As is the case with most things related to cannabis, the full medical value of CBD (cannabidiol) is to be determined. But we’ll get you caught up to speed on its current uses here, starting by answering the question, “What is CBD?”
First thing’s first, what is CBD?
CBD is one of the many cannabinoids, which are active compounds, found in cannabis. Some cannabinoids are psychoactive (like THC), and others aren’t (like CBD). Cannabinoids interact with the CB1 and CB2 in the endocannabinoid system receptors of your brain. The first ones are located within the nervous system, the brain and nerve endings. The second ones are located within the immune system. When you consume cannabis, the cannabinoids attach themselves to the receptors, causing different physical and psychological effects.
Every cannabinoid has a different effect on consumers. That’s why each strain of cannabis will make you feel different. It all depends on how much of each cannabinoid is present in your product, and also on how sensitive you are to these particular compounds.
What is the most popular medical value of CBD?
CBD is often used to treat medical conditions. One of the reasons for this is because of the absence of psychoactivity in CBD (as opposed to THC). This means that you will not get “high” after consuming a product containing CBD, as long as it doesn’t contain any (or a too much) THC.
As you might have seen in documentaries or in the news, CBD is known especially for its positive effects on people who have seizures. Numerous children have been treated with small drops of CBD, and the results have typically been positive. The amount of seizures usually decreases, allowing the children and parents to have a less stressful and painful life. Since seizures can be caused by different conditions, the effects of this type of medication are not the same for every individual. But this is, of course, the case with almost all types of drugs and medication.
In which other cases could CBD help?
Besides helping reduce the amount of seizures in many cases, CBD appears to also have other medical benefits. This cannabinoid could be used to reduce nausea, combat inflammatory disorders, and also help manage anxiety and depression. Of course the effects vary from person to person, and the breadth and scope of CBD studies leave much to be desired, thanks in large part to its Schedule 1 classification by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
Could cannabidiol help schizophrenia patients?
According to some researchers, CBD could have antipsychotic properties, and could be an alternative to current antipsychotic medications. A study published in 2012 shows that people with schizophrenia, who were either treated with cannabidiol or amisulpride (an antipsychotic drug) all had comparable improvements during the trial. Moreover, amisulpride is associated with quite a few negative side effects, whereas the people treated with cannabidiol showed significantly fewer of these side effects. More studies should be conducted on CBD and psychosis.
Does CBD have anti-anxiety properties?
According to different studies performed on animals, certain amounts of CBD might actually help reduce anxiety in various situations. Some small studies on humans have been conducted recently, but in order to get scientific proof that this cannabinoid actually works in case of anxiety, more studies must take place.
Many studies on the benefits of CBD
Today, many studies have taken place to determine the full medical value of CBD. But more are needed. Scientists and researchers believe that cannabidiol might be able to help many people. And according to researchers, the key advantage of CBD, as mentioned earlier, is that you won’t get “high.” This is very important for many medical cannabis users, and especially for children.
If you want to know more about the different studies that take place on cannabidiol, keep reading our blog. We will keep you updated.