Skip to main content

Cannabidiol, alongside Tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly referred to as CBD and THC, are the two most commonly found compounds in the makeup of the cannabis plant. Cannabinol (CBD) is non-psychoactive and recognized for its therapeutic and medical attributes.

Instead, THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid that we typically link with the high associated with cannabis. Despite this, there have been medicinal benefits for it too, though. 

Today we’re going to focus a lot more on CBD. Over recent years, thanks to endless amounts of scientific research, CBD has become recognized worldwide and has been legalized in many leading countries such as the UK, the US, and the majority of Europe. 

There are still questions regarding the efficiency of CBD in aiding many of the ailments it’s believed to. Particularly in today’s world, it’s faced much criticism despite the scientific backing. 

So, does CBD do anything? We’ve decided to take it upon ourselves to provide insight into what specialists have to say on the matter. It’s often difficult to know what to believe.

With so many different sources available online, it can be not very clear too.

But, while we’re still learning about CBD and the endocannabinoid system, we do have enough indications that CBD affects the essential functions of the human body and how they behave. 

Let’s have a look at what the experts have had to say. 

What Specialists Say About The Entourage Effect 

Anyone who knows anything about cannabinoids and the human endocannabinoid system will undoubtedly have heard of the entourage effect.

The Entourage Effect is the term used to describe how cannabinoids interact with our endocannabinoid system far more efficiently together than in isolated forms.

Consequently, producing far more significant effects in doing so. 

The reason for this is simple. The presence of other cannabinoids such as THC, CBG, and CBN increases the efficacy of the CBD.

This is referred to as full-spectrum CBD as opposed to CBD isolate. 

The CBD isolate vs. full-spectrum CBD debate may play an influential role in configuring whether or not CBD does anything.

Russo’s 2011 study suggests that the presence of other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavanoids will massively contribute to the entourage effect occurring regardless of THC levels. 

CBD For Pain

The link between CBD and chronic pain has been made for decades now. As we learn more about both, our understanding has deepened, particularly how pain signals are sent through our central nervous system (CNS) to our brain.

Cannabinoids interact with the receptors in our cells that control these inter-cell signals, this helping comfort chronic pain in specific individuals. 

A study entitled ‘A balanced approach for Cannabidiol use in chronic pain states that the Rising prevalence of the non-psychoactive cannabinoid CBD presents an opportunity to treat intractable chronic pain for which primary treatments are insufficient or not possible.” 

CBD For Daily Stressors 

Daily Stressors are issues faced by millions. Although anxiety-related disorders may vary, there are links between the calming effect of cannabinoids such as CBD on our CNS and decreasing stress levels.

A study entitled ‘Cannabidiol in Anxiety and Sleep: A Large Case Series’ states that although more controlled clinic trialing is required, “cannabidiol may benefit anxiety-related disorders.” 

The study tested 103 adults with primary concerns of anxiety or sleep-related issues introduced to CBD. They took controlled doses of CBD daily for a month and reported the results afterward.

The study found that in 57 patients, general anxiety levels were reported to have decreased and remained so for the entire experiment duration. 

CBD For Sleep

Having established the link between cannabinoids, our endocannabinoid system, and our nervous systems, we have identified how CBD can help regulate many of our everyday bodily functions.

This can include mood, appetite, our immune system response, and of course, sleep. 

Multiple studies show that CBD, when consumed appropriately, can help regulate the human sleep cycle. We essentially mean it can help with both falling asleep and staying asleep.

CBD’s role in relieving anxiety and stress is the critical influence on its contribution to a better night’s sleep when calming our CNS. 

CBD For Inflammation 

That’s not where we draw the line with CBD, though. Amazingly, it’s also been recognized for its anti-inflammatory properties.

Most commonly because of this, it’s been used by many suffering from chronic arthritis to regulate pain caused by the condition. 

A study investigating the antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties of Cannabidiol does acknowledge these properties as it interacts with our CB1 and CB2 receptors. 

Conclusion

We consume so much information online, much of which is claims rather than facts, particularly in the case of CBD.

Furthermore, while CBD, and cannabis in general, have been consumed by mankind for years, there is a distinct lack of clinical studies to prove many of these theories correct.

This all leads to the question: does it do anything, though? 

We’ve delved into the fine details surrounding some of the primary ailments CBD is said to help with.

Having analyzed multiple studies covering the influence CBD may have on these conditions, it’s fair to say there is a mixed bag of results. However, one undeniable thing is that CBD has helped individuals with certain conditions.

What’s left to determine is whether it can sustain this relief long-term and whether it’s a sufficient alternative to current treatments rather than a supplement to work alongside them in many cases. 

Having said this, there is enough evidence to show promise. The future of CBD is bright, and we’re only just beginning to learn the full potential of this natural compound.

Something we can only imagine will greaten as time goes on and the amount of clinical studies increases. 

Sources

  1. ‘A Balanced Approach For Cannabidiol Use In Chronic Pain’ (2020) Donovan A. Argueta, Christopher M. Ventura, Stacy Kiven, Varun Sagi, and Kalpna Gupta.
  2.  Shannon, S., Lewis, N., Lee, H., & Hughes, S. (2019). Cannabidiol in anxiety and sleep: A large case series. The Permanente Journal, 23, 18–041.
  3. Sinemyiz Atalay, Iwona Jarocka-Karpowicz, and Elzbieta Skrzydlewska. ‘Antioxidative and Anti-Inflammatory Properties Of Cannabidiol’ (2020) 
  4. Ethan B Russo (2011) – ‘Taming THC: potential cannabis synergy and phytocannabinoid-terpenoid entourage effects’

Leave a Reply