Ethan Russo, M.D., A neurologist who has studied cannabis for over 20 years has reported that the phytocannabinoids found in cannabis, like CBD, can block spinal, peripheral and gastrointestinal inflammation. Individuals suffering from headaches, fibromyalgia, IBS, and other related disorders may benefit from CBD products.
Cannabis has been used to treat anxiety and depression for thousands of years. CBD has been shown to reduce symptoms of anxiety (racing heart-rate, sweating) and increases blood flow to brain areas that control anxiety in Neuropsychopharmacology journals.
Individuals with inflammatory bowel disease- Crohn’s colitis, ulcerative colitis and irritable bowel syndrome- suffer from pain, cramping and persistent diarrhea or constipation. Stress is a contributing factor to severity of symptoms but there is no definitive treatment for these bowel disorders. CBD can suppress inflammation and suppress immune effects.
CBD can improve sleep without the “hangover” effects from sleep medications. Individuals who used cannabis for pain reported “good or very good” sleep quality in a 2007 study by Dr. E. Russo.
The Institute of Medicine reported that more than 116 million Americans are living with chronic pain. People with chronic pain have higher levels of depression, anxiety, and sleep issues. CBD in a vaporizer, topical balm or sublingual preparation can reduce pain without the negative side effects from other medications.
Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation suffer from nausea and vomiting which leads to weight loss, fatigue, insomnia and depression. CBD has been found to be effective to reduce/eliminate these symptoms. Cannabis has also been found to have anti-tumor effects.
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