Have you ever heard of cannabidiol or CBD? Cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid contained in a cannabis plant that has stood for a long time in the shadow of psychoactive and strong psychotropic effects producing tetrahydrocannabinol, known under the short name THC.
In recent years, the attention of scientists and patients alike has turned to CBD, where several studies suggest that it has significant therapeutic potential in a range of health problems, ranging from anti-inflammatory to neuroprotective and psychiatric use.
CBD oils and other cannabidiol products are rising in popularity and there are now several companies in the worldwide market selling a huge variety of CBD products, from CBD oils or e-liquids to water, syrups, chocolate or gummies.
What makes cannabidiol different from THC and how can it help us?
As mentioned above, THC is psychoactive while CBD is non-psychoactive. In other words, CDB will not make you feel “high”, and since it can help you with both physical and mental health, we can find a range of CBD products on the market that are over-the-counter and which have been helping people around the world.
Cannabidiol is nowadays most commonly used in the form of oils in which cannabis extract rich in CBD (these oils also contain other cannabinoids) or only purified CBD (without other cannabinoids) is dissolved. There are also CBD syrups, CBD teas, CBD water, CBD e-liquid or CBD gummies, which contain a significant amount of cannabidiol. Usually, the common concentration of CBD is around 5%.
Benefits of cannabidiol (CBD)
It has been shown that CBD can help in the treatment of epilepsy, intestinal diseases such as Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, lupus, post-traumatic stress disorder, or depression.
It also has promising anticancer properties and, in combination with other cannabinoids, its efficacy is even multiplied according to the latest researches.
The view of cannabidiol began to change over time and few would today connect it to drugs or narcotic substances. One of the interesting things that we must not forget to mention is that cannabidiol has been removed from the anti-doping organization Wada’s list of prohibited substances, and hopefully more and more people will become interested in cannabidiol and its benefits that can help with both physical and mental health.