CBD, The Cannabis Chemical That Heals Without Getting You High

Cannabidiol or CBD is the new miracle drug that got many enthusiasts rallying for the legalization of marijuana. Not that CBD will get you high, it doesn’t, but because of the many healing benefits, the chemical has to offer. Many believe CBD is effective in treating various ailments from depression and diabetes to arthritis. But so far CBD is still considered an illicit drug and those who are caught with even tiny amounts of it could face jail time. But unlike THC, CBD is the chemical produced by the plant and doesn’t have any psychoactive properties about it. This makes the decision by a federal court a few days ago declining to protect CBD from law enforcement all the more surprising.

For health and other benefits

Despite the fact that CBD doesn’t get users high, many prefer it over other cannabis products that contain THC. According to those users, CBD helps them relax and fight off stress. Others insist that taking it every day plays a role in preventing dementia and heart disease. Research and studies returned with favorable results about CBD. Most indicating the chemical has anti-inflammatory qualities that boost the immune system. The anti-psychotic elements are promising to people who suffer from mental issues, while the anti-pain properties help the users deal with all types of health conditions that cause them pain and discomfort. Despite that, few studies have taken aim at the chemical as related to the doses, the actual effects, and side effects, and when people should take it.

Life-saving compound

CBD is just one of the many compounds produced by the cannabis plant. And while it’s freely available in the states where marijuana is legal, not many people know about its wonderful health benefits. Probably the most famous CBD-related story is that of Charlotte, a five-year-old girl with Dravet syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy. Her parents found that CBD could help her so they gave her cannabis oil extracts which improved the symptoms almost immediately. Since then, many families with children suffering from the rare disease had moved to states where cannabis is legal. Others that could not relocate, resorted to the black market to get CBD for their children. However, Charlotte’s case prompted pharmaceutical companies to roll out drugs that contain CBD. Next month one such drug, Epidiolex, will be reviewed by the FDA. If approved it could help save lives. The drug reduces the symptoms of epilepsy by 40%.

Trial and error

But without an FDA-approved medication that is prescribed by a physician and the dose is well defined in advance, many of those parents are taking a big risk. For one thing, they’re not sure if the CBD products they get, even legally, were professionally manufactured. They also don’t know how much CBD it contains or how much their ill child needs. So it’s all a matter of trial and error which when considering that the life of a child is at stake, is not something to take lightly. Luckily tolerance to CBD is high and so far there have been no reported cases of overdosing on the compound.

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