Today, 30 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medical use and/or for recreational use, while at the same time some 79 pre-clinical trials are underway in the U.S. alone, to determine the usefulness of the primary non-psychoactive molecule of Cannabis – Cannabinol (CBD) – for treatment of more than 50 different human ailments.
To date, findings include a biochemical communication system in the body that regulates our mood, physiology, immune system, and homeostatic responses called the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), two types of receptors (CB1 and CB2), and several cannabinoids created within our bodies that activate these receptors. The ECS receptors are found throughout our brain and body organs, including throughout our skin.
Extensive tests show that none of the cannabinoids have toxic levels, even at extremely high doses. Because THC has a strong psychoactive effect with potential for dependency, most studies focus on Cannabidiol with its lack of psychoactivity, unlimited therapeutic potential, and little to no side effects. The pre-clinical researchconcludes that CBD has anti-tumoral, anti-spasmodic, anti-convulsive, anti-psychotic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, neuroprotective, and anti-anxiety effects. It also treats long-lasting chronic pain and many other conditions.
Current studies in CBD efficacy represent the fields of Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Behavioral Science, Epilepsy, Alzheimer’s Research, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis, Diabetes Research, and Cancer Research, to name just a few. Examples of just a few current studies and their field of treatment include but are not limited to:
- Neural, Genetic & Behavioral Disorders: Epilepsy & Seizure Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Schizophrenia & Schizoaffective Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, Agoraphobia, Bipolar Disorder, Encephalopathy, Drug Addictions and Alcohol Use Disorder, PTSD, ALS, Parkinson’s Disease, Neuropathic pain, Multiple sclerosis;
- Stomach & Digestive Tract Issues: Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, IBS, Fatty liver, Diabetes
- Arthritis Research & Pain Relief: Rheumatoid and Degenerative Osteoarthritis, Chronic Pain
- Cancers: Pancreas, Liver, Rectum, Colon, Gall Bladder, Multiple Myeloma, Glioblastoma Multiforme
Daily Therapeutic Benefits
You don’t have to be ill or have a disorder, however, to enjoy the benefits of Cannabidiol. Utilized as a daily tonic, CBD elevates or moderates mood, eliminates anxiety or depression, and reduces stress reactions. Studies have shown that a natural cannabinoid (anandamide) – facilitates our feelings of happiness. Conversely, an enzyme called FAAH (fatty acid amide hydrolase) breaks down this molecule and stops the sensation of bliss. CBD inhibits FAAH, thus allowing the anandamide – and happiness – to stay around longer, relieving depression and all types of anxiety.