The best way to learn more about potential uses for CBD is to look at the science! There are quite a few scientists and medical professionals performing clinical trials and experiments with CBD.
So, in this article, we’ve put together a list of clinical trials, which have shown that CBD may have potential for further uses in the medical field.
Disclaimer: CBD has not been approved or evaluated by the FDA for use by humans. CBD is not intended to be used to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease. None of this information constitutes medical advice. The below information is presented purely for entertainment and informational purposes, and consists only of reports and medical evaluations made by professionals who have been studying the effects of CBD in research-based, clinical environments.
A drug derived from CBD has been approved by the FDA, and has been shown to reduce the risk of seizures in patients who have a rare form of epilepsy, and also to help reduce the length and severity of these seizures, in some cases.
The usefulness of CBD in epilepsy treatment has been backed up by several clinical trials, and a systematic review of the available papers and information about epilepsy and CBD showed that it has powerful anticonvulsant and anti-seizure effects, inhibiting enzymes which are thought to contribute to a higher risk of seizure. In some trials, seizure reductions of up to 50% were found.
As clinical trials continue, it is likely that more CBD-derived pharmaceuticals will become available, and approved by the FDA for the treatment of epileptic seizures.
2. Chronic Pain
Chronic pain is very difficult to treat, particularly because the most effective painkillers – opiates like morphine, Oxycontin, and other such drugs – are highly addictive. However, studies have shown that CBD may have analgesic (pain relieving) effects.
In this clinical study, it was found that Sativex, a CBD-derived product produced in Britain, provided patients with significant improvement in chronic pain in a double-blind, controlled study, without any unwanted psychotropic effects. It’s likely that this research may continue, and CBD may hold the key to treating patients with chronic pain – without the addictive and dangerous side effects of opiates.
Arthritis can cause serious pain and inflammation, and clinical studies have shown that CBD may be able to treat both of these symptoms, and promote healthier joint function. This study used transdermal CBD patches and gel to treat rats who were genetically modified to have arthritis.
The results showed that the inflammation in the joints of the rats was reduced after the application of CBD, and that the symptoms of pain exhibited by the rats was also reduced dramatically, indicating that CBD has the ability to help with reduction in both pain and inflammation in arthritic patients.
A similar study published in September, 2017, came to the same conclusion – so it is possible that similar studies may be used to see if CBD has any potential value as a treatment for humans.
PLEASE NOTE: CANN & Co. does NOT support animal testing and none of our products are tested on animals. We are merely citing references to show the potential efficacy of CBD in humans.
4. Insomnia And Sleep Disorders
Somewhere around 50-70 million American adults suffer from sleep disorders. While some of these are minor, like snoring, others like insomnia are more severe, and carry a variety of health-related risks, like increased risk of a stroke or heart attack.
A recent study on the subject found that, when taking CBD, 66% of patients had improved sleep scores, and self-reported being able to fall asleep more easily, and getting more restful sleep, with few patients reporting any side effects.
Sleep scores were tracked with the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index, and continued to decrease throughout a period of three months, indicating that CBD may have the ability to contribute to more healthy, restful sleep patterns.
This indicates that CBD could have potential as a sleep aid, though further clinical trials may be required to confirm the effects of CBD on sleep in humans.
5. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
The treatment of PTSD is one of the most interesting areas of study for CBD, and there have been a number of studies showing that CBD may be helpful in relieving the symptoms of PTSD. This systematic review, published in October, 2016, concluded that CBD has shown beneficial effects in the treatment of PTSD.
In this 2018 study, 11 patients at an outpatient psychiatry clinic were treated with CBD over 8 weeks, with their symptoms being measured every 4 weeks using DSM-5 questionnaires. 91% of the patients reported a decrease in the severity of their PTSD symptoms, with a 28% total reduction in the mean baseline score.
6. Depression And Anxiety
Depression and anxiety are two of the most common mental health issues in America, and CBD is being studied as a way to help relieve the effects of these mental health disorders.
In this systematic review, strong support was found for the efficacy of CBD in relieving anxiety and stress, suggesting that oral doses of between 300-600mg of CBD could help reduce baseline anxiety levels, and also boost the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral therapy – and even help with treating some symptoms of depression.
CBD has also been shown to have strong antidepressant effects by multiple studies, including this systematic review published in 2017, where it was found that depressive symptoms were relieved in rats during animal testing.
Know The Science – And Keep An Eye Out For Future CBD Uses!
CBD has been shown to have some useful effects in clinical trials. As time goes on and studies about CBD and related marijuana-derived compounds continue to be conducted, it is likely that even more unique effects of CBD may be revealed.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this article, and learning more about the clinical studies that have been conducted with CBD. Keep an eye out for future news and updates, as research on CBD is always ongoing!