What Is CBD?
What is CBD?
The second most prominent compound in cannabis, CBD (Cannabidiol) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid with non-euphoric, non-toxic, and anti-oxidants effects used for relief to a wide range of health disorders.
CBD is one of over 60 compounds found in cannabis that belong to a class of molecules called cannabinoids. Of these compounds, CBD and THC are usually present in the highest concentrations, and are therefore the most recognized and studied.
However, by using selective breeding techniques, cannabis breeders have managed to create varieties with high levels of CBD and next to zero levels of THC. These strains are rare but have become more popular in recent years.
Unlike THC, CBD does not cause a high. While this makes CBD a poor choice for recreational users, it gives the chemical a significant advantage as a medicine, since health professionals prefer treatments with minimal side effects.
CBD is non-psychoactive because it does not act on the same pathways as THC. These pathways, called CB1 receptors, are highly concentrated in the brain and are responsible for the mind-altering effects of THC.
A 2011 review published in Current Drug Safety concludes that CBD “does not interfere with several psychomotor and psychological functions.” The authors add that several studies suggest that CBD is “well tolerated and safe” even at high doses.
Medical Benefits of CBDStudies have found CBD to possess a variety of health benefits. Including:
- Antiemetic (Reducing nausea & vomiting)
- Anticonvulsant (Suppressing seizure activity)
- Antipsychotic (Combating psychosis disorders)
- Anti-inflammatory (Combating inflammatory disorders)
- Anti-oxidant (Combating neurodegenerative disorders)
- Anti-tumoral/Anti-cancer (Combating tumorigenesis)
- Anxiolytic/Anti-depressant (Combating anxiety and depression disorders)