CBD Week Is Here

Published on October 7, 2016 · Last updated September 19, 2022

Get Ready for CBD Week

THC is the most famous molecule found in cannabis. It is the most abundant cannabinoid found in the plant, and it’s the key ingredient that gets you high. However, people are starting to talk more and more about another major cannabinoid, one that doesn’t get you high, but does have a lot of medicinal potential: cannabidiol, or CBD. In fact, “CBD” has become one of the most highly searched terms on Leafly, and there has been an explosion of research associated with this molecule in recent years (Figure 1).

Figure 1: Total number of CBD-related research studies returned by a PubMed search for each year since 1970. PubMed is a free search engine and database maintained by the U.S. National Library of Medicine. A total of 5,449 CBD-related studies published between 1970 and 2015 appear in the database. Click to enlarge.

But how does CBD actually work and why does it have so many potential medical applications? In a special series of articles, we’ll begin to explore these questions, focusing on CBD’s actions within the central nervous system and how they relate to its lack of psychoactivity and its potential for aiding the treatment of disorders of motivation, such as anxiety and addiction.

Here’s what we cover:

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Nick Jikomes, PhD
Nick Jikomes, PhD
Nick is Leafly's Director of Science & Innovation and holds a PhD in Neuroscience from Harvard University and a B.S. in Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the host of a popular science podcast, Mind & Matter: You can follow him on Twitter: @trikomes
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