CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of over 100 identified cannabinoids (a special class of chemical compounds) in the cannabis plant. CBD and THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, are the two primary compounds that have been investigated in medical research.
Of all of CBD’s possible applications, the one garnering the most attention is the dramatic effect it has on young patients suffering from severe forms of epilepsy.
Studies have shown CBD to have the following notable therapeutic benefits:
In addition, there is evidence that CBD may act as a neuroprotectant – that is, able to stem neurological damage following strokes and in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s – and may play a role in neurogenesis, the creation of new brain cells.
Numerous studies have shown CBD’s promise in the treatment of a wide range of conditions, including but not limited to:
CBD acts on different pathways than THC in the body, complementing THC’s effects on the same symptoms when administered together. In addition, CBD counters the psychoactivity of THC, making it ideal for patients who cannot handle too much THC and who respond sufficiently to CBD for their medical condition.
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