What is CBD being marketed for? Proponents seem deliberately vague on claims – NutraIngredients-usa.com

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a non narcotic fraction of the cannabis sativa plant.  CBD is one of a number of cannabinoids in the botanical, all of which affect in one way or another the body’s endogenous endocannabinoid system.  This is a set of receptors in the body that modulates a host of functions, including pain sensitivity, mood states, memory performance and others.

In recent years marijuana-based products have become both more familiar and more available. Many states have passed medical marijuana laws and a number of others followed up with approval of full recreational use of the plant.

CBD as standalone ingredient

Around that time CBD started to be mentioned in a standalone fashion, as a beneficial substance in its own right.  It first gained prominence for its effects on quelling the epileptic seizures of children suffering from Lennox-Gastaut syndrome or Dravet syndrome who did not respond well to standard anti seizure medications.  

A product called Charlotte’s Web gained folkloric superstar status for this use.  By all accounts the product was carefully made and delivered a consistent dosage of CBD.  I know parents who moved to my home state of Colorado (one of the cannabis early adopters) specifically to gain access to this product. In several cases they claimed the product had saved their children's lives.

Drug development 

Around the same time as the state-based legalization/medicinal approval ball got rolling here in the US, English drug maker GW Pharmaceuticals also embarked on the development of its own CBD-based antispasmodic pharmaceutical.  The drug, called Epidiolex, won full FDA approval just a few months ago for the treatment of Lennox-Gastaut and Dravet.

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