CBD is a popular term when it comes to cannabis medicine these days. But what is CBD? And how does it work?
CBD is the shortened acronym for cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is one of the active cannabinoids in cannabis. Cannabinoids are a hot topic in the world of medical research today. Recent discovery of the endocannabinoid system naturally present in the human body has led to relevant research into the cannabis plant, to see just how the many cannabinoids can affect the human body and treat its various ailments.
Arguably, the most well-known cannabinoid is THC. This compound has the reputation for giving euphoric effects when ingested by the marijuana user. Market demand has produced cannabis strains with extremely high levels of THC up until now.
Recently, other cannabinoids have gotten some much deserved attention from the medical field and the public. CBD is the second most prevalent cannabinoid behind THC and the beneficial effects of CBD are coming to light. CBD has been studied and used to treat seizure disorders, pain, anxiety, inflammation, and infection. CBD, in stark contrast to intoxicating THC, does not give euphoric, mind-altering effects. Users of CBD products and high-CBD/low-THC marijuana strains have reported a calming sensation, but no intoxicating effects have been reported, making it a good choice to treat children, the elderly, and others who do not wish to experience the intoxicating effects of medical cannabis.
CBD for stress relief
CBD has been studied for its effects on stress and anxiety. One scholarly review of the medical literature concluded that the overwhelming evidence in the current published literature shows that CBD is an effective treatment in reducing symptoms of anxiety.
CBD as an antioxidant
CBD has been recognized by the US Patent Office as an antioxidant. Antioxidants fight the effects of aging in the body by attacking free radicals. When the oxidized free radicals are eliminated from body systems, the systems do not break down and age as quickly.
CBD for inflammation
CBD topical treatments have been tested for reducing inflammation caused by arthritis and show promise in this treatment area. CBD is easily absorbed through the skin organ for localized, effective relief.
Currently, CBD is not an approved medical treatment authorized by the FDA. It is available for use as a health supplement for those who would like to add it into their regular healthy lifestyle. Since CBD lacks the intoxicating properties of THC, when it is created from legally sourced imported industrial hemp, CBD products are available to consumers in the US. Medical cannabis is legal in 23 US states, with 4 states legalizing recreational usage of the substance, allowing widespread usage of CBD to support healthy lifestyles.