The Cannabis plant contains numerous molecules called cannabinoids, the most well known of which is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) — responsible for the “high” recreational cannabis users seek. CBD (cannabidiol) another highly prevalent cannabinoid, is not psychoactive, and is quickly gaining scientific recognition because of its remarkable medicinal benefits, without the heavy “high” that comes with THC.
Because CBD is non-psychoactive, medicines with high levels of CBD can mitigate and reduce the negative effects of THC. CBD-rich medicinal products are therefore becoming accepted for treating children, the elderly, and those for whom the intense THC-induced “high” may be undesirable.
CBD has been shown to:
- Inhibit cancer cell growth when injected into breast and brain tumors in combination with THC
- Reduce or eliminate seizures and convulsions
- Reduce vascular tension
- Relieve anxiety
- Be useful in the treatment of oxidation associated diseases including ischemic, age-related, inflammatory, and autoimmune diseases
- Be neuroprotective, for example, limiting neurological damage following stroke and trauma
- Be helpful in managing neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and HIV dementia
- Lower blood sugar levels
- Alleviate nausea
- Be anti-inlammatory, analgesic (pain-relieving), antibacterial, and antioxidant
For further information, see the Wikipedia article on Cannabidiol (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabidiol), which cites numerous research studies showing positive benefits of CBD.
See also: US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Oct. 7, 2003 United States Patent #6,630,507 “Cannabinoids as Antioxidants and Neuroprotectants” (patft.uspto.gov).
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WHAT Is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound in cannabis that has medical effects but does not make people feel “stoned” and can actually counter the psychoactive effects of THC. After decades in which only high-THC Cannabis was available, CBD-rich strains are now being grown by and for medical users.
WHY nonpsychoative cannabis?
The reduced psychoactivity of CBD-rich cannabis makes it an appealing treatment option for patients seeking anti-inflammatory, anti-pain, anti-anxiety, and anti-psychotic effects without disconcerting lethargy or dysphoria.
WHO can benefit?
Scientific studies underscore CBD’s potential as a treatment for many conditions, including chronic pain, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, alcoholism, PTSD, schizophrenia, antibiotic-resistant infections, rheumatoid arthritis, MS, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders.