What is CBD and How Does it Work?
Medical marijuana has a large number of health benefits, including being used as treatment for anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and seizures. Have you ever wondered how weed can treat these ailments though? It is mainly because of a part of the plant called cannabidol, better known as CBD.
The two main parts of the cannabis’s chemical structure are tetrahydrocannabinol-THC, and CBD. Obviously the THC is what makes you feel high and effects your mind and body. Luckily, CBD does not get the user stoned what so ever in order to receive all of the health benefits without affecting the healthy parts of the brain and body.
“CBD is the major nonpsychoactive component of Cannabis “, according to Dr. Axe.com . “According to a 2013 study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, CBD benefits including acting in some experimental models as an anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, antioxidant, antiemetic, anxiolytic and antipsychotic agent, and is therefore a potential medicine for the treatment of neuroinflammation, epilepsy, oxidative injury, vomiting and nausea, anxiety and schizophrenia”.
This article also mentioned that denying and not further researching the benefits of CBD for it’s medical potential is simply unacceptable.
For patients such as elders, children, or users that do not want to get stoned CBD is highly preferred. Many parents of children with severe epilepsy are turning to CBD to save their kids from hours of pain and trips to the hospital. However infants and children using CBD is not a new trend in the medical industry.
In 1843 a British army doctor by the name of William O’shaughnessy used the oil to treat seizures in patients, including infants. His study and reports were published in the Provincial Medical Journal, and featured information on cannabis’s effect on the treatment of tetanus and convulsions.
High doses of CBD oil is also a popular treatment for children with cancer as well because it can shrink tumors and decrease the harsh side effects of chemotherapy.
Users can also receive the benefits of CBD in a variety of forms. There are flower strains that were created to have higher amounts of CBD than THC such as Charlotte’s Web, Critical Mass, CBD Mango Haze, and more. Flower CBD strains can also be turned into wax, butter, concentrate, tinctures, oils, capsules, and edibles for those that do not want to or are no able to smoke or inhale smoke.
Topical CBD is also a popular method of usage. When CBD oil is used in skincare it’s still really effective and actually one of the easiest ways to receive it’s pain relief benefits because it’s quickly absorbed into the skin.
Unfortunately the DEA recently classified CBD as a schedule 1 drug, in efforts for it to make it more difficult to access and more profitable for pharmaceutical companies. Before this, CBD was accessible in all 50 states by anyone, but now you must live in a legal state with medical access.
To learn more about CBD and it’s benefits check out this video by Weedmaps.