Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a cannabis compound that can provide effective relief from a wide variety of medical conditions, including chronic pain, inflammation, anxiety, and depression.
Because CBD does not cause lethargy or dysphoria — unlike tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is the main psychoactive compound found in marijuana — CBD-dominant cannabis strains can be a more appealing treatment option for patients who find the psychoactive effects of THC-dominant strains unnerving or undesirable.
Scientific and clinical research, much of it sponsored by the US government, has demonstrated CBD’s potential as a treatment option for a wide range of conditions, including:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Chronic pain
- Antibiotic-resistant infections
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Other neurological disorders
CBD has demonstrable neuroprotective effects, and its anti-cancer properties are currently being investigated at several academic research centers around the world. Evidence also suggests that CBD is safe even at high doses.