In recent years, the issue of the various applications of cannabis has become more than a trend in popular culture and society, as is evident in the many cases of state legislatures passing the legalization of marijuana as well as the increasing popularity of the uses of CBD. As part of this seemingly endless debate, which in many ways is reminiscent of the ban and taboo that surrounded alcohol during the prohibition era, the primary argumentation presented by its advocates and supporters is of that of the countless therapeutic, pharmaceutical, medicinal, and even spiritual benefits that various phytocannabinoids agents that the cannabis plant offers to its users. Of these, CBD has, for a plethora of reasons, received a great deal of attention in both popular culture and society as a kind of viable solution in this long-winded discussion.

The most painstakingly obvious observations that supporters within the community point to is found in the very molecular structure of CBD. According to Project CBD, while CBD and THC are structurally very similar, with a few minor deviations, CBD lacks the properties responsible for stimulating the reactors in the brain that trigger the psychoactive effects inherent within THC, that is, the high that people experience.

As a matter of fact, asides from this one defining characteristic, the many similarities posed by both THC and CBD has called for a serious need for the mainstream practice for policy agencies to meet the high exigencies that their field tests for marijuana cannot differentiate between the two as noted by News 4 in. This, of course, is due to the need to meet an issue of crucial precedents in that there are reports flooding in that individuals are being detained for possessing substances containing THC, when strictly speaking, isn’t the case, and as such, is becoming an issue of growing concern. However, this is merely the tip of the iceberg in assessing the never-ending sort of debacle surrounding the matter, and as a result, proponents for the use of CBD bring attention to its many medicinal usages.

Although the vast majority of the general populace make the sort of faulty assumption that CBD and its many mediums of consumption are, for the most part, a relatively contemporary or modern discovery, the simple truth is that the history of the chemical compound stretches much further back than most people are aware of. The Ministry of Hemp sheds tremendous insights on this particular certitude, in observing that the supplement that is used to a full gamut of ailments was first extracted or discovered in the 1940s by Harvard graduate Roger Adams, despite being, for the most part, being completely unaware of what he had done. Throughout the years, this finding of monumental significance eventually lead to additional research conducted by the likes of Dr. Raphel Mechoulam who noticed that the oil could be used to treat epilepsy, which of course gave way to the incalculable number of afflictions that scientific studies have revealed that CBD is known to be capable of treating.

Notwithstanding the notion that CBD has been around for several decades, there is still a level of gray area pertaining to the untapped potential that the substance serves in terms of treating different conditions, however, numerous viable sources such as The Voux, list multitudinous maladies that CBD can be used to treat. Of notice, CBD has been scientifically proved, and approved by the FDA to tend to such conditions related to autoimmune diseases, neurological conditions, neuropsychiatric illness, gut disorders, cardiovascular dysfunction, skin disease, however this by no means describes the full spectrum of ailments that it nurses to, in a long list that is ever expanding of conditions that CBD can treat.

In addition to the multifaced uses of a CBD treatment, which have included, but are by no means limited a kind of homemade remedy for pets, or nursing to various problematic symptoms in cancer patients, the many conveniences also comprise of the fact that CBD comes with extremely mild side effects, especially when considering the likes of those associated with THC. Unlike delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or THC with its multitude of noticeably harmful side effects such as increased anxiety, paranoia, as well as mood changes, altered perception, impaired body movement, memory, and depth perception, in addition instances of psychosis, and the likes, all of which have lead to it being listed as a stimulant, depressant, and hallucinogenic simultaneously by the Center for Substance Abuse Research, CBD offers far less problematic potential side effects. To date, this list is for the most part limited to such symptoms as changes in appetite and mood, as well as dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, and nausea, which are unquestionably less extreme than those presented in the case of THC, but this lends itself to the most pressing issue as far as the matter of CBD is concerned.

Relating back to the topic of the molecular structure of CBD as opposed to THC, especially in its relationship to the fact that its uses are still being examined extensively, the challenge that is being posited at present is that of finding a way to maximize its therapeutic properties without incorporating THC. Further complicating matters in this regard is found in the way that there is still little known about CBD and its relative therapeutic properties which ultimately leads to insufficient competence in regulating such factors as patient dosage, administration methodology, and other associated variables such as the synergy or incorporation of THC, possible risk determinants, as well as possible reactions that CBD could pose when utilized alongside other supplements.

To summarize, with its long history stretching back to the 1940s, CBD has been growing exponentially in popularity, especially in the last year or so as an alternative solution in the long debate surrounding the many usages of the cannabis plant. Although nearly identical to the THC molecule, CBD is lacking in the psychoactive properties while at the same time offering a wide range of medicinal benefits with few side effects. It will be interesting to see in the years to come as to whether or not it can overcome the few challenges that stand in its way and to discover all the usages for what has otherwise been described as a sort of miracle molecule.