A Patient's Guide to Cannabis and CBD
A Patient’s Guide to Cannabis and CBD
CBD and Medical Cannabis – a patient’s guide to medical uses for marijuana.
Leonard Leinow and Juliana Birnbaum have just published a new book which covers the ways that cannabis rich in CBD can improve health and help to prevent disease.
CBD is an anti-inflammatory, and it has been found to help cut the risk of metabolic disorders, cancers, and even neurodegenerative disease. It can also help to stimulate the production of new nerve cells – even in the brain – which could help to save off things like Alzheimer’s.
CBD has, in some studies, been shown to block the enzyme that destroys the compounds related to building bone density – this means that it can help to reduce a person’s risk of osteoarthritis and osteoporosis.
CBD can be taken in some ways, including as a lotion, oil, serum or salve. In those forms, it can help to repair skin damage – because CBD is more potent than other antioxidants such as Vitamins C and E.
CBD and Cannabinoid therapy work on both the body and the brain – they can, in many ways, be more effective than some synthetic drugs. Our body is a complex machine – the nervous system and the organs interact complexly, and endocannabinoids are a form of bridge between the mind and the body. When you understand that system, you can see the mechanism that has an impact on your disease and physical health.
Preventing Obesity and Diabetes
The traditional stereotype is that cannabis gives people ‘the munchies’
– But in many studies, cannabis users have a lower body mass index and also have smaller waist circumferences than nonusers. Also, they have reduced the risk of obesity, diabetes, and other metabolic conditions. According to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology in 2011, which surveyed more than 52,000 people, cannabis users have a rate of obesity that is one third lower than other people. Participants tend to consumer more calories, but they also metabolize carbohydrates more quickly.
In a trial on lab rats, it was found that CBD reduced the incidence of diabetes. At another trial, started in 2015, Israeli-American biopharmaceutical companies began stage-two trials on the treatment of Diabetes, and so far the results are promising. CBD has been found to help the body to convert white fat into brown fat, which is helpful for reducing weight and promoting a more healthy form of sugar metabolism and weight reduction.
A recent study of more than 4,600 test subjects found that current cannabis users had lower fasting insulin levels than people who are not smokers. They also have higher levels of HDL cholesterol and lower levels of insulin resistance. Those who were users, but who have not taken cannabis for some time showed some lasting benefit, but it was not as pronounced as with those who were current cannabis users, suggesting that the benefits do fade over time.
The presence of too much insulin in the body causes sugars to be converted into fat, which can cause weight gain and eventually lead to obesity. The relationship between insulin regulation and cannabis could help to promote some vast breakthroughs regarding preventing type 2 diabetes.
Reducing the Risk of Cancer
There is evidence to suggest that cannabidiols could help to stop tumors from developing. Animals treated with CBD are less likely to develop colon cancer, even after being induced with carcinogens. There are studies that show that not only does THC prevent tumors – it also reduces them, and can help to reduce the incidence of benign and hepatic tumors. In one study conducted in 2015, 84,000 men were studied, and cannabis users that do not smoke tobacco had a 45 percent lower rate of bladder cancer. It has also been found that topical CBD treatments can be useful for e used to treat and prevent skin cancers. There is ongoing research into the most efficient way of treating cancer and stopping it with with a ratio of CBD and THC.
Protecting and Healing the Skin
The skin is an organ, and it has the greatest number, and highest concentration, of CBD receptors in the entire body. When you apply CBD topically, the antioxidants are readily absorbed and can help to protect the skin from damage caused by UV rays, free radicals, and pollutants. The cannabinoid receptors are connected to the skin and are thought to regulate the production of oil in the sebaceous glands.
Historically, cannabis has been used to help people heal wounds and treat damaged skin, and animals often benefit form the properties of the plant as well. Concentrated cannabis oil is commonly used to help people with carcinoma and melanoma-related skin disorders, and with the topical application of THC or CBD related products, there can be some substantial benefits. THC is not psychoactive when applied topically.
Cannabis as an Anti-inflammatory
Cannabinoids are potent anti-inflammatories because the way that they interact with the endocannabinoid system helps to reduce inflammation not just locally buy systemically. There is some definite therapeutic potential relating to this, and cannabis can help with a vast number of diseases that are either aggravated by, or cause, inflammation as a part of their symptoms.
If you would like to know more about this topic, then we recommend that you read the book A Patient’s Guide to CBD and Cannabis that was written by Leonard Leinow et Juliana Birnbaum and published in 2017 by the publishers North Atlantic Books