What is CBD?
Currently, most scientific research into CBD has been at the preclinical level on cell cultures created to mimic disease in humans or animal models such as rodents. So it’s fair to say that scientists can’t precisely answer the question, ‘what does CBD do to the body? However from these preclinical studies, they have noted that CBD does have an anti-inflammatory effect, which is particularly of interest as chronic inflammation is a contributing factor to conditions as varied as autoimmune disease, neurodegenerative illnesses, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, depression, and even cancer.
CBD’s potential as an antipsychotic drug in schizophrenia has also been studied in humans. CBD was found to be as effective as traditional antipsychotic medication, something that flies in the face of the ‘weed madness’ propaganda of the 1930s.
Perhaps the most advanced area of clinical research is in the use of CBD for epilepsy. There have been many anecdotal accounts around the world of children and adults reducing the number of seizures by taking CBD oil. Now British pharmaceutical company, GW Pharma has developed a purified version of CBD that has successfully passed the third stage of clinical trials for rare epileptic conditions Dravet and Lennox Gastaut Syndrome.
For more information about current CBD clinical trials research, see this post.