Early scientific research and clinical trials have shown promise in their ability to help supplement treatments for people with various neurological disorders with cannabidiol (CBD). CBD is a naturally occurring chemical compound found in cannabis, such as hemp.
While it is not fully clear how it is able to help with certain neurological disorders, it seems to because of how it interacts with our brain and nervous system, more specifically with how it interacts with the receptors and neurotransmitters in the endocannabinoid system (ECS) that runs through your nervous system. The ECS is also not something we fully understand, but what we do know is that it affects several important elements of our bodies.
More in-depth research and large-scale medical trials are needed to verify the nature and extent of how water soluble CBD can help treat neurological disorders. In the meantime, here’s what the early research is showing for the following four conditions:
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that is characterized by chronic seizures. The severity can vary from person to person, and can be something you are born with or something that occurs later in life. There is no cure for it, but there are a variety of treatments that can help manage the condition so your seizure activity is reduced in frequency and severity. The problem with epilepsy treatments is they don’t all work the same, or at all, for everyone.
CBD has been approved by the FDA as a treatment for two rare forms of epilepsy because of the early research findings. These two types of the disorder are more severe, and more resistant to other treatments. One example is a study into CBD for Dravet syndrome, a highly complicated and severe form of epilepsy in children. It found that some children had their seizure activity significantly reduced compared to a placebo.
#2) Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis is a condition that affects your brain and central nervous system in a myriad of ways. It can be serious enough to be a debilitating disability, but mild enough that the person can live their lives more normally. It can affect your vision, movement, balance, coordination, and so on.
One clinical trial tested the effect of a CBD-THC combination called Sativex on people with multiple sclerosis. The results found that 75% of test subjects given CBD experienced reduced muscular spasms. All of the test subjects had conditions that proved resistant to other medications.
#3) Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s disease is a brain disorder that has no cure, and has slowly worsening symptoms over time. It is characterized by uncontrollable shaking and stiffness, and eventually makes it difficult for people to walk or move at all, and even to talk. Like the other conditions above, treatments for it are meant to maintain quality of life and slow its progression as much as possible.
A few studies have shown that CBD may be able to help with the quality of life issues that Parkinson’s patients experience. First, one trial found that CBD was able to help improve the quality of sleep that test subjects with Parkinson’s were able to get on a regular basis. Another double-blind trial found that it was able to improve general quality of life, such as reduced pain and improved sleep.
All three of these conditions have yet to receive any large-scale medical trial to discover more about how CBD affects their treatment. Each of the disorders listed above are complicated, and often have a mix of treatments due to some people being resistant to medications or treatments that work just fine for others. However, the early results in smaller-scale trials have shown very promising results for many people whose lives were improved by taking CBD.