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Cannabis has gotten a bad rap in the past. But the latest research on the plant and its derivatives suggests that it may be more useful than once thought.
In this article, we’ll cover one particular derivative known as cannabidiol (CBD).
I’ll introduce CBD and the ways in which it may interact with the body. I’ll then further outline the potential health benefits of CBD oil, including hair growth.
Let’s jump in!
An Introduction to CBD
Cannabidiol, more commonly referred to as CBD, is an extract from the cannabis plant.
CBD is the second most prevalent compound found in cannabis (up to 40 percent of the plant’s extract), with the first being delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
CBD Versus THC
To understand CBD, it’s important that you first understand what it’s not.
Cannabis, more commonly referred to as marijuana or weed, is a plant that’s often harvested for its psychoactive effects.
The compound found within cannabis which contributes to this effect isn’t CBD, though. It’s actually THC.
THC is the compound which induces the “high” that users of marijuana receive.
If CBD doesn’t have any psychoactive effects, though, why is it so often used?
The answer is simple: CBD has many of its own benefits which are independent of THC or other compounds found in cannabis.
(Can marijuana use cause hair loss? Learn more here.)
CBD and the Human Body
Believe it or not, the human body is actually adapted to the use of cannabinoids like CBD. Let me explain.
Found throughout the body are cannabinoid receptors which are part of the endocannabinoid system (1). These can be classified by CB1 receptors (found mostly in the brain) and CB2 receptors (found mostly within the immune system).
These help to stimulate and regulate a number of physiological processes, including appetite, mood, pain, and memory .
As you’d imagine, the cannabinoid receptors are where plant cannabinoids (like CBD) dock.
But cannabinoids produced by the human body (known as endocannabinoids) and synthetic cannabinoids can also interact with these receptors (R).
Once these receptors have been activated, they are then able to influence various intracellular effects and neuronal excitability.
The Health Benefits of CBD Oil
Before we discuss the effects that CBD oil may have on hair growth, let’s consider its more general benefits.
Reduces Pain and Inflammation
Since circa 2900 B.C., marijuana has been used to treat a number of medication conditions (2). These include muscle spasms, joint pain, and other such conditions which trigger pain.
And while scientists are still unsure of its exact mechanisms, there are a few studies which highlight CBD’s use in the treatment of pain.
Sativex is an oral spray which contains a combination of THC and CBD. The drug is approved for use in many countries, and it’s often use as a pain reliever for those with chronic medical conditions.
One study on the topic, published in 2015, offers a bit more insight into the drug’s uses and mechanisms (3).
The study consisted of 30 patients, all of which had been diagnosed previously with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
The goal of the study was to determine whether the drug could relax the muscles and, as a result, improve spasticity and reduce pain.
The patients were given an extensive clinical and neurophysiological examination before and after the trial.
The parameters which researchers used to gauge results included motor threshold, motor evoked potentials amplitude, intracortical excitability, sensory-motor integration, and Hmax/Mmax ratio.
As the researchers noted, the results of the study showed an “increase of intracortical inhibition, a significant reduction of spinal excitability, and an improvement in spasticity and associated symptoms.”
As such, they concluded that Sativex may be an effective drug for reducing symptoms of MS.
The researchers speculate that the drug works along intracortical pathways. This suggests that THC and/or CBD can relieve a number of neurological symptoms, including pain.
Alleviates Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression
If you suffer from anxiety or depression, you know too well of the conditions’ abilities to sap you of all energy, joy, and overall mental wellbeing.
There are many drugs on the market which target various pathways in order to treat these conditions.
The most common drug classes include Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) and Serotonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs).
This video is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any disease