You’ve heard of pot brownies and edible CBD gummy bears that can help you with the “chill” part of your Netflix binging. But did you know that cannabis edibles are also medically prescribed?
While not all cannabis edibles have THC (the psychoactive component) in them, they do have cannabidiol or CBD.
CBD that comes from the hemp plant is legal in all 50 states. However, the legality of any marijuana-derived THC follows individual state and federal laws.
Since the legal status of CBD has relaxed, researchers have learned that it’s an incredible way to treat many medical conditions.
You don’t have to smoke weed or be a “stoner” to get the benefits, though. Enjoy cannabidiol in your favorite foods while you get relief from these (and more) health issues.
The science behind CBD shows that it interacts with something called our CB1R. This is the cannabinoid type 1 receptor in our body’s endocannabinoid system.
It also works with the serotonin receptor, as well as others that regulate behaviors that cause anxiety and fear.
Depending on a lot of factors, your brain could be actively increasing the hormones that produce anxiety. CBD controls the production of these chemicals.
In fact, CBD edibles are linked so well with mental health disorders that they’re commonly prescribed for generalized anxiety disorder, PTSD, and multiple other conditions.
2. Chronic Pain
When you’re in pain more often than you’re not, the doctor will likely prescribe you something dangerous and addictive, like an opiate. Prescription painkillers can help you manage the symptoms, but they have severe side effects that limit your quality of life.
Still, lots of people think that’s their only option. Now that medical marijuana is legal in many states, though, you have a healthier choice.
CBD edibles are a method of treating chronic pain without an addictive, dangerous substance. The ingredients in cannabis modulate the pain receptors and reduce inflammation. The result of all of these properties working together is often a normal, functional pain level.
3. Parkinson’s Disease
Cannabidiol’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties are exciting for those looking to reduce the effects of Parkinson’s Disease. Inflammation is a significant cause of neurodegeneration, which often results in Parkinson’s.
CBD edibles may act as neuroprotection. This means they could reduce current inflammation and soften the impact of previous damage.
Currently, the only cannabis-based medicine approved by the FDA is used to treat seizures. EPIDIOLEX is prescribed for patients with seizures caused by certain medical conditions.
But if you’re looking for a way of managing your seizures without a prescription drug, CBD edibles might be the answer.
According to experts like Johns Hopkins, CBD products show promise for those taking seizure meds who hate the side effects. CBD is a method of tolerating your anti-seizure meds without the conditions that often come with them.
More studies are in process, but it’s also possible that CBD may be able to prevent seizures, too.
5. Cancer/Side Effects
A diagnosis of cancer is scary and life-threatening. It makes sense that you want to do everything you can to get rid of these dangerous cells in your body while also following doctors’ orders.
Cannabidiol is widely accepted as a way to reduce the side effects of cancer treatment, such as nausea and vomiting.
As a complementary therapy, CBD edibles will keep your body better regulated. The symptoms and side effects of the standard therapies to get rid of cancer are better controlled.
Some people choose to use CBD as an alternative treatment. It may be beneficial for individuals who can’t have chemo or radiation therapy. Those with beliefs that prevent them from undergoing such treatments can use cannabis, too.
If you prefer natural, holistic therapies such as cannabis, talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits. They can also give you suggestions and legal prescriptions if you want to use CBD edibles alongside your other cancer treatments.
The stigma of cannabis edibles is now almost obsolete. With so many potential benefits CBD can offer to the world, it’s a travesty to keep it in the shadows.
The medical condition you once thought you were “stuck” dealing with could be controlled with cannabis. You don’t have to smoke it or get high. Use CBD edibles, with or without THC, and watch your symptoms slowly disappear.