The biological action of CBD was not really touched upon in textbooks. It’s more than likely that we’ll have to do a great deal more research to gain understanding of what it is; and conversely what it is doing in the body, and what it has the potential to do if used correctly.

Now that researchers are finally beginning to understand what is going on – and surprisingly, its very different from the way THC works, we have the basis to begin having some compelling arguments.

We’ll start with THC that acts in a similar way to the body’s own natural endocannabinoid, anandamide. It binds to the cannabinoid receptors, which are complex proteins found in the junctions between nerve endings. CBD doesn’t bind to these receptors. Instead it acts on certain other non-cannabinoid receptors and various other processes that are not dependent on receptors at all. Hence the thought that CBD products are non-addictive.

It still has its place within the endocannabinoid system, as its activity affects the activity of other cannabinoids and endocannabinoids. In typical conditions anandamide is produced by the nerve endings then quickly re-absorbed by the same nerve endings! CBD gets in the way of that process, meaning that the effects of anandamide will continue to be felt in the body for longer. (CBD helps your body process more of the natural stuff for longer )

Unlike THC, cannabidiol does not cause a psychoactive effect in the user. It is thought that the psychoactive effect of THC is related to its ability to bind to the CB1 receptor, which CBD does not do. This reason is why it is not subject to the same restrictions as THC under international law and it can be legally bought and sold in many countries.

What Medical Conditions Can CBD Treat?

The medicinal effects of CBD have been studied for decades and dozens of researchers all over the world have shown that it can benefit a wide range of illnesses.

Strong evidence of the medicinal potential of cannabidiol has come from infant sufferers of rare, treatment-resistant forms of epilepsy, such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. In fact, several high-CBD varieties of medicinal cannabis have been developed in recent years with the primary intention of helping children afflicted with Dravet syndrome. CBD has repeatedly shown potential in treating various seizure-related conditions as well.

Some sufferers of Parkinson’s disease apparently experience an almost instantaneous effect on tremors and shakiness after taking a dose of CBD oil. It’s important to remember that research into the effects of cannabidiol and other cannabis compounds is still in early stages. The majority of existing research is on animals and not humans, so their usefulness is limited – the few studies on humans aren’t always conclusive. However, as medicinal cannabis legislation continues to spread worldwide, it should become easier to investigate these crucial aspects of cannabinoid medicine.

How Can CBD Be Used?

How you choose to administer your cannabidiol depends greatly on the form it takes. If you are using a whole-plant extract or oil, you are best advised to ingest it orally or sublingually (beneath the tongue, so that it penetrates the mucous membranes and rapidly enters the bloodstream). You may also choose to add it to foods or drinks, such as smoothies, shakes or salad oils. Otherwise, if you have access to high-CBD cannabis flowers, you can smoke, vape or make extracts from them in exactly the same manner as high-THC cannabis. CBD Caps are also a very effective method.

Legal Status of CBD

CBD is not subject to worldwide prohibition via international treaties – although certain states and countries may have legislation in place controlling or banning it entirely. So legality and availability depends on your location, but in worldwide terms it’s generally easier – or at least not impossible – to obtain via legal channels.