The marijuana plant, known as Cannabis, is made up of numerous molecular compounds known as “cannabinoids.” There are between 80-100 types of cannabinoids which have been identified – and some of these have been found to have beneficial medicinal effects.
One well known cannabinoid is known as “Cannabidiol” or “CBD;” another is known as Tetrahydrocannabinol or “THC.” Unlike THC, CBD is a non-psychoactive and safe compound, with a wide range of therapeutic applications.
In a 1998 study, The National Institute of Health, was the first organization to document the strong Anti-Oxidative effects of CBD – in fact, their report stated that CBD is a more powerful Anti-Oxidative source than both Vitamin C and Vitamin E. This Anti-Oxidative effect has enormous beneficial health implications.
In 1999, the U.S. federal government patented cannabinoids (US 6630507), which is titled “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants.” In that patent the U.S. government reports that Cannabinoids are:
In 2017, as published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (Washington, DC), concerning the health effects of cannabinoids, by combing through more than 10,000 studies published since 1999, experts confirmed what previous studies have found that there is “conclusive evidence” that marijuana is good for treating chronic pain.