THE EFFECTS AND BENEFITS OF CBD
First of all, it should be stressed that CBD (cannabidiol) does not alter the state of consciousness of the person consuming it. In short, it does not make you “high”. Unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), it acts on different receptors related to sleep, appetite, pain and memory. THC, on the other hand, affects the functioning of the brain. It can change the perception of the environment or alter mood.
And, according to various research studies, CBD limits the psychotropic effect on the brain. For example, the anxiety that can result from too much THC consumption. As stated in a text from the US National Library of Medicine, “CBD reduces THC-induced anxiety when given simultaneously with THC”.
More research may be needed in the future
Although it is forbidden to promote CBD as a medicine (Naturalpes products, except flowers, teas and infusions are considered cosmetics), there is some research to prove the beneficial effects on the human body.
However, these studies are few and far between, and the mainstream attention CBD has had in recent years may well change this. This is particularly true in Switzerland, where the government has long recognised the therapeutic effect of cannabis in general. “A welcome recognition that confirms what doctors and experts have been advocating for a long time. The studies conducted on the plant confirm the effects of CBD, and the medical profession is becoming increasingly interested in the therapeutic virtues of cannabis”, wrote the newspaper Le Temps in August 2020.
Chronic pain fought by CBD
Thus, according to the Journal of experimental medicine, research tends to show that CBD oil could be an effective treatment in the fight against chronic pain and in particular neuropathic pain, i.e. which is linked to a lesion of the nervous system.
This concerns pain caused by diabetes, alcohol abuse, the side effects of a drug, a tumour on a nerve or a traumatic nerve injury, as explained by the Quebec Chronic Pain Association.
By stimulating a receptor in the nervous system, “non-psychotropic cannabinoids could represent a new class of therapeutic agents for the treatment of chronic pain,” says the aforementioned journal.
Moreover, several testimonials sent to Naturalpes by its clients tend to demonstrate this. Just like the testimonials of our ambassadors.
Epilepsy may be treated by CBD
Due to the difficulties of traditional medicine in treating epilepsy, interest in CBD has soared. Thus, in a study reported in the Journal of experimental medicine, researcher Emilio Perucca states that “evidence regarding the potential efficacy of cannabinoids against seizures has reached a turning point in the last 12 months, with the completion of three high-quality, placebo-controlled trials of a CBD product”.
In adjunctive therapy, CBD has been shown to be effective in patients with Dravet’s syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. “In these studies, CBD was superior to placebo in reducing the frequency of seizures”, the journal writes.
A welcome support for people with cancer
A growing number of preclinical studies indicate that CBD may have anticancer properties. “Cannabinoids show their action by modulating signalling pathways that are crucial in controlling the proliferation and survival of affected cells,” says the Journal of experimental medicine.
In a study published in 2018, four researchers argue that “numerous in vitro and in vivo experiments have shown that cannabinoids inhibit cancer cell proliferation, stimulate autophagy and apoptosis, and also have the potential to inhibit angiogenesis and metastasis”.
All this without forgetting the possible effects on pain and anxiety, which can be produced by cancer, that the CBD may have.
Possible help in the fight against cardiovascular problems
CBD has beneficial effects in a wide range of disorders. Increasing evidence now suggests that CBD is also beneficial for the cardiovascular system. “CBD acts directly on isolated arteries, causing acute vasorelaxation”, said three researchers in a trial published in 2013 in the Journal of experimental medicine.
A common theme of several studies is the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effect of CBD. In the heart, in vivo treatment of CBD seems to protect against damage associated with diabetes. Similarly, CBD has been shown to reduce the size of a heart attack and increase blood flow.
“In blood, CBD influences white blood cell survival and death, white blood cell migration and platelet aggregation. Taken together, this preclinical data seems to confirm the positive role of CBD treatment in the heart and in the peripheral vascular and cerebral systems”, the researchers concluded.
Possible positive effects on anxiety
Evaluating evidence from pre-clinical, experimental, clinical and epidemiological studies in humans, a study published in the Journal of experimental medicine notes the strong support of CBD in “the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder when administered acutely”.
Reductions in anxiety appear to be achieved through the interaction of CBD with the 5HT1 receptor in the nervous system. This receptor plays a role in a variety of behaviours, including anxiety, appetite, cognition, learning, memory, mood or thermoregulation.
Other benefits related to the use of CBD
Research into the effects of CBD on the body is inevitably continuing. Gradually, other uses are being considered and await further scientific confirmation. In bulk, CBD could be: anti-inflammatory, antipsychotic, useful in reducing spasms linked to multiple sclerosis, an aid to sleep, etc.
All of the above-listed effects are based off of existing research and require more research studies and clinical trials in order to make concrete claims about CBD and its effects. The current European and Swiss regulations also prohibit CBD companies from making any statements about the beneficial effects their products will have. At Naturalpes, we provide a full range of natural CBD products, however we do not make any claims about the effects these products may or may not have.