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Does CBD Offer New Hope to Sufferers of Multiple Sclerosis?

Recent studies have shown that a high percentage of multiple sclerosis, or MS, sufferers are turning to cannabidiol (CBD) for relief of their symptoms.

In a survey conducted by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society back in 2017, already 66% of MS patients were using CBD or cannabis to treat their symptoms.

A similar study conducted in Canada in 2016, found that 50% of MS sufferers there were using CBD or cannabis.

And those numbers have almost assuredly risen in the years since those studies as CBD has become even more well known for offering a variety of health benefits to users. So let’s take a closer look at MS and CBD.

First, What is MS?

MS is a condition where a person’s immune system begins attacking the protective sheath that covers nerve fibers.

This attack leads to communication problems between the person’s brain and the rest of their body.

Eventually, the disease can cause permanent damage to the nerves or lead to their deterioration.

As this happens a number of symptoms can occur. For example, a person with MS may find it difficult to move easily. Some may ultimately lose the ability to walk altogether.

There is currently no cure for MS. However, many MS sufferers are reporting that CBD helps them manage their symptoms.

What is CBD?

CBD is a chemical compound that is extracted from the cannabis plant. There are two types of cannabis plants – hemp and marijuana.

CBD, by itself, does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is the psychoactive chemical found in marijuana.

Due to this fact, CBD is regulated differently from THC-containing marijuana. Most CBD, in fact, comes from hemp.

Here is How CBD Works

While the complete process is still being investigated, researchers now believe that CBD binds with and activates the endocannabinoid receptors found in our bodies.

Two types of receptors have been identified – CB1 and CB2.

CB1 receptors are located in our central nervous system, which consists of our brain and spinal cord, intestines, connective tissues, gonads and additional glands.

CB2 receptors are located in the spleen, tonsils, thymus and immune cells.

Current scientific thought indicates that CBD binds to the receptors but does not directly activate them. It appears to modulate how the receptors respond to stimulation.

Here Are Some of the Benefits of CBD That Could Help MS Sufferers:

Pain Relief –

One of the main benefits associated with CBD is pain relief. In a study entitled “Pharmacotherapeutic considerations for use of cannabinoids to relieve pain in patients with malignant diseases” researchers determined that CBD may help reduce chronic pain by impacting endocannabinoid receptor activity, reducing inflammation and interacting with neurotransmitters.

Animal studies, such as “Cannabidiol Is a Potential Therapeutic for the Affective-Motivational Dimension of Incision Pain in Rats” have shown that CBD reduced pain response to surgical incision and reduced sciatic nerve pain and inflammation.

Energy Boost –

CBD is also a great natural energy booster that MS sufferers can start taking to boost their energy without side effects like crashes and jitteriness that often come with taking caffeine.

In fact, a recent research review entitled “Potential Effects of Cannabidiol as a Wake-Promoting Agent,” which was published at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4023456/ found that CBD “has promising pharmacological properties as a wake-inducing drug.”

Plus, CBD is also a sleep aid that has been shown to help many people get deeper, more relaxing, more rejuvenating sleep, which will also boost your energy.

Anxiety Relief –

Having MS can cause a lot of anxiety. A recent study entitled “Cannabidiol as a Potential Treatment for Anxiety Disorders” (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4604171/) found that “preclinical evidence conclusively demonstrates CBD’s efficacy in reducing anxiety behaviors relevant to multiple disorders, including PTSD, GAD, PD, OCD, and SAD, with a notable lack of anxiogenic effects.”

And that study is just the most recent example of many studies that have found CBD to have positive effects on anxiety.

Take a look at these three additional studies:

In other words, study after study shows that CBD could be a possible effective treatment for those with anxiety!

So Where Should MS Sufferers, & Others, Get CBD?

One company that has established a strong reputation in the marketplace for providing high quality hemp-derived CBD is Sarah’s Blessing.

The company uses that supercritical CO2 process that the US FDA regards as safe and it carefully monitors and tests its CBD during cultivation, extraction and manufacturing to ensure its quality and to protect the health of its customers.

All of the company’s CBD is full-spectrum (meaning you get whole plant benefits) and obtained through a unique CO2 extraction process for maximum potency.

One more thing, the company’s CBD comes from the hemp plant and not its cousin the marijuana plant. Using the hemp plant ensures less than 0.2% of THC, the chemical that causes marijuana users to get high. Most people would probably not want to get high when they are trying to go to sleep.

Sarah’s Blessing offers a variety of CBD products, including:

It also bears mentioning that Sarah’s Blessing’s CBD Oil products use a special sublingual delivery system that ensures you absorb maximum CBD and thus receive maximum benefits from the CBD.

To learn much more about Sarah’s Blessing and its hemp-derived CBD products, please visit www.sarahsblessing.co.uk.

 

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