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Just What is CBD Anyway?

Updated on March 8, 2015

Cannabis Sativa plant covered with Trichomes

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CBD: a quick glance

Well, not literal fairy tale magic, but scientific, mind-blowing magic. CBD or Cannabidiol, It is one of at least 85 phytocannabinoids, making up for 40% of the plants extract. CBD has wider span of medical uses than Tetrahydracannabinol, or THC. I read a hypothesis that was untested however it suggested that CBD applied transcutaneously may attenuate the amount of sebum produced at the root of acne. Its strong anti-oxidant properties have shown to assist in the neuroprotective effects of the compound. It even has anti-psychotic effects that help people with schizophrenia and latent schizophrenia by stabilizing damaged or disrupted NMDA receptor pathways in the brain. This treatment is well tolerated and often preferred to modern medicine.



CBD vs. THC

Yes versus, but this is not in a negatively comparative way. THC is what is measured to determine what gets you "high" in Marijuana. CBD is less of a "high" feeling and more of a healing feeling. Although you will still be high, the difference is best illustrated between smoking a blunt or a joint and eating what most people call edibles. Cooking marijuana activates the CBD making it work its magic. Smoking marijuana allows you to inhale the THC and the result is a stronger head high but less of a CBD effect. Someone with schizophrenia for example may want to ingest marijuana over smoking it to properly use it as a medicine. The CBD in the edibles would provide a nice "blanket" maybe, for the brain to repair or cover the damage/disruption. THC may actually do more harm than good in this scenario depending on the advanced stage of the illness. Someone with Dravet Syndrome, also known as severe myoclonic epilepsy of infancy (SMEI), using CBD oil would experience less seizure. It is used in the USA for the treatment of this disease. I have already written an article about its beneficial effects on people with cerebral palsy, and CBD is to thank in that case as well.

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