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What Are the Benefits Offered by Cannabinoids?

Sep 15, 2022

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What Are the Benefits Offered by Cannabinoids?

Cannabinoids (CBD) are among the at least 113 different compounds present in the cannabis plant. Scientists believe that there are numerous CBD benefits, especially in the management of various mental and physical health conditions. Here’s a look at some current and potential uses of CBD products.

Applications of CBD Products Today

There are some FDA-approved pharmaceutical products containing CBD on the market today. Based on evidence-based research, using these CBD products may provide numerous therapeutic benefits, including:

  • Controlling pain and inflammation (swelling) in people with chronic conditions like arthritis, glaucoma, endometriosis, and neuropathy
  • Boosting appetite to help individuals living with AIDs maintain healthy body weight
  • People with conditions like Parkinson’s disease or Huntington’s disease may use CBD medicine to improve muscle control
  • Children that experience epileptic seizures may reduce episodes by taking CBD drugs
  • Some CBD products are effective in treating various mental problems, such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and bipolar disorder 
  • Addiction treatment, including for smokers

Possible Future Uses of Cannabinoids 

While it may be too early to conclude anything, studies suggest various potential applications of cannabinoids in treating/managing the following conditions:

  • Cancer: Early research indicates the possibility of CBD products in helping destroy certain cancer cells or at least reducing the size of some forms of malignant growths. Besides alleviating nausea from chemotherapy, cannabinoids might also help slow the growth/progression of one of the most severe forms of brain cancer. Currently, researchers are looking into the possible application of CBD solutions in boosting the effectiveness of radiation therapy for cancer.
  •  Immune system diseases: It’d be great news for HIV/AIDs, lupus, or multiple sclerosis (MS) patients if CBD could one day treat diseases/infections of the immune system. Today, that's an active area of medical research.
  • Autoimmune diseases: Cannabinoids have multiple therapeutic properties. Based on this notion, researchers believe that using CBD products might help ease pain and inflammation and regulate the immune system in patients with MS, lupus, Crohn’s disease, and other autoimmune conditions.

Reasons for Cannabinoids' Earlier Ban

Early and ongoing research has uncovered evidence of multiple CBD medical benefits. Despite that, medical marijuana and cannabinoids have lacked FDA’s approval for years. The main reason for the initial ban was that most of the early research was limited and inconclusive. Before the FDA can approve any such drugs, it has to look into large relevant clinical studies with hundreds of participants. 

Comprehensive cannabinoid research provides adequate data for the regulatory agency to accurately assess the effectiveness and safety of the products for their intended medical purposes. That process can take time and is often costly. However, the growing body of scientific evidence in recent years has resulted in more CBD-based drugs legally entering the market to help treat a broad range of health complications. CBD products, which are hemp-based, are today legal across the nation. This positive development in the marijuana industry is due to the latest changes in hemp laws at the federal level.

Get Liability Protection for Your CBD Business with Graystone Insurance

The recent legalization of cannabinoids at the federal level makes it legal to operate a CBD or hemp business in most states. However, it doesn’t eliminate the high risk of product liability claims and legal disputes that comes with operating in the industry. If you are considering starting a CBD business in the near future, contact us today. At GrayStone Insurance Group, we can create customized CBD insurance plans for your business.

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