Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, is one of the most present cannabinoids in marijuana plants. Furthermore, unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD is not psychoactive and its side effects are minimal. Therefore, it is usually used therapeutically as anxiolytic, antipsychotic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic and to treat complex diseases such as epilepsy. Recently (November 2017), it has been declared as "relatively safe and non-addictive" by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The CBD is currently the cannabinoid with major importance in the therapeutic field because it acts strongly on the nervous system without having psychoactive properties. Furthermore, it modulates the effect of the rest of the cannabinoids, acting as a mattress and eliminating the most undesirable effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) such as anxiety or tachycardias. Various studies, certified by medical specialists and laboratory analysis, passed on its therapeutic benefits due to its anxiolytic, analgesic, antitumor, anti-inflammatory, antipsychotic and anti-rheumatic properties. Moreover, according to some research it is also suitable for treating epilepsy and relieving chronic pain. These factors have led to CBD becoming one of the most important arguments for the legalization of medical marijuana in many countries.
The therapeutic applications of CBD have provided beneficial uses for a wide variety of diseases such as epilepsy, psychosis, chronic inflammatory diseases, neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's, anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorders, etc. CBD can be given in different ways. The most widespread method of medical marijuana consumption, although not the healthiest, is smoking this substance. Another increasingly popular form of consumption is to vaporize it. The vaporizers extract the terpenes and cannabinoids without burning vegetal material as it happens when smoking. However, another way of consumption is orally, either by direct ingestion of oils rich in CBD or by adding these oils in foods and beverages or preparing edibles with oils or marijuana butters.