What is CBD? It’s an ancient herb set to revolutionize modern-day medicine.
CBD is a compound of Cannabis, the plant responsible for a variety of things from textiles to medicine and paper. Generally though, Marijuana has been grown for recreational purposes, and usually contains more THC than CBD.
The chemical responsible for sending users high is THC. However CBD is non psychoactive, does not contain THC and has many Marijuana plant health benefits.
CBD and THC are members of over sixty compounds found in Cannabis that belong to a class of molecules called cannabinoids. CBD and THC are usually present in the highest concentrations and therefore the most studied and recognized compounds of the Marijuana plant.
Recently, through selective breeding techniques, Cannabis breeders have managed to produce plants with high concentrations of CBD with next to zero levels of THC. This is extremely beneficial as health professionals prefer to suggest treatments with maximum benefits and minimal side effects. CBD reduces the negative effects of THC.
Numerous studies have shown that CBD acts to reduce the intoxicating effects, such as memory impairment and paranoia. CBD also seems to counteract the sleep inducing effects of THC which may explain why some strains of Cannabis are known to increase alertness.
According to a 2013 review published in the British Journal of clinical pharmacology studies, CBD possess the following medical properties:
Anti-emetic, reduces nausea and vomiting
Anti-convulsant, suppresses seizure activity
Anti-psychotic, combat psychosis disorders
Anti-inflammatory, combat inflammatory disorders
Anti-oxidant, combat neurodegenerative disorders
Anti-tumorial, anti-cancer, combats tumor and cancer cells