The Health Benefits of CBD Water
Cannabis is a genus of flowering flora in the Cannabaceae family. There are 3 recognized species of the plant, all of which are indigenous to central Asia and India. While it is colloquially known as hemp, this term is only reserved for situations in which it is not consumed for its narcotic properties. Cannabis plants produce chemicals known as cannabinoids, which confer interesting mental and physical effects on consumers of the plant. At least 85 of these cannabinoids have been identified within the plant, of which the two richest ones are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). It must be noted by the reader, that only THC is psychoactive (mind-altering).
In contrast to THC, CBD is non-intoxicating, and confers a plethora of benefits to consumers. These include anti-inflammation, anxiolysis (the relief of anxiety), anti-emesis (the relief of nausea and vomiting), and anti-psychosis. It has also been utilized at high doses for the treatment of myriad psychiatric disorders like schizophrenia and dementia. At low doses, CBD has been shown to have free radical scavenging (antioxidant) properties which outshine even Vitamin C and E, and even acne clearing properties.
Several animal studies have supported the anxiolytic and anti-depressant effects of CBD. Chronically stressed rodents were subjected to CBD treatment, with resultant decreases in observed anxiety levels and no adverse effects. Interestingly, CBD also demonstrated a reduction in heroin-seeking behavior in mice! CBD as emphasized earlier, is the non-addictive and non-psychoactive component on the Cannabis plant and was able to normalize heroin seeking behavior after just 2 weeks of administration. This effect was replicated in humans in a double-blinded pilot study, in which opioid addicts had enforced abstinence for a week. Cravings for opioids substantially decreased in participants who received CBD as opposed to placebo (Brunt et al., 2014).
Pain Relief and Anti-Inflammation
A study conducted recently showed that trans-dermal (through the skin) CBD reduced inflammation and pain in rats with arthritis. CBD gel was applied for 4 consecutive days after inducing arthritis in the rodents. The study showed that the application of transdermal CBD gel significantly reduced joint swelling as well as objective measurements of pain reported by the observers.
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