OK, wait. What is CBD?

We break it down with Project CBD

Originally published by Project CBD

There is no arguing that cannabidiol (CBD) is the new “It Girl” for those seeking a natural cure-all. But many of us still lack an understanding of CBD and how it differs from marijuana. Sweet Jane shares more about the wonder elixir via Project CBD, a nonprofit supporting research of CBD and other components of the cannabis plant.

What is CBD

Cannabidiol, aka CBD, is a cannabis compound that has significant medical benefits but does not make people feel “stoned” and can actually counteract the psychoactivity of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main active ingredient of cannabis. The fact that CBD-rich cannabis is non-psychoactive or less psychoactive than THC-dominant strains makes it an appealing option for patients looking for relief from inflammation, pain, anxiety, psychosis, seizures, spasms, and other conditions without disconcerting feelings of lethargy or dysphoria.

Scientific and clinical research — much of it sponsored by the U.S. government — underscores CBD’s potential as a component of treatment for a wide range of conditions, including arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, MS, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD, depression, antibiotic-resistant infections, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders. CBD has demonstrable neuroprotective and neurogenic effects, and its anti-cancer properties are currently being investigated at several academic research centers in the United States and elsewhere. Further evidence suggests that CBD is safe even at high doses.

What’s the difference between “CBD-rich” and “CBD dominant”? By CBD-rich, we mean a cannabis strain or product that has equal amounts of CBD and THC or more CBD than THC (usually at least 4 percent CBD by dry weight). By CBD-dominant, we mean strains or products that are CBD-rich but have very little THC content.

Project CBD responds to inquiries from all over the world. Almost everyone wants to know where to get CBD-rich products and how to use them for maximum benefit. After decades in which only high-THC cannabis was available in North America and beyond, CBD-rich strains and products are now available to medical users where allowed by law.

Don’t stop here: See how CBD can aid in your wellness routine at www.projectcbd.org.

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