There is a cannabinoid in marijuana known as CBD. During the 1960’s and through the 1980’s, CBD was considered more of a nuisance than a medication. It was known that plants which carried high amounts of CBD did not get a person as high as plants containing lower levels of CBD and higher levels of its’ sister cannabinoid, THC. The result was that growers were looking for ways to cultivate plants with lower levels of CBD, causing the substance to be almost bred out.
Luckily, the idea of medical cannabis caught on in the 1 990’s and research (though small and lacking) soon caught on to the many amazing attributes of CBD. (Thanks to Harborside Health Center and Steep Hill Laboratory for doing much of the research in this area.) What they found is that CBD has been used successfully in the treatment of cancer, mental illness, seizure disorders, and diseases which affect the muscles and skeletical system. And the side effects are beneficial, as well. CBD is an antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory ( making it useful for patients with arthritis), relieves nausea and increases mental alertness.
Though much research still needs to be done, it is believed that CBD works by interfering with the human receptor sites. slowing down the breakdown of our happy neurotransmitters. It also delays other receptors with the result of being anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety and anti-depressant effects. There is even research that suggest that its powerful antioxidants prevent cell death.
According to Harborside patients, the effects of CBD are often described as being “gradually saturated with relief…the mental effect is not euphoric, though it is warming and can be quite pleasurable…”