The increasing research and development of cannabis cultivation and by-products made from the plant have been huge in recent years. Many people are unfamiliar with the ways in which the marijuana plant can be used. The plant itself is primarily made of two chemicals: THC and CBD. THC is a psychoactive chemical, it is the reason why you ‘get high’, where as CBD has a completely different affect on the brain. When we talk about the medical effects of cannabis we are usually referring to CBD. It is extracted from the plant and then can be consumed a number of ways. After you have identified the characteristics of both chemicals you really began to understand the complexity and value of the cannabis plant in that CBD counteracts the effect of THC. So lets talk about what CBD oil is and its applications.
For one, CBD has been found to be a natural painkiller as well as having anti-inflamitary and antipsychotic properties according to a study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, pointing out the numerous therapeutic properties of CBD oil, having been used to treat a number of different ailments including anxiety, depression and inflammatory disorders. Studies have also shown that CBD oil prevents nuerodegradation and acts like protection for neuropathways due to its anti-oxidant effects, a completely natural neuroprotective agent that reduces oxidative stress as well as oxidation-associated diseases like Crohn’s disease, CNS disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, gastric ulcers (Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease).
Studies have shown that CBD inhibits the production of glutamate, attenuating its toxicity, protecting brain cells and reducing the risk of ischemic damage.