Cannabidiol was first discovered by German scientists in 1940, after which it was isolated and classified into two distinct compounds: hydrocodone (which is derived from THC) and methylphenidates (which is derived from CBD). In addition, cannabidiol can also be found in a number of other herbal plants. Cannabidiol belongs to the  same family of plant compounds as THC and CBD, but does not contain the same amount of THC. Consequently, it is less dangerous than the latter two.

Like other cannabinoids, CBD has numerous side effects, some of them quite serious. These include liver damage, seizures, hallucinations, anxiety, tremors, painful strokes, and respiratory failure. Many of these side effects are caused by the low concentrations of CBD present in cannabis and marijuana. In fact, the only thing that seems to improve these symptoms is the high dose of CBD that is usually prescribed for these patients.

How Does CBD Work?

So, just what does CBD do to help alleviate some of these ailments? The first effect is that it seems to block the impact of certain enzymes on inflammation. It seems to reduce the inflammatory response in multiple sclerosis patients. Chronic pain is also relieved by the administration of high doses of CBD. This is probably the reason why doctors prescribe it for muscle spasms, cramps, diarrhea, nausea, and irritable bowel syndrome. The lower dose of CBD that is prescribed for inflammation is sufficient to help relieve many of these problems.

Unlike most other pharmaceuticals, CBD does not cause serious adverse side effects. Commonly seen side effects include drowsiness, loss of appetite, and dizziness. One study did report that there was a decrease in seizure activity among children on an experimental regimen of CBD. However, this study did not look at CBD’s potential effectiveness when used alone.