Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is a phytochemical found in the plant cannabis that has many important characteristics. It has been successfully used in clinical trials to treat severe forms of childhood epilepsy, in addition to other conditions including chronic pain management, nausea and chemotherapy. The chemical is believed to act at the level of the nervous system to regulate synaptic activity in the brain and help it deal with stress and anxiety. It has shown promise in treating some diseases of the nervous system, but is yet to be approved for clinical trials. Until then it is most commonly used as a prescription medication in the treatment of seizure disorders like epilepsy and movement disorders like MS (Multiple Sclerosis).
Recently, another group of pharmaceutical companies have begun to manufacture CBD into a prescription supplement. This time, instead of using CBD as a replacement for other pharmaceuticals, they are looking to use CBD as a replacement for neuroleptics, which are often used in treating seizure disorders and the more serious side effects of chemotherapy and psoriasis. Many of these new products are being developed from components extracted from the “trunk” of cannabis, or parts of the plant that are not psychoactive like the leaves and flowers. Some of these ingredients, such as Sopedund oil, hempseed and brahmi (which have a lot of sedative and muscle relaxant qualities), have been found to have similar effects to the CBD that is found in medical marijuana. Sopedund oil is believed to have similar benefits in treating Alzheimer’s disease and improving memory, whereas hempseed is believed to have potential in treating diabetes and reducing cholesterol levels.
Although the market may currently offer many supplements made from CBD, there is little research on the long term safety of these compounds. CBD is still relatively unstable and there is some concern that long-term exposure can cause negative neurological effects such as seizures and schizophrenia. Long term exposure to CBD can cause adverse mental health responses and cognitive deficiencies such as those seen with autistic patients. In addition, the compounds in cannabis marijuana are very concentrated, so it is important to consider the amount of CBD you are taking.
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