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What is CBD?

3 Nov 2015

What is CBD you ask?

CBD is the short name for the cannabinoid cannabidiol which is one of the most common compounds found in hemp plants.

The cannabis plant contains over 80 different cannabinoids but the 2 most common are THC and CBD. THC is the cannabinoid which has a psychoactive effect and gets the user high. CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid and does not cause a ‘high’. Studies have shown that CBD helps to reduce the intoxicating effects of THC such as anxiety or paranoia.

This video helps explain what CBD is

This video helps explain what CBDA is

According to various studies CBD has anti-psychotic effects and could possibly counteract the potential psychotomimetic effects of THC on individuals with latent schizophrenia. Studies have also shown that CBD may help to reduce schizophrenic symptoms and reduce the effects of social anxiety disorders.

The neurological effects of CBD have been studied in animals and have shown anti-convulsant results but studies in humans are lacking so far. Although there is insifficent medical evidence to say whether CBD rich oil help with epilepsy in humans an orally administered liquid containg CBD has been given ‘orphan drug’ status in the USA for the treatment of ‘Dravet Syndrome’. The CBD lquid drug has been branded under the name Epidiolex.


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