CBD is a key ingredient in CannabisCBD is one of more than 60 components made of marijuana. It belongs to a class of molecules called cannabinoids. Along with THC, the CBD concentration in hemp is the highest, which makes this component the most recognisable and studied. The levels of CBD and THC may vary, depending on the plant species. Marijuana grown for “amusement” purposes contains more THC. Industrial hemp – more CBD. Modern science makes it possible to grow varieties with high CBD values and almost zero THC content.
CBD has no psychoactive propertiesUnlike THC, CBD doesn’t make a person “high”. This, of course, severely limits the use of CBD for “entertainment” purposes. However, it gives CBD a huge advantage in medicine, as doctors prefer to work with drugs that have fewer side effects. The reason why CBD has no psychoactive effect is because of its interaction with the body compared to THC. Our body has receptors called CB1. Most of them are in the brain. These are the receptors that are responsible for the conscious effects of THC. A recently published report says that CBD does not interfere with the psychomotor or psychological functions of the brain. Many studies also show good tolerability and safety of CBD, even at high doses.
CBD has many medical advantagesAlthough CBD and THC affect the human body differently, many of their effects are quite similar. According to a report published in 2013 by the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, the study showed that CBD has a number of medical properties:
- anti-nausea: it reduces nausea and vomiting;
- anticonvulsant: inhibits seizure activity;
- anti-psychical: fights psychosis;
- anti-inflammatory: fights inflammatory processes;
- antioxidant: fights neurodegenerative disorders;
- anti-tumour: fights tumours and cancer cells;
- antidepressant: fights anxiety and depressive disorders.