CBD is touted as a remedy for various ailments such as arthritic pain, sleep disorders, anxiety, nausea and even cancer, but more clinical research is needed to verify the claims. “We know in animal studies and some test-tube studies, it seems to be pretty good for anti-inflammatory, may have some anti-pain (properties), and it certainly has some effect on mood,” says Dr. Brent Bauer, director of the Mayo Clinic Integrative Medicine and Health Research Program in an article on the Mayo Clinic website.
In a Phase III trial of a pure CBD product for epilepsy, Epidiolex®, has shown to be very effective and holds much promise.
Marijuana-derived CBD is obtained from marijuana plants that have lush, thick foliage and flowers and are grown primarily for the consumption of their intoxicating effects. The predominant chemical in this plant is THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid that gets you high. Although THC is prevalent in most marijuana plants, there are some strains that are abundant in CBD.
The CBD molecule extracted from hemp or marijuana is identical, but there are certain factors that distinguish the CBD byproducts obtained from the two plants.