CBD for Pain, Anxiety and Depression: Does it really work?
CBD for Pain
The endocannabinoid system is a specialized system in the human body. It is involved in the regulations of functions like sleep, appetite, pain and immune system responses. Endocannabinoids are neurotransmitters produced by the body that bind to cannabinoid receptors in the nervous system.
Studies and trials show substantial evidence that CBD hemp oil is an effective alternative to the reduction of chronic pain in adults by working with the endocannabinoid receptors, decreasing inflammation and interacting with neurotransmitters.
One study showed that CBD hemp oil can help decreased pain associated with multiple sclerosis and it also has positive effects on osteoarthritis and joint neuropathy by minimizing joint inflammation and protecting the nerves.
Another study showed that Sativex, a combination of THC and CBD and a prescription drug not currently approved for use in the US, has positive effects in patients dealing with pain while walking, resting and muscle spasms due to rheumatoid arthritis.
CBD for Anxiety and Depression
One in four adults 18 years and older suffer from anxiety disorders during their lifetime in the U.S. The World Healt
h Organization (WHO) reports that 1 in 13 suffer from anxiety globally. Making anxiety disorder the most common mental disorder. Anxiety disorders are highly treatable.
Multiple studies suggest that CBD could help with anxiety and depression by stimulating neurotransmitter systems and neural regeneration.
Serotonin is an essential neurotransmitter and chemical that naturally occurs throughout the body. Its major role is to help regulate mood and social behavior, appetite and digestion, sleep, memory, and sexual desire and function. CBD binds to serotonin receptors, specifically to HT1A which is thought to have the strongest effect with anxiety disorders.
The endocannabinoids are also naturally produced in the body and it interacts with certain receptors in the brain in the endocannabinoid system and in other areas throughout the body. If the endocannabinoid system becomes unregulated by intense stress, CBD could be helpful balancing by increasing the production of endocannabinoids.
Damaged neurons may take place due to chronic stress but specific areas could regenerate. New neurons formation and brain growth happens throughout our lives and CBD could help with its regeneration by boosting the process. Many studies done in animal models proved that CBD can stimulate the growth of new neurons and it has ability to reduce anxiety.
Pharmaceutical drugs are the conventional treatment for anxiety disorders. For low serotonin levels, drugs like Zoloft and Prozac are prescribe which could lead to addiction.