What is Cannabidiol?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound found in cannabis. CBD along with the more well known THC are both chemical compounds classified as cannabinoids. Unlike THC, however, CBD is non-psychoactive – in other words, it does not result in the sensation of being high.
The reason CBD lacks psychoactive properties is that it binds to a different receptor on brain cells than does THC. This receptor, known as CB2, has been the focus of a huge amount of research over the last few years, with almost all of this research taking place at institutions outside of the United States.
Potential Benefits of CBD
Studies have shown that CB2 receptor activation leads to a number of positive physiologic effects, and these effects can be beneficial for people with a diverse array of conditions. In particular, CBD has pronounced antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Cannabidiol can provide relief of muscle spasms and pain, and it can function as both an antiemetic and an anticonvulsant.
Several studies have even demonstrated a neuroprotective effect from CBD, indicating that it might be of benefit for patients with traumatic brain injuries.
Chronic Pain, Spasticity and CBD
Finally, CBD has been reported to help reduce both chronic pain and spasticity, and, in many of the patients we see in our practice have reported improvements in both these symptoms after supplementation with CBD.
CBD is available in many forms including capsules, liquids, and oils, and it is legal as a dietary supplement in all 50 states.