In North America, Marijuana still remains a schedule one drug, meaning it is illegal for purchase, sale, or possession. This tends to limit the potential of scientific research regarding its healing properties. Since the legality of marijuana research is such a grey area at this time, there is a limited pool of conclusive evidence regarding the effects of marijuana on various health conditions.
Despite the limitations on research in this industry, there have been a number of studies that can agree that Cannabidiol (CBD) will reshape the current market of modern medicine. It is extremely effective at treating a variety of ailments that previously required a plethora of medications and a stockpile of money. You can also learn about a legal form of CBD from the hemp plant that is available in all 50 states in an article we did HERE
In order to introduce you to the beginning of the revolution of modern medicine, towards more affordable and accessible care, we have compiled a list of 5 conditions that can be treated with CBD.
Social/General Anxiety Disorder
Over 18% of all adults in the United States – more than 40 million people, suffer from some form of anxiety disorder. Social anxiety – provoked by everyday social situations, or an ongoing sense of uneasiness which characterizes general anxiety disorder, are both horrible conditions that many people deal with every single day. The current solution for anxiety is usually some form of prescription medication which often ends up numbing emotions and may cause long lasting effects on the user, or even addiction. CBD is a non-psychoactive substance, meaning it does not provide any sort of high, and therefore acts as a great natural alternative to common prescriptions such as Valium or Xanax, without the detrimental side effects.
Chronic pain can be incredibly hard to cope with, due to the heavily addictive nature of the opiates and other pain killer medications often prescribed for treatment. These medications can seriously affect a patient’s quality of life, and cause very serious harm with long term use. CBD oil is able to treat chronic pain without the debilitating side effects. It is not addictive nor does it cause any sort of high, so it is suitable for everyday use without disrupting the patient’s daily obligations.
Many people with severe epilepsy have tried all sorts of mind-numbing medications, surgeries, or even diets and alternative therapies, yet see little to no relief of their symptoms. There are often serious long-term effects that accompany the use of anti-epileptic drugs, which don’t even guarantee results. A lifetime of intractable seizures cannot be ignored, and although the full effects of CBD are not clear, giving oils and extracts a try is worth it for the relief that it grants. For a fraction of the cost, and infinitely less synthetic ingredients, CBD offers a strong alternative to the current pharmaceutical offerings. The positive results that some people with epilepsy have been seeing from CBD-rich marijuana extracts are giving so many patients the hope that is necessary for dealing with epilepsy.
Parkinson’s is a difficult illness to treat, and treatments are often expensive. Medications are known to be associated with side effects such as numbness, restlessness and even confusion. Recent studies have concluded that CBD can be used as an alternative or supplemental medication for Parkinson’s. It also helps to treat chronic pain, which though usually is not mentioned when describing symptoms of Parkinson’s, affects 85% of patients. The following video showcases a great example of the effects of CBD oil when used to treat Parkinson’s;
See an amazing video showing the effectiveness of cannabis and Parkinson’s below
Depression is an issue that affects many people in some form, every day. It can cause someone who was once joyful and optimistic to constantly question and doubt themselves, leading to a decline in motivation and self-esteem. People experience depression in different ways, which makes it a challenge to identify and treat. Similar to anxiety, there are a variety of medications that can be prescribed to deal with the effects of depression, but there are often many negative side effects.
Using CBD as a treatment offers faster onset than most selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and also holds anxiolytic properties that help to alleviate anxiety, as the two conditions are often associated. Unlike most prescriptions used to treat depression, CBD is not addictive and does not have major side effects such as digestive issues. Since research on marijuana and CBD is difficult due to current regulations, it is tough to summarize all of its potential pros and cons. Through multiple in depth studies of the chemical, it is clear that there are significant uses that may be more beneficial than the current pharmaceutical solutions.