The New Medicinal Craze – CBD

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            CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol one of the tens of cannabinoids present in cannabis plants. As of recent years, CBD has become increasingly popular in the medical and science communities due to its non-psychoactive effects as well as the extreme success it has shown to have with patients and recreational users alike.

            Being non-psychoactive cannabidiol does not make people “stoned” per say, it can actually affect the psycho-activity of THC another cannabinoid present in cannabis. CBD is a popular medical treatment as of late for things such as anxiety, mood disorders, psychosis, spasms, tremors and many other conditions. Cannabidiol is currently being studied for its anti-cancer properties which could be a major breakthrough in modern medicine. With CBD being on the rise it is only right for individuals to give it a try for whichever ailment they deem necessary or for a simple body relaxation without the lethargy and other side effects of typical pain medications.

            This cannabinoid is not only present within a cannabis/marijuana plant but also present in hemp (a non-THC containing plant).

 

Is Cannabidiol Legal?

            Yes, in most states throughout the U.S. cannabidiol is in fact legal, though most every state in the county holds some sort of regulation over the production and distribution of this product even for medical patients. In terms of obtaining pure, true CBD; Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Colorado are the only states in which you could purchase due to the regulations they have on testing as no one distributor or producer can place product on store shelves without first passing a purity and potency test.

 

Where Is CBD Illegal?

cannabis oil CBD            Throughout the United States CBD among fellow cannabinoids THC and CBN concentrates are federally illegal as they are all derived from a marijuana plant. Though, not all CBD is derived from marijuana plants, some is extracted from hemp. When confusion arose about whether CBD was legal or not the DEA made a statement reiterating that CBD and all other cannabis extracts are considered to be a Schedule I substance.

            Though, in most every state despite the confusion in the rule made by the DEA, cannabidiol is still sold in smoke shops, pharmacies, natural grocers all around the country. In just six states it is completely illegal for all parts of cannabis to be obtained, purchased, possessed or cultivated, this is including CBD; these states include Idaho, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, West Virginia and Indiana.

            In most states that have legalized the medicinal and supplemental use of cannabidiol have managed to withhold distribution and cultivation of CBD extracts all while allowing medical patients to have CBD extracts. Essentially, patients can have the extracts but have no way to legally obtain them. How that works, I’m not sure of!

 

How Does CBD Work?

            Each of the 60 + cannabinoids present in the genus cannabis interact with our bodies through a system of receptors (neurons), this system is known as the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid runs through all of the major systems throughout our bodies (digestive, nervous, etc.) which is why cannabis is known to have so many benefits for us (appetites, pain relief). The receptors present in the endocannabinoid system are all there to bind with each different cannabinoid causing us to absorb the effects of THC, CBN as well as CBD. When these chemical reactions occur, they create a whole mix of responses within the body.

            Though there is no toxicity caused by CBD, it is important to monitor intake as your endocannabinoid receptors are highly absorbent of this specific cannabinoid.

 

What Medicinal Uses Does This Cannabinoid Have?

cannabis plant leaves marijuana            Cannabidiol is a miracle worker in terms of medicinal qualities and what it can do for the body. Scientists have been studying the benefits of cannabidiol on patients with epilepsy; it has an anticonvulsant effect, making this an option for those with Parkinson’s disease as well. As mentioned above, CBD contains cancer fighting properties, many trials have proved cannabidiol to have a powerful anti-tumor effect. This little chemical can slow the progression of colon, lung, breast and prostate cancers, among others. The way this works is how the cannabinoid constricts and inhibits the growth of cancer cells, making the cells eventually die off.

            For those with neurological diseases like Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimer’s CBD can very well become a regular medicinal supplement in their daily lives. While researchers are still on a pursuit to find the exact reasoning behind these diseases, it is possible that the cannabinoid CBD may be capable of protecting nerve cells from diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Pain is not always consistent, but it is something everyone has to deal with, whether 21 or 82, your body will feel the effects of life.

            If ever in need of pain relief for those in need due to chronic pain or mild pain, CBD is an excellent option; this cannabinoid is the non-psychoactive ingredient in cannabis and when in pure form with no THC present this can be a person in pain’s best friend. Along with fighting pain and alleviating the inflammation that typically comes with pain, CBD is an excellent alternative to opioids which are highly addictive and have been proven to cause even death.

            In terms of the treatment with mood disorders such as PTSD, anxiety and other stress disorders cannabidiol is a good way to go, this substance does not cause the dysphoria of THC nor the lethargy. The effects CBD has on the human brain and body has been proven to assist in forgetting traumatic memories for those with PTSD as well as calming those with panic disorders within minutes.