Many people are seeking alternatives to pharmaceuticals with harsh side effects and look to natures remedies thought to be more in synch with natural processes. By tapping into our endocannabinoid system, CBD may provide relief for chronic pain, anxiety, inflammation, depression and many other conditions.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring compound found in the resinous flower of cannabis and hemp plants with a rich history as a medicine that goes back thousands of years. CBD is one of 100+ phytocannabinoids, or cannabinoids, that can be found in hemp and cannabis, and endow the plants with a robust therapeutic profile. Today the therapeutic properties of CBD are being tested and confirmed by scientists and doctors around the world.
CBD, a non-addictive compound, is closely related to another important medicinally active phytocannabinoid: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) - the chemical that causes the high that cannabis is famous for. These are the two components of cannabis that have been most studied by scientists. Research has proven both CBD and THC have significant therapeutic value.
Extensive scientific research – much of it sponsored by the U.S. government – and mounting anecdotal accounts from patients and physicians highlight CBD’s potential as a treatment for a wide range of maladies, including (but not limited to):
· Autoimmune diseases (inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis)
· Neurological conditions (Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, Huntington’s chorea, stroke, traumatic brain injury)
· Metabolic syndrome (diabetes, obesity)
· Neuropsychiatric illness (autism, ADHD, PTSD, alcoholism)
· Gut disorders (colitis, Crohn’s)
· Cardiovascular dysfunction (atherosclerosis, arrhythmia)
· Skin disease (acne, dermatitis, psoriasis)
Unlike THC, CBD does not make a person feel “stoned” "high" or intoxicated. That’s because CBD and THC act in different ways in the brain and body. In fact, CBD can actually lessen or neutralize the psychoactive effects of THC, depending on how much of each compound is consumed. This is much of the reason CBD appeals to individuals wanting the health benefits of cannabis without the "high."
Both CBD and THC can be found in hemp. But, CBD is most often extracted from cannabidiol rich hemp plants containing >.03% TCH. The fact that CBD is therapeutically potent as well as non-intoxicating, and easy to take as a CBD oils and edibles, makes it an appealing remedy for those who are cautious about trying cannabis and hemp products for the first time.
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