When it comes to CBD (cannabidiol), they say everything and its opposite. Especially with regard to the effects of this active substance in cannabis on the body. Because, unlike THC, CBD does not alter the state of consciousness of consumers: it acts directly on the receptors linked to pain, anxiety and distress (which explains why it is partly legal in France). And it could even be used to treat serious conditions. Here are six examples of the positive effects of CBD !
CBD counters the effects of THC
Not only does CBD not have psychoactive effects (it does not “get you high”), but it even counters the psychotropic properties of THC, particularly those related to anxiety. Too much THC can have negative effects (what we would call a “bad trip”), including panic and paranoia. The sedative attributes of CBD affect the effects caused by THC, particularly anxiety attacks and increased heart rate. Therefore, it is an excellent relaxant.
CBD helps relieve pain
Cannabidiol is increasingly being used in therapeutic settings because it acts on pain and inflammation. This cannabinoid binds to specific receptors in the body (CB1 and CB2) and optimizes the nervous system’s natural response to pain. Its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties help millions of patients suffering from chronic inflammatory diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, fibromyalgia…) to alleviate their suffering under excellent conditions. For English speakers, this study is a mine of information on this subject.
The positive effects of CBD are felt in cases of anxiety and depression
More effective than antidepressants, CBD? While it is difficult to be so categorical, it is clear that the effects of CBD go beyond mere physiology to address mental disorders. Due to its anxiolytic properties, CBD tends to regulate the mood of consumers and to act on anxiety attacks, anxiety symptoms and all manifestations linked, closely or remotely, to depression. Some studies go even further: cannabidiol could be used as a substitute for antipsychotics (neuroleptics) to combat schizophrenia.
The effects of CBD are relevant to many other diseases
Other conditions, from the mildest (acne) to the heaviest (multiple sclerosis) could be treated through therapeutic use of CBD. In cream form, it is already used to limit the effects of acne, having sebostatic attributes. Along with THC, CBD is also one of the active ingredients in a drug prescribed to multiple sclerosis patients (Sativex). And that’s not all: CBD extends its positive effects to other symptoms such as nausea and vomiting, chronic inflammation of the bowel and colon, epilepsy or diabetes.
CBD helps fight addiction
Large amounts of CBD are needed to give the same effects as THC, which is why heavy cannabis users (looking for its psychoactive properties) cannot use it as a substitute. However, CBD is still popular with addictologists in the context of THC withdrawal. And it would also be very effective in smoking cessation or in combating addiction to certain opiate-derived drugs.
CBD could be used to treat serious illnesses
The positive effects of the CBD do not stop there. Studies are underway to determine the benefits of this molecule in the fight against more serious conditions, such as certain types of cancer. Research on the subject tends to show that the anti-angiogenesis action of CBD inhibits the development of tumours (and the proliferation of cancer cells in the body). In addition, the euphoric effects of CBD reduce pain and nausea in patients undergoing chemotherapy. These benefits have been known for a long time, but much research work remains to be done to confirm them. It should be noted that the concentrations that give such results are much higher than the average CBD found in over-the-counter products (between 1 and 4%).