CBD (Cannabidiol) is one of 80 known plant-derived cannabinoids, or phyto-cannabinoids, found in the cannabis and hemp plants. While THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) remains the most widely known cannabinoid responsible for the psychoactive effect—or “high”—experienced by those who ingest cannabis, CBD is gaining popularity for a number of reasons:
• CBD is non-toxic and non-addictive: a recent study conducted by WHO (World Health Organization) suggests that CBD has no abuse potential or negative effect on public health. You can read the study HERE.
• CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that can mitigate the psychoactive effects of THC and is safe for both human and animal consumption
• Cannabidiol is found in abundance in both the cannabis and hemp plants: THC is abundant in cannabis—upwards of 25% in some strains—while hemp contains only trace amounts of THC—less than .3%
• Hemp-based CBD can be shipped across state lines (in the U.S.) and even internationally
• CBD has various internal and external applications, including, but not limited to: Tinctures, topicals (lotions, balms, salves, bath bombs, and soaks), edibles, capsules, suppositories, and transdermal patches
• CBD can also be inhaled via vaporization (vaping) or combustion (smoking) in the form of oil or flowers
For these reasons, CBD appeals to novices, athletes, health-conscious individuals, women, and seniors who integrate it into their lifestyles and wellness routines with ease. Some experts consider CBD a superfood and recommend utilizing it daily, in a manner similar to vitamins and supplements. – Dr. Michele Ross, Vitamin Weed
Cannabidiol has many therapeutic values, including:
- Analgesic/pain relief
- Antioxidant (fights free-radicals and limits oxidative stress)
- Anti-spasmodic (diminishes the frequency and/or severity of seizures, tremors, cramps, muscle spasms)
- Anti-emetic (decreases nausea and vomiting—essential to patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment)
- Neuroprotective (treats neurodegenerative disease, brain- and spinal cord- injury, stroke, and central nervous system disorders)
These factors contribute to the efficacy of CBD for patients with acute or chronic pain, autoimmune disease, chronic illness, PTSD, and several other serious conditions. CBD allows the body to recover by reducing swelling, inflammation, and toxicity, which aid in returning the body to homeostasis. On the other hand, opioids and pharmaceutical drugs are toxic, addictive, and in some cases, deadly. Typically, pharmaceuticals provide superficial, temporary relief (i.e. blocking pain receptors in the brain) and often have negative side effects, such as drowsiness, nausea, and dependency. By incorporating CBD into their regimens, patients can effectively reduce or even eliminate their intake of pharmaceutical drugs, including anti-seizure and anti-anxiety medications, antidepressants, and prescription narcotics, like opioids and other painkillers.
Despite limited acceptance from the medical community and skepticism from the public, the benefits of CBD are endless. As prohibition ends across the globe and more research becomes available, CBD will become a widely accepted medicine, available to those who need it most.