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More Research into CBD's Impact on Various Diseases Is Needed


More Research into CBD's Impact on Various Diseases Is Needed

By Meredith Summers   |   April 24, 2018

Asthma

For those who suffer from asthma, they can tell you all too well, how difficult even some of the simplest tasks can be.

Asthma is a chronic disease of the airways that makes breathing difficult. With asthma, there is inflammation of the air passages that results in a temporary narrowing of the airways that carry oxygen to the lungs.

This results in asthma symptoms, including coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. When your airways react, they get narrower and your lungs get less air. This can cause wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and trouble breathing, especially early in the morning or at night.

Asthma can be minor, or it can interfere with daily activities. In some cases, it may lead to a life-threatening attack.

Asthma may cause difficulty breathing, chest pain, cough, and wheezing. The symptoms may sometimes flare-up.

Asthma can usually be managed with rescue inhalers to treat symptoms (albuterol) and controller inhalers that prevent symptoms (steroids). Severe cases may require longer-acting inhalers that keep the airways open (formoterol, salmeterol, tiotropium), as well as oral steroids.

Steroids have been pretty much the “go to” treatment for asthma patients for as long as I can remember. On the ambulance, our standard treatment for asthma patients is an albuterol treatment via an aerosolized nebulizer.

As cannabis legalization and awareness of CBD’s properties continue to progress, the cannabinoid’s effects on asthma symptoms is an area worthy of further research.

 

Bulimia

Bulimia is a potentially life-threatening eating disorder. Usually characterized by periods of binging—or excessive overeating—followed by purging.

People with bulimia have a fear of gaining weight; however, that does not mean all people with bulimia are underweight. People with this condition binge eat. They then take steps to avoid weight gain. Most commonly, this means vomiting (purging). But it can also mean excessive exercising or fasting.

According to theNationalEatingDisorders.org, the official diagnostic criteria for bulimia nervosa are:

  • Recurrent episodes of binge eating. An episode of binge eating is characterized by both of the following:

    • Eating, in a discrete period of time (e.g. within any 2-hour period), an amount of food that is definitely larger than most people would eat during a similar period of time and under similar circumstances.

    • A sense of lack of control over eating during the episode (e.g. a feeling that one cannot stop eating or control what or how much one is eating).

  • Recurrent inappropriate compensatory behavior in order to prevent weight gain, such as self-induced vomiting, misuse of laxatives, diuretics, or other medications, fasting, or excessive exercise.

  • The binge eating and inappropriate compensatory behaviors both occur, on average, at least once a week for three months.

  • Self-evaluation is unduly influenced by body shape and weight.

  • The disturbance does not occur exclusively during episodes of anorexia nervosa.

Treatments include counseling, medications, and nutrition education. Drugs used for bulimia are typically antidepressants known as selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

More research most certainly needs to be conducted regarding eating disorders and the effects of CBD on those who suffer from them.

 

Cataracts

Millions of people in the US suffer from cataracts, and while it’s not life-threatening, it can lead to partialloss of vision. By some estimates, 90% of people will have some type of cataract by the time they reach the age of 65. Cataract surgery and progressive lenses are available to help correct a cataract.

Cataracts are the result of protein accumulation that has managed to build up in the eye over time. This protein accumulation can start small and then turn into an ever-expanding clump. It interferes with the amount of light the eye can take in, which can make it difficult for people to see clearly outside of direct sunlight. Talk to some people, and their cataracts are painful. Talk to others, and they’re more of a nuisance. One thing that is frustrating for every cataract sufferer is that the solutions are fairly cumbersome, usually in the form of progressive lenses or surgery and that their doctors usually can’t tell them all that much about what causes their condition.

The Transparent Lens

People with cataracts can’t see things as vividly as they once did because the lens in their eye is cloudy and distorted. The lens in your eye is what transfers the images that you see to your retina. It’s mostly made of water and needs to stay transparent forproper vision. Without a clear lens, the retina (and your brain) won't be able to see the true colors of what’s in front of you. Cannabis has long been associated with helping those with eye-related issues like glaucoma and cataracts, but it’s time to see if there’s any merit or science behind these associations.

Cataract Facts

People with cataracts have blurry vision because of accumulated protein at the back of the eye. Over time, the cells in the back of the eye can become dense, interfering with the amount of light the eye receives and causing everything to look dull or cloudy. Some people don't even show symptoms of cataracts because the protein concentrations are so small. But cataracts can unfortunately start off as small and then grow into a much larger clump if they’re left untreated.

It's not exactly clear to scientists and doctors what causes cataracts, though some believe it has something to do with lifestyle choices like smoking or chronic conditions like diabetes. Still, perfectly healthy individuals get cataracts all the time, so there’s no real preventative advice besides developing healthy habits. Cataracts do not have to occur in both eyes, and they are not contagious. (So if someone gets an itch in their affected eye, they're free to touch their other eye without worry.)

The effects of CBD, or cannabidiol, on the development and symptoms of cataracts is a subject which is certainly worth of expanded medical research.

 

Opioids

It’s clear that opioids have been devastating to everyone in America, spreading addiction and misery across the country. Even people who have never even seen a pain pill are negatively affected as the ripples of the crisis reach us all. It’s time to see what’s behind all this trouble, and what can be done about it.

The Facts of Opioids

Opioids make prescription companiesbillions of dollars in pure profit, which is part of the reason why they were pushed so heavily back in the ‘90s. Despite the fact that they’re a close cousin of heroin, many drug companies informed medical students that they were not addictive. Fast forward to today, and you’ll find that the highest rates of opioid addiction are found in the cities where drug companies most heavily pushed their products. In terms of addiction recovery, abuse, and economic impact, the crisis has already cost society more than we realize. From unemployment checks to incarceration costs, one estimate puts the number at $78.5 billion. What was meant to be a relief from pain has only perpetuated more of it. Even with all of these numbers at our disposal, there were still 250 million prescriptions written in 2014. That’s about one prescription for every adult in America! It’s clear that something needs to be done to fight this epic problem.

The Nature of Addiction

Addiction is a powerful condition that manifests itself in a number of ways, which is just one of the reasons why no one has developed a cure for it. It’s possible to become psychologically addicted to literally anything in the world, but there are only so many things that are physically addictive to the body. The opioid receptors in the brain produce such powerful emotions that people become dependent on the contentedness they feel after taking them. Unfortunately, those opioid receptors also regulatethe body’s breathing, which is part of the reason why 78 people die every day in the US due to an opioid overdose.

With the threat of opioid addiction looming ever larger on the American population, research into the effects of CBD, or cannabidiol, on those suffering from the disease is an avenue the scientific community should surely pursue.

 

Raynaud’s Disease

Raynaud’s Disease has a number of potential treatments to help the sufferer get a little relief, but no solid cure to getting rid of all the symptoms. It’s not a disease that’s often discussed either, which can make the people who have it feel as though they’re on an island. 

Background Information

Raynaud’s Phenomenon is a term that refers to a one-time lack of activity in the secondary blood vessels. When the nervous system becomes too active, it cuts off the vessels and denies blood and oxygen to certain parts of the body. The extremities of the body get cold or become tingly. In extreme cases, the skin can turn from white to blue, indicating a total loss of oxygen.

When this constriction happens on a regular basis, it’s called Raynaud’s Disease. This condition is still somewhat unknown to doctors and researchers, but it may indicate a larger problem with the body besides just chilly hands and feet. Those who have it should consult a physician to determine if there’s an underlying cause for it.

CBD’s effects on this condition is an area that definitely warrants further study.

 

Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer affects about one of every twenty people and causes around 50,000 deaths per year. March is colorectal cancer awareness month, so it seems like a good time to let people know more about this potentially deadly form of cancer. While the good news is that most deaths are preventable as long as people are screened for cancer early enough, there still isn’t a lot of understanding surrounding the disease. And there are still questions about the best possible way to treat it.

How It Begins

Colon cancer normally begins with a case of polyps inside the colon. Polyps aren’t cancerous growths, but they can become cancerous if people aren’t careful. Those under the age of 50 aren’t likely to get colon cancer, but it can technically happen to people at any age. Those with a family history of bowel or polyp disorders may want to consider getting testing earlier than 50, but they should definitely be screened regularly after surpassing 50.

How It’s Treated

Science has come a long way with cancer, and colon cancer is no exception. Even if the colon ends up spreading to the lymph nodes from the colon, doctors have had a lot of success treating it with standard chemotherapy. However, success rates are still deeply tied to how early the doctor discovers cancer.

As the stigma around scientific research into CBD continues to recede, further study into the cannabinoid’s effects on the disease will hopefully be pursued.

 

Gastrointestinal Disease or GERD

I love spicy food! In my younger years, the hotter food the better!

Sadly, my digestive system is paying it forward with mountain loads of karma called GERD.

GERD stands for Gastro Intestinal Reflux Disease. Also known as gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), gastric reflux disease, or acid reflux disease is defined as chronic symptoms or mucosal damage produced by the abnormal reflux in the esophagus.

One in 10 Americans experiences heartburn symptoms at least once a week. Heartburn has different triggers, including certain foods, medications, obesity, or even stress. Acid reflux is common, but chronic acid reflux (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) can become a real problem.

Typically, GERD is treated with prescription or over the counter medications. These prescriptions can have side effects such as nausea, headache, diarrhea, gas, bloating, constipation, and stomach pain.

I’m hopeful that research into CBD’s effects on GERD will continue to be explored by the scientific community.

 

Fibromyalgia

As a writer I have, over the years, developed a fairly rough case of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Carpal tunnel syndrome, also called median nerve compression, is a numbness and tingling in the hand and arm caused by a pinched nerve in the wrist simply defined. Wrist anatomy, underlying health conditions, and patterns of hand use can contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome.

Key symptoms are pain in the hand and arm with numbness or tingling. Treatment may include rest, ice, wrist splints, cortisone injections, and surgery.

WebMD defines the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel as follows:

“Mild carpal tunnel symptoms most often affect the hand and sometimes the forearm, but they can spread up to the shoulder. Symptoms include:

  • Numbness or pain in your hand, forearm, or wrist that awakens you at night. (Shaking or moving your fingers may ease this numbness and pain.)

  • Occasional tingling, numbness, “pins-and-needles” sensation, or pain. The feeling is similar to your hand “falling asleep.”

  • Numbness or pain that gets worse while you are using your hand or wrist. You are most likely to feel it when you grip an object with your hand or bend (flex) your wrist.

  • Occasional aching pain in your forearm between your elbow and wrist.

  • Stiffness in your fingers when you get up in the morning.

With moderate or severe carpal tunnel symptoms, you may have numbness or reduced strength and grip in your fingers, thumb, or hand. It may be hard to:

  • Do simple hand movements, such as brushing your hair or holding a fork. You may accidentally drop objects.

  • Pinch an object between your thumb and first finger. (This is called loss of pinch strength.)

  • Use your thumb while doing simple tasks such as opening a jar or using a screwdriver. With long-term carpal tunnel syndrome, the thumb muscles can get smaller and weaker (atrophy).” (Read More)

As research into CBD continues, I’m hopeful that CBD’s effects on fibromyalgia is an area that sees increased attention from the medical research community.

 

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

11 years. That’s how long I’ve been a professional writer. Blogs, news articles, poetry and even my own personal novels which have been published. Day in, day out, I write upwards of 10,000 words a day.

And when I say “write”, I mean typing. Eleven years of this really takes a toll on my hands and wrists. Carpal Tunnel syndrome was bound to be an issue, and sure enough, I now have carpal tunnel. The flare ups get so bad some days that even simple fine motor skills like picking up a pen are difficult.

Carpal tunnel syndrome, also called median nerve compression, is simply defined as a numbness and tingling in the hand and arm caused by a pinched nerve in the wrist. Wrist anatomy, underlying health conditions, and patterns of hand use can contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome.

Key symptoms are pain in the hand and arm with numbness or tingling. Treatment may include rest, ice, wrist splints, cortisone injections, and surgery.

WebMD defines the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel as follows:

“Mild carpal tunnel symptoms most often affect the hand and sometimes the forearm, but they can spread up to the shoulder. Symptoms include:

  • Numbness or pain in your hand, forearm, or wrist that awakens you at night. (Shaking or moving your fingers may ease this numbness and pain.)

  • Occasional tingling, numbness, "pins-and-needles" sensation, or pain. The feeling is similar to your hand "falling asleep."

  • Numbness or pain that gets worse while you are using your hand or wrist. You are most likely to feel it when you grip an object with your hand or bend (flex) your wrist.

  • Occasional aching pain in your forearm between your elbow and wrist.

  • Stiffness in your fingers when you get up in the morning.

With moderate or severe carpal tunnel symptoms, you may have numbness or reduced strength and grip in your fingers, thumb, or hand. It may be hard to:

  • Do simple hand movements, such as brushing your hair or holding a fork. You may accidentally drop objects.

  • Pinch an object between your thumb and first finger. (This is called loss of pinch strength.)

  • Use your thumb while doing simple tasks such as opening a jar or using a screwdriver. With long-term carpal tunnel syndrome, the thumb muscles can get smaller and weaker (atrophy).” (Read More)

While comprehensive medical studies on the effects of CBD are still in their infancy, any effects CBD can have on those suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome certainly warrants dedicated research studies.

 

Eating Disorders and Anorexia

The cause of eating disorders is not clear. Both biological and environmental factors appear to play a role. Cultural idealization of thinness is believed to contribute.

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An eating disorder is a mental disorder defined by abnormal eating habits that negatively affect a person's physical or mental health. They include binge eating disorder where people eat a large amount in a short period of time, anorexia nervosa where people eat very little and thus have a low body weight, bulimia nervosa where people eat a lot and then try to rid themselves of the food, pica where people eat non-food items, rumination disorder where people regurgitate food, avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder where people have a lack of interest in food, and a group of other specified feeding or eating disorders. Anxiety disorders, depression, and substance abuse are common among people with eating disorders.

Eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating are not a choice.  They are serious mental illnesses which can have devastating impacts according to theEmilyProgramFoundation.org. Treatments typically involve counselling, a proper diet, a normal amount of exercise, and the reduction of efforts to eliminate food. Hospitalization is occasionally needed and sadly there are cases where the person suffering from an eating disorder dies.

  • Eating Disorders affect up to 30 million Americans and 70 million

1 in 5 women struggles with an eating disorder or disordered eating.

  • Middle-aged women are the fastest growing segment of the population being diagnosed with eating disorders

  • Bullying about body size and appearance is the most common form of bullying in schools.

  • The most common behavior that precedes and predicts an eating disorder is dieting.

  • 42% of 1st-3rd grade girls want to be thinner.

  • Men constitute 40% of those exhibiting Binge Eating Disorder.

  • Girls who diet frequently are 12 times as likely to binge as girls who don’t diet.

  • 25% of American men and 45% of American women are on a diet on any given day.

  • Americans spend over $40 billion on dieting and diet-related products each year.

  • Four out of ten individuals have either personally experienced an eating disorder or know someone who has.

  • (Read More from the EmilyProgramFoundation.org)

Studies on cannabis in general, and CBD in particular, have suffered from a lack of funding due to legal issues. As social stigma around CBD continues to recede, I’m hopeful that studies evaluating CBD’s effects on those suffering from eating disorders are put into motion.

 

Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer refers to the development of cancer cells in the uterus. It’s unclear why exactly this occurs in every circumstance, but appears can be brought about by anything from taking birth control to excessive smoking. The most famous reason for cervical cancer has to be HPV, a virus that most women will have at some point but that usually goes away on its own. Thankfully, the occurrence of this diseases has plunged by half aftercancer screening methods became more universally adopted.

But even considering the good news, 13,000 women in America are diagnosed with an invasive form of the cancer, with 5-year survival rates of about 67%. It usually attacks women between the ages of 35 and 44, and causes about 4,000 deaths every year. The earlier the disease is detected, the more likely it is that doctors will find a way to combat the cancer or pre-cancer cells. However doctors still struggle with finding the right treatment methods to fight the disease effectively.

If the cancer starts to spread, the survival rates drop dramatically, so early prevention is really important. Conventional treatment ranges from surgery to radiation, and there are also clinical studies that cervical cancer patients may be able to enroll in.

As with other cancers, cervical cancer is a terrible disease that is constantly the subject of medical research studies. I hope that studies on the effects of CBD on cervical cancer are forthcoming.

 

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

There was a time when I can remember that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), a.k.a. myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) was largely looked upon as a faux diagnosis by the Medical community.

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), commonly known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or ME/CFS, is a devastating multi-system disease that causes dysfunction of the neurological, immune, endocrine and energy metabolism systems.

It often follows an infection and leaves 75% of those affected unable to work and 25% homebound are bedridden. An estimated 15-30 million people worldwide have ME.

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) is a systemic neuroimmune condition characterized by post-exertional malaise (a reduction in functioning and a severe worsening of symptoms after even minimal exertion). It causes dysregulation of  the immune, nervous, and energy metabolism systems. The effects of ME are devastating enough to leave 25% of patients housebound or bed bound. *(MEAction.net)

Over the years however, Doctors and Researchers have increasingly began to accept the existence of ME/CFS and have being doing more and more research on the disease.

An estimated 15-30 million people around the world are suffering from ME; at least 1,000,000 Americans, 250,000 British people, 100,000 Australians, and 400,000 Canadians have ME. An estimated 75-85% of them are women and 80-90% of them are undiagnosed.

Chronic fatigue syndrome occurs more commonly in women. The cause of this condition is unknown, but may include environmental or genetic factors.

The main symptom is fatigue for over six months. The fatigue often worsens with activity, but doesn't improve with rest.

There is no cure or approved treatment for this condition. As CBD gains acceptance in popular culture, I hope that studies evaluating any effects CBD may have on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are conducted.

Gum Disease

With 47% of adults suffering from periodontitis in some form, it’s time to get more information on this rather unsexy topic.

Gum Disease and You

There are some people out there who just seem more prone to gum disease than others. Their affinity seems, in part, to do with inherited body chemistry, which is always a tough cookie to crack. Instead of bacteria attacking the teeth and causing cavities, it attacks the gums and causes them to wear away. Without treatment, it can cause all of the teeth to fall out. But gum disease is also linked to what you eat and how you live. The more junk you put into your body, the worse it will be. The less you floss, the more likely it is that the malevolent bacteria will be able to form an attack plan for the healthy tissue. Your gums are pretty important when it comes to the overall health of your mouth and jaw, so it’s not something that you want to ignore.

Research on CBD and gum disease needs to be conducted.

Pancreatitis

Your pancreas is a pretty important gland in your body, even if it tends to be overlooked in favor of the heart, lungs, and brain (or the parts that tend to get better PR.) Its digestive powers make it possible to break down foods and get the sugar your brain needs to survive. It’s just one reason why pancreatic cancer is one of the most incurable types of cancer a person can get. (There are people who have survived it, but the odds are unfortunately extremely slim.) In the same vein, doctors can only do so much to treat pancreatitis too.

As cannabis prohibition recedes and research into CBD’s properties continue to progress, the molecule’s effects on pancreatitis is an area worthy of further research.

 

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

A writer friend of mine, Jon,  just had his father pass away. His father suffered from Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and was barely able to walk five steps before going into respiratory distress.

It killed my friend to watch his father deteriorate over the past few years, and I know he is devastated now. When asking Jon about his father's therapies, he had told me that his father was on beta blockers, steroids and home Oxygen therapy among a myriad of other medicines.

What is Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)?

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a type of lung disease that results in scarring (fibrosis) of the lungs for an unknown reason. Over time, the scarring gets worse and it becomes hard to take in a deep breath as the lungs cannot take in enough oxygen.

What Causes IPF?

In most cases, however, the cause of lung scarring isn't known. These cases are called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). With IPF, doctors think that something inside or outside of the lungs attacks them again and again over time. These attacks injure the lungs and scar the tissue inside and between the air sacs.

Additional research most definitely needs to be conducted concerning Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and the effects of CBD on those who suffer from it.

 

Muscular Dystrophy

Muscular Dystrophy (MD) is a very serious disease process that affects many people across the globe. Roughly 200,000 cases per year.

Simply put, MD is a group of genetic diseases that cause progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass. In muscular dystrophies, abnormal genes (mutations) lead to muscle degeneration. Most forms begin in childhood.

Damaged muscles become progressively weaker. Most people who have the condition eventually need a wheelchair. Other symptoms include trouble breathing or swallowing.

Medications, therapy, breathing aids, or surgery may help maintain function, but life span is often shortened. MD is a broad term to describe around 30 variations of the disease that potentially affect a person.

DMD is the most frequently occurring and one of the most rapidly progressive of the childhood neuromuscular disorders.  It affects approximately (1 in 3000) live male births throughout the world. DMD type affects only boys (with extremely rare exceptions).

MD is described as a group of genetic diseases characterized by progressive damage and weakness of facial, limb, breathing, and heart muscles.  The onset of the disease occurs due to the lack of a key protein that is needed to maintain the integrity and proper function of muscle tissue. As the tissue is damaged, the muscle mass is reduced.  Sometimes the muscle tissue becomes replaced with fat and scar tissue, causing the muscle to appear larger than normal.

MD is categorized as listed below based on clinical features, inheritance pattern, muscles affected, and muscle biopsy features:

  • Becker

  • Congenital

  • Distal

  • Duchenne

  • Emery-Dreifuss

  • Facioscapulohumeral

  • Limb-girdle

  • Myotonic dystrophy

  • Oculopharyngeal

More than thirty genes have been identified to cause different types of muscular dystrophies.  Many muscular dystrophies are now diagnosed through gene tests.

Muscular dystrophy occurs due to the absence of a protein needed for the proper functioning of muscles. The illness also causes muscle to be replaced by too much scar tissue and fat, causing muscles to appear larger than they really are. Oftentimes, patients with muscular dystrophy suffer from extreme pain.

The effects of CBD, or cannabidiol, on the development and symptoms of Muscular Dystrophy is a subject which is certainly worth of additional medical research.

Encephalitis

While encephalitis is not a very common illness, it does affect a little over two-hundred thousand people each year.

Encephalitis is inflammation of the brain. Severity is variable. Symptoms may include headache, fever, confusion, a stiff neck, and vomiting. Complications may include seizures, hallucinations, trouble speaking, memory problems, and problems with hearing.

Causes of encephalitis include viruses such as herpes simplex virus or rabies, bacteria, fungus, or parasites. Other causes include autoimmune diseases and certain medication. In many cases the cause remains unknown. Risk factors include a weak immune system. Diagnosis is typically based on symptoms and supported by blood tests, medical imaging, and analysis of cerebrospinal fluid.

Adult patients with encephalitis present with acute onset of fever, headache, confusion, and sometimes seizures. Younger children or infants may present irritability, poor appetite and fever. Neurological examinations usually reveal a drowsy or confused patient. Stiff neck, due to the irritation of the meninges covering the brain, indicates that the patient has either meningitis or meningoencephalitis.

Since encephalitis is a virus there are not that many medications that can be prescribed. The best course of treatment is to get plenty of bed rest and fluids. Hydration is key. Drinking solely a sports drink is bad for you by the way. It need to be balanced out with equal amounts of water.

The symptoms of encephalitis include:

  • Fever

Sore throat

Weakness

Disorientation

Loss of consciousness

Seizures

Delusions

Hallucinations

Agitation

Personality changes

In case the encephalitis is accompanied by meningitis, symptoms may also include:

Headache

Stiff neck

Nausea and vomiting

Intolerance to bright light

Other treatment approaches including home care that may help include:

  • Diet - Proper nutrition can go a long way in strengthening the body’s immune system. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid refined foods such as white breads, pasta and sugar.

Rest - Avoid exertion and stay confined to the bed for as long as possible

Fluids - Drink plenty of fluids and keep well hydrated.

CBD’s effects on Encephalitis is an area that definitely warrants further study.

 

Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a condition that affects one in every 10 adults, and 1 out of every 50 children. The symptoms can be quite frustrating to those who have it. Current treatments include everything from dopamine supporters to regular exercise.

No one really knows what causes RLS. There are strong indicators that genetics play a major role, as do other related conditions such as depression or pain disorders. RLS is eased when people seek treatments for these chronic conditions. RLS can often be confused with tingling or involuntary jerking, which is common for people with conditions such asarthritis and diabetes.

Symptoms of RLS range from mild to severe, and it’s often misdiagnosed in the medical community. The chief complaint from those who have it report a feeling in their legs of sheer excitement. They may liken it to a cup of coffee running through their veins, and they report that the sensations are strongest when they’re lying in bed at night. If they see a medical professional for it, usually there is no obvious cause for the feelings.

As the stigma around scientific research into CBD continues to recede, further study into the cannabinoid’s effects on Restless Leg Syndrome should absolutely be pursued.

 

The content on this site is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. While research has shown that CBD has the potential to help provide beneficial outcomes for several complaints, it is advisable to seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health care provider when you have questions regarding any medical condition and when starting, augmenting or discontinuing any existing health routine.




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