Some people believe all the medicinal benefits of taking a cannabis product comes from the combination of THC and CBD, without understanding that THC and CBD effects the body differently and can work effectively independently of each other.
THC (Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) the most famous primary active ingredient found in the cannabis plant. At very low doses, THC acts as a mild sedative, but at high doses, it has hallucinogenic intoxicating effects.
Another active ingredient in the cannabis plant that doesn’t have the intoxicating “the high” effects of THC is CBD (Cannabidiol). CBD products have become more accessible and have been known for its health and wellness benefits.
Government deregulation of cannabis has allowed this plant and more specifically CBD to be studied. Recent studies that have found CBD to be helpful with the following aliments:
- CDB to treat anxiety: Neural basis of anxiolytic effects of cannabidiol (CBD) in generalized social anxiety disorder (https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0269881110379283).
- CBD-rich treatment has a beneficial impact on pain, anxiety, and depression symptoms as well as overall wellbeing only for patients with moderate to severe symptoms: https://jcannabisresearch.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s42238-021-00078-w.
- CBD to treat arthritis symptoms: Arthritis Foundation Releases First CBD Guidance for Adults With Arthritis (https://www.arthritis.org/about-us/news-and-updates/cbd).
- CBD for treating neurological disorders – Epilepsy:
- CBD to treat Parkinson’s: Cannabidiol for the treatment of psychosis in Parkinson’s disease (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18801821/).
- CBD for Chronic pain: Therapeutic Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK425767/).
- CBD for reducing pain & inflammation: Cannabinoids suppress inflammatory and neuropathic pain by targeting α3 glycine receptors (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3371734/).
- CBD for decreasing levels of stress and cravings: Acute and Short-term Effects of Cannabidiol Admin on Cue-induced Craving in Drug-abstinent Heroin Dependent Humans (https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01605539).
- CBD positive Safety and Side Effects: An Update on Safety and Side Effects of Cannabidiol: A Review of Clinical Data and Relevant Animal Studies (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5569602/)