Recent Medical Research On Hemp
Hemp has shown success as a potential therapy for various health conditions such as anxiety, epilepsy/seizure, psychotic disorders, stroke rehabilitation, PTSD, pain, colitis, high blood pressure, liver injury, etc. Hemp is a very popular choice in this case due to the fact that it has no psychoactive properties, and, therefore, little to no side effects.
Fear and anxiety
Two studies conducted in Sao Paulo, Brazil at the Federal University of Santa Catarina and the University of Sao Paulo showed significant effects on the events associated with fear and anxiety.
The first study used Hemp to show its effect on the long-term fear memory in rats and the results showed that Hemp managed to disrupt it. Such finding is especially important for PTSD treatment, especially since long-term fear memory usually stems from some past trauma. Basically, when rats were exposed to the thing that caused them trauma they froze in fear. When Hemp was introduced, their reaction to the said traumatic occurrence wasn’t as strong as before.
The second study had to do with using Hemp in order to reduce the anxiety followed by public speaking by introducing 300mg dosage of Hemp. Subjects all took different doses and the study found that the amount was an important factor in reducing the anxiety.
The mentioned studies all found positive Hemp effects when it comes to dealing with fear and anxiety, but there are other potential uses that may completely replace prescription meds with harsh side effects in the future.
Due to the nature of opioid drugs, their misuse and overdose rates are alarming, especially when it comes to patients trying to deal with chronic pain.
A study conducted by researchers at the University of California and Kent State University found that 97% of subjects reported that they were able to reduce their opiate use when using cannabis, while 81% of subjects reported cannabis as more effective in treating chronic pain than opiates.
It’s essential to note that this study wasn’t focused on Hemp specifically, but exceptionally low side effects opened the door for more research on Hemp. For starters, a study was recently funded at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System that will be directly involved with the use of Hemp opposed to the use of opioids among adults with chronic pain.
Irritable bowel disease
In 2017, a study through the National Institutes of Health focused on Hemp effects when it comes to irritable bowel disease, Crohn’s, and colitis, and the results were very positive for providing colitis relief with the Hemp endocannabinoid system manipulation.
What’s next in Hemp research?
There are plenty of options and different studies waiting their turn when it comes to the use and benefits of Hemp, but the ones conducted so far show great promise and possibilities.
Still, more studies and research will be necessary in order for Hemp to be fully understood and utilized to its full potential. However, researches are actively working on providing more evidence based on past studies when it comes to using Hemp as an alternative to medical treatment protocols.
Everyone interested in using Hemp and any other medical protocol should always see their doctor and seek their professional advice.
More studies and opportunities for Hemp education in the medical community and its user base are expected in the future.