1 – Anxiety Relief
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) the number of people living with anxiety and depression is on the rise, with over 18% increase between 2005 and 2015 (1). With rising anxiety and depression, also antidepressant treatment has increased.
A 2016 medical study highlighted that long-term antidepressant use is accompanied by adverse side effects such as feeling emotionally numb and addicted. 73% of the people showed withdrawal effects, while other effects proved to be sexual problems (72%) and weight gain (65%) (2).
CBD, however, has proven to relieve anxiety in animal models, but also in clinical trials in which cannabidiol significantly reduced anxiety and insomnia, for example in a case study of Dr. Robson in 2016 (3)
2 – Pain Relief
Probably one of the older uses of CBD or medical cannabis is pain (4). Pain is also the most researched condition with regards to CBD treatment. While biotech meds might work well short term, often they lose effect long-term and they usually have nasty side effects (5).
Cannabidiol, however, seems to work well long-term, without causing toleration and without harmful side-effects (6), (7), (8).
3 – Neuroprotection
Although still not completely understood by scientists how it works, tests showed that CBD reduces brain damage caused by neurodegenerative and ischemic conditions (9).
4 – Acne Treatment
One of the properties of CBD is anti-inflammatory. A use for that is clearly acne which is caused by inflammation of the skin. Researchers found that due to the combined lipostatic, antiproliferative, and anti-inflammatory effects, CBD has potential as a promising therapeutic agent for the treatment of acne vulgaris (10).
5 – Mitigation of Cardiovascular Problems
Preclinical data indicate that CBD has a positive effect on the heart and its peripheries. Other studies found that CBD reduces blood pressure in cases when someone is resting but also in cases of increased stress, associated with increased heart rate (11), (12).
Potential other benefits
CBD has numerous other benefits that have been proven by scientific and anecdotal evidence. Besides that, there are still many conditions that need to be investigated further but initial indications point to potential benefits.