What is CBD?
Cannabinoids are chemicals that trigger the cannabinoid (and other) receptors in the brain and body. In addition to phyto-cannabinoids produced by the plant, there are endogenous cannabinoids that occur naturally in the body, as well as synthetic cannabinoids created by pharmaceutical researchers.
CBD has strong anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasm, anti-convulsant, anti-psychotic, anti-tumoral, and neuro-protective properties. CBD directly activates serotonin receptors, causing an anti-depressant effect, as well.
Scientific and clinical studies have shown that CBD could be therapeutic for many conditions, including chronic pain, cancer, anxiety, diabetes, epilepsy, rheumatoid arthritis, PTSO, sleep disorders, alcoholism, cardiovascular disease, antibiotic-resistant infections, and neurological ailments.
Academic research centers in the United States and elsewhere are currently studying the effects of CBD on these and other health problems.
A Medical Treasure Trove
More than 100 cannabinoids have been identified in the cannabis plant. Of these, CSO and THC have been studied most extensively.
CBD is a non-toxic, non-euphoric substance that doesn't make people feel stoned. CBD works synergistically with THC. Cannabidiol enhances THC's painkilling impact, while modifying THC's psychoactivity. CBD can also neutralize unfavorable effects that THC may cause, such as anxiety and rapid heartbeat.
Not everyone enjoys the THC high. CBD-rich cannabis may be an appealing option for those seeking the medicinal benefits of cannabis without disconcerting dysphoria or other unwanted side effects.
CBD is the predominant cannabinoid in hemp grown for fiber or seed oil. But hemp contains much less CBD than CBD-rich cannabis. Traditionally, plants grown for hashish contained THC and CBD in equal measure. In recent times in the U.S. and elsewhere, genetics have changed to accommodate consumer demand for high THC content. Consequently, CBD almost disappeared from the grassroots gene pool.
After several decades in which only high-THC cannabis was available, CBD-rich strains and products are now accessible in states where medical marijuana is legal.
Project Rxgreenthumb is a for-profit, educational service dedicated to promoting and publicizing research into the medicinal qualities of cannabidiol and other components of the cannabis plant.
- Updates doctors, patients, and the general public on developments in cannabis science, therapeutics and political economy.
- Provides training workshops for dispensary staff and industry professionals on CBD's benefits and challenges.
- Produces a free online newsletter and educational video series.
- Helps providers and patients identify top-quality sources of CBD-rich concentrates and other products derived from plants grown in accordance with agricultural best practices.
- Refutes the slander that medical marijuana is a front for stoners.