Cannabidiol has become ubiquitous in the world of cannabis-based products. It’s touted for its myriad of therapeutic benefits, curative properties, and non-psychoactive effects. As the drive for legal cannabis continues throughout the world, researches are continually finding advantageous attributes of this once unknown compound. Join us as we discover what makes CBD unique, and how the world can benefit from it.

Unlocking CBD

Cannabidiol is one of the 113+ compounds found in cannabis. Unlike THC, it doesn’t deliver psychoactive effects. Before it was widely accepted as alternative medicine, CBD was buried along with the plethora of cannabinoids that weren’t THC. Many in the cannabis industry didn’t see the value in something that didn’t fit the mold of cannabis culture, so cannabidiol was routinely ignored – until now.

The Benefits of CBD

There’s a wide variety of ailments, diseases, and psychological issues that cannabidiol is known to alleviate. Let’s take a look at some of the most common problems that CBD is known to lend a helping hand.

Anxiety

It’s estimated that 275 million individuals globally are affected by an anxiety disorder. This staggering amount shows the overall prevalence of anxiety across most societies, and no data is showing that it’s on the decline. Many patients are quickly given a prescription of synthetic pills that come with a long list of warnings and side-effects.

Cannabidiol is a known anxiolytic and has been observed to reduce anxiety in both animals and humans. Interestingly enough, most attribute CBD’s effects with those in conjunction with THC and the endocannabinoid receptor CB1. Instead, researches found that CBD does not bind to the CB1 receptor (although it does bind to others), and therefore carries inherent anti-anxiety properties.

Drug Addiction

Countless individuals on this planet suffer from drug addiction. We don’t need to go into detail as to how drug addictions ravage lives and taken them away. Currently, opioid use is a leading cause of addiction in North America, and ironically it was initially introduced to relieve pain.

CBD is being studied as a new therapeutic drug that decreases an individual’s drug addiction, particularly on opioids. Due to its anti-anxiety effects, it reduces an individuals drive to habituate their drug use.

Inflammation

Inflammation occurs due to several reasons, such as Gout, arthritis, or injury. Studies show that CBD has anti-oxidative effects that stimulate a defensive response on the cellular level, while simultaneously reducing oxidation. Pain management generally falls into this category, as many chronic pains are related to a form of inflammation.

Neurological Disorder

Alzheimer’s Disease, Palsy, ALS, migraines, neuropathy, seizures, scoliosis, stroke, and dementia are all examples of neurological disorders. Due to cannabidiol’s anti-oxidative properties, it defends against neurological issues that stem from oxidative damage to critical organs and tissues. One study regarding the drug-resistant Dravet Syndrom found that patients had a 50% decrease in seizures when using CBD.

Cannabidiol’s Bright Future

As researches continue their understanding of CBD, the world at large will benefit from its many curative properties.

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