“People are starting to realize the potential of CBD ,” says expo organizer, Tom Prendergrast. “A significant knock-on effect of that is a change in perception. CBD is a way for people to realize that you don’t need to have the psychoactive element to enjoy cannabis. CBD has so many benefits for people across the age range. It’s like the PG version of cannabis.”
Cannabis-based medications exert their effects mainly through the activation of cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2). More than 100 controlled clinical trials of cannabinoids or whole-plant preparations for various indications have been conducted since 1975. The findings of these trials have led to the approval of cannabis-based medicines (dronabinol, nabilone, and a cannabis extract [THC:CBD=1:1]) in several countries. In Germany, a cannabis extract was approved in 2011 for the treatment of moderate to severe refractory spasticity in multiple sclerosis.