When I Say Cannabis You Think . . .
Currently, there is still a significant stigma in people's minds when it comes to cannabis. Cannabis conjures up images of teens and irresponsible adults getting high, promoting free love, and being unproductive members of society. Well, the thing is, that simply isn't the case.
While it is true that a part of the cannabis plant can get you high (THC), there is also CBD, which hosts many medical benefits, and comes without the drug inducing "high." In fact, according to most research, 80% of people said that CBD products were very effective in helping with their ailments.
When it comes to CBD, there are many types of products. CBD oil drops, CBD pens, hard candies, and even sleep aids. Here are some of the incredible potential health benefits of CBD oil. While some are extensively researched and others are still being researched, we will try to help differentiate the two so you can understand which ones are currently backed by science and which ones are still being researched.
Slow or Stop Cancer Cells (still being researched): While this is still being researched, there is a strong correlation between the stop of cancer and cannabis. the Journal of Molecular Cancer Therapeutics published a study that showed Cannabidiol had the ability to stop cancer by affecting a gene called Id-1. Additionally, the American Association for Cancer Research has done studies and found that cannabis works to slow down tumor growth in the brain, breast, and lungs. Though these are promising studies, more research needs to be done.
Preventive Care for Alzheimer's (very loose correlation): There is some evidence that THC (the part that gets you high) slows the progression of Alzheimer's. Though this does come with drawbacks as using marijuana to get high has been shown to inhibit cognitive function as well. Significant research is still needed in this area, though it does offer some exciting potential as Alzheimer's is currently incurable.
Arthritis Relief (good evidence): There is good evidence that cannabinoid based pain relieving medicine can help relieve the pain of arthritis. Many researchers in hospitals throughout the country gave patients a cannabis based treatment that was supposed to relieve pain. After two weeks, patients showed a significant reduction in pain and better sleep quality when compared to the placebo group.
Control Epileptic Seizures (good evidence, still being researched): There is good evidence that the THC component in marijuana can help control epileptic seizures. At Virginia Commonwealth University, a marijuana extract was given to epileptic rats. The treatment completely stopped seizures in only 10 hours. The studies found that the THC controlled the seizures by binding to the brain cells that were responsible for over exciting and causing the seizure in the first place. These results have been published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.
Protect The Brain from Stroke and Concussive Injury (still being researched): This is another exciting area of research for cannabis. Just like with Alzheimer's, there has been research done by the University of Nottingham that shows how CBD can help protect the brain from damage caused by strokes or concussive injury by reducing the size of the area affected by the stroke. This is a promising area of research, especially for competitive athletes who are at frequent risk of concussive injury.
Control or Reduce Muscle Spasms (small evidence):
There is significant evidence that shows how CBD can be used to help control and reduce muscle spasms. Doctor Gupta found that one of his patients who was experiencing myoclonus diaphragmatic flutters (a spasming in the abdominal muscle that causes pain, difficulty breathing, and difficulty speaking), responded well when using medical marijuana. While it is very well documented that marijuana relaxes the body and muscles, there have not been enough significant studies that show in what medical situations this can be used.
Help with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (good evidence): The University of Nottingham did a study in 2010 that should how cannabidiol components interact with cells in the body that help improve gut function and boost the immune system. The study showed that intestines with increased permeability, had a reduction in permeability when exposed to cannabis, making it more difficult for harmful bacteria to enter the gut and intestines.