Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, is another active ingredient found in marijuana. After THC, it is the second most abundant. CBD is a non-psychoactive, strong anti-oxidant with a wide variety of medical benefits. It has been found to have both anti-tumor properties and anti-psychotic properties. It is so powerful that cancer patients are often prescribed medical cannabis high in CBD to help treat the disease, its symptoms, and issues arising from treatments such as chemotherapy or other cancer drugs.
Some medical marijuana patients suffer from anxiety caused by the euphoria that comes with smoking weed. Because cannabidiol is known to counter the high effects of THC, strains high in CBD can provide medical benefits without the user feeling the euphoric high. The same goes for patients with schizophrenia, where high THC levels can produce even more hallucinations. High CBD strains also provide relief from seizures, muscle spasms, and anxiety.
Benefits of High CBD Strains
These are just some of the benefits high-CBD medical marijuana:
- Non-psychoactive, so there’s low-to-no high as it counters the effects of THC
- Increases cerebral, happy effects of THC while decreasing nervousness, anxiety and paranoia
- Medicinal CBD helps relieve inflammation, anxiety, muscle spasms, pain and convulsions, making it perfect for epilepsy, fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis patients
- Naturally grown cannabis plants usually contain less CBD than THC, but cross-breeding allows growers to cultivate plants with more CBD than THC
During one study, a combination of THC and CBD injected into brain and breast tumors resulted in inhibited cancer cell growth. Medical marijuana also helps with nausea and vomiting, often caused by cancer-fighting treatments.
Because medical marijuana high in CBD does not provide the same high as strains high in THC, these strains are excellent for medical cannabis users. Their medicinal attributes are very beneficial while allowing users to consume during the daytime and still function normally.