Why do People take CBD?

People take CBD (cannabidiol) for a lot of reasons.  Project CBD has developed a list of conditions and research on the effects of CBD on each condition.  I will not attempt to duplicate this here.  You should check it out at their site.

Some of the more common reasons that people take CBD include:

Seizure Disorders – In the U.S. there is a prescription form of CBD called Epidiolex that is approved to treat seizures that begin in childhood.  Lennox–Gastaut syndrome (LGS) is a complex, rare, and severe form of childhood-onset epilepsy. Dravet syndrome is a rare, catastrophic, lifelong form of epilepsy that begins in the first year of life with frequent and/or prolonged seizures.

Anxiety and PTSDStudies have shown that CBD can reduce anxiety.  Many currently approved medications, such as benzodiazepines, can cause dependence or have other side-effects.  People often take CBD to help with anxiety.

Fibromyalgia, Migraines and Irritable Bowel Syndrome – These disorders are thought by some to be a form of endocannabinoid deficiency.  CBD and other cannabinoids may become important in the treatment of these disorders.

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Pain – CBD can reduce both acute and chronic pain.  Scientists are still trying to understand this.  CBD isolate (CBD all by itself) works well in a fairly narrow dose range to treat pain, but full spectrum cannabis extracts seem to work in a wider range.  This finding has been called the “entourage effect.” CBD has anti-inflammatory properties and seems to help arthritis pain.

Psychosis – THC makes some people more paranoid and it is thought to induce psychosis in a small subset of people.  CBD can reverse these symptoms and it has been suggested as a possible treatment for schizophrenia. The early results have been mixed.

Sleep – Cannabinoids have been used to help improve sleep, but CBD’s effect on sleep is complex.  Low doses of CBD often appear to be activating, while somewhat increased doses are more relaxing.  CBD can decrease both anxiety and pain – and these are things that keep us up at night.

Cancer prevention and treatment – this is more controversial, but there is research suggesting that CBD and other cannabinoids inhibit cancer cell growth.

What do you use CBD for?  Does it help?  Please comment below or discuss this on reddit.

Author: cannabispharmacy

Before Covid I worked with chronic pain patients as a clinical psychologist. Many of them reported significant relief from cannabis and CBD. I was ready to retire anyway, and the pandemic hastened my retirement. I have been studying cannabis for several years and used CBD products for my own chronic pain. THC has been illegal where I live, but was recently approved for medical use.

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