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In February 2024, the Spanish Ministry of Health opened a public consultation on the medicinal use of cannabis to draft a royal decree. German doctors have prescribed cannabis since 2017. CBD shows promise for chronic pain, anxiety, depression, epilepsy, neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, and sleep disorders. Quality and consulting healthcare professionals are crucial for safe use.




In recent years, cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, has emerged as a promising therapeutic option in the treatment of various diseases. This compound, derived from the cannabis plant, has no psychoactive effects, unlike THC, making it attractive for medical use. Moreover, its accessibility has improved considerably, with many people turning to an online CBD store to purchase these products safely and conveniently.

Growing research and anecdotal evidence have led many health professionals to consider CBD as a complement to modern medicine. So much so that in February 2024, the Spanish Ministry of Health opened a period of public consultation to gather opinions from civil society, organizations, professional associations and scientific societies on the medicinal use of cannabis. The aim is to draft a royal decree that regulates the therapeutic use of this plant with psychoactive properties.

Since 2017, German doctors have been able to prescribe cannabis-based treatments in the form of flowers or medicines formulated with this substance. Dispensing is done in pharmacies using a special prescription for narcotic substances.

Therapeutic properties of CBD

CBD interacts with the human body’s endocannabinoid system, a complex system that plays a crucial role in regulating various physiological functions such as pain, inflammation, mood, and sleep. This interaction has been shown to have beneficial effects on a variety of medical conditions.

Chronic Pain and Arthritis: One of the most studied areas is its use in chronic pain management. Studies have shown that it can help reduce pain and inflammation in people with arthritis. Its ability to interact with pain receptors in the brain and immune system offers significant relief without the common side effects of traditional pain medications, such as opioids.

Anxiety and depression: Anxiety and depression are common mental disorders that can have a debilitating impact on daily life. CBD has shown anti-anxiety and anti-depressant effects in preclinical and clinical studies. Its action on serotonin receptors in the brain, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood and anxiety, is thought to be responsible for these positive effects.

Epilepsy: One of the most well-known and documented uses of CBD is in the treatment of certain types of epilepsy. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of a drug based on this compound, called Epidiolex, to treat two rare and severe forms of epilepsy: Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. Clinical trials have shown a significant reduction in seizure frequency in patients taking it.

Neurodegenerative diseases: The neuroprotective potential of this substance has also been explored in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Although research is in its early stages, there are indications that it may help reduce inflammation and cell death in the brain, which could slow the progression of these debilitating diseases.

Cancer: In the field of oncology, it has shown promise not only in reducing the side effects of cancer treatment, such as nausea and pain, but also in fighting cancer cells directly. Some studies have indicated that it may inhibit the growth of certain types of cancer cells, although more research is needed to confirm these findings and better understand its mechanisms of action.

Sleep disorders: It has also been investigated for its effect on sleep disorders, such as insomnia. Its ability to reduce anxiety and pain is thought to contribute to improved sleep quality. Additionally, some studies suggest that it may help regulate sleep cycles, promoting deeper, more restful sleep.

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Considerations and precautions

Despite the potential benefits, it is important to consider some precautions. Quality and purity can vary significantly between products, and it is crucial to acquire it from reliable sources. Also, although it is generally considered safe, it can interact with other medications, so it is essential to consult a health professional before starting any treatment.

The use of CBD in the treatment of various diseases offers renewed hope for many patients. Its ability to relieve pain, reduce anxiety, control seizures, and possibly influence the course of neurodegenerative diseases and cancer positions it as a valuable adjunct in modern medicine. As research continues, we are likely to discover even more therapeutic applications of this versatile compound, thereby improving the quality of life for those suffering from various medical conditions.


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Arturo Garcia started out as a political writer for a local newspaper in Peru, before covering big-league sports for national broadsheets. Eventually he began writing about innovative tech and business trends, which let him travel all over North and South America. Currently he is exploring the world of Bitcoin and cannabis, two hot commodities which he believes are poised to change history.