Cannabidiol or CBD is one of the most popular chemical compounds of cannabis next to Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. These two active ingredients have been researched extensively, but they are not the only chemical compounds in the cannabis plant. Scientists say there are more than a hundred chemical compounds in cannabis. So far, research has focused on the benefits that THC and CBD can provide to human health. The results of these studies has been shocking since most people only think of getting high when cannabis comes to mind. However, studies have shown that marijuana has a wide range of health benefits that could help people. Anxiety, addiction, and heart-related issues are some areas that cannabis could come in handy.
Difference between CBD and THC
Before we examine the benefits of cannabis on health, it is crucial we state the differences between CBD and THC. The first thing to remember is that CBD does not get people high. The compound can make people feel relaxed and bring relief for pain but will not get you high. THC is the chemical compound responsible for getting people high. Most researchers favor CBD because it does not have any psychoactive effects on the mind.
Addiction is a major problem across the world. There are millions of people suffering from substance abuse addiction. And although it may sound like a contradiction, cannabis can help treat people suffering from addiction. CBD is extracted and usually sold as oils. Studies have found that CBD oil can help people who suffer from substance abuse addiction. A study conducted in 2015 and published in the Journal of Substance Abuse show that CBD has therapeutic effects on people suffering from cocaine and opioid addiction. The study also found that CBD can help people with other tobacco and other psychostimulant addiction. Researchers also discovered that CBD could reduce the mind-altering effects of THC.
Anxiety is another disease that affects many people. CBD has been shown to provide relief for people suffering from anxiety disorders. A study published in the journal of Neurotherapeutics in 2015 claims that CBD can help treat anxiety. The researchers came to this conclusion after conducting experimental studies, epidemiological studies, and clinical trials. In the end, researchers found that using CBD can help people suffering from general anxiety disorder. Also, CBD can bring relief for people with social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and even post-traumatic stress disorder also known as PTSD.
CBD for the Heart
Problems with the heart can be severe and fatal. There are medications on treating issues relating to the heart. However, researchers have begun looking at how CBD can help. The results of these studies have been successful. The results of one of those studies were published in 2017 in the journal JCI Insight. According to the findings of this study, CBD can help with blood pressure by preventing stress-related changes in the blood. CBD can lower blood pressure and in turn, keep the heart healthy.
As time goes, more studies into the potential benefits of CBD will be published.