Cannabis with high amounts of cannabidiol (CBD) is now available in a number of countries.
CBD is one of more than 60 chemical compounds found in marijuana, called cannabinoids.
But CBD stands out because it offers many medicinal benefits of the plant without any of the usual mind-altering effects. Recent studies have suggested that on its own CBD can lower anxiety, help control seizures and even reduce the size of some cancerous tumours.
By using strains that are high in CBD and low in THC, people living with illness are able to unlock the therapeutic benefits of marijuana without having the experience of being ‘high’. Because of this, breeders are now working on creating varieties of high-CBD cannabis to offer to patients.
Over the past few years, medicinal growers have developed two strains that have become well known for their elevated levels of CBD: Charlotte’s Web and Avidekel.
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