CBD: Cannabidiol

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical compound that is found in the cannabis plant.  Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is completely nonpsychoactive. This organic chemical compound will not get your “high”.  

CBD’s effect is to only effect your body positively and give you relaxation.  The medical potential of CBD has been a hot topic in the ever growing cannabis world. 

CBDs has shown to be an: 

Anti-inflammatory

Antioxidant

Neurprotectant 

Anxiolytic

Antidepressant

Analgesic 

Anti-tumoral agent

Anti-psychotic

There are many ways to intake CBD, the most common is usually as an oil.  The oil can be administered orally, preferably added to ones tea. CBD can also be found in various kinds of food. 

How does CBD work? 

Cannabinoids are agonists that bind to special cannabinoid receptors in your cells.  These receptors are heavily concentrated in the central nervous system and organs.  They can be found in the skin, digestive tract and the reproductive organs. Cannabinoids tap into the system to produce therapeutic effects.  This is able to happen because our bodies produce something similar called endocannabinoids. 

In rodent studies, it has been show that CBDs may also work by blocking fatty-acid amide hydrolase (FAAH). This enzyme is responsible for breaking down anandamide, the bliss molecule.  It can help regulate pleasure, appetite, ovulation, memory, sleep, and pain. 

What can CBDs treat? 

Since CBDs are non-psychoactive, it can be beneficial with a lot more.  THC tends to create an anxiety effect, forcing some people to stay away from it.  Many patients find relief with cannabinoids. Here are some conditions that have benefitted greatly from CBD use:

Cancer

Diabetes

Lupus

Parkinson’s 

Nicotine addiction

Motor disorders

Chronic pain

Neuropathic pain

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Osteoporosis 

Epilepsy 

Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders

Anxiety 

As of today, not many states have medical marijuana or access to such products.  In most states, you can find cannabinoid items in smoke shops.  There is an online market for cannabinoid products, just make sure it is CBD without THC for legal use.  Talk to your doctor if you think this could be a good path for you. 

 

http://herb.co/2016/07/26/everything-you-need-to-know-about-cbd/