Cannabidiol — CBD— is a compound in cannabis that has significant medical effects, but does not make people feel “stoned” and can actually counter the psychoactivity of THC. The reduced psychoactivity of CBD-rich cannabis may make it an appealing treatment option for patients seeking anti-inflammatory, anti-pain, anti-anxiety, anti-psychotic, and/or anti-spasm effects without disconcerting lethargy or dysphoria.
Scientific and clinical studies underscore CBD’s potential as a treatment for a wide range of conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, MS, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD, antibiotic-resistant infections, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders. CBD has demonstrated neuroprotective and neurogenic effects, and its anti-cancer properties are currently being investigated at several academic research centers in the United States and elsewhere.
The popularity of high CBD hemp oil has lit up in recent years, especially since the CNN documentary “Weed” captured the miraculous story of 5-year-old Charlotte Figi whose seizures nearly ceased altogether with the orally-administered concentrate. Hemp oil is an ingestible liquid oil made through naphtha or isopropyl extraction, which strips cannabinoids like CBD from the plant material. Other hydrocarbon solvents may also be used to make similar oils. CBD oils can be mixed into things like smoothies to improve the taste, or easily swallowed in a capsule.
Tinctures are liquid cannabis extractions that are typically applied under the tongue. Soaked in either alcohol or vegetable glycerin, tinctures were among the ealiest forms of cannabis medicines prior to its prohibition in the United States. They tend to be less concentrated than other oil extracts, making them more appropriate for mild symptoms and stress relief. Patients attempting to remedy severe pain and other ailments may want to seek out more potent alternatives.
have become a popular item among patients treating a variety of aches and pains. Applied directly to the skin, topicals deliver localized relief and often contain a variety of therapeutic compounds, not just CBD. Because balms and salves are non-psychoactive, topicals are a great choice for patients needing to treat at work and throughout the day.