CBD – Of the 80+ cannabinoids found in cannabis plants, perhaps the most relevant helping to build steam in the plight for ending cannabis prohibition is CBD, or cannabidiol. Of the most well-known, THC, CBD, CBN, CBC, and CBG, we mostly hear about THC and CBD because they are the properties presented in highest concentrations. Perhaps most widely recognized for its non-psychoactive effects, CBD has been said to be beneficial in the application of various medical conditions including epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, anxiety disorders, nausea, inflammation, and even cancer, and although not yet scientifically substantiated, pre-clinical stage trials are already underway. Preliminary results have highlighted large quantities of powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties in the compound which only strengthens the call for the cannabis plant to be looked upon for its medicinal and well-being benefits, rather than false accusations derived from racism and fear mongering in the first half of the 20th century.
While the antioxidant properties of CBD have been shown to exceed the antioxidant potency of either vitamin C or E, when combined with THC, those properties are amplified, which suggests that collective plant therapeutic dynamics are far greater than individual components. Despite the well documented medical benefits, CBD still falls under the federal government’s schedule 1 classification because the majority of CBD is extracted from cannabis with higher levels of THC using solvents or carrier oils. Once drawn, the CBD can be used as a tincture, in topical creams or liquids. Also found in flower form, several strains on the market serve to satiate this higher CBD to THC ratio. Named after young patient Charlotte Figi who suffered from uncontrollable seizures as a result of Dravet Syndrome, Charlotte’s Web is perhaps the most noteworthy of them. CBD extracted from Hemp on the other hand, is fully legal due to its disproportionate CBD to THC ratio. used for centuries for every day textile solutions like clothing, rope and paper, modern day uses include nutritional supplements and essential oils. This CBD is legal because it is drawn from the hemp stalk and stem rather than the leaves and flowers where the higher THC concentration is found.
While still greater CBD research is warranted, the compound’s viability as an alternative and effective treatment option is no doubt ever present. Its ability to stand out as a natural remedy makes it more appealing than most other prescribed treatment options and continues to gain popularity, especially amongst child, older, and those patients seeking cannabis relief without the feeling of being high or stoned.