Everything You Need To Know About CBDV

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By now there are few people who haven’t heard about the health benefits of cannabidiol (CBD), although not many will be aware of a structurally similar compound called cannabidivarin (CBD). Like CBD, this non-psychoactive cannabinoid won’t get you high, but produces an array of anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects. As interest in CBDV grows, research is beginning to suggest that the compound may have a role to play in the treatment of epilepsy, autism and a range of other conditions. Related Post The Cannabinoid Spectrum CBDV – What Is It Good For? As with many other molecules found in cannabis, CBDV remains somewhat understudied, with no major clinical trials having been completed using the cannabinoid. Regardless, a growing body of preclinical evidence has caught the attention of some major players within the medical cannabis and pharmaceutical industries. GW Pharmaceuticals – the company that marketed the first CBD-based medication for epilepsy – is now trying to turn CBDV into a treatment for seizures. Clinical trials still have a way to go, but the work conducted so far on rats suggests that CBDV modulates the excitability of neurons in the hippocampus. According to a GW-funded study that came out in 2014, the cannabinoid prevents neuronal hyperexcitability by binding to the capsaicin receptor, indicating that it may help to prevent seizures[i]. Separate research has indicated that CBDV may also have a role to play in the treatment of autism syndrome disorder (ASD). In one study, researchers gave the compound to a group of 17 men with ASD, and a further 17 men without autism. This caused a shift in glutamate activity in a brain region called the basal ganglia, which has been implicated in autism[ii]. Another study on mice with an animal model of autism found that CBDV treatment led to improvements in “social…

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