Cannabidiol or CBD is considered THC’s sister cannabinoid. Both exist as the most abundant forms of cannabinoids in cannabis. While THC causes most of the psychoactive effects cannabis is known for, CBD is non-psychoactive and non-intoxicant. In fact, CBD boasts a number of potent therapeutic effects that many people seek.
Unsurprisingly, there are still many things we don’t know about CBD.
CBD can Help Treat Numerous Medical Conditions
From multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic pain, irritable bowel syndrome to insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder and certain mood disorders, CBD has shown promise as a potent treatment in managing symptoms of these diseases, based on numerous research studies and anecdotal evidence.
One of the main physiological actions of CBD within the human body is its action as an immune response regulator. Having said, although there’s no definitive clinical evidence that shows CBD’s capability to reverse a certain condition, anything that supports, enhances and boosts the efficiency of the immune system will help facilitate recovery from inflammation, infection or autoimmune attack and bring the body back to a healthy state of balance or homeostasis.
Thanks to social media, numerous personal accounts have shown how you can relieve your pain with alternative treatment like CBD. Some people told that it helped treat specific forms of cancer and many other debilitating conditions.
Various High CBD Strains are Now Being Cultivated
While it took some time to catch on, non-psychoactive cannabis such as CBD is becoming more and more popular. Today, breeders cultivate specialized strains of cannabis that contains low to zero THC. One of the most popular is Charlotte’s Web, named after the girl suffering from a severe form of epilepsy who was healed using cannabis oil. Before the cultivation of Charlotte’s Web, the only low THC strain popular and readily available was Harlequin. Other high CBD strains include Ringo’s Gift, ACDC, Sour Tsunami to name a few.
CBD Can be Used to Fight Addiction
CBD, a compound present in cannabis, is currently studies for its efficacy in treating addiction to nearly everything, from cocaine, heroin, tobacco, alcohol, amphetamine, and even to cannabis itself. A scientific evidence has been published that CBD can be a safe and effective replacement for opioid addiction. It is believed that CBD blocks the rewarding effect of opioids, based on the study.
A study conducted by the National Institutes of Health revealed that patients’ craving gradually reduced after being given CBD. The fact that this cannabis compound is non-addictive, is safe to take up to 1500mg a day and with no psychoactive side effects, means that CBD shows a great promises as a natural treatment to the addiction recovery process.
CBD Shows Promise as an Anti-Cancer Agent
A number of animal studies have shown the use of CBD and THC for killing cancer cells. While there’s no actual clinical human trials on cancer patients, numerous cancer patients have reported that the use of CBD oil has helped them fight cancer.
One possible way that this is done is through programmed cell death or apoptosis. A research has shown that cannabinoids can influence programmed cell death to inhibit cancer growth. Whether or not CBD can cure cancer remains to be seen.
CBD Hemp Oil and CBD Cannabis Oil Are Not the Same
Many people are a little confused about these two CBD oils. Basically, there are two ways to process CBD oil – you can get it from hemp plants (Cannabis ruderalis) that are legal and won’t produce a high, or you can produce from the marijuana plant (Cannabis sativa), aka weed.
Because industrial hemp contains below 0.3% THC, you can imagine that is where most of the CBD products come from. Though hemp contains far less psychoactive compound THC, it does contain CBD in its flowers and leaves, which are extracted and made into oils.
So which one is better? Well, it all boils down to the CBD content. It doesn’t matter if it comes from marijuana or the hemp plant. As long as it is processed properly, both should produce similar medicinal effects.
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