What is CBD?
CBD is an abbreviation for cannabidiol, a prominent naturally-occurring cannabinoid compound that has significant medical benefits found in the cannabis plant.
CBD does not get you high, but instead performs all the medicinal benefits cannabis has to offer. CBD has therapeutic value and does not contribute to the euphoria associated with certain strains of cannibus
Many of these cannabinoids have therapeutic value and CBD is no exception. According to an article found on Huffpost, Dr. David Bearman states, "It is a non-psychotropic cannabinoid, meaning it does not contribute to the euphoria associated with certain strains of cannabis. It is, however, psychoactive, because it crosses the blood-brain barrier. Unlike THC, CBD can be administered at relatively high doses without undesired psychological side effects."
The federal government has patented CBD. Here is what they say in their patent abstract:
Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia. Nonpsychoactive cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol, are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses useful in the method of the present invention. A particular disclosed class of cananbinoids useful as neuroprotective antioxidants is formula (1) wherein the R group is independently selected from the group consisting of H, CH3 and COCH3.
Benefits and Uses:
Scientific and clinical studies indicate CBD’s potential as a treatment for a wide range of conditions, including cancer, HIV/AIDS, arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, MS, chronic pain, severe nausea, schizophrenia, PTSD, antibiotic-resistant infections, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders.
Dr. Bearman suggests, "Cannabis has been shown in both tissue culture and mice to be effective at inhibiting the growth of many cancers. CBD plays an important role in that effort. Other cannabinoids also contribute to cannabis’ anti-neoplastic (anti-cancer) effect. Cannabis is an anti-oxidant. Antioxidants have been shown to decrease the incidence of cancer. There are several mechanisms for this anti-cancer effect: cannabis affects a gene which controls metastasis so it decreases metastasis, encourages apoptosis (death of old or abnormal cells), and inhibits angiogenesis (formation of new blood vessels)."
Bearman, D. D. (2017, March 02). A Primer About Cannabidiol And The Benefits Of CBD. Retrieved October 17, 2017, from https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cannabidiol-cbd-a-primer_us_58b7129ee4b0ddf654246290