This nonpsychoactive component is considered to have a wide scope of potential medical applications. It has antipsychotic effects. The exact cause for these effects is not clear. But CBD seems to prevent the breakdown of a chemical in the brain that affects pain, mood, and mental function.
Preventing the breakdown of this chemical and increasing its levels in the blood seems to reduce psychotic symptoms associated with conditions such as schizophrenia. It is also found out that this constituent of cannabis might also block some of the psychoactive effects of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Also, cannabidiol seems to reduce pain and anxiety.
CBD is often used by patients in the form of an oil. Patients with more chronic conditions such as cancer and epilepsy often use medical cannabis oil extracted from high-CBD varieties of cannabis. It has been effective in the he treatment of refractory epilepsy—especially in children with Dravet syndrome.
CBD has tremendous therapeutic potential. But, scientists need more hard-hitting research. Already, the discovery of this component has opened major doors in biochemical and psychiatric medicine. Until we address the legal and political barriers that prevent us from exploring cannabis as medicine, our opened doors will remain unexplored.
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