CBD is everywhere; it seems these days. For many years, CBD and other products that contained ingredients found in the hemp and cannabis plants were illegal in places around the globe. However, today, that is changing. Still, today, many health professionals and politicians argue that we don't have enough research surrounding these compounds, including CBD.
However, this couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, there have been hundreds of scientific studies over the years that looked at this compound as a potential treatment option for a variety of different ailments, conditions, and diseases. To check out some of these studies, visit the NCBI website and search for CBD or Cannabidiol. What you find might just surprise you!
In 2019, the research continued. Let’s take a closer look at some of the studies surrounding CBD that were published this past year.
CBD vs. THC Does it Kill the Buzz?
Scientists and researchers at Western University released a study in September of 2019 regarding the effects of CBD on its counter compound THC, which is widely known for its psychoactive effects. While researchers have long thought that low CBD / high THC strains lead to more intense psychoactive effects, however, this study actually showed that CBD has the ability to block THC-related side effects.
The study, which was published in the Journal of Neuroscience, was performed on rats. The study showed that rats that received high levels of THC showed higher levels of anxiety and were sensitive to fear-based learning.
On the contrary, though, rats that received both CBD and THC acted more controlled with normal levels of activated ERK (extracellular-signal-regulated kinase), which is responsible for triggering the neuropsychiatric effects produced by THC. In short, this means that when CBD and THC are consumed together, the psychoactive effects of THC are counteracted, and the results are more balanced.
Check out the full text of this study here.
CBD For Autism – What the Science Says
A study published recently in the journal Frontiers in Neurology concluded that CBD treatments result in vast improvements in regard to communication and social interaction in autism patients. Other neurological benefits were also noted.
For the study, researchers in Brazil monitored eight autism patients and their progress with symptoms over the period of 9 months while receiving a CBD rich cannabis sativa extract that contained 75 parts CBD to 1 part THC. Each patient received a dose that was equivalent to 4.6 milligrams of CBD per kilo of body weight. Of the patients, only one did not receive "some level of improvement" with various symptoms.
Learn more about this study here.
Not Only Has It Continued But Funding is Increasing
Funding for CBD or any compound found in cannabis is something that has been limited for many years. However, over the past three years, the funds made available by the U.S. government to research compounds such as THC and CBD have significantly increased. Let's take a closer look at some of the studies announced this year by the NIH (National Institute of Health) and NCCIH (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health) that will be surrounding CBD.
CBD for Pain Relief- NIH and NCCIH Funded Studies Announced
In September of 2019, the U.S. National Institutes of Health announced that it had approved $3 million in funds, which will be allocated to several different studies looking at the potential effects of CBD as a pain relief alternative. Some of the funds will be divided between researchers at the University of Utah and the University of California, San Francisco.
To learn more about this announcement, check out the article here.
The Stats on CBD are Soaring
Not only is the scientific research regarding CBD increasing, so are the number surrounding this compound in various statistics and analytic sets. Let's take a closer look at how CBD is trending statistically, especially in online research!
The Search is on for CBD
CBD is mainstream; this is something that you just simply can't deny. According to recent statistics, though, consumers search for CBD and perform online research surrounding CBD more than they do with any other wellness trend.
Research showed that the searches for CBD started to significantly increase beginning in 2016. From 2016-2017 the search volume for CBD increased by 125.9%. The next year it saw an increase of 160.4%, and predictions expect them to grow another 117% by the end of 2019. In April of 2019 alone, there were 6.4 million searches on Google for CBD. This is more searches for CBD than that of veganism, exercise, and marijuana.
To learn more, check out the article here.
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