What are the benefits?

On 17 September 2017, WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency), announced that Cannabidiol would be removed from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) prohibited list beginning in 2018.

In January 2018, a WHO (World Health Organisation) report revealed that CBD oils may help successfully treat symptoms relating to Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, MS, pain, anxiety, depression, cancer and diabetic complications. In addition, CBD can greatly help repair muscle damage from sports activity.

Not clear as to what the benefits of CBD are? Watch this educational video from healer.com: Your Endocannabinoid System Explained: Why Cannabis Works For So Many Conditions. 

Multiple Sclerosis

This is the only condition for which cannabis can be used legally in the UK. MS sufferers have been able to get Sativex – an oral spray containing the drug – which has only been prescribed by a handful of doctors due to its cost since 2010. It started being trialled in hospitals a year later. Users say cannabis helps control painful tightening muscle spasms, chronic pain and, in certain cases, can help them keep mobile.

Arthritis

Cannabis has been shown to alleviate pain and reduce inflammation in arthritis sufferers. A Nottingham University study, in collaboration with two US universities, found cannabinoid can help reduce pain in arthritis suffers without activating any psychological or pharmaceutical effects.

Epilepsy

Stories of cannabis helping seizures have been around for 150 years, but a recent study by New York University’s Langone Medi-cal Centre found a third of patients with a treatment resistant epilepsy had fewer seizures when they were given an extract of 99 per cent cannabidiol alongside their medication. Since Canada’s new drug rules were brought in last year, cannabis can now be used in hospitals for epilepsy sufferers.

Glaucoma

Cannabis can treat and prevent the eye disease that increases pressure in the eyeball, damaging the optic nerve. Smoking the drug can decrease pressure inside the eye and help prevent blindness, says the National Eye Institute.

Alzheimer’s Disease

A 2014 study by Professor Gary Wenk, of Ohio State University, showed moderate use of cannabis can help delay the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative conditions. He said: “Using low doses for prolonged periods of time at some point in your life, possibly when you’re middle-aged to late middle-aged, is probably going to slow the onset or development of dementia – to the point where you’ll most likely die of old age before you get Alzheimer’s.”

Anxiety Disorders

Deryn Blackwell was initially given cannabis to treat anxiety. Researchers at Harvard Medical School found the drug can cut anxiety in small doses, but excessive use can cause paranoia. Cannabis is legally used to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in some US states.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Sufferers from inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis, could benefit from cannabis use. Nottingham University found its chemicals including cannabidiol and tetrahydro-cannabinol, interact with cells that play an important role in gut function and immune responses.
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Stroke Recovery

Current research shows that CBD helps to improve motor skills, and cognitive ability if given shortly after the onset of symptoms of a stroke. It also has been shown to offer protection to other areas of the brain, reducing the potential area of brain damage significantly. Again, this all depends on when CBD is administered because, just like with the other options, time is crucial in mitigating brain damage. Part of the reason scientists are so enthusiastic about using CBD as a new stroke therapy is it does not have any adverse side effects and doesn’t create either tolerance or dependence in its users. It continues to offer positive neuroprotection to all cells, healthy or damaged, over long periods of time.

How can CBD benefit women specifically?

Can CBD benefit women specifically? Yes, it can. There are many things that differentiate a female body from a male body. Women have different hormones, different hormone fluctuations and happenings in the body that men just don’t experience. Do you know how CBD can help you?

This short guide will help you understand why CBD is beneficial and why it should be a part of your daily regimen for balancing your body.

Menopause

Uncontrollable emotions and fluctuations in hormone levels can send women on a roller coaster ride until the menopause is complete. Menopause severely disrupts the body’s endocannabinoid system. It is almost impossible for the female body to produce enough cannabinoids during menopause, so the body’s balance is out of sync. Anandamide levels that are too low may cause a female to go into early menopause. The hormone estrogen also needs cannabinoids, and pulls a bit more during the menstrual cycle and during menopause.

Osteporosis

Osteoporosis is also more prominent in women after menopause. Bone density starts to decline. What you may not know is that CBD that attaches to CB2 receptors may help slow bone mass loss, and slow the progression of osteoporosis.

Menstrual Pain

Inflammation during the menstrual cycle can cause increased pelvic pain or discomfort. CBD is helpful in reducing inflammation. There are CBD products available that can be used on the upper pelvic region that can help reduce pain and lessen inflammation. Menstrual pain can also play a role in having mood swings/emotional outbursts. So, keeping your body calm and relaxed can also help your mind remain calm and lessen those outbursts. Women are also more likely to experience migraines and headaches during their menstrual and pre-menstrual cycles. CBD may help reduce headaches and/or migraines too.

Mood/Emotional Balance

Women are more likely to develop a mental health disorder, such as depression, than men. CBD can help improve your mood. Mood disorders can also lead to anxiety. CBD is helpful for reducing anxiety and regulating your mood. If you find yourself particularly agitated or irritated, a CBD calming formula may be ideal. These would be options like anxiety, calming or sleep tinctures. Some capsules are designed for overall wellness, which also help calm the body. The product that you choose is solely based upon your preference and individual need.

… even more benefits …

Sports Injuries

Athletes are finding that CBD helps them in a number of ways. Used before exercise as oil, CBD can help them perform. After they are done, however, CBD also can be used to help them recover. As a result, CBD is well on its way to becoming a must-have health supplement for athletes. Anyone who has trained seriously in an endurance sport knows that it is always hard. It impacts your muscles. It creates pain. It also affects your immune system. Even if you aren’t training for your next charity Iron Man competition, being in shape also means living in a certain amount of pain.

Inflammation

CBD is great at reducing inflammation, making it a solid choice both pre and post-workout since muscle and joint inflammation are what cause pain before and after exercise. Unlike painkillers, cannabidiol doesn’t mask pain completely, so you don’t push yourself to dangerous limits. Instead, it makes movement easier and helps reduce muscle pain the day after your workout, when your body repairs itself. After your workout, CBD creams and ointments applied directly to sore muscles also help speed healing and manage pain.

… and it’s not just for humans …

Feline, Canine and Equine

Remarkably cats, dogs and horses (and many other household pets) also benefit from regular doses of CBD. As detailed above studies show that many cannabinoids have anti-inflammatory effects, and can help with pain, tumors, seizures, muscle spasms, skin conditions, appetite stimulation, aggression, anxiety and neurological disorders. There are also studies under way into CBD’s effects on Type 1 diabetes, organ diseases and cancer. Veterinarians are also finding CBD hemp can be useful in treating acute ailments like sprains and strains, torn ligaments, bone breaks and even during post-operative care to reduce swelling, pain and stiffness. If your pet is taking conventional drugs for any of these conditions, CBD may make it possible to use lower doses of the drugs to achieve therapeutic effects. Since conventional medicines do have side effects, this is a useful benefit of CBD.