Cannabidiol (CBD)

Definition - What does Cannabidiol (CBD) mean?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring cannabis compound (cannabinoid) present in cannabis plants. It is not psychoactive like other cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Despite its lack of psychoactive abilities, researchers have shown that cannabidiol possesses significant antioxidant and neuroprotective properties that appear to be beneficial in the treatment of neurological disorders.

Scientists and researchers are currently testing cannabidiol for its role in the treatment of epilepsy, chronic pain, arthritis, MS, schizophrenia, PTSD, antibiotic resistant infections, anti-cancer treatments, diabetes, and alcoholism.

CBD is found in all parts of the cannabis plant but is the most prevalent in the female plant’s flower resin glands.

Hydrolife explains Cannabidiol (CBD)

Researchers and scientists have been working to cultivate strains of cannabis that contain high levels of cannabidiol. Current available medical strains of cannabis that contain higher than normal levels of cannabidiol (CBD) include Charlotte's Web, Harlequin, ACDC, Cannatonic, CBC Critical Cure, and Catatonic.

Although such strains have high levels of cannabidiols, it should be noted that some still contain levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) so can produce the associated ‘high’.

Cannabis that contains a high level of cannabidiol in combination with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is normally referred to as ‘cannabidiol-rich’ strains and cannabidiol strains that contain more cannabidiol than THC are called ‘cannabidiol-dominate’. Generally, cannabidiol-dominate strains possess at least four per cent dry weight CBD.

Cannabidiol-containing strains are commonly smoked or vaped. However, they can also be consumed orally in oil form or taken as a capsule.

In some areas, cannabidiol (CBD) strains of cannabis are more widely available for medical treatment than other strains of marijuana.

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