CBD or Cannabidiol is an active ingredient of cannabis. It is also the main ingredient of medical marijuana. It is directly extracted from the hemp plant which is a cousin of the cannabis plant. It can also be prepared in the laboratory. As per WHO, CBD in our body does not exhibit any effects of abuse or dependence potential. It is a legal compound that has tons of health benefits. Whether you are 16 or 60, CBD can be used for treating various issues in a wide variety of people. Extensive research is available on the benefits of CBD in treating pain, inflammation, seizures, insomnia, anxiety, and even addictions to tobacco and heroin. In the latest revelation, it has been found that CBD can play a vital role in the treatment of Essential Tremors (ET). Essential Tremors (ET) is one of the most common neurological disorders that cause involuntary shaking. It affects about 1% of the population and most people above the age of 65. ET affects the hands, head, voice, and legs of the patient leading to impairment in activities and reduced quality of life. No proper medicine is available to treat this condition. Most medicine used in this case is to reduce the amplitude of tremors. Brain surgery is also an available option but it is only reserved for the most severe cases. How Essential Tremors (ET) occurs in the body We know that the spinal cord controls most of our movements both voluntary and involuntary. These movements are caused by motor neurons which act as an intermediate between the spinal cord and the muscles. When a motor neuron sends a signal, it leads to contraction and relaxation of the muscle which causes the movement. Involuntary shaking occurs when these neurons send a conflicting signal to the muscles. How CBD is helping in treating Essential Tremors (ET) It was reported that patients with ET have benefited from the use of cannabis. This led the researchers to further dive deep into the study of CBD for Essential Tremors. According to the latest report published in "Sciencedaily", it has been found that synthetic CBD has reduced Essential Tremors by activating Astrocytes. Astrocytes are supporting cells that are present in the spinal cord and brain. CBD activates Astrocytes which in turn releases a substance called Adenosine. Adenosine reduces nerve activity which ultimately stops the undesired shaking in the body. So far the treatment is conducted by giving localized injections of CBD and no major side effects have been reported.
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