[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Though the average person doesn’t know much about the chemical composition of marijuana, if they have any knowledge at all, they are probably only aware of THC, one of the active cannabinoids in cannabis.

It’s safe to say that the vast majority of the population is completely unaware of another, equally important cannabinoid in marijuana products, cannabidiol (or CBD). Though THC is the more famous active ingredient, CBD is just as important (though non-psychotropic), and thus has just as much medicinal potential. The following is a brief overview of CBD studies conducted recently.

 

CBD in Tandem with Chemotherapy Medication

Doxorubicin, a drug commonly and effectively used in chemotherapy treatment, has a major drawback: it can induce cardiomyopathy, or weakened heart tissue. A group of doctors from the Department of Cardiology at Shandong University used CBD in tandem with doxorubicin-induced cardiomyopathy in mice, and found that the treatment markedly improved the disorder.

 

CBD as Treatment for Motivation Disorders

As mentioned, one of the key differences between CBD and THC is that CBD is non-psychotropic. Thus, CBD offers potential for treating psychological disorders such as drug addiction, anxiety, and depression. Though the evidence remains preliminary, research from the University of Maryland suggests promising treatment potential and encourages further investigation.

 

Can CBD Aid Treatment-Resistant Epilepsy?

According to research published in The Lancet, nearly one third of all patients suffer from a treatment-resistant form of epilepsy. With interest in the medical applications of cannabinoids growing, these researchers investigated the possibility of using CBD to treat epileptic children and young adults (remember, CBD is non-psychotropic). The study found that CBD might reduce seizure frequency in highly treatment-resistant epilepsy, and the doctors called for further research.

 

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