Cannabidiol (CBD) can be useful for treating the symptoms of a wide variety of ailments due to its stimulating effect on the endocannabinoid system (ECS). For instance, health and wellness products made by infusing it are used for treating common day ailments like headaches, muscle and joint pain, neuropathic pain due to sciatica and shingles, and so on. Besides, studies show that cannabidiol may be useful for alleviating the symptoms of neurological disorders, but it cannot cure them. The purpose of this article is to investigate how CBD can be useful for treating neurological disorders.
What Is A Neurological Disorder?
Our nervous system consists of the central and peripheral nervous systems; they jointly coordinate the movements and other bodily functions. The central nervous system consists of the brain and the spinal cord, and the peripheral includes the autonomic nerves and peripheral nerves that run throughout the body.
A neurological disorder is a condition that causes the impairment of any of the functions of the nervous system. This can happen due to mutated genes, brain or spinal cord injuries, or malnutrition.
Listed below are the different categories of neurological disorders:
- Degenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, etc.
- Vascular disorders due to blockages like stroke
- Headache disorders like migraines
- Genetic neurological disorders like Huntington’s disease
- Movement disorders
- Functional neurological disorders
- Neuromuscular disease
- Neuro-oncology, i.e. cancer in the brain
CBD For Neurological Disorders
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of more than 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis family of plants. It is the main cannabinoid found in the hemp plant and has gained attention due to its many potential therapeutic health benefits.
CBD uses include relieving pain, reducing inflammation, improving neurological functioning, etc. Research has shown that it can reduce the frequency and severity of seizures due to epilepsy. Furthermore, it can be effective for treating drug-resistant forms of epilepsy in children.
CBD Based Drugs
Epidiolex: This is a cannabidiol (CBD) based drug that is approved by the FDA for treating Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome in children above two years old. Even though it uses plant-derived cannabidiol, it does not contain THC.
Sativex: This is a medication that is administered in the form of mouth spray, and it contains both THC and CBD. Sativex is approved for treating spasticity due to multiple sclerosis. Remember that, when these cannabinoids are administered together, their overall therapeutic effects are enhanced. For example, the combination of THC and CBD is useful for treating chronic pain.
As of now, cannabidiol (CBD) is not used as part of conventional treatment for neurological disorders due to the absence of conclusive results.