Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of the most misunderstood elements that make up a cannabis plant. While this phytocannabinoid can account for as much as 40 percent of a cannabis plant’s extract, it is relatively unfamiliar to the general population when compared with Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Thankfully, this is changing due to an increase of studies that support the medical and therapeutic uses of CBD.
Whereas THC is regarded for its propensity to induce psychoactivity and other side effects, Cannabidiol does not encourage the same in those who use the cannabinoid. Many studies also point to the fact that CBD does not interfere with motor or psychological functions. This makes the compound ideally suited for applications specifically designed to treat a variety of medical issues including epilepsy. The research into the uses of CBD are ongoing, and those who choose to use it should do their due diligence, but a significant volume of scientific analysis supporting the medicinal qualities of CBD exists. Many cannabinoids can be identified in the cannabis plant. Of the 113 active compounds in cannabis that scientists know about (there may be even more), CBD is unique in its potential for medical usage. In contrast to THC, CBD is also legal in most jurisdictions of the world although this is still considered a gray area. Misinformation about the differences between THC and CBD continue to exist. The specific distinction is that THC is the part of a cannabis plant that will produce a “high” for those who use it. CBD does not. It is extracted from the plant in oil form where it can be used in products such as creams and other topicals that are created for the treatment of various ailments. Cannabidiol has been wrongly subjected to a stigma by being grouped together with THC and generally placed under the umbrella of cannabis. This is unfortunate and does not accurately reflect the sharp differences between the two cannabinoids. To understand CBD is to grasp the reality that the medical benefits of cannabis can be reaped without the high that most uninformed individuals believe is a core element of cannabis use.