How CBD is Transforming the Marijuana Industry
Move aside THC, there is a lesser known cannabis chemical in town that is taking the marijuana industry by storm. CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is helping marijuana get noticed and taken more seriously for its potentially helpful medical benefits. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, has traditionally been the chemical associated with getting that coveted high. But THC has not received the warm welcome it perhaps deserves from doctors and the general public alike because of its possible side effects. So why is CBD getting a different response and should we study it more?
What is CBD?
CBD is just one of at least 85 active cannabinoids found in cannabis. These cannabinoids are unique to cannabis alone. Unlike THC, CBD is a non-psychoactive. What does this mean? It doesn’t affect your mind or motor skills. Like THC, CBD is present in cannabis in high concentrations so of course, scientists took notice.
What are its benefits?
Research on its medicinal benefits is just beginning to scratch the surface. People first really took notice of CBD when the parents of a young child named Charlotte used it to treat her debilitating epileptic episodes. Two years later her seizures went from 1200 a month to only three a month. But this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Researchers are now finding that CBD is helpful in treating other diseases. It can help calm the mind and combat psychotic disorders. It works as an anti-inflammatory and reduces nausea and vomiting. It also counteracts the effects of THC. Researchers are also looking into it as a possible treatment for schizophrenia, Crohn’s disease, and multiple sclerosis.
It cannot be denied that CBD has medicinal properties that are currently beyond our comprehension. Only through more funding and public support will we be able to tap into its massive potential.