normal life, CBD helped her.
Need for Further Research
Further research will help in finding out about other qualities of this drug. Because of the controversial history of cannabis, not much research has been done in the past. But now, researchers are on track and have legal cannabis available to them.
The bottom line here is that cannabidiol has some actual effects on the mental and physical health of people. However, more research is needed to see its effects. But researchers are on the right track.