Cannabis activists have come to expect not getting a fair hearing when discussing the medicinal benefits of the herb, which has been accused of causing mental health issues, reducing motivation and being a gateway to hard, addictive drugs. While no one can deny that abusing cannabis rich in psychoactive THC is likely to bring about problems, the same applies to any substance.
Thankfully, the therapeutic properties of cannabidiol (CBD), another important cannabinoid found in cannabis, cannot be shunned by the naysayers so easily. Since the early 1960s when CBD was isolated from the rest of the plant and had its chemical structure defined by Israeli researchers, a number of potential uses have emerged. As have safer ways of using cannabis – instead of damaging the lungs by smoking, near-instant relief is now possible with CBD vape oil and e-liquid.
But firstly, let’s look at why CBD does not have the drawbacks which have prevented THC’s progression as a mainstream medicine. [Read more…]