CBD is taking the global health community by storm, popping up in pharmacies and health shops in the form of CBD-infused gels, lotions, supplements, and oils. The Centre for Medicinal Cannabis estimates that there are roughly 6 million users of CBD in the UK alone and sales are expected to exceed 1 billion pounds a year by 2025. But what exactly is this miracle panacea and why has it been getting so much attention lately?
CBD is short for cannabidiol, one of hundreds of compounds in the cannabis plant known as “cannabinoids,” which are also naturally produced in the human body. The best known of the hemp- based cannabinoids is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the plant’s primary psychoactive element. Unlike THC, CBD doesn’t get you high, but research into this previously little-lauded extract has shown it to be effective in treating a range of afflictions, from pain, inflammation, and arthritis, to insomnia, anxiety, and even psychosis.
Following clinical trials that looked at childhood epilepsy and multiple sclerosis, CBD-based prescription medicines are now available for the treatment of these conditions in the US. Even the Mayo Clinic has expressed optimism about the drug’s potential for therapeutic use in treating pain, inflammation, and mood disorders. The MD of Integrative Medicine, Brent Bauer, has commented that it had shown promise in early-phase trials conducted to date.
Dr Elizabeth Appiah-Kusi is a psychologist who researches CBD and its role in treating psychosis. One of her recent studies focused on people who were at risk of developing psychosis and were issued with either a placebo or a 600mg CBD
dose for a period of three weeks. The results were astounding. Appiah-Kusi and her team found that CBD was “able to normalise the dysfunction seen in certain brain areas normally associated with psycho- sis.” The discovery of CBD’s healing potential is an exciting development in the medical field, she says. “We don’t really have treatments [for psychosis] that are as effective as we had hoped, and they often come with very unpleasant side effects. It seems that CBD is relatively safe and well tolerated.”
Pain researcher and Chair of the US Arthritis Society, Dr Jason McDougall, is equally positive about the new kid on the medical block. “There
is evidence to show that it can be effective in alleviating arthritis pain as well as inflammation and fatigue,” he says.
As people have become aware of the therapeutic effects of CBD, the market for related products has grown steadily. With an array of choices available, it is critical to find a trusted CBD source. Cedar Creek is an international health brand that is found in pharmacies and health stores worldwide. It offers CBD remedies in the form of oral and topical applications to alleviate everything from muscle pain and inflammation caused by sports injuries or arthritis, to pain, insomnia, and anxiety. Go to www.
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Did you know: The most solid historical record of CBD being used medicinally dates to 750BC, although some experts believe it be even earlier.
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