CBD is a compound in marijuana that provides several health benefits without the potential side effects associated with THC. While this compound isn’t as well-known as THC that is bound to change as proof of CBD’s medical benefits continue to expand.
CBD (scientific name: cannabidiol) is non-psychoactive so an individual will not get high from its consumption. As such, the compound is impractical for recreational use but has increased medicinal value, as it causes few side effects. A review was published in Current Drug Safety in 2011 concluding that CBD doesn’t interfere with an individual’s psychological and/or psychomotor functions and that, even at high doses, it is safe.
Reducing the Negative THC Side Effects
One of the most contentious points in the medical marijuana debate is that of side effects, but there’s evidence that CBD minimizes the negative effects of THC without affecting its medical benefits. Several studies have been conducted which all suggest that the compound counteracts the most serious effects of THC such as paranoia and memory loss.
Furthermore, this compound reduces the feeling of sleepiness that THC generates and, in many cases, increases alertness levels. It should also be pointed out that both compounds display no risk even when consumed in high doses, underscoring CBD’s safety.
The Medical Benefits
In a 2013 review published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, cannabidiol’s medicinal properties were examined, and several were revealed as providing certain health benefits. The review indicated that CBD is an antiemetic that reduces vomiting and nausea. The compound is also an anticonvulsant and a natural anti-inflammatory. It is also an antioxidant and fights off neurodegenerative disorders, similar to the compounds found in fruits and vegetables. In addition, the compound has properties that fight cancer cells and tumors and provides relief from depression and anxiety.
There’s also evidence that marijuana itself provides other benefits apart from those already mentioned. Several preclinical studies indicate that it provides relief from stroke, cardiovascular ailment, PTSD, diabetes, schizophrenia and rheumatoid arthritis.
A research study led by Dr. Sean McAllister at the California Pacific Medical Center showed that CBD can prevent colon cancer tumors in mice and eliminate breast cancer cells. The aforementioned antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects have also been studied extensively and might even slow down the aging process and ward off various diseases. While further studies are needed, the results are promising.