Cannabidiol (CBD) derived from industrial hemp has recently become a hot topic in the media because of the numerous potential health benefits it offers. CBD is one of many (more than 100) different cannabinoids contained within the hemp and cannabis plants. Scientists have only studied a handful of these cannabinoids and have decades of research to do to identify all of the cannabinoids and terpenes contained in this amazing plant and begin to understand the effects of varying rations of cannabinoids and terpenes to one another.
Cannabidiol is the one of the most abundant compounds in industrial hemp and it is extracted as an oil. CBD has no psychoactive effects, unlike its cousin THC, and has even been found to reduce the psychoactive effects that THC has on individuals. It had been researched significantly and is being developed into a number of different products that have variety of potential health benefits.
There has been a number of studies that claim the benefits of CBD oil on human health. From everything to an anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-depressant, and has even been known to suppress seizure activity. (4) Though these benefits aren’t thoroughly researched with human trials, animal trials are underway and are having significant positive results. The discovery of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), through the study of THC, has opened new door for the medical community’s understanding of human diseases, health, and biology. (5) The ECS is a chemical signaling system in the human brain that regulates things like appetite, memory, mood, pain and other physiological and neurological processes. (6) The studies on this system are still ongoing.
Though CBD and THC are the most known cannabinoids, scientists are finding a number of others that effectively heal in their own ways. Such as Cannabinol (CBN), Cannabigerol (CBG), Cannabicycol (CBL), Cannabichromene (CBC) just to name a few. (7) With the discovery of an entirely new biological system in our bodies, the Endocannabinoid System, the benefits seem to be endless. Scientist hope these chemicals can provide relief for those suffering from a variety of ailments.