How Does CBD Work With The ECS?
Hemp offers a unique ratio of cannabinoids that are beneficial in supporting the body’s natural processes, specifically the ones that are controlled by the ECS. CBD acts as a lock and key with the ECS, returning an imbalanced state to homeostasis. CBD has a broad range of uses that can help remedy many conditions. Here are some examples of how CBD has potential medical applications and where the research stands:
CBD may be able to help you manage your anxiety. Researchers think it may change the way your brain’s receptors respond to serotonin, a chemical linked to mental health. Receptors are small proteins attached to your cells that receive chemical messages and help your cells react to different stimuli. One study found that a CBD helped people with social anxiety disorder give a speech. Other early studies on animals have shown that CBD may help relieve anxiety by reducing stress, and decreasing physiological effects of anxiety, such as increased heart rate. There is also evidence that it helps improve symptoms of PTSD and inducing sleep in cases of insomnia.
CBD has been in the news before, as possible treatment for epilepsy. Researchers are testing how much CBD is able to reduce the number of seizures in people with this condition. The American Epilepsy Society states that cannabidoil research offers hope for seizure disorders, and that more studies need to be conducted to understand dosing protocols.
A study performed in 2016 utilized 214 patients with epilepsy. The study participants added oral doses of 2-5mg of CBD per day to their existing anti-epilepsy medications. The study’s researchers monitored the participants for 12 weeks, recording effects and frequency of seizures. Overall, participants had 36.5% fewer seizures per month.
Researchers are looking at receptors located in the brain to learn about the ways that CBD could help with nuero-degenerative disorders, which are diseases that cause the brain and nerves to deteriorate over time. This receptor is known as CB1.
Researchers are studying the use of CBD oil for treating:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Parkinson’s Disease
Some studies have investigated the role of CBD in preventing cancer cell growth, but research is still in its early stages. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) says that CBD may help alleviate cancer symptoms and cancer treatment side-effects. The aspect of CBD that’s promising for cancer treatment is its ability to moderate inflammation and change how cells reproduce. CBD is being studied on the effect of reducing the ability of some types of tumor cells to reproduce.
The effects of CBD on receptors in the immune system may help reduce overall inflammation in the body. In turn, CBD oil may offer benefits for acne management. A human study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation found that the CBD oil prevented activity in sebaceous glands. These glands are responsible for producing sebum, a naturally oily substance that hydrates the skin. Too much sebum, however, can lead to acne.