Here’s The Latest, Most Promising Research On CBD Oil
Posted on August 24, 2018
Sure, you know that our pharmacist-formulated CBD oil is great as a potential way to relieve your aches and pains, to help you relax, and for your general, overall well-being. But what does the research say? We scoured the latest scientific journals to see what’s new in the world of CBD oil, so you don’t have to.
So grab some CBD gummies, sit back, and prepare to learn about the latest, most promising research on CBD oil today.
A Quick History Lesson
CBD oil was first discovered by Dr. Roger Adams and his team at the University of Illinois in 1940, about 20 years before the discovery of THC. Its structure was not fully understood for almost another 25 years, until 1963.
And while after more than three-quarters of a century we have come a long way toward our understanding of how CBD works to promote homeostasis, and what its effects are on particular medical conditions, there’s still more to learn.
Although there have been relatively few clinical trials on humans, there have been scores of studies showing that CBD oil has the potential to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of conditions both physical and psychological.
A New Dawn for CBD Research
Although the federal prohibition on cannabis stunted the growth of actual clinical studies, that all changed recently when the FDA approved a drug called Epidiolex for the treatment of two particularly severe forms of epilepsy.
To pass muster with the FDA, Epidiolex’s effectiveness was studied in three randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials involving 516 patients with either Lennox-Gastaut syndrome or Dravet syndrome. And, according to the FDA, “Epidiolex, taken along with other medications, was shown to be effective in reducing the frequency of seizures when compared with placebo.”
As a result of the FDA’s decision, it will be much easier for researchers to undertake clinical studies.
CBD Extends Lifespan Of Pancreatic Cancer Patients
In this case, the “patients” were mice engineered in the lab to have a high incidence of cancer of the pancreas. Researchers at Queen Mary University in London discovered that the mice lived almost three times longer if they received CBD oil in addition to chemotherapy. This is an extremely significant result because pancreatic cancer has one of the worst survival rates of any cancer.
Researchers in this study, which was published in journal Oncogene, said in their report, “Cannabidiol is already approved for use in clinics, which means we can quickly go on to test this in human clinical trials. If we can reproduce these effects in humans, cannabidiol could be in used in cancer clinics almost immediately, compared to having to wait for authorities to approve a new drug.”
CBD Oil 80 Percent Effective At Treating Autistic Children
A study published recently in the prestigious journal Neurology examined the effect of CBD oil on children diagnosed with autism.
The study was led by Dr. Adi Aran, director of pediatric neurology at Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem. Researchers found that CBD improved the condition of 80 percent of the 60 children in the study. Notably, these were children who had not responded well to traditional pharmaceutical therapies.
At the end of the treatment period, parents were asked if they noticed a change in their child's behavior. Parents who participated in the study reported a decrease in problematic behavior, with 80 percent saying they saw some level of improvement, and 62 percent reporting that their child's behavior improved significantly. Additionally, 40 percent said that their anxiety symptoms had significantly improved.
CBD Helps Reduce Inflammation and Heal Wounds
A study was conducted at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande and the University of São Paulo to determine CBD’s effects on reducing inflammation associated with wounds. Researchers there concluded that “Collectively, these findings indicate that CBD exerts an anti-inflammatory effect in early phase of wound healing process although it was not sufficient to promote clinical improvement of oral traumatic ulcerative lesions.”
In this study, ulcers were induced in 60 rats, then subjects received treatment with CBD. Animals were weighed daily, and wound healing was clinically and histologically evaluated. The abstract of the study states, “... at Day 3 post wounding, CBD-treated lesions exhibited significantly lower inflammatory scores than those in the control group.”
Dogs With Arthritis Give CBD Oil A Thumbs Up
As part of a “randomized, placebo-controlled, owner and veterinarian double-blind, cross-over trial,” scientists at Cornell University recruited 22 dogs with osteoarthritis for a study to determine the efficacy of CBD oil in treating arthritis.
Researchers relied on veterinarians and pet owners to document each dog’s pain status and activity levels. The study’s authors wrote that the data “showed that CBD oil increase[d] comfort and activity in the home environment for dogs with [osteoarthritis]. Additionally, veterinary assessments of pain were also favorable.”
CBD Oil May Help Treat Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
Drawing inspiration from past studies, researchers from Pontifical Catholic University in Brazil examined the relationship between CBD and neurodegenerative diseases. Results showed that CBD helped recover iron-induced memory deficits in rats. Researchers concluded that CBD had protected the brain from the proteins associated with cell death caused by the increased iron and that CBD should be considered for its potential as a neuroprotectant.
CBD Oil May Help Treat Concussions
A new research study out of the University of Miami shows that CBD oil may be effective in treating concussions when combined with a specific amino acid. Researchers are saying the combination could one day be found in a “concussion pill” that can be used by professional athletes.
The study was part of a five-year effort beginning in 2016 designed to determine the effects of combining CBD with an anesthetic amino acid known as N-methyl-D-aspartate, or NMDA.
Jonathan Gilbert, who managed the partnership between the university and the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, which produced the new study said, “The potential is enormous and extraordinary. It may someday be mandatory equipment on the sidelines of every football, baseball and soccer game, from youth leagues to professional organizations, ready to protect people of all ages from the brain’s immediate inflammatory response to trauma.”
More Research Continues Into The Effects of CBD
These are just a few of the scores of research reports which have been published in recent years. Now that CBD has been officially approved by the FDA for treating a disease, it's becoming more widely accepted by the scientific community. So, whether it’s CBD oil or CBD gummies or something else that you prefer, you can feel comfortable knowing that a growing body of research is out there, and it’s growing bigger every day.