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CBD: Cannabidiol (canna-bid-dial)

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of at least 113 active cannabinoids identified in the genus cannabis sativa. It is a major phytocannabinoid, accounting for up to 40% of the plant's extract. It has significant medical benefits, but does not make people feel “stoned” and can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC. The fact that CBD is non-psychoactive makes it an appealing option for patients looking for relief from inflammation, pain, anxiety, psychosis, seizures, spasms, and other conditions without disconcerting feelings of lethargy or dysphoria.

CBD Health Benefits

While many of the miraculous benefits of CBD are currently unknown, myriad scientific and clinical research underscores CBD’s potential as a treatment for a wide range of conditions, including arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, MS, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD, depression, antibiotic-resistant infections, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders. CBD has demonstrable neuroprotective and neurogenic effects, and its anti-cancer properties are currently being investigated at several academic research centers in the United States and elsewhere.

Effects of THC vs. CBD

THC is responsible for multiple psychological effects beyond the immediate feelings of euphoria or “high”. These effects vary widely depending on the strength of the cannabis as well as how it is administered. The effects of THC are usually felt quickly (within 10 to 30 minutes, but sometimes up to 2 hours) and include an initial relaxed and mellow feeling, followed by enhanced sensory perception, increased socialization (laughter and being more talkative etc.), as well as increased appetite (known as the “munchies”).

Effects of CBD vs. THC

CBD is responsible for a plethora of physiological health benefits. CBD promotes homeostasis (i.e. balance), promotes wakefulness and alertness, reduces inflammation, reduces anxiety, decreases blood pressure, and is believed to attack various cancer cells in the body through various apoptotic and anti-angiogenic mechanisms. Not only is CBD non-psychoactive but it is also anti-psychoactive. It prevents users from getting too high and reduces psychosis-like effects of THC. In summary, CBD is a multi-target therapy that has many benefits beyond just being an analgesic medication that reduces pain.