Without the psychotropic effects of THC, CBD (cannabidiol) is a hemp molecule that generated a lot of buzz in the last few years. Scientific research is still in its early stage since hemp was prohibited for decades. However, many patients, children and adults have already testified to its effectiveness.
WHAT IS CBD?
- CBD or cannabidiol is a molecule from the cannabinoid group, a compound that influences the functioning of the human nervous system. CBD binds to the same receptors as psychoactive THC, but it has the opposite effect: it slows down the nervous system.
- Thus, it has sedative (soothing), analgesic (anti-pain), antispasmodic, antipsychotic, anti-convulsive and neuroprotective properties. In Canada alone, dozens of children with severe epilepsy see their symptoms decrease significantly with the use of CBD, as evidenced by this article in the Press in February 2016 (in French).
- The potential applications of CBD also include people with chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, depression and cancer, among others.
- Available on the internet and in specialized stores, CBD is in increasing demand all over the world. It can be consumed in the form of oil, capsules, sweets and other derived products that are currently developing.
- CBD is one of the most abundant hemp cannabinoids. Researchers and farmers are collaborating to develop new varieties of hemp that are rich in CBD.