Cannabis contains more than 80 unique compounds called “cannabinoids.” Two of the most common found within the plant are THC and CBD (otherwise known as Cannabidiol). Of all the compounds, these two have received the most extensive scientific study.
Over the past five years, CBD has become the most popular cannabinoid. This non-psychoactive, second most abundant cannabinoid has shown the most medical efficacy and is furthest along in clinical research. Unlike THC, CBD does not interact directly with CB receptors with high affinity, but rather indirectly affects these receptors through other pathways that are still being researched and defined.
Cannabidiol has an anti-psychotic affect. It decreases the high from THC when taken after THC consumption. Conversely, it primes the endocannabinoid system when taken before THC, producing a more psychoactive high. This strange dichotomy is another cannabinoid mystery that scientists are still trying to figure out.
The most successful medical therapy using CBD treats epileptic disorders-like Pediatric Dravet, the syndrome that has been garnering the most media attention. CBD shows strong promise in treating MS, cancer, schizophrenia, depression, and PTSD. If there is one thing to watch in cannabis over the next several years, its medical trials of cannabidiol.
CBD Won’t Get You High
The euphoria commonly associated with cannabis is caused by the THC compound binding to CB1 nerve receptors in the brain. Since CBD is only able to bind to CB2, there is no way to become intoxicated from its use
Cannabinoid Levels Vary
The percentage of both CBD and THC varies depending on the type of plant. Industrial hemp has no virtually no THC, while marijuana grown for recreational use tends to have much higher levels of THC and lower degrees of CBD. Specially-bred industrial hemp contains the highest amount of CBD.
No Medical Recommendation
If the CBD products you require are made from CBD and manufactured from the mature stalk of industrial hemp plant and sourced from a country that allows hemp cultivation, you do not need a medical recommendation in any U.S. states to legally obtain them. If the products are manufactured from medicinal marijuana, or from the leaves and flowers of industrial hemp, however, you must reside in a state where medical marijuana and/or industrial hemp is legal, and you are required to have a medical recommendation.
CBD Has Medical Value
CBD Direct and other CBD companies are not at liberty to make medical claims on the potential health benefits of CBD. We encourage you to do your own research. A 2013 review published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, as well as a 2003 U.S. Government Patent, found that CBD acts as an antioxidant, reducing free radicals that can cause neurodegenerative disorders. The 2013 study, along with the clinical trials performed in the 2003 patent claims a list many potential health benefits. These and other credible sources can be found with your own due diligence.