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Making Sense of CBD and Its Effects

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a type of cannabis compound that delivers wide-ranging therapeutic effects. Unlike other compounds found in cannabis, CBD doesn’t come with the “high” that’s associated with marijuana use. CBD is non-psychotropic, which means that it has no effect on a person’s mental state. For some people this could be seen as an added bonus.

There are around 100 different cannabis compounds present in marijuana flowers. For many years, growers focused on their strains’ THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) rather than CBD, because THC is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis. Both compounds have their own therapeutic properties, but CBD does not cause the same “euphoric” effects as THC.

For those who want the therapeutic benefits of cannabis without the "high," the answer may be high-CBD extracts and flowers.

What Is the Potential of CBD?

Both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) have acknowledged the potential benefits of CBD and called for more research. This is because there are promising signs that CBD helps those suffering from conditions ranging from sleep disorders to cancer, chronic pain, anxiety, epilepsy, Parkinson’s, substance use disorders, and multiple sclerosis.

In her testimony before the senate in 2015, the Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Dr. Nora D. Volkow, indicated that CBD had potential therapeutic value for managing anxiety, possibly PTSD. It could assist in the “forgetting of traumatic memories.” Like other government officials, Volkow called for more research.

How safe is CBD? A survey of the research found that CBD was “well tolerated” in a number of different cases. Whether people took CBD as part of a short-term treatment plan or over an extended period of time, most studies reported no significant side-effects.

Wider Use of CBD Now Finding Success

Infants, like Charlotte Figi, who are born with Dravet’s Syndrome, suffer from frequent and catastrophic seizures. Charlotte’s parents felt powerless as their daughter experienced 300 grand mal seizures a week. After researching possible therapies, they decided to include high-CBD cannabis oil as part of her treatment. The results of the treatment were instantaneous and long-lasting; Charlotte now has only a handful of seizures a month – a vast reduction.

Or, consider the NFL Players Association, an organization that’s trying to get the NFL to reconsider and reassess its drug policies. For years, the NFL has penalized players who test positive for cannabis. That might change, though, because CBD offers a way to manage pain without the potentially deadly side-effects of using prescription painkillers. Players could be using CBD for the medicinal qualities and not for the “high.”

According to Lester Grinspoon (Ph.D.) of Harvard Medical School, in addition to being an analgesic (painkiller), CDB is a neuroprotective. This means it could potentially even help players avoid concussions.

Looking Forward to a Natural Solution

In the middle of the current opioid crisis in the U.S., Big Pharma continues to push powerful painkillers to unsuspecting patients. All in the name of fighting pain, these dangerous, highly-addictive medications kill people and ruin lives every single day.

Preliminary research suggests that CBD is a non-toxic, non-addictive treatment for pain. While the comparison between an opioid and medical marijuana may seem far-fetched at first, it’s true that CBD has effective pain-killing qualities and that it’s used to treat some of the same ailments that opioids treat.

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