Q. What Is CBD? – I Hear It Is A Safe Alternative To Medical Marijuana – Does Not Get You High – But Still Has The Medicinal Benefits Of Medical Marijuana.
A. There is a derivative of medical marijuana that has been getting a great deal of media attention. It is called CBD and it is not psychoactive, which means it does not make you high even though it comes from the active ingredient of marijuana known as THC. It is called CBD and the sale and distribution is legal in most states. No serious adverse side effects have been reported.
The science behind the drug is that it works by indirectly stimulating the cannabinoid receptors in the brain. The drug has shown to lessen pain, inflammation, psychosis, anxiety and spasm without the high. It also possesses anti-oxidant properties that can limit neurological damage after stroke, trauma, or neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. It has shown to also be effective in the suppression of tumors in colon cancer patients.
While medical marijuana is considered by many scientific organizations to be a legitimate remedy for pain management, it still has a bad reputation and the sale and distribution of medical cannabis is still considered a felony under Federal law.
The CBD drug is commonly consumed in the form of oil, which is inhaled through a vaporizer. It is also being consumed as a nose spray. For those patients that want the relief marijuana provides, but not the high or sedating effect, CBD is quickly becoming the patient’s choice for relief. It is now being considered the non-toxic, non-psychoactive alternative to medical marijuana. In addition, there are studies on CBD that indicate there are major therapeutic effects for people that suffer from anxiety, schizophrenia, stroke, epilepsy and cardiovascular disease.
The most effective dosage levels are still being determined as many of the studies conducted thus far have been on lab animals, although several studies dating back to the 90’s have looked at the effect on humans with positive outcomes. With the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana in many states, more federal dollars are being channeled toward the study of medical marijuana and its effects. This is a good thing. So far, while the results are far from comprehensive, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say they are encouraging.