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The Cannabinoid Everyone's Talking About: CBD
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The Cannabinoid Everyone's Talking About: CBD

Until a few decades ago, talking about cannabis was talking about drug addicts. Of dark alleys and opaque paper bags, which were passed from hand to hand until they reached the party. The secrecy, the risk and the camels were inherent in the plant. However, the change in mentality is already beginning to be noticed.

Today, the media no longer spend as much time talking about the chilling dangers of illegal drugs. On the contrary, testimonies from patients and athletes make their way in prime time. Its main flag? CBD.

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This molecule is one of more than 113 discovered in hemp. It has around 80 years of history, since its discovery in 1940 by a Harvard chemist named Roger Adams. Only in 2018 was its use regularized at the federal level in the US, the cradle of its prohibition. Thus, Epidiolex and Sativex became the first FDA-approved cannabis-based drugs. Since then, its potentials have only shinedThe great advantage of CBD over its cannabinoid siblings is that serious side effects are unknown or ruled out. THC, a molecule loved by many consumers, leads to problems with memory, attention, coordination, among others. Not to mention its triggering potential in patients with a psychiatric history. However, cannabidiol does not have any complications. It does not pose any health risk. On the other hand, there is evidence that it has benefits. One of them, proven effective in mice and with limited experimentation in humans, points to CBD as an anti-inflammatory potential.

Even some professional athletes, from the NBA, the UFC, and more, use CBD products to deal with inflammation in their muscles. Cannabidiol is a valuable addition to their lifestyle for them. For a Parkinson's patient, however, it could mean a radical change in her life. If its anti-inflammatory property is proven, its usefulness would range from the professional trainer to the Parkinson's patient. This broad spectrum can be explained by the body's endocannabinoid system. In essence, we are endowed with CBD receptors throughout the body. That is why it can reduce inflammation of the brain (and fight Parkinson's) or legs (and aid in physical recovery). CBD as an incentive for psychological disorders Considering the social and historical background of cannabis, it is not usual to find evidence to support it as a treatment for psychological problems. Its ban was linked to the argument that it generates "insanity." And actually, THC has a low correlation with the triggering of psychotic disorders. However, some studies suggest that this fear, in the case of CBD, is not only false but also contradictory to reality. CBD, with or without the synergy of THC, shows some effectiveness in treating anxiety and depression. To a lesser extent, there are studies that point to its potential as an antipsychotic or as a treatment for PTSD. This meta-analysis concludes, at least, a growing interest in the subject. While all of this research is in the preliminary stage, the truth is that neither CBD nor THC lead to the development or worsening of symptoms. Whichever use you prefer to put it, there is no doubt that CBD has something for you. Its wide spectrum of potentials is beginning to be discovered.