Could the extraordinary compound in cannabis that helps kids with epilepsy make you feel better?
ill Kleidon, a loquacious 27-year-old, and I were sitting in a restaurant called Food Harmonics here on Ojai’s main drag the other day, sipping $5 mushroom coffee with shots of CBD elixir.
It was delicious, if slightly expensive.
If you have been paying attention to what’s going on in the cannabis “space” (a perfect word for this industry, really), you have probably heard of CBD — cannabidiol — or wondered what it is.
CBD is one of two important compounds in cannabis.
The other, of course, is THC, which is responsible for pot’s psychoactive power. Both THC and CBD have medicinal properties. But CBD, which can be extracted from hemp and is often sold as a dietary supplement, won’t get you high (though CBD extractions generally contain a tiny amount of THC).
CBD oil is of increasing interest to growers, entrepreneurs, scientists and consumers.
It is a powerful anti-inflammatory and neuroprotectant that has been shown to relieve intractable epilepsy in some children. CBD is also used (particularly in Israel, the world leader in medical marijuana research) to treat war veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, and severe spasticity caused by multiple sclerosis.
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