What is CBD Used For?

What Are the Most Common Uses of CBD (Cannabidiol)?

Americans are increasingly seeking out CBD (Cannabidiol) as the emerging cure-all for a variety of ailments. As people put their hope in CBD to find a fix for complaints that plague them daily, internet searches for CBD and cannabidiols have skyrocketed. Marketing for CBD supplements say it brings relief from the following:

ANXIETY – Anxiety disorders are the most common malady in the U.S., affecting approximately 40 million adults ages 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population. According to the NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) CBD has attracted interest as a potential treatment for anxiety disorders.

treating anxiety with CBD

“CBD has a broad pharmacological profile, including interactions with several receptors known to regulate fear and anxiety-related behaviors…”

CBD may reduce anxiety-related behaviors in people with conditions like panic disorder, PTSD, OCD, and general anxiety disorder. In effect, it eases the neurotransmitters that produce anxiety. A review from Neurotherapeutics found that CBD may indeed help to reduce anxiety in people with these disorders.

PAIN RELIEF – There are different kinds of pain as anyone knows that’s experienced a headache versus a stubbed toe. The four most common types of pain are acute pain, chronic pain, neuropathic pain, and visceral pain. No matter what is causing you pain the natural response is to seek immediate relief and so far, many people have put their hope in cannabidiols.

So how does CBD help with pain management? CBD is said to suppress pain receptors, so it appears to make pain more tolerable. From an article by the Journal of Experimental Medicine (JEM):

CBD for treating pain

“…administration of cannabidiol (CBD), a major non-psychoactive component of marijuana, and its modified derivatives significantly suppress chronic inflammatory and neuropathic pain without causing apparent analgesic tolerance in rodents…”

In layman’s terms researchers found that CBD significantly reduced chronic inflammation and pain in some mice and rats.

As for human trials on CBD and pain management, the University of Utah launched a clinical trial January 1, 2020 which will conclude at the year’s end. It will be interesting to see the results.

SLEEP DISORDERS – Whether it’s caused by stress, anxiety, or over stimulation of the brain, sleeplessness is a growing problem for Americans. So how does CBD help you sleep? Some experts say it relaxes muscles, relieves pain, and eases anxiety enough to let the body fall asleep.

“In a recent nationally representative Consumer Reports survey, about 10 percent of Americans who reported trying CBD said they used it to help them sleep, and a majority of those people said it worked.” 

Prescription sleeping pills and over the counter sleep aids come with a certain amount of health precautions, even side-effects and so far, CBD seems to present an alternative solution that many people are buying into.

BE INFORMED

As of this date, the FDA has not sanctioned any of the uses of CBD for these disorders. In fact the FDA says;

“Other than one prescription drug product to treat two rare, severe forms of epilepsy, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved any other CBD products, and there is very limited available information about CBD, including about its effects on the body.”

For now, CBD appears to hold many promising results for treating common health complaints. As with anything that is ingested, applied topically, or inhaled it’s always a good idea to do your research and proceed in an informed manner.