Updated: Feb 26, 2020

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol is a component of the cannabis plant called a cannabinoid. It is a non-intoxicating compound found in high concentrations in the cannabis flower. Recent advances in techniques and technology have changed the way cannabis is processed and consumed. Cannabidiol is a trending and rapidly changing industry.

In the U.S., the most common reason people seek cannabidiol is to manage chronic pain, to ease anxiety, and as a sleep aid. Additionally, some studies have found that CBD may reduce inflammation. This is effective for pain relief as well as skin irritation, which has led to the development of several skin care products and bath and body items.

Is CBD Considered Medicine?

Being that CBD is a natural substance with few side effects, some people prefer it to pharmaceuticals. Despite raving anecdotal accounts, however, research needs to catch up. With that said, patients with any of several conditions report finding relief from symptoms with CBD consumption. These conditions include: epilepsy, crohn's disease, diabetes, some neurological disorders, and narcotic or opioid withdrawal.

CBD use is believed to be neuroprotective. This means it may protect the structure and function of nerve cells. As a result, there have been studies into how CBD may support health of patients with Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis and even traumatic brain injury. Human clinical trials have found evidence that CBD has effective antipsychotic properties and may be helpful for patients who have schizophrenia. Patients with anxiety have reported relief as a result of using cannabidiol as well.

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