What is cannabidiol?

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What is cannabidiol?

This is a basic guide to understanding what cannabidiol is

CBD is short for cannabidiol. CBD is one of the main cannabinoids which are found in the cannabis plant. Medical marijuana and cannabis research is going through a period of rapid growth around the world. Many governments and pharmaceutical companies are looking into the health benefits associated with cannabis and how CBD could help with many different health conditions.

CBD doesn’t get you high like THC. CBD is a non-psychoactive compound and won’t leave you feeling ‘high’ or ‘stoned’ like cannabis products which contain THC. If anything, CBD can reduce the effects of THC. Many patients are experimenting with the use of CBD on anxiety, pain relief, inflammation, psychosis, spasms, and seizures. There are hundreds of clinical trials underway around the world into how CBD can help treat chronic conditions and help people move away from pharmaceutical products.

In our body, we have an endocannabinoid system. This is something which we all have and not just people that use cannabis-related products! The endocannabinoid system is spread throughout the body and is full of small receptors. When you take CBD products, the CBD reacts with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the body. When cannabidiol binds to the receptors in the endocannabinoid systems, it produces several different chemical reactions. It’s these chemical reactions which have scientists scrambling to understand how CBD works with our bodies and the benefits CBD could have.

Below are just some of the many studies being undertaken into the benefits of CBD.

CBD is being used to treat the seizures associated with epilepsy

One of the biggest studies published into CBD was a 2012 study published by the British Epilepsy Association titles ‘Cannabidiol exerts anticonvulsant effects in animal models of the temporal lobe and partial seizures.’ Basically, they found that CBD could help lower the amount of seizures people experience and the severity of those seizures.

CBD could help with neurological disease such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, and Alzheimer’s

A study in 2006 found that CBD could help to protect nerve cells from degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. CBD works by protecting the protein pathway, and this line of research is one of CBDs most promising aspects.

CBD for pain relief

Around the world scientists is looking into the effects of CBD and how it can work with painkillers like Morphine and other opioids. One of the biggest problems with conventional opioid pain relief is the addictive nature of the medicine. A study in 2015 found that not only did CBD help to enhance the effects of opioid pain relief; it also lessened the side-effects such as addiction.

We will keep you updated

There are many more uses for CBD being explored every day. If you’re interested in CBD, there are several different ways that you can try it for yourself. CBD oils, CBD ointments and creams, CBD e-liquid for vaporizers, CBD supplements and CBD edibles. It’s important to always check on the legal status of CBD in your country before purchasing large amounts of CBD.

CBD is fueling innovation across the scientific community, and here at Formula Swiss we will be staying abreast of all CBD studies.

This article was written by an independent and third-party author specialising in CBD, hemp and cannabis research. Any opinion, advice or recommendation expressed in the article does not reflect the opinion of Formula Swiss AG or any of our employees. We do not make any claims about any of our products and refer to our disclaimer for more information.


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