Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the more than 160 plant cannabinoids identified in Cannabis accounting for up to 40% of plant extracts and the second most abundant component. CBD was first extracted from marijuana in 1940 by Roger Adams and its structure was teased apart by Raphael Mechoulam and Yuval Shvo in 1963. It’s chemical structure is C21H30O2.
Unlike the main component of cannabis, THC, CBD has no psychological effects. When people first found it, they thought it was an inactive drug. However, more studies have shown that CBD is very important in many ways. Firstly, it balances the effects of THC meaning THC doesn’t get people as high in the presence of CBD. Secondly, it has several effects on the central nervous system, including anti-epileptic, anti-anxiety, and anti-psychotic effects. Thirdly, CBD exhibits anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. CBD is effective in the treatment of movement disorders. The first studies examined the effects of CBD on dystonia (involuntary muscle contractions) and gave promising results. More studies focused on Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease.
Phoenix Tears Oil contains CBD, THC, all the other cannabinoids such as CBG and CBC (more than 160 of these), as well as terpenes. Phoenix tears is therefore a full extract cannabis oil (some call it THC oil). For medicinal applications, taking advantage of the entourage effect is why we recommend a full extract oil as opposed to CBD Oil, which only contains CBD. Phoenix Tears is commonly misspelt as Fenix Tears Oil.
However, CBD is a potent cannabinoid and gives incredible results when used medicinally. Here are it’s properties as scientifically studied.
CBD is Anti-Inflammatory
CBD is anti-seizure
CBD is anti-anxiety
One of the possible mechanisms of action that causes the anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effect of CBD is the antagonism of 5-HT1a receptors. This receptor is deeply involved in both anxiety and depression. Research on how CBD promotes anxiety effects is still under development, but there are many studies showing how effective it is.
CBD is anti-cancer
CBD is anti-pain
One of the most common reasons to use CBD is to treat nerve pain. Even topical application of CBD oil to the skin has been shown to be an effective treatment for neuropathic pain. CBD has been shown to block pain transmission, activate pathways leading to pain relief, and alter the emotional component of pain.
The way in which CBD works is not yet fully understood, primarily because several possible theories on the way it works have been identified and we’re not yet sure which theory is correct.