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CBD (CANNABIDIOL) FOR DUMMIES: WHAT IS CBD?

With the growing popularity of marijuana use among US adults, more and more people are shifting their attitude towards its use and perceived dangers.  As we learn more about the medicinal benefits of cannabis, the stigma surrounding it is slowly being torn away.

One of the most popular trends in the marijuana industry is the use of cannabidiol or CBD products.  CBD or cannabidiol is one of at least 113 active chemical compounds called cannabinoids in cannabis (and hemp).  Cannabinoids are 21-carbon molecules that block or stimulate endocannabinoid receptors.

The chemical formula for cannabidiol or CBD.

The chemical formula for cannabidiol or CBD.

Some reports expect CBD product sales to reach $2.1 billion a year by 2020.  This largely stems from the fact that CBD products (most of which contain less than 0.3% THC) provide the therapeutic benefits of cannabiswithout the “high” or “stoned” feeling.  In fact, CBD can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC thereby reducing the undesirable effects of high-THC cannabis, like paranoia and anxiety.

Oils that contain concentrations of cannabidiol are often referred to as “CBD oil.”  CBD is a powerful anti-epileptic, anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, anti-nauseate, sleep aid, muscle relaxant, sedative and anti-proliferative.  It also has incredible potential for healing a wide range of diseases, including diabetes, insomnia, anxiety, depression, migraines, asthma, scar tissue, Crohn’s, epilepsy, seizures, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and cancer.

Scientists are continuing to discover more and more about this miracle plant every day.  What’s most exciting is that we have only scratched the surface when it comes to cannabis knowledge.

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