Cannabidiol: The Wonder Drug of the 21st Century?

Cannabidiol: The Wonder Drug of the 21st Century?

Cannabis has been at the center of one of the most exciting — and underreported — developments in modern science. Research on marijuana’s effects led directly to the discovery of a hitherto unknown biochemical communication system in the human body, the Endocannabinoid System, which plays a crucial role in regulating our physiology, mood, and everyday experience.

The majority of people have heard of THC, the compound in cannabis used to make the individual high. However, more and more people are speaking about the other component found within marijuana; called cannabidiol (CBD).

Cannabidiol is One of the Two Major Ingredients in Cannabis

 

For the regular advocate, this will come as no surprise. But for many this is still a point of confusion.

You see, cannabis is often thought of as a recreational drug because of its best known variant, marijuana. However, what you may not know is that, while there is one particular component of marijuana — THC — that gives users their high, there are over 65 other compounds — like CBD — that have different effects on the human body and mind.

Cannabidiol is Non-Psychoactive

While there are many differences between THC and CBD, one of the most obvious is that CBD is non-psychoactive. This one fact plays a large role in the fight for legalization of cannabis for medical purposes.

The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) wrote in its July 8, 2011 report “Denial of Petition to Initiate Proceedings to Reschedule Marijuana” on the website deadiversion.usdoj.gov:

“CBD is not considered to have cannabinol-like psychoactivity…”

Cannabidiol Possesses Many Medical Benefits

Although research is still scratching the surface, cannabidiol is proving to be immensely beneficial for the treatment of different ailments and disorders. While the anticonvulsant benefits are garnering all the headlines as several states work through the process of making CBD oil available to children suffering from epilepsy, CBD can also treat inflammation, anxiety, fight tumors, reduce nausea & vomiting, and neurodegenerative disorders.

Aside from treating the conditions listed above, research has shown that cannabidiol is effective in treating a condition known as Dravet Syndrome. This particular syndrome is a very rare form of epilepsy where seizures are common. However, studies have shown that patients administered cannabis, with high levels of CBD and low levels of THC, has been effective in treating some of the symptoms of this syndrome.

CBD has demonstrated neuroprotective and neurogenic effects, and its anti-cancer properties are currently being investigated at several academic research centers in the United States and elsewhere.

Conclusion

There is a lot about cannabidiol that is still being learned. Ongoing research is giving us a fresh insight into how CBD affects us and how we can use those characteristics to our advantage. At the same time, there is a negative image that CBD has to overcome because of its ties with marijuana.

source credit’s; https://medium.com/@ditz/cannabidiol-the-wonder-drug-of-the-21st-century-da0bf2176aca

 

 

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