Many are well-versed how the endocannabinoid system can impact inflammation and anxiety, but what about the buzz surrounding some of its other potential benefits? Whilst the science and research about CBD is still in its infancy, we speak with Dr. Julie Moltke, a medical doctor and editor-in-chief of Dosage, to discuss five possible benefits of CBD, according to her practice.
Those who suffer from endometriosis know just how painful and debilitating it can be – particularly during your period. While painkillers, hormone therapy and surgery are the typical treatment routes, some experts believe taking CBD could also help to alleviate cramps. “There are so many cannabinoid receptors in and around our sexual organs,” says Dr. Moltke. "CBD seems to [help] with inflammation and also with the pain because [it] increases the levels of anandamide."
Whilst CBD is by no means proven to help with endometriosis, the theory behind this is impressive. Anandamide is said to suppress pain, but an enzyme called fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) breaks it down, causing discomfort. According to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, CBD may actually inhibit FAAH, which could allow pain-soothing anandamide to live in the body for longer.
There is still much work to be done to identify the impact of CBD on endometriosis, but when treating patients, Dr. Moltke usually recommends taking CBD as “a capsule with other ingredients that work well for period cramps,” such as inflammation-fighting herbs and spices. We’ve infused the Cannaray CBD Curcumin Capsules with – you guessed it – curcumin; a spice that’s long been revered by scientists for its anti-inflammatory benefits. Our patented 5 x VESIsorb® technology also helps improve both the bioavailability of CBD & Curcumin for improved absorption.
If blemishes are your biggest beauty bugbear, it’s likely you’ve tried everything to calm them down, from switching up your skincare routine to tweaking your diet and taking medication. You might think you’ve heard of every acne treatment under the sun, but did you know that scientists have been looking into the possible impact of CBD on blemishes?
The research for this is still in pre-clinical trials, but initial analysis suggests that cannabinoids have the potential to treat a variety of skin conditions, including acne. Dr. Moltke explains that CBD may be useful because “it can reduce inflammation, helping to calm the redness,” – one of the factors that make breakouts so irritating. For those with oily complexions, she adds that CBD “can also [interact] with the cells that produce sebum; the grease in [your pores]. It can decrease production of sebum, so you have less greasy skin.”
Whilst the role of CBD in the treatment of acne or other skin conditions is still to be defined, the research to date shows interesting promise for getting rid of those pesky pimples.
On those nights when sleep eludes you, do you find your mind racing from one stressful thought to the next? You’re not alone. Around 10% of adults experience insomnia, and an overworked mind is tipped as one of the key triggers. You’ve already heard about patients trying CBD for anxiety, so it makes sense that researchers have been looking into its effects on wakeful nights, too.
One study found that – when CBD was tested on a group of 72 adults – 79.2% reported feeling less anxious, while sleep scores improved in the first month for 66.7%. Though CBD “doesn’t make you tired,” according to Dr. Moltke, “[it could possibly] take the edge off that overactive mind, where you might experience an excessive stream of thoughts that makes it impossible for you to go to sleep.”
There are many reasons for poor sleep, so CBD isn't a sure bet for treating insomnia, but if you’re going to try it, Dr. Moltke recommends “starting on a dose of around 25mg, and seeing if that’s enough to help you.” She adds that, if you use an oil, such as Cannaray CBD Oral Drops, “you can do it an hour before going to bed”. Allow between 90 minutes and two hours for a capsule, like Cannaray CBD Capsules.
One of the most surprising impacts of CBD relates to addiction, with some studies indicating it could hold the potential to reduce certain kinds of drug abuse. One such animal test looked at how repeat doses of CBD might affect opioid use, with researchers concluding it “clearly inhibited cue-induced heroin-seeking behaviour.” Another study explored the use of CBD for alcohol use disorder (AUD), stating it *“could directly reduce alcohol drinking in subjects with AUD.” *
So, why could this be happening? As this research has not yet gone into human trials, we cannot be sure that the same effect would be seen in humans, although the study paves the way for further testing. Dr. Moltke agrees and says, “we don’t know [for sure], but it probably has something to do with the same reason it can help people sleep better,” suggests Dr. Moltke. “I think anxiety is quite prominent when you are having withdrawal symptoms from anything, and if it can help you keep cool, keep calm, then it might make your withdrawal symptoms a little bit easier to handle.”
Everyone recognises that dizzy, queasy feeling you get when you’re nauseous. Sometimes, it strikes for no reason, coming in waves that make you feel like you might vomit. Tempering nausea is tricky but, according to the NCBI, “preclinical research indicates that cannabinoids, including CBD, may be effective clinically for treating both nausea and vomiting.”
Dr. Moltke agrees, and says, “You can quite successfully treat with CBD or cannabis to decrease nausea and vomiting related to chemotherapy.” She adds: “I actually treated a young guy who had chemotherapy, and he didn’t like the normal anti-emetic (anti-sickness) drugs, so he wanted to try cannabis instead. He saw great effects with that.”
Of course, nausea can hit hard and fast, making a quick-acting solution a must. For the speediest CBD effects, try taking it sublingually (under your tongue) using an oil, like Cannaray CBD Oral Drops. Unlike other oils, these drops have a clean, subtle juniper lime flavour – perfect if you find the typical hemp taste makes you feel queasier.
Disclaimer: Cannaray cannot and will not give medical advice or state that CBD is 100% effective for certain ailments, as the research around CBD is still in its infancy. Always speak to your doctor if you have any questions about how you might integrate CBD into your daily wellness routine.