What is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol, the second-most prevalent cannabinoid (only behind tetrahydrocannabinol, more commonly known as THC) found in marijuana and hemp plants. CBD does not contribute to the “high” effects generally reported with THC product use, however research has shown that CBD does have vast applications within the health and medical fields.
Medical Applications of CBD
Research done with CBD has proven its benefits. The medically beneficial properties of CBD include:
- anti-inflammatory (reduces swelling)
- anticonvulsant (used in the treatment of seizures)
- antioxidant (prevents cell damage caused by free radicals)
- antiemetic (used in treatment of nausea)
- anxiolytic (inhibits anxiety)
- antipsychotic (inhibits psychosis)
Due to these, it is a potential medicine for the treatment of neuroinflammation, epilepsy, oxidative injury, vomiting and nausea, anxiety, and schizophrenia, to name a few.
CBD vs THC
Although CBD is technically considered a psychoactive substance, it’s important to note that it is a non-intoxicating substance, meaning that it doesn’t cause the same sort of sensory and psychological effects as THC does. It is also known to reduce some of the less-desirable traits of THC, including paranoia and impaired thinking.