What would be the medicinal properties of CBD (cannabidiol)?

The 1992 discovery of the natural presence of endocannabinoid system within the human body, and especially its role in maintaining internal homeostasis (vital balance control in response to external stress) has had the effect of a bomb within the scientific community.

Recall that this plant with medicinal properties, cannabis, has been used for more than 5000 years, including Chinese medicine, before being removed from the pharmacopeia 1953.

Today it seems that we are rediscovering the medicinal and therapeutic properties of cannabidiol.

The chemical compound is much wiser and softer than its big brother THC, which comes from the same plant of hemp.

What are the medicinal properties of CBD?

When acting with CB1 & CB2 cannabinoid receptors, CBD would initially act as an inhibitor of the deleterious effects of THC as explained in our comparative between THC and CBD.

But the medicinal properties of CBD would act directly when this compound is linked to other receptors present in the human body. And in particular the GPR55 (serotonin receptors), or the 5HT1A.

However, it has been proven by a study published in February 2015 in "Pharmacology & Pharmacy"That a cannabis plant extract with a high concentration of CBD is more therapeutically effective in treating the symptoms caused by pathologies, than cannabidiol used in a pure form.

Thus, it seems that in order to be fully efficient, CBD must act in synergy, in symbiosis, with all the other cannabinoid molecules present in a cannabis plant.

Therefore, it would be advisable to use a full spectrum of molecules from cannabis, containing a high concentration of CBD, pure CBD in an isolated form for example.