Why Hemp for Healing?
Hemp oil has been traditionally used for thousands of years to treat various types of pain, but it has only recently begun to be studied again by the medical community. Here are some of the potential benefits of Hemp oil:
Hemp oil is popular for easing pain associated with arthritis.
A study in the European Journal of Pain used an animal model to see if Hemp could help people with arthritis manage their pain. Researchers applied a topical gel containing HEMP to rats with arthritis for 4 days.
Their research noted a significant drop in inflammation and signs of pain, without additional side effects.
People using Hemp oil for arthritis may find relief from their pain, but more human studies need to be done to confirm these findings.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that affects the entire body through the nerves and brain.
Muscle spasms are one of the most common symptoms of MS. These spasms can be so great they cause constant pain in some people.
One report found that short-term use of Hemp oil could reduce the levels of spasticity a person feels. The results are modest, but many people reported a reduction in symptoms. More human studies are needed to verify these results.
The same report studied Hemp Oil use for general chronic pain. Researchers compiled the results of multiple systematic reviews covering dozens of trials and studies. Their research concluded that there is substantial evidence that cannabis is an effective treatment for chronic pain in adults.
A separate study in the Journal of Experimental Medicine supports these results. The research suggests pain and inflammation can be reduced through Hemp use.
They also found that subjects were not likely to build up a tolerance to the effects of Hemp, so they would not need to continually increase their dose. Researchers noted cannabinoids such as Hemp could be a helpful new treatment for people with chronic pain.
Despite its varying legality across different states and at a Federal level, Hemp oil has a range of current uses and promising possibilities.
- smoking cessation and drug withdrawal
- treating seizures and epilepsy
- anxiety treatment
- reducing some of the effects of Alzheimer's, as shown by initial research
- antipsychotic effects on people with schizophrenia
- future applications in combating acne, type 1 diabetes, and cancer
Although more research is required to confirm some uses of Hemp oil, it is shaping up as a promising and versatile treatment.
-MEDICAL NEWS TODAY