Cannabidiol (also commonly referred to as CBD) is a major component of the well-known Cannabis sativa L plant. Specifically, it makes up nearly half of the hemp plant's cannabinoids, even though it's one of more than 80 other active cannabis components (known as cannabinoids).
So, what makes CBD special? Well, it's generally believed to be more effective in medicine than many other cannabinoids and, as a result, it's one of just a few that are used widely in creating medications to treat certain conditions today.
Effects on the Body
There are many ways in which CBD is known to affect the body. Not only does it have a neurological effect, but it can have psychotropic effects as well. Specifically, CBD has been found to contain a large number of anti-oxidants, which researchers believe helps with short-term memory. Perhaps this explains why studies have shown CBD to not produce memory impairment when compared to other forms of cannabis.
In terms of psychotropic effects on the body, Cannabidiol is believed to deliver many anti-psychotic effects, particularly in patients that had previously been diagnosed with disorders like schizophrenia. Furthermore, studies have found that CBD has been useful in treating people with depression because it's been found to have many of the same effects as anti-depressant medication, but without the more harmful side-effects.
Other Potential Treatments
Scientific research shows that CBD may be therapeutic for many conditions including, (but not limited to), chronic pain, cancer, anxiety, diabetes, epilepsy, rheumatoid arthritis, PTSD, sleep disorders, alcoholism, cardiovascular disease, antibiotic-resistant infections, and various neurological ailments.
Aside from treating the symptoms of schizophrenia and depression, it's also been found that CBD is effective in treating a condition known as Dravet Syndrome. This particular syndrome is a very rare form of epilepsy where seizures are common. However, studies have shown that patients administered cannabis with high levels of CBD and low levels of THC has been effective in treating some of the symptoms of this syndrome.
Is CBD Legal?
This is a tricky question to answer because the legality of CBD depends, at least in a large part, on its use and its concentration. However, the current status of cannabidiol in the United States is legal because it's derived directly from industrial hemp. Furthermore, as alluded to above, CBD is legal when taken as a recommended medication to treat certain conditions, such as schizophrenia and depression.
THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FDA AND ARE NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT, OR CURE ANY DISEASE. ALWAYS CHECK WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE STARTING A NEW DIETARY SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM.