Pain, cancer, epilepsy’s, depression, Alzheimer’s syndrome – medical uses of cannabidiol (CBD).

It is rare to find a substance with such a broad spectrum of effects while being as safe to use as cannabidiol. CBD helps treat conditions such as cancer, epilepsy, panic attacks, diabetes, asthma, glaucoma, headaches, depression, dementia, Alzheimer’s syndrome, Parkinson’s syndrome, Crohn’s disease, autism, schizophrenia, anorexia, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis or atherosclerosis.

Pain – CBD acting on CB1 receptors in the brain inhibits the sensation of pain. With high effectiveness, it allows to avoid unpleasant side effects from the gastrointestinal tract, which cause such drugs as NSAIDs.

Oncology – CBD works differently depending on the type of cancer. It has been proven that in case of glioma it inhibits angiogenesis, migration and adhesion of cancer cells; accelerates death and inhibits growth of pathological cells in Kaposi’s sarcoma, induces apoptosis of cancer cells in the course of colorectal cancer, prostate cancer and leukemia; inhibits gene expression in breast cancer. In addition, it is used in supportive therapy as a substance that inhibits vomiting after chemotherapy and stimulates appetite. It has an analgesic effect allowing for lowering high doses of opioids.

Mental disorders – cannabidiol has antipsychotic properties. It can help reduce somatic symptoms that accompany anxiety. Numerous studies suggest that CBD helps people suffering from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder), post-traumatic stress disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), impotence, addiction to alcohol, opiates and tranquilizers, insomnia, behavioral disorders (symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease).

Alzheimer’s Disease – By affecting PPAR receptors, it helps degrade amyloid beta plaque, the molecule probably most responsible for the development of the disease. Additionally, in studies using animals, CBD exhibited antioxidant and neuroprotective effects.

Multiple sclerosis – CBD suppresses the inflammatory reaction in the course of the disease (e.g. reduces the level of cytokines), has strong antioxidant properties, relieves neuropathic pain, relaxes muscles. By affecting the production of serotonin, it raises the pain threshold, which significantly improves the patient’s comfort of life.

Inflammatory diseases. Gastrointestinal disorders: gastritis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease – the mechanism of anti-inflammatory action of CBD is not fully understood. Certainly the reduction of cytokine levels plays a large role. Cannabidiol is used in inflammatory bowel diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma therapy, inflammatory skin diseases.

Intraocular pressure disorders: glaucoma.

Hearing disorders, dizziness and loss of balance: tinnitus, nystagmus, Meniere’s disease.

Epilepsy – CBD is used to treat various forms of epilepsy, mainly childhood epilepsy in patients over 2 years of age (drug-resistant forms of Lennox Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome). It reduces the frequency of seizures, inhibits their intensity.

Childbirth: as a stimulator of contractions.

Does CBD have side effects?

The safety of CBD use has been confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO). Side effects from CBD use are extremely rare, usually after taking very high doses. Fortunately, they are not very bothersome and usually pass quickly when the dose is lowered. These include dry mouth, drowsiness, diarrhea, and change in appetite. CBD interacts with some drugs that are metabolized in the liver by P450 group enzymes.

It’s a good idea to consult your doctor before you start supplementing with CBD drops in the form of water-soluble CBD or CBD lozenges. It is advisable to use only certified CBD.

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