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CBD – Cannabidiol

In this article, we have collected information about cannabidiol, its health advantages, side effects, usage, and other valuable details about this chemical.

CBD – Definition

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical and it can be found in the Cannabis sativa plant. In a study by Corroon J and Phillips JA under the title A Cross-Sectional Study of Cannabidiol Usersit is mentioned that CBD is used as a medicine for medical conditions such as sleep disorders, anxiety, pain, and depression.

Cannabidiol is derived from hemp. Hemp, also known under the name industrial hemp, is a plant of the family Cannabaceae produced for its edible seeds. In case CDB has THC content between 0% and 0.3%, then it is considered legal in all fifty states of America. 

CBD – Benefits


It is confirmed that CBD may help reduce chronic pain by affecting endocannabinoid receptor activity. In a study by Marija Darkovska-Serafimovska et al. under the title “Pharmacotherapeutic considerations for use of cannabinoids to relieve pain in patients with malignant diseasesit is noted that CDB helps with reducing inflammation. Gathered data from various studies lead to the conclusion that CBD may be effective in reducing pain associated with conditions like multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. 


Usage of this chemical has shown positive effects when it comes to mental health issues treatment. According to a study by Claire Cartwright et al. under the title Long-term antidepressant use: patient perspectives of benefits and adverse effects it has been concluded that medical conditions such as anxiety and depression are often treated with pharmaceutical drugs. This traditional approach can cause several side effects such as insomnia, headache, and sexual dysfunction. Usage of cannabidiol can be described as a more natural approach to treating mental conditions due to its ability to increases the levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates social behavior and mood. 


cbd oil with plant and seedsCBD may support the reduction of symptoms associated with cancer and side effects related to cancer therapy, like pain. In a study by Brigitte Bloechl-Daum et al. under the title Delayed nausea and vomiting continue to reduce patients’ quality of life after highly and moderately emetogenic chemotherapy despite antiemetic treatment it is noted that CBD may also help decrease chemotherapy-caused vomiting and nausea.


Studies have shown that CDB can control the overproduction of sebum from the sebaceous glands. This chemical is also known for its anti-inflammatory qualities which lead to the conclusion that CDB might have a beneficial effect when it comes to skin health, especially with treating medical conditions like acne. 


CBD can reduce symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and epilepsy. In a study by M H N Chagas et al. under the title Cannabidiol can improve complex sleep-related behaviors associated with rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder in Parkinson’s disease patients: a case series it is noted that CBD is responsible for increasing the quality of sleep for Parkinson’s disease patients.


Cannabidiol may improve cardiovascular health in several ways. It has been noted that this chemical plays an important role in lowering blood pressure and preventing heart damage. Researchers have indicated that the stress- and anxiety-reducing effects of CBD are responsible for its capacity to help lower blood pressure.


A study by Fischer B, et al. under the title Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines: A Comprehensive Update of Evidence and Recommendations marked off several side effects due to CDB consumption, such as:

  • tiredness
  • reduced appetite
  • diarrhea

This is the reason why scientists advise that consulting a doctor is necessary if you plan to include and combine CDB with already existing therapy.


CBD is legal in each of the 50 states of America, yet one should remember under what kind of conditions.

If CBD is from Hemp and its THC content is less than 0.3%, you may consider it legal in all 50 states of America. CBD derived products with a THC content of more than 0.3% are supposed to be in the same class as marijuana and are considered illegal.

Allison King
Allison King
Allison holds a PhD in Biology specializing in cell and molecular biology and undergraduate degree in biochemistry with a minor in theoretical physics. She has taught at four universities in Eastern Canada and currently consults masters and doctoral students. She believes that peer-reviewed scientific research is the best source when looking for information on a given subject. Allison also lives a healthy vegetarian lifestyle and enjoys competing in various races including half marathons and triathlons.