The Importance of CBD in Medical Cannabis

Evidence is mounting that cannabidiol, or CBD, which is found in medical cannabis, can provide relief for patients dealing with many medical conditions. Research suggests CBD may reduce inflammation, fight cancer symptoms, reduce depression, alleviate anxiety, and reduce seizures. Fortunately, CBD can help manage medical conditions without the psychoactivity of THC.


What Does "CBD-Rich" Mean?

CBD and THC are both considered cannabinoids, which are the chemical compounds found in cannabis. Strains of cannabis each have different quantities of various cannabinoids, which makes some strains suitable for some patients and medical conditions, and some suitable for others.

"CBD-rich" strains are those that have equal amounts of CBD and THC, or have more CBD than THC, which usually means at least 4 percent CBD by dry weight. With more CBD than THC – the opposite mix that you'll find in the recreational market for cannabis – CBD-rich strains are useful for patients who seek relief without the strong psychoactive effects of THC.


Renewed Recognition of CBD’s Value

In recent decades, CBD-rich strains came close to disappearing in Northern California, as growers focused on strains with a high THC content. Since the late 2000s, CBD-rich strains have come back into favor, helping patients to find the right strains that meet treatment needs.

Many patients are using CBD cannabis to manage pain, or to boost well-being when dealing with conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A recent study of thousands of patients using CBD-rich strains found that they often used CBD products to manage conditions that respond poorly to traditional pharmaceuticals. (Project CBD)

Overall, medical cannabis shows great promise in helping patients feel better without the sometimes negative impact of traditional medications. In a survey of BPG patients, 85% said medical cannabis had far fewer adverse effects than their prescription medications; they also said that medical cannabis did a better job helping them manage the symptoms associated with their health conditions. (Harm Reduction Journal: PDF)


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