Cannabis, or marijuana as it’s more popularly called, is slowly being accepted as a valid supplement that can give relief on a variety of symptoms on equally varied conditions. The medical community is slowly acknowledging the therapeutic benefits of cannabis products. There is still a lot of confusion here and there but grudgingly, the medical benefits of cannabis are making health professionals give it a go.
Cannabis Has Been Around
For a thousand years. That’s right, cannabis has been around for a long time and their medicinal properties is already known to many who have not shunned their use. There are two main species, Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica. The main difference between the two is that Sativa has more psychoactive effects and Indica is known for its relaxing or body-calming effects. Some have been bred to increase the potency of their psychoactive effects and more recently, the focus has shifted to studying and developing its medicinal properties. Below are some of the most widely publicized health benefits of extracts from both varieties.
CBD and Hemp Oil – its effect on Cancer
Both have effects on symptoms and reduces the discomfort and side effects that arise from cancer treatments. Chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting have been observed to be toned down after use of the substance. Laboratory studies have shown that CBD has inhibited the spread of aggressive breast cancer cells. The breast cancer cell studies in relation to CBD are all done on animals but is showing considerable promise.
Affecting about 9% of the world’s population, Acne is a skin condition that affects the face area in general and can also be a cause for social retreat and deeper psychological scarring. It’s thought to be caused by a number of factors such as genetics, underlying inflammation, bacteria and the overproduction of sebum, an oily secretion by the skin. CBD oil helps treat Acne by controlling the ability of the skin to produce sebum and its anti-inflammatory properties.
One of the most studied uses of CBD and Hemp oil is their ability to heal or alleviate symptoms of neurological disorders like epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. They have also been noted to reduce seizure activity in children with Dravet Syndrome. It has also shown promising results on epileptics, showing reduced seizure medians by as much as 36%. It has also been known to improve quality of life and sleep among those patients with Parkinson’s disease. It has also been shown to decrease inflammation in and help prevent neurodegeneration associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
Some studies indicate a considerable reduction of diabetes incidence by almost half and significantly reduced inflammation on those already affected.
Although more human clinical trials are needed, every indication point to CBD and Hemp oil is a safe and powerful natural treatment for many health issues. As with all other supplementation, it’s always best to consult a health professional before taking these substances.