CBD does quite a lot. First and foremost, the compound is a stress-reliever. Emerging research suggests that CBD may have surprising effects on mood and anxiety. In early animal trials, the cannabis compound has proved successful as an anti-anxiety tool, perhaps even easing fear associated with traumatic memories. The molecule may also have some general first-aid properties. CBD is expected to be a potent anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and analgesic, reducing uncomfortable aches and pain.
While there may be numerous benefits to CBD as a general over-the-counter remedy, the compound may also be useful to those with serious diseases. As with all cannabis medicines, there is still much to learn about CBD. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has already approved the use of a prescription drug made from cannabis-derived Cannabidiol. The drug, called Epidiolex, may successfully treat two rare forms of epilepsy, Dravet and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. Currently, the compound is being studied for its potential in treating psychosis and schizophrenia. It is also being studied, in combination with THC, as an add-on treatment to improve outcomes in patients with certain types of cancer.