What is CBD and what are the cannabinoids?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of the 113 phytocannabinoids contained in Cannabis Sativa plants. It has no psychoactive effects and is the main therapeutic agent of the plant studied in recent years. Its popularity is due to the large number of published clinical studies that suggest promising applications in many conditions and diseases.
Cannabinoids are a big group of active chemical compounds found naturally within both the human body and the cannabis plant. When derived from the plant, we call them phytocannabinoids. When derived from the human body, we refer to them as endo-cannabinoids.
THC, short for tetrahydrocannabinol, is another important compound found in cannabis plants. THC is what gives marijuana its psychoactive properties, making you feel “high”. Our plants and products contain a THC percentage lower than 0.20%, a practically negligible quantity. Although it has a chemical structure very similar to CBD, the effects are very different, making it part of the illegal substances tables in many countries of the world.
The properties of CBD have been investigated in recent years, with excellent results. CBD is used against anxiety, as an excellent substitute for benzodiazepines; and insomnia, promoting sleep induction and maintenance. Studies have shown the decrease in chronic pain, a condition always difficult to treat, and an anti-inflammatory effect. The evidences suggest an antiemetic ability, with a focus on nausea caused by anticancer treatments. A drug for children epilepsy containing CBD has also recently been approved in Europe, an amazing result. In addition, anticancer and antidepressant effects are being studied. The road is still long, but the results are promising in many fields!