With continuous research about the benefits of marijuana seeds comes the discovery of new strains. These strains are studied to understand their properties and how they can help and improve aspects of human lives.
Zkittlez strain in the UK is one of the most popular strains due to its candy-sweet flavour and fruity aroma. Its popularity only increased when it won first place at the 2016 Emerald Cup.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the various compounds found in the cannabis plant, Cannabis sativa. Dr Roger Adams discovered it at the University of Illinois in the 1940s. Since the discovery of CBD, several studies have shown fascinating results with its interaction with the human body.
CBD is often compared with Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). For example, THC is considered a psychoactive cannabinoid, contributing to the feeling of “getting high.” In contrast, CBD is a nonpsychoactive cannabinoid.
CBD and THC produce different physiological effects. THC can stimulate mental activity, sex drive, and appetite. However, it can cause palpitations, anxiety, and paranoia in case of overdose.
On the other hand, CBD can act as an anticonvulsant, antipsychotic, and anti-inflammatory.
5 Potential Benefits of CBD to Improve Wellness
Using cannabis and other cannabis compounds is illegal in some countries. However, many health specialists and practitioners in Eastern medicine know the CBD’s potential in treating chronic mental and physical issues.
Currently, there are already numerous CBD products in the market worldwide. Some of which are CBD capsules, liquids, sprays, topical creams, and oils.
Below are 5 of the several ways CBD can promote or improve wellness.
- Reduces Depression and Anxiety
In the United States, anxiety disorders affect 40 million people of those who are 18 years and older. This constitutes 18.1% of their population annually. At the same time, according to the WHO, approximately 280 million people have depression worldwide.
Several studies found that CBD can treat several disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, and other similar conditions through proper treatment and administration. The CBD can send messages to the brain through the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) neurotransmitter to reduce anxiety.
- Relieves Pain
The human body has an endocannabinoid system responsible for regulating various body functions such as pain sensation, immune response, sleep, and appetite.
The body produces a neurotransmitter called endocannabinoid that binds with cannabinoid receptors in the nervous system. CBD can affect receptor activity, thereby reducing inflammation and pain.
Some studies and research show that CBD can effectively relieve certain types of pain, such as back and nerve pain. Several studies also found that combining CBD and THC is more effective in treating pain related to arthritis and multiple sclerosis (MS).
Although researchers are optimistic about CBDs’ ability to treat and relieve particular pains, additional research is still needed to investigate its potential use in pain management.
- Reduces Epileptic Seizures and Other Neurological Disorders
One of the most researched and studied uses for CBD is treating neurological disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and epilepsy. This is because researchers believe that the ability of CBD to act on the endocannabinoid system may provide benefits for neurological disorders.
Also, clinical trials showed a significant reduction in seizure episodes of children with epilepsy taking low doses of CBD.
- Alleviate Some Cancer-Related Symptoms
CBD may reduce cancer-related symptoms and cancer treatment or chemotherapy side effects such as pain, nausea, and vomiting. People treated with both CBD and THC had a significant reduction in pain compared with those who received THC only.
Studies in animals also showed that combining CBD and THC can slow growth and even kill specific cancerous cells.
- Can Treat Substance Abuse
Substance abusers or drug addicts have the chronic compulsive need to use drugs and can’t control the amount of drugs they take or ingest.
Multiple studies showed that CBD could have therapeutic properties for treating cocaine, opioid, and psychostimulant addiction.
With the expansion of cannabis regulation in several states in the United States and other countries worldwide, more and more people gain interest in its numerous health benefits. More studies and research can also be done to expand and further investigate CBD’s benefits of improving wellness.