For decades growers have tried to create the most psychoactive, the most mind-blowing weed possible…so it seems a li’l odd to be going the opposite direction doesn’t it?
Newsflash haters, not everyone who smokes weed is looking to get high.
Speaking of high…it’s the THC or tetrahydrocannabinol that gets ya high. But, there are many other chemicals contained within the herb that have a myriad of beneficial and healing effects on the body.
When it comes to medical applications it’s not the THC most patients and doctors are after, but rather CBD. CBD or Cannabidiol makes up nearly half the plant, about 40%, has NO psychoactive effect and has been shown to not only help relieve convulsion, inflammation, anxiety, and nausea, but also inhibit cancer cell growth! One more time: inhibit cancer cell growth! That’s huge.
Back in November 2007, researchers at the California Pacific Medical Center reported that CBD shows promise for controlling the spread of metastatic breast cancer. In essence CBD represents the first non-toxic external medicine that can inhibit cancer cell growth. Additionally, many promising studies have shown that CDB could be effective in easing symptoms of a wide range of tough-to-control conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, PTSD, epilepsy, atibiotic-resistant infections, neurological disorders and even alcoholism. That’s right…there’s a marijuana strain out there that scientist think will help people end battles their struggle alcoholism.
Oh, and CBD alone is completely NON-INTOXICATING. That’s why it’s been nearly bred out of current strains of marijuana. But, that’s all about to change.
“Ultimately, there will be greater demand for CBD-rich cannabis, than there is for cannabis that just gets you high,” says Steve DeAngelo, Executive Director of the Harborside Health Center and Discovery Channel’s Weed Wars Star. “Only a small percentage of people enjoy the psycho activity of cannabis, but almost everybody can benefit from its medical properties”.
In a post-marijuana prohibition age, where pot prices are plummeting and wreaking havoc on growers, businesses, towns and counties throughout California, DeAngelo has started a program to identify strains with high CBD levels and he’s encouraging growers to propagate them. This whole new paradigm shift is just another way the marijuana industry is stimulating the economy during this dismal economic time.
Now that there’s weed available that doesn’t get people STONED…that’s actually providing lucrative new job opportunities and medicinal possibilities…maybe more people will accept marijuana’s rightful place as the HEALING OF THE NATIONS!