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With the news that, yesterday, Virginia legalized medicinal marijuana many people are wondering what exactly cannabidiol is, and how it differs from other commonly used compounds.
Cannabidiol or CBD is a phytocannabinoid which accounts for up to 40% of the total extract from a cannabis plant. Unlike TCH, cannabidiol is not psychoactive, and therefore is seen by many as a better option for medicinal usage. CBD has been shown to help immensely with a variety of conditions including epilepsy (especially Dravet’s syndrome), schizophrenia, cancer, anxiety disorders, neurodegenerative disorders, and inflammatory disorders. It also does not make patients as drowsy as THC, which makes it better suited for daytime use.
While CBD is still illegal in the United States, this may not be the case for too much longer. The FDA recently approved a trial in which a pharmaceutical version of CBD, known as Epidioilex, will be used to treat a rare form of epilepsy in children. Even more interesting, there was a patent awarded to Health and Human Services in 2003 which covers the use of CBD as a treatment for various inflammatory and neurodegenerative disorders. Hopefully, with the increase in state by state legalization, and your continued support for legalization of cannabis on a federal level, we can get patients the help they need!
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