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In a 2018 survey, 82 percent of 2,409 respondents said they used CBD for medical purposes. That may not be surprising, but what is unexpected is the range of issues CBD applies to. (We’ll get into why that is later on.) Some chose cannabinoids for physical reasons, while others prefer tinctures for anxiety or depression.

Pain

Most CBD users are attracted to cannabinoids to soothe pain, but the type of pain varies. Athletes often use CBD for recovery, muscles and joints. It’s also shown promise to reduce sciatic nerve pain. In some countries, a CBD pharmaceutical, Sativex, is used to treat multiple sclerosis-related pain. Human studies showed promise in relieving arthritis pain as well.

Anxiety and Depression

Mental health medications often have strong side effects and are addictive. For this reason, many people pursue a natural route to mental health treatment. Research shows cannabidiol helps generalized anxiety disorder, seasonal depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder. It’s also safe and effective in treating pediatric patients with PTSD-related sleep issues. Some believe CBD’s ability to engage serotonin receptors, which regulate mood, is the reason for its positive results. 

Neuroprotective Properties

The only FDA-approved CBD drug is Epidiolex for childhood epilepsy. But it may help other neurological disorders like multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s neurodegeneration as well. Additionally, some studies revealed improved sleep quality for Parkinson’s disease patients, who often have trouble sleeping due to medications and an inability to get comfortable. 

Cancer-related Side Effects

Chemotherapy causes uncomfortable symptoms like nausea and vomiting, but CBD might help. One study looked at 177 people who could not find relief from traditional chemo symptom medication. Those treated with CBD and THC found a significant reduction in symptoms compared to the placebo group.

Acne and Skin Conditions

CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, which is why it may have the potential to treat acne and reduce sebaceous gland oil production. CBD’s also been successful in treating other inflammatory skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. 

Heart Health

Some studies indicate CBD may support the circulatory system and lower blood pressure. It’s theorized that CBD’s ability to reduce stress and anxiety lowers blood pressure for the same reason. 

Addiction

Ironically, hemp was classified schedule one drug until 2018, and today researchers realize its potential to curb addiction. In a 2017 study, 81 percent of 2897 participants reported that cannabis was more effective at treating their condition than opioids. While not everyone becomes addicted to opioids, prescription drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death, making them an undesirable treatment for many pain sufferers.

Another study found that states with medical cannabis reported significantly lower overdoses, and those who used cannabis were able to decrease their opiate dose. Whether or not cannabis can prevent addiction itself, it possesses the potential to reduce over-prescribing prescription drugs that are highly addictive.

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