CBD Education, Videos and Links
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol — CBD— is a compound in cannabis that has significant medical effects, is non-psychoactive and can actually counter the psychoactivity of THC. The reduced psychoactivity of CBD-rich cannabis may make it an appealing treatment option for patients seeking anti-inflammatory, anti-pain, anti-anxiety, anti-psychotic, and/or anti-spasm effects without disconcerting lethargy or dysphoria.
Both THC and CBD are part of an estimated 85 different chemical compounds found in cannabis known as cannabinoids. Each strain of cannabis contains varying quantities of the different cannabinoids, which is why some strains work better for patients than others do. Strains that contain more CBD than THC are known as CBD Rich strains, and have quite different effects from THC Rich strains.
The reduced psychoactivity of CBD-rich cannabis makes it an appealing treatment option for patients seeking anti-inflammatory, anti-pain, anti-anxiety, and anti-psychotic effects without disconcerting lethargy or dysphoria.
What conditions benefit from CBD?
Scientific and clinical studies underscore CBD’s potential as a treatment for a wide range of conditions, including Pain
- Muscle spasms
- Immune regulation
- Skin disorders
- Digestive disorders
- Neurological disorders
It's anti-cancer properties are currently being investigated at several academic research centers in the United States and elsewhere.
WHAT ARE TERPENES?
Around 200 terpenes have been found in cannabis, but only a few of these odiferous oily substances appear in amounts substantial enough to be noteworthy. The terpenoid profile can vary considerably from strain to strain. Various researchers have emphasized the pharmacological importance of terpenes, or terpenoids, the compounds that give cannabis its unique odor. THC, CBD, and the other cannabinoids have no smell. Cannabis's compelling fragrance depends on which terpenes predominate. It's the combination of terpenoids and cannabinoids that endows each strain with a specific psychoactive flavor. Patients who abandon a suitable strain for one with higher THC and/or CBD content may not get more relief if the terpenoid profile is significantly different.
The wide array of medicinal properties o terpenes and the fact that each terpene has many different medical benefits gives rise to the overlapping synergies between them; this is something every herbalist knows. The strategy of deliberately overlapping benefits greatly increases the chances of good results in treatment.
Terpenes, it turns out, are healthy for people as well as plants. A September 2011 report by Dr. Ethan Russo in the British Journal of Pharmacology discussed the wide-ranging therapeutic attributes of terpenoids.
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