What is CBD (cannabidiol)?

"Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the phytocannabinoids originating in the trichomes on female cannabis flowers. CBD has gained an incredible amount of popularity due to recent breakthroughs in the medical potential of this cannabinoid.

CBD does not cause the same psychoactive effects produced when THC is consumed, making CBD a very desirable alternative within the field of medical cannabis therapy. Research has been focusing on CBD in recent years, with the results from countries like Brazil, Spain and Israel suggesting a wide range of medical benefits:[1][2][3][4][5]

  • Antibacterial: effective against bacteria
  • Anti-convulsive: effective against epileptic seizures
  • Anti-carcinogenic: counteracts or inhibits cancer
  • Anxiolytic: effective against anxiety
  • Antidepressant: effective mood stabilizer
  • Analgesic: provides pain relief
  • Antiemetic: effective against nausea and vomiting
  • Anti-inflammatory: shown to reduce swelling
  • Anti ischemic: promotes healthy blood supply throughout the body
  • Antispasmodic: suppresses muscle spasms, induces relaxation
  • Antipsychotic: helpful for psychosis, schizophrenia
  • Anti-insomnia: promotes healthy sleep
  • Neuroprotection: protects against degradation of neurons
  • Bone Stimulant: promotes bone growth

CBD has little attraction for CB1 and CB2 receptors within the endocannabinoid system, but has a higher affinity for CB2 receptors. CBD has been shown to suppress the psychoactive effects of THC by blocking uptake of THC at cannabinoid receptors[6].

Everyone has a unique endocannabinoid system and responses to cannabinoids differ from person to person. Check out our blog post for more information on cannabidiol and CBD products."

[1] - http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0100-879X2006000400001&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en#Abstract

[2] - http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1516-44462012000500008

[3] - http://www.academia.edu/1897060/Cannabidiol_administration_after_hypoxia-ischemia_to_newborn_rats_reduces_long-term_brain_injury_and_normalizes_neurobehavioral_function

[4] - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3057300/

[5] - http://mct.aacrjournals.org/content/10/7/1161.full

[6] - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17712814