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CBD or cannabidiol in the cannabis plant is a substance with pain relieving properties. It is not psychoactive, meaning it does not produce the high associated with marijuana. It has been proven to reduce pain in many medical conditions. It is not addictive.

CBD is:

  • analgesic
  • anti-inflammatory
  • antioxidant
  • anti-anxiety
  • neuroprotective

Pharmacological studies continue to examine the influence of the CBD neurotransmitters on human brain receptors CB1 and CB2. Cannabinoids affect certain receptors that prevent the breakdown of natural endocannabinoids in the brain.

CBD influences dopamine and stimulates serotonin, receptors that improve positive feelings and fight pain.

CBD has proven helpful for the treatment of:

  • Epilepsy
  • Multiple sclerosis and related illnesses
  • Dravet’s severe form of epilepsy
  • Crohn’s disease

The substance controls seizures in the brain through its interaction as a neurotransmitter. The neuroprotective capability of cannabidiol has shown to protect the brain during seizures, stroke and traumatic injuries.

RESEARCH

This cannabinoid has been studied for years on its ability to control anxiety without producing a high. CBD  stimulates the 1A serotonin receptor to reduce anxiety and depression. It also controls nausea and vomiting that often results from various forms of chemotherapy. It is used for gastrointestinal disorders to control inflammation with no irritation of the stomach lining.

CBD controls muscle spasms found in multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia. It is also used in the treatment of arthritis and glaucoma. The curative properties of CBD on hepatitis C virus is another research project underway in Jamaica.

The use of CBD and other cannabinoids in tumor reduction is studied worldwide. Cannabinoids, including CBD and THC, decreased tumor cell metastasis in various research projects using mice.

Studies are now conducted to determine the use of CBD as a therapeutic agent in controlling opioid addiction. The influence of CBD on the receptors of opioid products used for pain relief is the target of these research projects.

USAGE

Cannabis is a complex plant with at least 85 different cannabinoids with therapeutic properties that affect the body and brain. Different strains have been developed to treat various conditions. Some of the strains combine CBD with the stronger THC that provides the marijuana high. Most medical cannabis strains are around four percent CBD. The substance mitigates the psychoactivity or euphoria of the THC.

Smoking is the traditional means of using cannabis. Inhaling vapor is growing in popularity. Inhaling CBD is the fastest way to move the substance to the brain cells.

Many patients prefer to use oil concentrates or sprays that are digested or taken sublingually. Cannabis oils with CBD are applied topically for help with arthritis and other inflammations.

Medical marijuana is legal in 28 states and the number is growing. CBD in cannabis has helped people around the world cope with pain and other medical issues for centuries.

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