Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the most widely abundant compound in marijuana, has been studied extensively for its psychoactive properties since its discovery in 1964. Cannabidiol (CBD), the second most abundant component in marijuana has not only been shown to exhibit medicinal effects in decreasing anxiety & improving sleep, but unlike THC it is non-psychoactive meaning that it does not elicit feelings of euphoria.
In other words, CBD will not get you high. Sorry stoners!
Not only that, CBD is also non-psychotoxic meaning that is does not have a detrimental effect on a person’s mind, personality or behavior. Not even a glass of wine can claim that. Who doesn’t at least get a little bit chatty or flirty after a glass of wine or seven?
More importantly, early research has shown that CBD may actually exhibit some antagonistic properties to THC in many locations within the central nervous system. This antagonistic action implies that CBD used in isolation may be beneficial in decreasing the likelihood of abuse of marijuana.
Anecdotally, for the last few years in the area I work parents have been bringing their teenagers to me. I tell them that by bringing them to me, their parents are being cool. They could just drop them off at a local rehab and place all the blame on the teen, which to me is not good parenting. Instead parents I have work with want to get to the source of their children’s over-reliance on marijuana as it has been unequivocally shown that THC is detrimental to development in kids & teens. Most of the time we find that teens are bored or anxious and often times both. After all, puberty is a ghastly period of confusion & doubt. For teens, marijuana is a readily accessible coping tool. But it is not good for their growing brains & nervous systems. So I put together some protocols which include CBD as well as strategies to help them manage their day-to-day stressors. Usually within a matter of weeks parents come back to me not only with their teens, but with their friends and their parents as well. Rather than being embarrassed as we would expect, teens are actually excited to tell me that they stopped smoking weed and had no cravings. They don’t quit because they have been badgered or threatened, but because they no longer have any demand physically or psychologically.
I am sure it will take several years before there is a stock-pile of large-scale human clinical trials, but the initial research is greatly encouraging. In the meantime, I have seen such dramatic responses in my own profession and life that I have no reason to not believe the research will bear itself out over time. This study is as good a start as any. Enjoy!