The Potential Benefits of CBD (Cannabidiol): Current Research

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For many years, CBD and products linked to marijuana were misunderstood. The legality of marijuana has led to numerous studies to determine the effects of byproducts that the substance produces naturally. 

CBD is an oil derived from cannabis. It is a type of cannabinoid that is a naturally occurring chemical in the material. While it comes from a marijuana plant, it does not cause the intoxication you would expect from THC, the active cannabinoid in the drug.

Controversy has surrounded the topic of CBD oil because of recreational marijuana use. However, current research has shown many health benefits linked to the substance. Below, we will highlight the potential medical methods of CBD and where current research stands.

Benefits of CBD

CBD has been used as a natural alternative for people with common ailments that require harsh medications.


CBD has the potential to manage anxiety. Researchers think it may change how the brain’s receptors respond to serotonin, a chemical linked to our mental health. One of the studies showed a 600 mg dose of CBD assisted those with social anxiety to overcome it and give a speech. Some deem it a miracle drug with minimal side effects. CBD also helps anxiety by:

  • Reducing stress
  • Improving symptoms for those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Inducing sleep for those with insomnia; and
  • Decreasing heart rate


CBD is a potential treatment for epilepsy. The American Epilepsy Society shows promising research for seizure disorders, which is being conducted to understand safe use. A 2016 study of 214 people with epilepsy showed a 36.5 percent reduction in seizures per month. Severe adverse effects were shown in 12 percent of the participants. 

Pain Relief

CBD’s effects on brain receptors have the potential to manage pain. Cannabis may offer benefits when taken after chemotherapy treatment. It can also help those who have:

  • Chronic pain
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle pain
  • MS pain
  • Spinal cord injuries

It is widely believed that CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties contribute to pain relief. More research is needed to determine if it can be used for pain management.


CBD In it's assorted formsAcne is something that has never had a cure. Since CBD can reduce inflammation in the body, it may offer benefits for acne management. The oil has been shown to prevent activity in the sebaceous glands, which produces oil that hydrates the skin. Too much of the sebum, however, leads to acne. Consult with your dermatologist before considering CBD for acne treatment.

Cancer Treatment

Some studies have investigated CBD’s role in preventing cancer cell growth, but this research is still in its earliest stages.

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) claims that CBD can alleviate cancer symptoms and side effects of treatment. 

The NCI, however, does not endorse any form of marijuana as a cancer treatment.

The role CBD plays is to control inflammation and change how cells reproduce. CBD also can reduce the ability of some tumor cells to reproduce. 

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