The effectiveness of cannabidiol (CBD) for treating the symptoms of various illnesses has made it popular. There is an ever increasing interest in its efficacy for treating the symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS). This is also because CBD was removed from the list of schedule 1 drugs and due to its general safety profile. This article will best attempt to answer some of the frequently asked questions about using CBD for treating multiple sclerosis.
What Is CBD?
CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid commonly found in the cannabis family of plants. Legally available cannabidiol (CBD) products are made using the hemp or Cannabis sativa plant because its THC content is very less, i.e. 0.3%. CBD is popular due to its therapeutic and health benefits coupled with a lack of side-effects at normal doses.
Does CBD Reduce The Symptoms Of Multiple Sclerosis?
There are numerous evidence suggesting that cannabidiol (CBD) eases the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. A combination of CBD and THC in the ratio 1:1 administered in the form of oral spray is found to reduce muscle spasms and pain due to MS. This is used in the drug Sativex that is used for treating multiple sclerosis, and it is one of the few CBD derived drugs that is approved by the FDA for medical uses.
How Does CBD Work?
CBD produces its effects mainly by interacting with the cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 of the endocannabinoid system (ECS). CB1 receptors are found in the central and peripheral nervous systems, connective tissues, intestines, and glands of the endocrine system. CB2 receptors are associated with the immune system. Furthermore, CBD has an affinity to the CB2 receptors, which is the main reason for its immune system boosting and anti-inflammatory effects.
How Is CBD Taken Or Applied?
There is a wide variety of CBD uses, and because of this, it is available in different forms that makes it really easy to use these products. For multiple sclerosis, it is available in the form of oral capsules, oral sprays, and intranasal sprays. Besides, the most common cannabidiol product used for medical purposes is CBD oil due to its versatility and it can be effectively used to treat MS.
These are some of the important points that you must know before using cannabidiol (CBD) for treating the symptoms of multiple sclerosis.