Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring chemical compound found in plants. Some of the observed CBD uses includes a remedy for epileptic seizures, control spasms and soothes chronic pains. It is a prevalent chemical complex found in marijuana plants; however, it differs from tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is another prevalent complex of the same plant.
Potential Application of CBD
Both CBD and THC are naturally occurring compounds used for anorexia and nausea, however, the later psychoactive in nature while the former isn’t. Despite its safe properties, CBD had been overlooked against THC; however recent clinical trials have shown promising results for CBD to be used as an antioxidant, neuroprotectant, antidepressant and antipsychotic. The compound can be used as CBD crystals or as oil solvents for treatment.
Biological Mechanism of CBD
Receptors are cells which cause any type of chemical or biological nervous function in a human body and are highly concentrated in the central nervous system. Inside the human body are certain special receptors, called the cannabinoid receptors which are predominantly found in the digestive tract, skin, and parts of the reproductive system. Together these cells form the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is responsible for numerous essential functions of the body.
CBD is a chemical complex found in the trichomes of a female cannabis plant. When this complex comes in contact with the cannabinoid receptors, it triggers a chemical reaction; acting like as agonist.
Due to structural and chemical similarities between the CBD molecules and that of the human cells, the compound is able to interact with the Cannabinoid receptors, imparting its therapeutic capabilities and providing relief to the consumer without any toxic effects. Furthermore, the complex reacts with other body receptors aiding with pain modulation, stress management, and sleep regulation.
Though the complex has no observable adverse psychological effects and has been proven to have considerable therapeutic characteristics, the compound is not legally acceptable.