Cannabidiol (CBD)

What does Cannabidiol (CBD) mean?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring cannabis compound (cannabinoid) present in cannabis plants. It is not psychoactive like other cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Despite its lack of psychoactive abilities, researchers have shown that cannabidiol possesses significant antioxidant and neuroprotective properties that appear to be beneficial in the treatment of neurological disorders. CBD is found in all parts of the cannabis plant but is the most prevalent in the female plant’s flower resin glands.

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All strains of cannabis possess cannabidiol (CBD). Cannabis that contains high levels of cannabidiol in combination with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are normally referred to as ‘cannabidiol-rich’ strains and cannabidiol strains that contain more cannabidiol than THC are called ‘cannabidiol-dominate’. Generally, cannabidiol-dominate strains possess at least four percent dry weight CBD. Cannabidiol-containing strains are commonly smoked or vaped. However, they can also be consumed orally in oil form or taken as a capsule. CBD strains of cannabis are more widely available for medical treatment than other strains of marijuana. Current available medical strains of cannabis that contain higher than normal levels of cannabidiol (CBD) include Charlotte’s Web, Harlequin, ACDC, Cannatonic, CBC Critical Cure, and Catatonic.

This definition was written in the context of Cannabis

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