CBD: Future Medicine?
With the idea of marijuana becoming legal in Canada, and its popularity amongst the country’s residents, there are a lot of buzzwords and jargon kicking around these days – one of which is Cannabidiol, or CBD, for short. Below, you’ll find a brief explanation of just what CBD is, and why you should care.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol is one of at least 113 active cannabinoids identified in cannabis. It is considered to have a wide scope of potential medical applications – due to clinical reports showing the lack of side effects, particularly a lack of psychoactivity, typically associated with Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and non-interference with several psychomotor learning and psychological functions.
CBD vs. THC
Out of the dozens of compounds (cannabinoids) found in cannabis, the two most commonly talked about are CBD and THC. While THC is the more well-known of the two compounds (typically known for the euphoric “high” feeling experienced by its users), Cannabidiol displays a quite different set of characteristics, most notably that it lacks any kind of euphoria, and has been known to reduce, or even reverse, the common side effects of THC.
Health Benefits of CBD
Although clinical trials have mostly been limited, studies suggest that Cannabidiol has powerful antibacterial and inflammatory properties, as well as being a mild pain reliever. A study conducted in 2008 at del Piemonte University in Italy concluded that the five major Cannabinoids, including CBD, showed potent activity against a deadly bacteria, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), a micro-organism of great clinical importance.
As well as being an anti-inflammatory, Cannabidiol has been shown to have antipsychotic properties, it’s an anti-oxidant, and, further more, there has been support to show that CBD reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety, making the marijuana-derived compound highly useful as an alternative to pharmaceuticals and current over the counter medication.
As more studies are being performed and more information becomes available, the evidence is certainly piling up of the health benefits of CBD. The potential uses of this particular cannabinoid far outweigh the risks involved with the use of medical marijuana, and given the way the country and its politicians are leaning, it won’t be long before we all see the change in thinking toward marijuana and its healing properties.