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How CBD Can Help

Updated: Feb 8, 2022

A brief overview of some current research

CBD is an all-natural remedy that can help with a variety of ailments, illnesses, and symptoms. In the book Cannabis Revealed, Dr. Bonni Goldstein explains that CBD has multiple properties and can act as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anticonvulsant, anti-anxiety, antidepressant, antipsychotic, antibacterial and antitumor agent, all without any psychoactive effects. Read more about what CBD is and how it interacts with our endocannabinoid system (ECS) here.

Research on the health benefits of taking CBD is still ongoing, so new therapeutic uses for this remedy are continually being discovered. But while there is still much to be learned about CBD, recent results from a wide variety of studies have suggested that CBD can provide a safe, powerful alternative for many health issues.

A Cross-Sectional Study of Cannabidiol Users’ published in the “Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research” journal shows that almost 62% of CBD users reported using CBD to treat a medical condition. The top three medical conditions were pain, anxiety, and depression. Almost 36% of respondents reported that CBD help their medical condition(s) “very well by itself.”

PLEASE NOTE: Make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about introducing CBD as an addition or replacement to your current treatment plan. Do not make any changes to your current treatment or current medication without consulting your doctor. Cape Ann Botanicals also offers nursing services with our staff nurse for additional medical consultation.

Alzheimer’s Disease

CBD has been shown to protect against memory loss. Research shows that CBD exerts a combination of anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and cell-saving effects from the damage that plaques and tangles cause in the brain. A study in Frontiers of Pharmacology shows that CBD may help by protecting the brain from inflammation and by creating new brain cells. The authors cite studies that found CBD to be neuroprotective, to prevent neurodegeneration, and to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. A 2017 study at California’s Salk Institute found evidence that CBD could help remove plaque-forming Alzheimer’s proteins from brain cells. And a 2011 study by Australian researchers Tim Karl and Carl Group found that CBD promotes the growth and development of brain cells, and reduces the decline of memory and other brain functions.

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Anxiety and Depression

CBD has anti-anxiety properties in both low and moderate high doses. A study in Frontiers in Immunology demonstrated that CBD can be helpful in alleviating general anxiety and other anxiety-related clinical disorders, such as panic, post-traumatic stress (PTSD), and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). It was also found that CBD has a clear anti-stress effect and antidepressant-like effects. A study published in Neurotherapeutics found preclinical evidence that conclusively demonstrated CBD’s efficacy in reducing anxiety.

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Since CBD works well for pain and inflammation, many arthritis sufferers choose CBD for treatment. For example, in the book Cannabis Revealed, Dr. Bonni Goldstein explains that topical CBD can be applied directly to an inflamed, painful joint with fairly rapid onset relief. In an animal study, the administration of CBD after the onset of arthritis effectively blocked the progression of arthritis and had a potent anti-arthritic effect. Researchers at Tokyo’s National Institute for Neuroscience concluded that cannabinoid therapy of rheumatoid arthritis could provide symptomatic relief of joint pain and swelling as well as suppressing joint destruction and disease progression.

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Since the endocannabinoid system controls emotional and behavioral responses, as well as social interaction, a disruption in the system may be a contributing factor in the development of autism. In this 2013 study, rats that had a prenatal disruption of their endocannabinoid system had behavioral abnormalities associated with autism. Current clinical trials are being conducted to see whether CBD can treat autism. It has already been shown that CBD can also be useful in managing some of the symptoms of autism, such as anger, aggression, anxiety, and sleeping problems. In one study, following CBD treatment, behavioral outbreaks were much improved or very much improved in 61% of patients. Anxiety and communication problems were much or very much improved by 39% and 47% respectively. Disruptive behaviors were improved by 29% following the treatment. In the book Cannabis Revealed, Dr. Bonni Goldstein encourages “patients and their caregivers to experiment with different doses, strains, and delivery methods as each person responds differently.”

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Broken Bones

CBD can accelerate the process of the body healing broken bones and making them stronger. Scientists reported in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research that CBD can strengthen bones, promote fracture healing, and even prevent bone disease. A study in the European Journal of Pharmacology showed how CBD can be helpful in bone fragment healing by increasing the volume and thickness of bones. A study in the Journal of Opioid Management also shows that CBD is a pain reliever and can help reduce the amount of opioids used for pain.

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In the book Cannabis Revealed, Dr. Bonni Goldstein explains that many cancer patients use CBD to combat nausea, vomiting, pain relief, sleep problems, anxiety and depression that often accompany the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. A study published in the British Pharmacological Society journal also concluded that CBD can be quite useful in alleviating symptoms caused by cancer treatment, including nausea and vomiting.

There also exists a significant body of research that shows the anti-cancer properties of CBD, including the ability to kill cancer cells, to inhibit tumor growth, and to work synergistically with certain chemotherapies to enhance anticancer effects.

In a detailed report published in the