CBD: What Is Real and What Is Hype?

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

CBD (Cannabidiol) is extremely popular these days, being touted as the cure for nearly everything from anxiety to pain to inflammation. What is CBD and what do we really know about it?

CBD is a cannabinoid – a type of medicine derived primary from cannabis (marijuana). There are 80+ known cannabinoids in cannabis, and it remains unclear at the moment which are important.

You may be familiar with THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is a cannabinoid and is responsible for the intoxication or “high” you get from cannabis. However, THC is also responsible for much of the benefit from the medicinal use of cannabis, including anxiety relief and depression control and pain control, treatment of insomnia, poor appetite, and nausea and vomiting. Since all medicines have side effects, it’s fair to consider intoxication a side effect of cannabis (and THC) that, like all side effects, must be managed when using the medicine by proper dosing and timing.

One of the primary reasons CBD is being so widely discusses is the fact that it, unlike THC, won’t cause any intoxication. Since intoxication in medical use is an unwanted side effect, CBD seems ideal. The question is, does CBD actually do any of the things people say?