Chances are that since the legalization of medicinal cannabis in Canada, you have likely heard of the many potential benefits found in CBD. Whether you are searching online, watching documentaries, or socializing with your inner circle, there is no shortage of testimony on the effects of medicinal CBD.
But what is CBD? CBD also known as cannabidiol is a compound found in the Cannabis plant. Cannabis plants contain two primary compounds, one being CBD, the other being THC.
THC, also known as tetrahydrocannabinol, was until recently the most well-known compound found in the cannabis plant. THC is known for having a euphoric effect commonly referred to as a “high”.
CBD however, does not cause a state of euphoria. It is not considered to be a psychoactive and thus, does not alter a person’s state of mind.
CBD may be most renowned for its ability to help manage symptoms of Epilepsy. Numerous medical studies have been conducted across the globe on the effects of CBD on patients with Epilepsy.
It is also thought that CBD holds many health benefits for patients with other chronic illnesses such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Chron’s Disease, mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, and even with chronic pain conditions. CBD has been said to possess anti-inflammatory properties which has been hailed for helping manage pain symptoms. It is also said to have analgesic properties to help with the intensity of pain.
While studies are still being conducted across North America on the conclusive medical benefits of CBD, the anecdotal evidence that is available seems to increase every day.
Medicinal cannabis, specifically high CBD strains of cannabis have come a long way since the early introduction of medical cannabis in Canada. Whereas Canadians were once limited to being prescribed high CBD cannabis in the form of dried flower, Canadians now have the option of being prescribed high CBD oil, as well as high CBD capsules from many federally authorized licensed producers.
If you feel that CBD may be beneficial for your chronic condition, talk to your primary care physician about the potential health benefits and the risks of medicinal cannabis. You should always consult your physician before adding a new medication to you regimen.