CBD Medical Research
CBD Medical Research
Research on CBD has been ongoing for some time now but the studies have been few and far between due to hemp and marijuana’s status as a Schedule 1 drug in the United States and its illegality in other countries as well. With that stated, there have been important studies and of course a plethora of anecdotal reports from users that have claimed all sorts of miraculous results. However, let’s concentrate on the medical research for now.
CBD Oil for Anticonvulsant Research
Probably the most important study on CBD was completed by researchers with the British Epilepsy Association on seizures. At the end of that study the researchers concluded that CBD oil significantly decreased the percentage of animals experiencing seizures. This gave weight to the claims that CBD contains anticonvulsant and anti-seizure properties and eventually led to the development of Epidiolex, the only approved medication containing CBD at this time.
Epidiolex has given relief to many epileptics and others experiencing seizures and has any number of anecdotal reviews praising its abilities. CBD’s ability to help with this condition without any kind of intoxicating effects has been instrumental in popularizing CBD throughout society.
Other CBD Oil Studies in the USA and Elsewhere
One ongoing study has been looking into treating diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis with CBD because it might contain beneficial neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory properties for these conditions.
It is also being studied for pain killing properties, anti-tumor abilities, as a possible anti-psychotic, for its anti-anxiety and antidepressant properties, possible ability to help with PTSD, for possible abilities to help with overcoming substance abuse, and much much more.
Future of CBD Oil Studies
While progress has been made, in reality our understanding of the possible benefits, side effects and long term influence on human health is in its infancy. There are reports from some users of side effects while using CBD. The side effects described by those users seem to be minor in nature (such as intermittent diarrhea, headaches, etc.) there is little understanding as to why they occurred. Though the side effects seemed to come only with very large doses of CBD oil, studies should be done to clarify the causes and long term implications, if any. Clearly more studies need to be done in the future in order to find all the possible abilities and health benefits that CBD might possess as well. Cannabidiol could be one of the most significant health discoveries of the 21st century.