We came across a very interesting article on the Huffington Post website written by Dr. Michael J. Breus, a Clinical Psychologist; Board Certified Sleep Specialist. Dr Breus compiled a list of benefits he thinks can be had from CBD and explains why;
CBD has the ability to reduce anxiety, which can be helpful in reducing sleep difficulties and improving sleep quality. CBD may increase overall sleep amounts, and improve insomnia, according to research. CBD has been shown to reduce insomnia in people who suffer from chronic pain.
In smaller doses, CBD stimulates alertness and reduces daytime sleepiness, which is important for daytime performance and for the strength and consistency of the sleep-wake cycle.
CBD may help reduces REM behavior disorder in people with Parkinson’s disease. REM behavior disorder is a condition that causes people to act out physically during dreaming and REM sleep. Typically, during REM, the body is largely paralyzed, a state known as REM atonia. This immobilization keeps sleepers from reacting physically to their dreams. In REM behavior disorder, this paralysis doesn’t occur, leaving people free to move—which can lead to disruptive sleep and to injuring themselves or their sleeping partners. Cannabis may also work to reduce pain and improve sleep quality in people with Parkinson’s disease.
CBD may help improve REM sleep abnormalities in people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
For depression and anxiety
Cannabis has been used for centuries to treat nerves and anxiety, as well as other mood problems. CBD may help to improve both depression and anxiety, at least in part through its interactions with serotonin receptors in the brain. Research shows that CBD can reduce both mental and physical symptoms of anxiety. A study of CBD given to people before a public-speaking event indicates that CBD can help reduce stress—this and other research has shown that CBD can be an effective treatment for social anxiety.
Scientists are also studying the possible benefits of CBD for bipolar disorder.
The body’s own endocannabinoid system is involved in managing pain perception. CBD is used in the treatment of pain in many different forms, including chronic and difficult-to-treat pain that’s associated with headaches, migraine, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis.
One of the most promising uses for CBD is as a treatment for epilepsy. Scientists have recognized for many years the anti-seizure capabilities of CBD. Recently, CBD has been shown effective in people whose epileptic seizures are resistant to other treatments.
There’s promising evidence that CBD may be useful in treating substance use disorders, including addiction to opioids, cocaine and amphetamines, cannabis, and nicotine. One study demonstrated CBD could reduce by 40 percent the number of cigarettes consumed by smokers trying to quit.
For neuroprotection and neurodegenerative disease
CBD is showing real promise as a compound that can contribute to protecting the brain, thanks to its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory abilities. Scientists are investigating its role in neurogenesis and its ability to help the brain heal from injury, and as a treatment for neurodegenerative disease. Research suggests that CBD may help to reduce brain damage from stroke or other neurological injury. And CBD is increasingly looked to as a possible therapy for several neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and multiple sclerosis.
CBD is being examined closely for its possible role in cancer treatment, on number of different fronts. It can be effective in reducing pain and nausea in cancer patients. CBD can also stimulate appetite. What’s more, CBD is showing promise in treating several types of cancer directly, inhibiting cancer cell growth and metastasis.
With other cannabinoids
CBD is sometimes used in conjunction with the cannabinoid THC. Used together, CBD can counteract the “high” effects of THC. This can allow people to take advantage of the therapeutic benefits of THC without experiencing the psychoactive “high” that comes from this cannabinoid.
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