Apr 13, 2016 5:45 PM

What Does CBD Stand For and How Is It Useful in Medicine?

As we all know there are two main types of cannabinoids in marijuana—CBD and THC. While THC determines the potency of weed strains, CBD has stayed in the shadow for decades. However, with the increasing use of cannabis in medicine, it is CBD that becomes the most important component of the plant. But what does CBD stand for? And how is it important for medicine?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a component of weed whose average volume in the plant is second only to THC. One of the first known effects of CBD is its influence on its “partner” tetrahydrocannabinol. It reduces the psychoactive effects of THC and can treat numerous symptoms. Nowadays, CBD starts to play a more important role and steals the popularity of THC. While stoners who are seeking for a euphoric high perceive weed as a sheer recreational mean, many patients look for the strains that contain the highest percentage of CBD.

Universal Remedy?

Looking at the large variety of stories about medical marijuana miracles, it may seem that cannabidiol is a magic remedy that can cure any disease. Unfortunately, this component of cannabis is not almighty. Of course, the range of its effects is great and includes alleviation of dozens of symptoms, but you need to be completely sure in the effects of the specific strain. Each of them impacts your health differently. Do not resort to self-treatment. Consult a doctor and follow all necessary prescriptions.

Medically, CBD is the most important component of marijuana that determines whether a strain can be used for treatment or not. In general, those strains that contain over 20% of CBD are considered potent. These strains have anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and anti-anxiety properties. They are good for relieving minor symptoms including headaches, nausea, cramps, and inflammations. However, their true power hides in the ability to treat some of the most serious diseases. Among them are cancer, multiple sclerosis, PTSD, and Crohn's disease. Numerous studies show that cannabidiol is also a gentle remedy for social anxiety.

Perfectly Safe for Kids

Unlike THC, CBD does not have psychedelic effects and provides a safe way of treatment. CBD-rich strains can even be prescribed to children who suffer autism or epilepsy. This way, you will not have to worry about THC influencing your kid on the mental level. One of the recently discovered effects of CBD is its usefulness for the patients with Dravet's Syndrome. This is one of the most severe forms of epilepsy that is super-resistant to current methods of treatment. Unfortunately, it affects children. The seizures during this syndrome can happen up to a hundred times a day and can by life-threatening. Many parents have given up hope to see their children live normal lives.

Fortunately, the researchers provided a new way of its treatment with the help of the CBD strains of weed. The results of the treatment are impressive and, hopefully, can help many children with Dravet's Syndrome, just like it has already done for kids with epilepsy. Parents hope that more and more schools will allow the use of this kind of medicine so that the kids can spend their day at school just like their classmates.

Not all but many states support the use of medical marijuana, but you still need to get a doctor's approval and prescription. The popularity of the use of CBD in medicine is the main trigger of the further marijuana legalization in the U.S.

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