CBD is the shortened version of cannabidiol. This is the second popular compound innate within cannabis aside from THC. It is the most prevalent and beneficial of the non-psychoactive cannabinoids. Chasen reports that this is a cannabinoid that bonds the endocannabinoid receptors and induces multitudes of signaling pathways. It’s also capable of changing the confirmation of one’s serotonin receptors, opioid receptors, and TRPV1 receptors, which are responsible for our senses of feel and pain.
CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant and then diluted with a carrier oil such as coconut or hemp seed oil to form CBD oil.
CBD has numerous medicinal properties and physiological properties such as anti-anxiety, pain-relieving, anti-depression, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, immune support, immune-modulation, anti-convulsant and anti-proliferative properties. Cannabidiol has been shown to assist in a plethora of ways, including relief from PMS symptoms in women and relief from a myriad of health issues. It is being tested for its potential in treating anxiety, epilepsy, nausea, neuroinflammation, oxidative injury, schizophrenia, and vomiting to name a few. CBD has already been proven to relieve pain and inflammation, have antipsychotic effects, reduce anxiety, help fight cancer, and relieve nausea. Studies are pointing to its ability to treat neurological disorders and seizures.
The main difficulty the science community is working to overcome is the reputation cannabis has earned due to marijuana’s use as a recreational drug. Many people are unaware that THC also has analgesic, anti-emetic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, anti-tremor, and appetite stimulating properties. This is why there is a push in information to help the public discern between marijuana and hemp and between medical and recreational uses and to know the benefits of both CBD and THC. In addition, scientists are beginning to note that CBD seems to cancel out some of the side effects of THC, such as sleepiness; CBD actually promotes wakefulness.
If CBD were to be made more accessible for patients, scientists and the medical community as a whole could focus on the string of benefits that would follow for multiple diseases and everyday health troubles. CBD can even lower the risk of diabetes and improve cardiovascular health.