Did You Know?

Written by Jim Hinckley

March 22, 2021

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Did you know that cannabis or marijuana plant derivatives have been used to treat pain since at least 2900 B.C.? This was recently reported by the National Institutes of Health. Recent medical studies have further confirmed that certain components of marijuana, including CBD, can alleviate pain.

In the human body the endocannabinoid system plays a role in regulating sleep, appetite, pain and immune system response The body produces endocannabinoids, which are neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors in your nervous system. Studies have shown that CBD may reduce chronic pain by reducing inflammation and interacting with neurotransmitters. Several human studies have it to be particularly effective in treating pain related to multiple sclerosis and arthritis.

In several countries Sativex, an oral spray that is a combination of THC and CBD, is approved in several countries to treat pain related to multiple sclerosis. One study of people with multiple sclerosis examined the effects of taking Sativex during a thirty day period. The participants noted improvements in pain, walking, and muscle spasms. Another study found that Sativex significantly improved pain in fifty-eight pain at rest and suffering with rheumatoid arthritis. It should be noted that the studies did not include a control group or placebo effects.

In a study by the World World Health Organization, anxiety and depression is the single largest contributor to disability worldwide. Pharmaceutical drugs are the primary accepted treatment. These, however, often cause side affects that range from insomnia and agitation to sexual dysfunction and headache. There is also the risk of addiction, especially in medications containing benzodiazepines.

A recent Brazilian study of fifty-seven men found that a 300-mg dose of CBD significantly reduced anxiety before they underwent a simulated public speaking test. either oral CBD or a placebo 90 minutes. The placebo had little to no effect on anxiety.

Other controlled studies indicate that CBD compounds may help reduce cancer related symptoms. These studies also found that they are effective in alleviating side effects related to cancer treatment such as nausea, vomiting and pain.

Increasingly evidence indicates that CBD oil and related products, properly administered, have a wide range of health benefits. In a recent limited study it was determined that one dose of 600 mg of CBD oil reduced resting blood pressure. This was compared to a placebo. Further studies and testing are needed to confirm these benefits.

CBD derived products hold tremendous promise but the benefits such not be viewed in the context of miracles. Nor should they be viewed in the misunderstandings of the past that are often based on erroneous information. But as the study and subsequent knowledge of benefits derived from natural products, you will be hearing more about CBD oil and related products.

Not all CBD products or marijuana derivatives are created equal. This is why the Bud Farmacy in Needles, California follows very strict regulations and guidelines. It is also why the knowledgeable owners carefully select vendors to ensure that they sell only highest quality products.

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