Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is a substance obtained from the cannabis or hemp plant that has shown substantial promise in helping to treat a whole host of different illnesses and ailments. Although many misconceptions regarding CBD exist in the mainstream, the truth is that it has proven to be a safe, effective and legal herbal remedy helping many people across the country and the world.
Its use as a dietary and herbal supplement is rather newly accepted, but one of the major benefits is the minimal amount of cannabidiol side effects that exist.
How CBD Is Used
CBD, extracted as an oil, can be eaten, vaporized, drank, or even sprayed into the mouth to help with many different health conditions. Some of these conditions include epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, muscle spasms and pain, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and even cancer and infections. Although the long term cannabidiol side effects are not known at this time, they are assumed to be minimal if not nonexistent due to the lack of immediate side effects.
How is This Different from Marijuana?
Although cannabidiol has its roots in the cannabis plant, and therefore shares its roots with the psychoactive marijuana, it does not carry most of the same traits. For instance, although marijuana can cause intoxication, CBD does not have the same effect. This is because CBD is only one of the two major chemicals contained in the plant, the other being THC. When CBD is extracted, it brings many healing properties without the side effects. This not only makes CBD very useful, but also completely legal to use.
As of today, there are no scientific studies in existence showing negative cannabidiol side effects. In virtually every test, only desirable effects were obtained, while the only negative side effect that has been proven is slight fatigue–and only when a lot was used. In fact, CBD has been extensively hailed for its healing properties by none other than Dr. Sanjay Gupta–discussing it at length in his documentary “Weed”, on CNN live, as well as in a string of videos widely circulated on YouTube.
Although medical marijuana is an accepted form of treatment in many places and for many different illnesses, it is very heavily controlled and regulated due to the intoxicating effect it has on its users. In some cases it is this intoxication that makes it therapeutic–but this is not the case for CBD. Science has shown its merit in treating inflammation especially, which is at the core of many terrible diseases and ailments.
The fact that CBD has extensive healing properties without sedation makes its applications much wider than its brother THC, as well as making it worth the research for sufferers of physical and psychological illnesses across the world. Science continues to unlock the healing potentials of cannabidiol everyday and its use will continue to help people with varying ailments everywhere.