No two conditions are the same, and therefore treatments vary, too. This is perhaps obvious with medical cannabis more than anywhere else, an industry with an extraordinary number of products that are effective in various ways. There are edibles, concentrates, vape juices, creams and much, much more, all of which are designed to influence the endocannabinoid system (ECS) uniquely, in order to provide therapeutic relief and restore balance in it.
In this article, we’ll look at eight separate ailments which respond well to CBD treatment, according to scientific studies and anecdotes which can be found online and identify the most suitable CBD product for each.
The symptoms of anxiety are renowned for coming on suddenly, and often unexpectedly – although for certain anxieties, such as social anxiety, there are often tell-tale signs, such as the prospect of meeting new people. However, even with social anxiety, when the issues do arise, they tend to do so quickly, meaning the most appropriate way to tackle them is with a potent treatment that takes effect fast.
Vaping is the stand-out method, with CBD vape oil and e-liquid getting to work almost immediately. CBD calms anxiety by promoting the GABA neurotransmitter, which reduces brain excitation.
A common and notorious skin condition that causes excessively oily skin, acne is prevalent all over the world, affecting all ages, but younger demographics more than most. Acne occurs due to inflammation in the sebaceous glands, which unnecessarily increases the production of sebum, a natural oil that, in the right amounts, helps to protect the skin.
Cannabis was never considered as a treatment for acne until the emergence of topical products, which are well-suited to interacting with skin-based cannabinoid receptors. The skin contains plenty of CB2 receptors, that can be targeted to regulate immune system response. In terms of acne, application of a CBD cream or salve helps to reset sebum production to normal levels.
Depression is a mental health disorder, affecting mood, that is increasingly thought to be caused by inflammation of the brain, which wrecks neuronal circuitry and causes the hippocampus – responsible for autobiographical memory – to shrink. Doctors have always warned against the risks of psychoactive cannabis with mental health, but the neuroprotective and neurogenesis properties of non-psychoactive CBD are of major interest to cannabis researchers.
The short-term, non-addictive mood boost that CBD delivers by elevating anandamide, an endogenous antidepressant – is best administered with a strong, fast-acting dose. Step forward CBD vape juice.
Whether taking CBD to just improve sleep by regulating the sleep-wake cycle, or to treat fatigue-inducing conditions like insomnia or sleep apnea, it’s apparent that the compound can be beneficial. Regulating sleep generally means promoting more deep sleep, a vital phase for healing and muscle and tissue regeneration throughout the body. Many also consider CBD to have a neuroprotective effect.
Since adults are recommended to get at least seven hours of sleep every night, vaping may not be so effective – it may help with getting to sleep, but not staying asleep. In contrast, CBD gummy bears and other edibles will last from night until morning, as CBD is released into the body more slowly.
5) Intractable epilepsy
Child epilepsy patients are among the biggest beneficiaries of cannabis research. This surprising development comes from the findings that CBD has anti-seizure properties, at least partly realized by the compound’s balancing effect on neural excitation and inhibition. Over-excitation makes seizures much more likely.
However, it wouldn’t be advised to give a fully-fit child vape oil as treatment, as the lungs are still forming. But it’s still important for the effects to be administered fast, and ideally more quickly than with edibles. This makes low-THC, high-CBD cannabis oil extracts the best type of medication. It can be applied under the tongue, with sublingual absorption facilitating relief in just minutes.
The migraine is a common, yet curious ailment, since despite its prevalence, researchers have been unable to find a confirmed cause. However, leading cannabis researchers have argued that a dysfunctional ECS may be behind migraines – namely, an illness called Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency.
Advocates of this theory suggest that not everyone makes enough endocannabinoids for the ECS to work properly. Interestingly, European research revealed that cannabinoid treatment was just as effective for migraines as existing, approved migraine medication, while causing no significant side effects.
There are two ways to tackle a throbbing migraine: either by vaporizing CBD e-juice, or rubbing a CBD topical into the temples and forehead to soothe the pain.
The deterioration of joint cartilage which exposes the bones is at the root of arthritis pain, a condition that can strike at any age, but worsens with age. The pain from arthritis is not only frustrating, but often debilitating – for instance, arthritis in the hand reduces the ability to carry out menial tasks with ease. The mental effect that this can have on a patient can lead to depression – in 2018, a study was released showing depression rates among rheumatoid arthritis patients as high as 66.2 percent.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder, and the immune system-regulating effects of CBD are of use here. Many patients have found that CBD topicals ease the pain, and in some cases help to repair joint cartilage responsible for the discomfort.
8) Neuropathic pain
The medicinal qualities of cannabinoids for neuropathic pain have actually been known for a long time, with cannabis oil offered on prescription for patients with multiple sclerosis in certain countries, including the United Kingdom. While neuropathic pain is complex, disruption which affects pain signals being sent to the brain causes many of the severe symptoms.
As a typically acute condition, vape oils and e-liquids are the clear first choices for treating neuropathic pain. However, CBD creams and massage gels may also help to blunt the pain when applied liberally.
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