What medical conditions and symptoms can cannabinoids treat?
There is still much to learn regarding the medicinal benefits of cannabinoids which produce non-psychoactive effects, like cannabis oil. Research currently suggests that cannabinoids provide the following to users(1):
- Relief of pain and anti-inflammation—including severe cases of chronic pain particularly in cancer patients
- Assists the immune system in fighting viral infections
- Reduction of nausea and vomiting
- Reduces muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis
- Anti-anxiety treatment
- Improvement in sleep quality
- Inhibits cancerous tumor growth—improving the effectiveness of chemotherapy without potential harm of healthy cells
- Stimulates appetite and reduces weight loss
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the most commonly found cannabinoids(2) to be shown in research studies to have potential for its ability to help with the following(3):
- Dramatically reduce anxiety, convulsions, nausea, and inflammation
- Lower psychotic symptoms in schizophrenic patients
Additionally, a large sample of cancer patients found that cannabinoids were useful for alleviating the side effects of their cancer and cancer treatments. Although preliminary research found that cannabinoids have killed cancer cells in some instances, it is not yet considered an acceptable direct-treatment of cancer.
Is it possible to utilize cannabinoids without consuming marijuana?
It is indeed possible to utilize the many beneficial effects of CBD and other cannabinoids. These substances can be extracted from marijuana to eliminate any possibility of an unwanted psychoactive side effect from consumption. Additionally, it is possible to produce synthetic cannabinoids which are similar to the effects of natural cannabinoids.
(1) What is Medicinal Marijuana? Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana-medicine
(2) Marjuana and Tobacco Use Fact Sheet. Retrieved from https://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/tobacco/Documents/CDPH%20CTCP%20Refresh/Research%20and%20Evaluation/Facts%20and%20Figures/MJAndTobaccoUseFactSheetCDPHCTCP2016.pdf
(3) Human Studies of Cannabinoids and Medicinal Cannabis. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16596794