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    Pain, anxiety, cancer, insomnia: Could cannabinoids help improve your life?

    In this post we look at the areas of pain management, sleep and stress/anxiety issues, cancer-related symptoms, and generally how cannabinoids are being shown to interact with our bodies.

    CBD and cannabinoid-based products have seen a justified surge in popularity in the past 18 months. Hemp and cannabis-based products are leading the way for a change in the public perception of plant-based therapies and at the forefront of that is CBD. 

    At Ardoa Organics, we specialise in supplying the broadest spectrum of cannabinoids available on the UK and EU market, and proving it through extensive third-party testing and documented provenance.

    Non-pharmaceutical CBD products can not be associated with medical treatments, and many products, including those manufactured by Ardoa Organics, have not been through the required clinical studies to be allowed to make medical claims, and therefore we don’t. Ardoa Organics specialises in supplying products with extensive added documentation to demonstrate quality, content and provenance. We provide products our customers can have total confidence in, but we do not make medical claims about our products and we shouldn’t. We can, however, be proud of the exceptional quality of our products and communicate about the provenance and quality, and about having the broadest spectrums available on the UK/EU market, while helping guide our customers via the authoritative educational content that we create for this website. We aim to inform and educate our audience in the best possible way about the effects of cannabinoids on the human body.

    CBD and cannabinoids themselves have been the subject of a growing number of research studies, investigating the specific way that cannabinoids interact with our bodies. It is these official research findings that we write about to provide our customers with the best information they need to make their own educated choices about CBD and cannabinoids in general. 

    Let’s look at the 4 cornerstones of cannabinoid relevance.

    1. Pain Management

    It has become common knowledge, both within the scientific community and general public, that cannabis has proven healing properties, and there is evidence of its use in this area for thousands of years. One of the most commonly known applications of cannabinoids is for the treatment of pain. 

    Over ten years ago GW Pharmaceuticals released their product ‘Sativex’ to treat the pain of MS sufferers. This product is a 1:1 mix of THC and CBD, and due to the high level of THC, it is only available via prescription from your doctors. 

    Medical cannabis patients all over the world have been using cannabis to treat the pain associated with arthritis, chronic pain, MS pain, muscle pain and spinal cord injuries, to name a few. 

    Still, the question most relevant to CBD users is whether CBD and other cannabinoids at the levels seen in widely available products have the potential to combat pain without high levels of THC. The simple answer is yes, as CBD has been shown to possess potent anti-inflammatory properties and interact with receptors found in our central nervous system that control pain. 

    However, broad-spectrum CBD oils that contain multiple cannabinoids, including THC and CBG, are a much more logical choice in this case. CBG, for example, has demonstrated pain-reducing via similar mechanisms to CBD, and THC has also long been shown to have strong effects in reducing pain. As we discuss in our articles about the entourage effect, the combination of multiple cannabinoids has a synergetic effect that makes our broad-spectrum products far more efficient than those only containing a single isolated cannabinoid.

    Suggested product to explore:
    Emerald90 CBD oil – Specially formulated for helping with pain management. (in development phase)

    2. Anxiety and depression

    Anxiety and depression affect millions of people across the world, and as mental health becomes less and less taboo as a talking point, it has now become clear that it affects people across all walks of life. 

    Anxiety itself is a biological response to external factors that pose a perceived threat. There is a large body of evidence that shows the endocannabinoid system, the system within our bodies with which cannabinoids like CBD interact, plays a crucial role in this. Whereas in the past, external stress factors would primarily be danger from predators or impending danger from environmental factors, the modern world has its own elements that cause people to suffer from stress, like fear of job-loss, advertising-enhanced fear of inequality and a general feeling of insecurity in the present and future. These factors can cause an imbalance within our bodies and place a person into a constant feeling of anxiety. An ever-increasing body of evidence shows that by introducing cannabinoids like CBD into the body, these cannabinoids interact with the receptors of our central nervous systems which control the feeling of stress and fear, which can then give a person suffering from anxiety a much needed breathing space to reconnect and solve underlying problems.

    We explore the topic of CBD and anxiety in greater detail in our article Anxiety & CBD: Study finds CBD “reduced anxiety to a level equal to that of diazepam” and we also have some CBD oil user stories on this subject.

    Suggested product to explore: 
    Cerulean53 CBD oil – Specially formulated for helping with anxiety

    3. Cancer-related symptoms

    Cancer is something that has touched everyone’s lives in some way. It strikes the young and old, the healthy and unhealthy, and although considerable advances in medical science have saved countless lives, the experience of fighting cancer remains one of the most challenging times patients and their families can live through.

    There is a growing body of research into oncology and cannabinoids, particularly into potent combinations of cannabinoids. 

    Although there is growing evidence that suggests cannabis can have a direct impact on specific types of cancer and aid in their treatment, it’s also important to recognise these studies are still in their infancy. There is insufficient evidence to make wide-ranging claims about the impact of cannabinoids on cancer itself. Claims of cannabis being a cure for cancer are dangerous and fail to take into account that the future of oncology lies in the combination of different treatments in order to combat a disease that attacks the body in multiple ways. 

    A topic that is difficult to dispute is the ability for cannabinoids to help combat the effects of cancer and cancer treatments. The ability of cannabinoids to reduce pain and inflammation is clearly beneficial to those who have cancer, and several studies are showing a positive effect on the side effects experienced from conventional therapies like chemotherapy. It is important to acknowledge that the most positive results as to the effects of CBD on pain were in conjunction with THC. Those looking to use cannabinoids to influence their suffering of pain should consider using products that contain both CBD and some THC. This is only possible with certain, specially formulated broad-spectrum CBD products.

    Suggested product to explore:
    Emerald90 CBD oil – Specially formulated for helping with pain management. (in development phase)

    4. Sleeping problems and insomnia

    Sleep issues affect many people across the world. Insomnia, for example, affects between 10-20% of everyday people, increasing significantly as people get older, and also for those suffering from general medical conditions, especially mental health issues. The effect of cannabinoids on sleep is a complicated subject area because although many cannabis users report cannabis/CBD/THC helping them sleep, in many cases this could be due to the relaxation that the person feels when using cannabinoids. As explained above, the documented evidence that CBD and THC can reduce stress and anxiety would clearly play a role in helping someone fall asleep. Essentially, one way cannabinoids are actually helping people is by treating the causes of sleeplessness rather than the sleeplessness itself.

    An interesting study into the effects of cannabis-related compounds on sleep, published in the journal of psychoactive drugs in 2019, assessed the impact on sleep for 1,000 adults that used a dispensary in Colorado, USA. 74% of those who responded to the survey were taking cannabis and hemp-related products to promote sleep. 84% of respondents stated that they found it very or extremely helpful. An important finding of the study was that on average, 85% of those taking over the counter or prescription medication to help with their sleeping issues reported reducing or stopping the use of those medications completely.

    It is essential to note THC has played a crucial role in many of the studies conducted into whether cannabinoids can help with sleeping conditions. Meaning, it is vital to consider broad-spectrum CBD products that contain some small amounts of THC within the legal 0.20% limit.

    GEORGE WILKINS
    Author

    ŽELJKO PERDIJA M.D.
    Reviewer


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