Pharmacology may be defined as the branch of biology that deals with the effects of drugs on the body. It focuses on the interactions between a living organism and the chemicals in drugs. Pharmacology has evolved over the years with the groundbreaking discoveries in medicine. The discovery of the health benefits of CBD will no doubt mark a new leap in pharmacology.
CBD is one of about 113 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. It is normally associated with marijuana and wrongly assumed that it can get you high. First, CBD is usually extracted from industrial hemp, which contains very low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the thing that makes you high when you use cannabis. CBD has influenced pharmacology in different ways. We’ll look at some of the benefits of CBD for pharmacology below.
For Treating Epilepsy
CBD has been found to be effective for treating epilepsy. There are variants of this disease. Epilepsy has serious effects on the brain and could lead to intellectual disability as well as autism. CBD has been found to be very effective against the Dravet and Lennox-Gastaut Syndromes. This has led to scientists developing CBD-infused drugs for epilepsy. Studies show that there is a dramatic improvement in patients who use CBD products to treat epileptic symptoms. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has even approved a CBD-based drug called Epicolex for treating epilepsy.
For Treating Parkinson’s Disease
CBD has also been found to be effective in treating
For Relief from Chronic Pain
CBD can also be used to treat chronic pain. Chronic pain is a serious health issue especially among the elderly. A drug called Sativex containing THC and CBD in equal proportions has been found to be successful in the treatment of pain. In 2005, it was used in Canada for treatment of central neuropathic pain in Multiple Sclerosis and for intractable cancer pain in 2007. Several other clinical trials have backed those studies.
For Treating Alzheimer’s Disease
CBD has been instrumental in treating Alzheimer’s disease. This neurodegenerative disease affects many people across the world. Alzheimer’s disease is caused by the accumulation of amyloid-b and tau hyperphosphorylation. It can also be caused by neuroinflammation and oxidative stress. CBD has neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant properties so it is a multifunctional treatment for Alzheimer’s.
For Treating Psychosis
CBD has also been found to be effective in treating psychosis. Many antipsychotics can help to prevent symptoms, but do not treat the condition. However, the antipsychotic properties of CBD make it an ideal candidate for treating psychosis. It should also be noted that CBD does not have any serious side effects like other antipsychotic drugs. Cognitive function is also improved with the use of CBD, which is an added advantage as schizophrenia impairs cognitive abilities.
For Treating Anxiety Disorders
Cannabidiol is useful for treating anxiety disorders. Studies show that CBD has an anxiolytic or calming effect for patients suffering from social anxiety disorder. This is because it changes the blood flow in limbic and paralimbic brain areas.
For Fighting Addiction
CBD products have been found to be useful in curbing addictive behavior. Studies indicate that CBD can inhibit cue-induced heroin seeking behaviors for up to two weeks.
These are just a few of the pharmacological uses of CBD. It can also be used to treat plasticity and anorexia among other things.