CBD can be used in treating many diseases and the symptoms correlated to them. Here are some examples of the most recent international studies regarding the subject.
The positive effects of cannabidiol: the pathologies for which it can be useful
When we speak of “pathologies” we refer to diseases or suffering conditions of the body, regardless of the system involved. In many cases, to treat and alleviate the symptoms cannabidiol can be a great resource. Known also as CBD, it is a natural chemical substance found in Cannabis Sativa, the main non-psychoactive compound of the plant and is well known in the medical field for its numerous therapeutic properties.
CBD, in fact, is used already in many countries to help patients with conditions such as Parkinson or Multiple sclerosis, but also for psychological conditions such as Schizophrenia and anxiety. The pathologies for which CBD can be useful are many; here we talk about the most common ones.
Arthritis and other joint disorders
Arthritis is an acute and chronic disease, of purely or predominantly inflammatory nature, that affects the tissues of different joints and that in some cases may present, among other forms, as rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic and inflammatory disease that causes joint pain, swelling and deformation.
In this case, for treatment, the anti-inflammatory action of CBD is crucial, as demonstrated by a study published in 2022 and available on PubMed. According to the research, in fact, 83% of patients involved noticed a reduction in pain, after starting a CBD therapy; 66% of individuals noticed an improvement in both physical functions and in the quality of sleep.
According to the same study, 44% of patients affected by osteoarthritis have noticed a great decrease in pain, enabling them to reduce other anti-inflammatory drugs.
Dermatitis and other skin diseases
In addition to joint treatment, a CBD therapy can also be useful in maintaining the skin’s homeostasis and in fighting skin problems like dermatitis, itchiness (chronic or not), acne or inflammation of different nature, as reported in the article Cannabis in dermatology.
Among the various pathologies treated, one of the most common is dermatitis, both in the form of allergy by contact as well as in the form of atopical dermatitis, which, based on the latest estimates, involves 20% of the global population. In this specific case, CBD (with other cannabinoids) can intervene on different aspects, acting as an anti-inflammatory and in reducing itchiness.
Chronic pain is a type of persistent or recurrent pain connected to chronic diseases such as neoplasms, diabetes, headache, fibromyalgia or cancer. In these cases, CBD acts both as an anti-inflammatory and as a painkiller and this happens especially when it triggers what is known as the entourage effect, the combined and beneficial action of the different components present within a full spectrum CBD extract, such as CBN, CBC or CBG.
Among the studies to analyse and confirm the effectiveness of CBD against chronic pain is a research published in 2021 by PubMed.
CBD and neurodegenerative diseases: Alzheimer and Parkinson
Alzheimer disease is a pathology that leads to progressive loss of mental functions due to the degeneration of brain tissue and nerve cells, a condition caused mainly by the beta-amyloid protein.
According to recent studies, such as the one conducted in Switzerland and published in 2022 on PubMed, CBD and Cannabis could fight the mental decline and, consequently, slow and contras Alzheimer’s development.
CBD also has a similar effect on Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative disease that particularly affects muscle function. This was also demonstrated by a study published in 2021, which has confirmed the neuroprotective properties of the cannabinoid.