What is Cannabodiol?

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a prevalent phytocannabinoid produced by the cannabis plant.  CBD has existed longer than mankind, however, we are only now discovering its powerful medicinal value.

Unlike its cousin, THC, cannabidiol lacks the stereotypical psychoactive effects associated with cannabis use. Pure CBD is colorless and odorless.

The Medicinal Properties of Cannabidiol

Cannabidiol has the following medicinal properties in humans and most other vertebrates.  All of the following associations have been proven by research doctors and universities and published in reputable, peer-reviewed medical journals.

  • Neuroprotectant– Repairs and protects the brain from both physical, chemical, neurodegenerative damage.
  • Antioxidant– Breaks down dangerous Tau proteins and destroys cancer causing free-radicals
  • Anxiolytic– Reduces anxiety and depression without SSRIs or dangerous benzodiazepines.
  • Anti-inflammatory– Studies show that CBD is 60-100x better anti-inflammatory than ibuprofen.  It out performed aspirin and tramadol in a recent study.
  • Apoptotic– Causes cancer cells to self destruct in the good way.  Google ‘apoptosis’ for more details.
  • Anti-metastatic– Prevents cancer from spreading.
  • Anti-angiogenic– Prevents cancer from growing blood vessels.
  • Antiepileptic– (Only when combined with other cannabinoids.
  • Antiemetic– Combats nausea and vomiting
  • Osteogenic– Promotes bone growth.

When one compound has such numerous medical benefits, it is easy to dismiss it as snake oil.  In order to understand how cannabidiol, and the other phytochemicals in cannabis, have so many health benefits, you must learn about the human endocannabinoid system.  The Cannabinoid and Endocannabinoid Medicine fields are going to grow exponentially.  We’ve just begun learning about THC and CBD.  There’s still CBC, CBG, CBN, CBDV, THCV and more!