CBD, or cannabidiol, is the second most prevalent active ingredient in cannabis (marijuana). According to a report from the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
Animal studies, and self-reports or research in humans, suggest CBD may also help with:
1) Anxiety: Studies and clinical trials are exploring the common report that CBD can reduce anxiety.
2) Insomnia: Studies suggest that CBD may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep.
3) Chronic pain: Further human studies are needed to substantiate claims that CBD helps control pain. One animal study from the European Journal of Pain suggests CBD could help lower pain and inflammation due to arthritis when applied to skin. Other research identifies how CBD may inhibit inflammatory and neuropathic pain, which are difficult treat.
4) Addiction. CBD can help lower cravings for tobacco and heroin under certain conditions, according to some research in humans. Animal models of addiction suggest it may also help lessen cravings for alcohol, cannabis, opiates, and stimulants.