What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is a naturally occurring non-psychoactive chemical compound found in cannabis plants. It is the second most abundant of the active ingredients of cannabis. CBD is used in products such as oils and edibles to give users a natural feeling of calmness and relaxation.
According to Junella Chin of cannabisMD “CBD is the non-psychoactive portion of the plant, so what that means is you won’t have any effects like euphoria, you won’t feel sedated or altered in any way”. A report from the World Health Organization noted that: “To date, there is no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
Cannabidiol (CBD) is legal in Canada and has been used in the treatment of various medical conditions.
Health Benefits of CBD
CBD is used for many different health-related purposes but there isn’t a great deal of research on its potential health benefits. There is significant support for the effectiveness of CBD oil in the treatment of some forms of epilepsy.
Some studies have found that CBD could be effective in providing relief from numerous mental health conditions including addiction, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and even schizophrenia. A study on human cells found that CBD infused cream was an effective anti-inflammatory.
More research is needed to determine the exact benefits of using CBD as a treatment for mental and physical health conditions. However, the future is bright for CBD.
A Promising Substance for New Drug Development
The importance of cannabidiol (CBD) has been in study for several years. CBD is the major non-psychoactive compound of the Cannabis plant and its consumption is associated with reduced side effects. CBD has been undergoing a lot of research that suggests it has no addictive effects, good safety profile and has displayed robust therapeutic potential in several vital areas.
Potential therapeutic applications of CBD include analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic, anti-arthritic, anti-depressant, anti-Alzheimer disease, anti-ischemic, neuroprotective, and anti-fibrotic. More promising areas appear to include diabetes and cancer where CBD exhibits lesser side effects and more therapeutic benefits as compared to recent available medical therapies. CBD is a promising substance for the development of new drugs. However further research and clinical studies are required to explore its complete potential.