Medical Cannabis and CBD

Medical Cannabis and CBD

What is CBD?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the primary chemical constituents of the cannabis plant. Second only to THC in content and popularity, this cannabinoid has gained recognition by the medical research community for its potential to aid in the treatment of many illnesses.

CBD works with the body’s natural endocannabinoid system to regulate body systems. CBD does not bind with CB1 or CB2 receptors, and as such does not cause the same type of euphoria as THC. Researchers are still pinpointing the exact mechanism of CBD’s therapeutic action, and have identified several enzymes and receptors that act with CBD.

The Mayo Clinic has recognized that CBD can help with chronic pain. Cannabidiol has also been approved for use in several states to help with some forms of epilepsy. Another commonly accepted use of CBD is as an antioxidant, as the substance was patented for this use in 1999. An overwhelming body of evidence shows CBD’s potential as an anxiety reducer.

Research on the chemical is booming, and other CBD research has highlighted properties such as anti-inflammatory, anti-psychotic, anti-emetic, and antidepressant. Potential treatment areas range widely, including such illnesses as Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and schizophrenia.

CBD can be taken internally, vaped or smoked, as well as applied topically. AgriMed Industries produces a variety of the highest quality CBD, soon to be available in medical cannabis dispensaries in Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico in 2017.

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