What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of at least 113 active cannabinoids identified in cannabis. It is a major phytocannabinoid, accounting for up to 40% of the plant’s extract. CBD is considered to have a wide scope of potential medical applications – due to clinical reports showing the lack of side effects, particularly a lack of psychoactivity (as is typically associated with THC). Moreover, studies have shown CBD to be an effective treatment for a plethora of ailments and conditions, such as: anxiety, depression, diabetes, epilepsy, MS, cancer, chronic acne, fibromyalgia, PTSD, Parkinson’s, Crohn’s disease, chronic pain, migraines, insomnia, alcoholism, smoking addiction and more.
Scientists are quickly learning more and more facts about the rather remarkable abilities of the cannabinoids contained in the cannabis plant and how they interact with the endocannabinoids produced by the human body. The latter are substances produced by the endocannabinoid system and play a primary role in regulating pleasure, concentration, memory, thinking, body movement, pain, appetite, the senses (hearing, touch, taste, smell, and sight), and awareness of time. A majority of these cannabinoids possess therapeutic value and CBD is no exception. Being a non-psychotropic compound, it means that it doesn’t contribute to the “high” linked to THC, and you can administer CBD in medical treatment at fairly high doses with no undesired psychological side-effects.
Moreover, CBD oil has shown to have anti-oxidant properties, which make it useful in treatment and prophylaxis of broad range of oxidation-related diseases, such as inflammatory, ischemic, age-related, and auto-immune diseases. In particular, anti-oxidants in CBD have been shown to reduce the incidence of cancer. Medical research has found the compound to have specific application as neuroprotectants, for instance in limiting neurological damage resulting from ischemic insults, such as trauma and stroke, or in treating neurodegenerative diseases, like Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and HIV dementia. The anxiolytic properties of CBD can significantly affect anxiety disorders, such as GAD, panic disorder, depression and PTSD, reducing their symptoms and enabling people to have greater control over their lives.
Medical Experts Agree
“CBD is a non-psychoactive phytocannabinoid with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anxiolytic, anti-psychotic, anti-tumor, and anti-emetic properties. As far as natural products go, it’s a home run. Now if it could just help Americans lose a few pounds. In a newly published study in the scientific journal Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, Korean researchers studied the effects of CBD administration on preadipocytes (immature fat cells) to explore potential benefits on the treatment and prevention of obesity.”
“We were confident the medicine wouldn’t kill Sam or hurt him irreversibly, but the prospect still made us nervous. The pills contained a pharmaceutical derivative of cannabis. People have been smoking cannabis medicinally for thousands of years. Deaths are rare. But Sam would get a specific compound made in a lab. The compound, cannabidiol, known as CBD, is not an intoxicant. (Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the stuff in pot that makes you high.) Nevertheless, US drug laws made it nearly impossible…”
“A basic understanding of the way cannabinoids affect the body and the brain is helpful to making sense of some of the confusing and contradictory claims made by partisans on either side of those debates. Most cannabinoids (including THC) interact with specific targets on cells in the body, the CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are found mainly in the brain and are important for learning coordination, sleep, pain, brain development, and other functions; CB2 receptors are found mostly in the immune system.”
“Several lines of evidence in mice and other animals have clearly demonstrated that activation of cannabinoid receptors within the brain lowers heart rate and blood pressure responses to stress and reduces panic and anxiety behavior. Put simply, hemp-derived CBD administration appears to attenuate the well-known “fight or flight” phenomenon to physical and mental stress.Other studies using similar models in animals have shown that CBD administration decreases fear-avoidant and conditioned responses to pain or punishment.”
“Among common CBD benefits, natural pain relief tops the list for many. Evidence suggests that cannabinoids may prove useful in pain modulation by inhibiting neuronal transmission in pain pathways. A 2012 study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine found that CBD significantly suppressed chronic inflammatory and neuropathic pain in rodents without causing analgesic tolerance. Researchers suggest that CBD and other nonpsychoactive components of marijuana may represent a novel class of therapeutic agents for the treatment of chronic pain.”