As more states legalize both medical and recreational marijuana, products containing extracts from the plant are appearing on shelves around the country too. Cannabidiol, commonly abbreviated as CBD, is one such compound that’s now available in various formulations at smoke shops, health food stores and dispensaries.
Though CBD is extracted from cannabis, unlike another cannabinoid, THC, it does not have psychoactive properties. So why is this compound that doesn’t provide a high suddenly so trendy? It’s all about the number of therapeutic effects associated with the substance. The evidence is somewhat mixed, but researchers have explored and are continuing to investigate some of the claims tied to the compound.
One application of cannabidiol is in the treatment of epilepsy. A 2018 study published in Epilepsy Behavior looked at a group of 108 youth epilepsy patients who used CBD oil. The study finds that 39 percent of