Cannabis sativa is a plant belonging to the Cannabaceae family, known worldwide for its multiple uses as a medicinal plant and industrial fiber, however there is a taboo around it that prevents people knowing more about the health benefits that it can offer.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the 60 components that you can find in the cannabis plant, it has been used over the years as an alternative to conventional medicine due to its antioxidant, antitumor, detoxifying, antipsychotic and anti-inflammatory properties; it also works as a suppressor of convulsive activity on patients with epilepsy, by reducing the frequency of the seizures.
CBD oil is a 100% natural and organic product, it doesn’t contains any chemical or synthetic substance and it can be ingested with food. In order to treat skin problems caused by dermatological diseases such as psoriasis or to reduce localized pain, its consumption can be oral or even topically; in addition to all the healing benefits, many people have decided to use CBD because it has a pacifying effect on the patient, so it is also commonly used to calm anxiety and depression.
One of the advantages of CBD is that it doesn’t act as a psychotropic, i.e. it does not alter the central nervous system by generating euphoric or hallucinogenic sensations. In addition, this component can be used in high doses without presenting secondary psychological effects, so it can be used by people of all ages without posing a health risk.
The main problem about the use of cannabidiol is the misinformation that comes with it, given that it comes from the same plant from which marijuana is obtained, people erroneously associate it with hallucinogenic substances however it is essential to clarify that they are not the same product, each one has a different composition and its purposes are completely opposite. It is even suggested that the CBD helps to counteract the effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (TCH), the main psychoactive in cannabis, decreasing the alterations of the senses that this generates.
Regarding its use and commercialization in Colombia, the Law No. 1787 of July 6th 2016 explicitly says that the production and manipulation of cannabis for medicinal and scientific purposes is legal as long as its cultivation, production and handling are regulated by the Ministry of Justice and law, the Ministry of health and welfare and the Ministry of agriculture and Social development.
My main interest in writing this article is to show the benefits and uses of a completely natural product with high therapeutic properties, in addition to prove that its stigmatization is devoid of foundations; people should know that besides conventional medicine there are other options in terms of treatment that can change and greatly improve their quality of life and those of their loved ones.
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