Prescription drug use has skyrocketed over the last decade.
Fifty-five percent of Americans regularly take a prescription drug, according to a 2017 survey by Consumer Reports, and more than 140 lives are claimed daily to the opioid epidemic. There is a growing push for natural alternatives, and studies on cannabidiol (CBD), an extract from cannabis and hemp plants, have been promising.
Here are our top six CBD studies and their outcomes:
1. Can CBD Convert to THC?
There is the belief that CBD may be able to induce a high. Studies were conducted to analyze whether CBD could convert to THC under certain conditions.
- While conversion of THC may occur under artificial conditions, the past 40 years of research does not uphold the belief that CBD can convert to THC and or other cannabinoids.
- Stomach acid simulations showed no conversion in living organisms.
- CBD oral administration studies in human volunteers did show traces of THC, but they were minimal and not present in urine samples.
2. Can CBD Treat Autism?
In Israel, researchers studied whether or not cannabis treatments with a high concentration of CBD could be an effective therapy for children on the autism spectrum.
- Improved the condition of 80% of children in the study.
- Approximately 80% of parents reported a decrease in problematic behavior; 62% reported a significant improvement in behavior.
- More than half of the children reported communication improvement and 40% reported anxiety symptoms improved.
3. Can CBD Help Panic Disorder?
More than 5% of the world population is affected by panic disorder. Many traditional treatments induce negative side-effects provoking patients to end treatment leading to symptom relapse. A study was conducted to see whether or not CBD had anti-panic properties.
- CBD is non-habit-forming and does not decrease tolerance, thus it could be a beneficial alternative to high-potency, traditional treatments such as antidepressants and benzodiazepines.
4. Can CBD Reduce High Blood Pressure?
Heart disease and stroke are some of the leading causes of death in the United States. One in every three adults suffers from high blood pressure, or around 75 million American adults. A random, placebo-controlled, double-blind, crossover study focused on whether CBD could reduce high blood pressure.
- Data showed that a single dose of CBD reduces resting blood pressure and the blood pressure response to stress.
- None of the subjects reported any adverse events on the day they were administered stress tests and their cardiovascular outputs were monitored.
5. Can CBD Help Heal Liver Injury?
Alcoholic liver disease is often caused by chronic alcohol consumption. Studies were conducted to see if CBD could affect subjects with liver injuries, since there are a limited number of therapeutic options.
- CBD lessened the elevated liver enzymes and the increased liver triglyceride.
- CBD reduced fat droplet accumulation.
- CBD may be a potential treatment for alcoholic liver diseases associated with inflammation, oxidative stress, among other symptoms.
6. Can CBD Help With Seizures?
Roughly 50 million people suffer from epilepsy worldwide, and it is the fourth most common neurological disorder in the United States. Studies were conducted on patients who are unresponsive to traditional antiepileptic treatments.
- Frequency of seizures decreased in 40% of patients.
- Around 60% of patients were seen to have control over 50% of their seizures, and in 27% the seizures disappeared completely.
- Improvement in language was reported by 60%; sleep improved for 50%; eating improved for 43%; and mood improved in 100%.
- Overall, 73% of respondents reported improvements in their illness.
These six studies not only examine the benefits of CBD as an alternative therapy, but also illustrate the need for more clinical cannabis research.
- CBD is safe to use.
- Most common reported side effects of CBD are: tiredness, diarrhea, and changes of appetite/weight.
- CBD has fewer side-effects when compared to prescription medication.
- CBD can be used as a supplemental therapy.