Several research articles detailing scientific efforts to investigate the benefits of CBD on our health have been published this year. Quite a few of these studies conclude that there are undeniable benefits of CBD usage, ranging from chronic pain relief to even lessening stress and anxiety. There is still so much research to be done, as many researchers claim that their findings are only the tip of the iceberg.
Harvard medical professor and doctor, Peter Grinspoon, seems to agree that CBD can be wildly useful. In a recent article he wrote about how CBD has been documented to treat some of the “cruelest” epilepsy syndromes that don’t typically respond to anti-seizure medication and reduced the seizures or even stopped them all together. Dr. Grinspoon states that the current research we do have on CBD is promising and he hopes CBD-based medication will become more prevalent in the future.
A recently published NY Times article detailed multiple studies on CBD and how it effects people dealing with anxiety, insomnia, depression, chronic pain, and other problems. A very interesting study conducted by the University of Colorado clinical professor of psychiatry, Dr. Scott Shannon, found that while there is yet to be a direct link between CBD usage and better sleep, there may be underlying factors that helps a CBD user get better sleep. 72 out of 103 patients claimed that CBD lessened their anxiety and depression, resulting in a more restful night’s sleep. Dr. Shannon wrote this in his promising conclusion of the study, “In this evaluation, CBD appears to be better tolerated than routine psychiatric medications.”
The article detailed another ground-breaking study conducted by Yasmin Hurd, director of the Mount Sinai Addiction Institute in NYC. She led a double-blind study documenting the use of CBD to rehabilitate addicts. She found that in 42 recovering heroin addicts, CBD helped to reduce cravings and cue-based anxiety for all of them. This discovery has called for even more investigation of CBD as a treatment option for recovering addicts.
A 2020 study conducted on CBD & it’s therapeutic potential for skin health and skin disorders also yielded some positive results. Cannabinoid receptors in our nervous and immune system have been found to react well with oral and topical CBD treatments that can help with hyperpigmentation, inflammation, acne, pain and muscle relief, and even hair growth. However, the study concluded with many open questions calling for even more extensive research on these treatments, “The authors conclude that while the therapeutic potential of CBD for acne, seborrhea, eczema/dermatitis, and skin barrier function is promising, more robust studies are needed to fully validate its efficacy.”
As CBD and other cannabinoids like CBG, CBN, and CBC grow in popularity, so will our scientific efforts to provide concrete evidence that CBD can benefit all of us in some way, shape, or form. There are thousands of promising studies that give heed to the therapeutic benefits of CBD, yet most of these hypotheses will unfortunately take years, if not decades, to prove.