Perhaps you have heard a few things about cannabidiol, which is otherwise known as CBD. But do you really know enough about this extraordinary compound from cannabis, which is currently generating enormous interest in scientific and medical research communities?
In the recent years, attention is fast been drawn to what was once the lesser-known compound of the cannabinoids group, the better-known compound being THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol. This newly popular compound is the cannabidiol, or CBD, as it is better known. Like THC, CBD is naturally present in cannabis plants, including industrial hemp plants. CBD remains a mystery for much of the population despite the numerous press reports about this compound over recent years.
Although THC is the most recognized member of the cannabinoid family due to its psychoactive effects on users, CBD is now rapidly gaining in popularity. The popularity of CBD is due to its numerous potential benefits as discussed by a number of medical experts including Sanjay Gupta on CNN in a television special in 2013 about marijuana and CBD.
Aside from being produced naturally from hemp or marijuana, CBD can also be produced synthetically in the laboratory. Although CBD is widely available in the oil form, it also is available in other forms. This has been a contributing factor to the growing use and availability of the compound to many people throughout the world. CBD can be purchased as concentrated pure CBD oil as well as in topical forms, capsules, sprays, vapes, gel pen, edibles, CBD patches, and even CBD gums.
CBD is not associated with any form of marijuana high since it mostly has zero THC or minimal THC. As much as many people enjoy the high they get from marijuana, health professionals and many patients generally prefer cannabinoid treatment without the psychoactive side effects.
Some research has indicated that CBD may offer significant relief for chronic pain and inflammation in many people, but more research is needed. It is being studied for other possible benefits too. Some research has indicated that CBD could be helpful in quitting smoking and drug withdrawal. One piece of research has shown that cigarette smokers that have CBD in their inhalers smoked fewer cigarettes without any sign of any additional nicotine craving. This may be because CBD may reduce levels of anxiety in some people. Another research report posted recently to the Journal of Clinical Investigation has linked CBD with reduced production of sebum, a major factor in acne, and therefore looks may potential as a compound to help reduce the effect of acne, especially the acne vulgaris which is the most common form of acne.
Yet another growing area of use for this compound is CBD oil for dogs and other animals. Some veterinarians are prescribing CBD for issues like joint pain, epilepsy, anxiety, and skin problems.