CBD is also known as cannabidiol, a substance found in cannabis that is used as a remedy for many ailments. This compound, along with THC is one of the better-known compounds found in marijuana (out of 104 compounds). CBD, unlike THC, is not psychoactive and thus it doesn’t cause the sensation of the “high.” This makes it a perfect remedy for pain relief and other symptoms without the “high” effect.
The most common form of the cannabidiol that people use for medical purposes is the oil. It gets extracted from the plant and works well in the treatment of many symptoms. The lack of any side-effects is another excellent thing about this compound.
The best-known advantage of the CBD is pain relief. Cultures have been using it for around five thousand years. The use of this plant went down in the last few decades due to laws that branded it illegal. However, researchers found that only some compounds from marijuana have health benefits. CBD is a compound that affects the ECS aka endocannabinoid system that regulates functions like pain, immune system response, and appetite.
The body itself produces endocannabinoids that affect neurotransmitters that control pain and other functions. Extensive studies showed that CBD helps the body to better regulate the pain by introducing more of the compound into the system.
Many link CBD with reduction of anxiety and depression. The link comes from several studies that tested the theory on animals and humans alike. Pharmaceutical companies are adamant in their stance that CBD doesn’t work because that would hurt the sales of medications for anxiety and depression.
These two mental issues are among the top ten problems that affect the psychological state of people. This means that a lot of people have to use pharmaceutical drugs to treat them. All of those drugs come with side-effects that include everything from drowsiness and agitation to a headache and sexual dysfunction. Some of those medications cause addiction on top of everything else. CBD is the best alternative to these things as it is a natural remedy that doesn’t cause any side effects. The only problem is that it would lead to monetary losses and that isn’t something that big corporations are willing to allow (the case in Indiana is proof if that).
CBD, along with several other compounds found in cannabis, has many proved health benefits. The research into other compounds and potential health benefits is still far from over. New compounds and new benefits of CBD and other elements of marijuana rise to the surface on a regular basis thanks to dedicated work of research groups all around the world.
Alleviation of the cancer-related symptoms is just one of the latest health benefits that research found. Researchers also found evidence that CBD has neuroprotective properties.