Benefits of Cannabidiol (CBD)
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabis compound that has significant medical benefits, but does not make people feel “stoned” and can actually counteract the psychoactivity of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Why non-psychoactive cannabis?
The reduced psychoactivity of CBD-rich cannabis makes it an appealing treatment option for patients seeking anti-inflammatory, anti-pain, anti-anxiety, and anti-psychotic effects without disconcerting lethargy or dysphoria.
What about THC?
The Cannabis plant contains numerous molecules called cannabinoids, most well-known of which is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is responsible for the “high” recreational cannabis users seek, yet THC may be an essential component of cannabis-based medicinals in the treatment and management of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Cancer.
Can CBD and THC work together?
Because CBD is non-psychoactive, CBD-rich medicines can mitigate and reduce the negative effects of THC. CBD-rich medicinal products are therefore becoming accepted for treating children, the elderly, and those for whom the intense THC-induced “high” may be undesirable.
Who can benefit from CBD-rich medicinals?
Scientific studies underscore the potential of CBD-rich medicine as a treatment for many conditions including: chronic pain, diabetes, cancer, insomnia, anxiety, cardiovascular disease, alcoholism, PTSD, schizophrenia, antibiotic-resistant infections, Parkinson’s, rheumatoid arthritis, MS, epilepsy, and other neurological and seizure disorders. To find out if CBD-rich medicine is appropriate for you, please consult your physician or healthcare practitioner.
Cannabidiol has been shown to:
- Inhibit cancer cell growth when injected into breast and brain tumors in combination with THC
- Reduce or eliminate seizures and convulsions
- Reduce vascular tension
- Relieve anxiety
- Be useful in the treatment of oxidation associated diseases including ischemic, age-related, and autoimmune diseases
- Be neuro-protective, for example, limiting neurological damage following stroke and trauma
- Be helpful in managing neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and HIV dementia
- Lower blood sugar levels
- Alleviate nausea
- Be analgesic (pain-relieving), antibacterial, and antioxidant
For more information, see the Wikipedia article on Cannabidiol, which cites numerous research studies showing positive benefits of CBD.
See also: US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Oct. 7, 2003 United States Patent #6,630,507 “Cannabinoids as Antioxidants and Neuroprotectants”.
What is CO2 extraction?
CO2 extraction is one of the cleanest, greenest methods of super-concentrating cannabinoids. From Wikipedia: “The relatively low temperature of the process and the stability of CO2 also allows most compounds to be extracted with little damage or denaturing.”
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