It will not come as a surprise to you that we get a lot of questions about the effectiveness of CBD treatment in general, and CBD inhalation in particular.
In fact, we get so many questions at CBD that we’ve already published an extensive CBD FAQ post that you should take a look at if you have any general queries in mind.
And, while we do cover a lot of ground in that post, we do not quote (in too much detail) a great number of scientific studies that back up CBD’s effectiveness as a treatment.
And, there are many of those health benefits. Cannabidiol has shown promise when it comes to treating illnesses and conditions such as:
...and the list just goes on and on.
Now, like everyone else on the Internet, CBD manufacturers and sellers can claim pretty much what they want. Obviously, we do not want to do that. That’s why we’ve created this short list of 6 impressive CBD studies (link to the study is available so you can check the results yourself). Some were done on animal models, and others on human test subjects. Still, they all show that CBD holds great promise when it comes to treating a myriad of health conditions.
Let’s dive into the latest CBD research and take a peek at what CBD scientists around the globe have been busy working on!
Link to CBD research: Cannabidiol: its use in refractory epilepsies, Published in Revista de Neurologia, 2017.
15 patients who suffer from epilepsy and were using CBD oil treatment were monitored over the course of a year. Researchers gathered data from the patients themselves, as well as their caregivers. For a simple observational study, it yielded some interesting results.
Link to CBD research: Trial of Cannabidiol for Drug-Resistant Seizures in the Dravet Syndrome, Published in The New England Journal of Medicine, 2017.
One of the most compelling studies on the effectiveness of CBD to treat rare forms of epilepsy (Dravet Syndrome, in this case), this research is what prompted the FDA to approve the only CBD-based drug to date. The validity of this study comes from the fact that it had a large pool of participants (120) who were monitored for a year. It was also double-blind and placebo-controlled.
The results of this trial were impressive - all patients that were taking a CBD supplement experienced a reduction in seizure frequency by 50%! Additionally, 5% of them did not have a single seizure during the period of the trial. On the other hand, patients that were taking placebo saw just a 5% decrease in seizure frequency.
It’s important to note that patients that did take CBD experienced some side-effects, such as vomiting and fever. However, all reported a much better overall quality of life thanks to CBD treatment.
Link to CBD research: Beneficial effect of the non-psychotropic plant cannabinoid cannabigerol on experimental inflammatory bowel disease, Published in Biochemical Pharmacology, 2013.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a lifelong condition with no cure. Although there are pharmaceutical drugs that can help sufferers lead relatively normal lives, these drugs can lose effectiveness, have a limited benefit, or have severe side-effects.
The study that we’re quoting here looked at how endocannabinoid system stimulation could impact IBD. Specifically, it looked at if the activation of CB1 and CB2 receptors (with CBD and THC) could provide some relief for the patients.
The results obtained indicate that CB1 and CB2 manipulation could, in fact, prove beneficial in some cases of IBD. This is because both of those cannabinoids have very strong anti-inflammatory properties that can attenuate murine colitis. Of course, this CBD study is far from proving a strong relationship between CBD treatment and IBD relief but is still a great start for other scientists and doctors who are researching the connection between the bowels and the endocannabinoid system.
Link to CBD research: Cannabidiol reduces brain damage and improves functional recovery in a neonatal rat model of arterial ischemic stroke, Published in Neuropharmacology, 2017.
Neonatal Arterial Ischemic Stroke (NAIS) is a horrible condition affecting newborn babies. In simple terms, it occurs when blood flow in an artery to the brain is blocked due to the narrowness of the artery or the formation of a blood clot. Today, there’s still very little that we know about NAIS and what causes it, as well as very few treatment options that are available to us.
This study looked at neonatal rat models to determine whether or not a CBD treatment could be developed that might help with recovery. Even though the researchers were using rat models, they are very optimistic that this treatment could be used on humans in the future, at least those unfortunate enough to be affected by NAIS at such an early age.
The results of this CBD study concluded that:
CBD’s potential to reduce pain is greatly researched as it would help us develop a new type of pain medications that have substantially fewer side-effects. This particular rat model study focused on the effect that CBD has on how pain is perceived and experienced.
The researchers concluded that there is evidence “CBD influences different dimensions of the response of rats to a surgical incision.” In other terms, rats that were subjected to pain actively sought out CBD in order to reduce that pain. Although preliminary, this study is the first one to show that CBD does, in fact, influence how pain is perceived, and paves the way for future research to be done in this particular field.
Link to CBD research: Cannabidiol induces rapid-acting antidepressant-like effects and enhances cortical 5-HT/glutamate neurotransmission: role of 5-HT1A receptors, Published in Neuropharmacology, 2016.
A lot of CBD users swear by its ability to regulate their anxious and depressive states. Although psychologists are still on the fence about it, there are studies out there that suggest that CBD might be an effective treatment for a number of mental illnesses.
This study focuses on the specific effects of CBD on depression, and concludes that “CBD exerts fast and maintained antidepressant-like effects as evidenced by the reversal of the OBX-induced hyperactivity and anhedonia.”
In layman's terms, the study indicates that can help treat lack of enjoyment that’s caused by things like financial problems, burn-out stress, or family issues.
With the popularity of CBD supplements and treatments on the rise, new studies are constantly funded.
This is great news as the results from these studies will help us create more specific CBD drugs aimed at helping hundreds of thousands of patients all around the world.If you’d like to learn more about the Kind Kart’s CBD products, make sure to visit our website. For any questions about CBD, don’t hesitate to contact our great support team - they will be happy to answer all your questions.