Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the most common chemical compounds in the cannabis plant. Unlike the more famous cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is completely non psychoactive. For decades, medical professionals and the general public overlooked CBD because psychoactive cannabis took center stage. Now, the medical potential of CBD has taken cannabis to mainstream audiences. – – —
Scientific and clinical research (mostly sponsored by the US government) supports CBD’s potential for treating for a wide range of conditions, including:
- multiple Sclerosis
- chronic pain
- post-traumatic stress disorder
- antibiotic-resistant infections
- epilepsy, and other neurological disorders
CBD has also been shown to protect and boost the nervous system, and its anti-cancer properties are currently being investigated at several academic research centers in the United States and abroad. Research also suggests that CBD is safe for use – even at high doses.
CBD tends to be used by patients in the form of an oil. Patients with more chronic conditions such as cancer and epilepsy often use medical cannabis oil extracted from high-CBD varieties of cannabis. For decades, only cannabis with high levels of THC was available worldwide, but medical users and manufacturers of CBD products now have access to CBD-rich cannabis.