CBD or cannabidiol is one of more than 60 compounds found in a marijuana plant or hemp that belong to a class of molecules called cannabinoids. The other well known cannabinoid? THC. However when it comes to CBD vs THC only one gets you high, THC, the other works to counter the effect.
Funny thing is that for years breeders combined various marijuana strains to create the most mind-blowing weed possible—strains dripping with THC like Blue Dream, Chem Dawg, Green Crack and OG Kush. However because high CBD strains won’t get you stoned they’ll deliver all the benefits without any of the euphoria or intoxication associated with smoking weed. Because of this CBD-rich strains have particular appeal to older users and medical marijuana patients looking for relief without the high.
CBD has anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-depressant qualities. Because CBD is non-psychoactive or less psychoactive than THC-dominant strains of marijuana (less than .03%) it’s great for people seeking relief from psychosis, seizures, spasms, inflammation, pain, anxiety and other conditions without feeling stoned. According to review published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology back in 2013 studies have shown that CBD can:
Reduce nausea and vomiting
- Suppress seizure activity
- Combat psychosis disorders
- Combat inflammatory disorders
- Combat tumor and cancer cells
- Combat neurodegenerative disorders
- Combat anxiety and depression disorders
Most of these claims are dergived from studies on animals. That’s because marijuana projibition has made research using marijuana plants and hemp difficult if not illegal to perform. But a pharmaceutical version of CBD has changed all that. A company called GW Pharmaceuticals in the UK has been funding clinical trials on CBD. They’re looking at CBD as a treatment for schizophrenia and epilepsy. A team of California researchers at the California Pacific Medical Center started trials applying CBD benefits to breast cancer.
CBD has been shown to help decreasing anxiety. CBD is also proven in helping a number of inflammation-related problems, including arthritis and other inflammatory ailments as well as multiple sclerosis.
CBD is also proven to inhibit the growth of the MRSA bacterium (a strain of staphylococcus resistant to antibiotics), which causes several difficult-to-treat infections. It has also show signs of helping with multiple sclerosis, spasms, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, nausea, convulsions and many other conditions, including cancer. In fact Rick Simpson used his Rick Simpson oil to cure his metastatic skin cancer in 2003. Since that time he’s been vocal about cannabis medicine. Simpson has successfully treated over 5,000 patients free of charge with conditions including cancer, AIDS, arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Diabetes, Leukemia, Crohn’s disease and depression
Simpson also claims that his CBD oil will help with many other maladies including osteoporosis, psoriasis, insomnia, glaucoma, asthma, burns, migraines, regulation of body weight, chronic pain and mutated cells like polyps, warts and tumors. But you have to eat it—you can’t roll a joint with it or drop it in your vape pen—and you have to eat it continually to be effective.
A survey by Stanford researchers of 19 severely epileptic children found that 84% experienced substantial seizure reductions from CBD-enriched cannabis. Additional, preclinical studies suggest that CBD may have therapeutic benefits in the treatment of various conditions, including chronic pain, anxiety, nausea, rheumatoid arthritis, schizophrenia, diabetes, PTSD, alcoholism, strokes and cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other ailments. CBD has been shown to suppress colon cancer tumors in mice and to kill breast cancer cells.
CBD Benefits Blow Up
CBD entered the mainstream when Dr. Sanjay Gupta reported on medical marijuana for CNN. Previously a skeptic on medical marijuana, Dr. Gupta admitted to having been “brainwashed” by government propaganda. Gupta featured the story of a 5-year-old girl, Charlotte Figi, who suffered continual epileptic seizures from a rare disease known as Dravet’s syndrome. Conventional treatment having failed, Charlotte’s condition dramatically improved after she was treated orally with an extract of CBD-rich cannabis.
In the wake of Gupta’s show, providers of high-CBD strains have been besieged by requests from parents of children with Dravet’s, including from non-medical marijuana states. Utah recently held hearings at the state legislature about drafting a bill on the topic.
Until recently, CBD-rich marijuana was generally unavailable in the U.S. because breeders had concentrated on developing plants with high THC, breeding out CBD in the process. Fewer than 5% of samples tested show appreciable amounts of CBD. Only with the advent of laboratory testing, first pioneered by Harborside Health Center and Steep Hill Labs in Oakland, did it become possible to detect and breed high-CBD varieties of cannabis, since CBD is otherwise undetectable by appearance or odor.
“Ultimately, there will be greater demand for CBD-rich cannabis, than there is for cannabis that just gets you high,” says Steve DeAngelo of the Harborside Health Center. “Only a small percentage of people enjoy the psycho activity of cannabis, but almost everybody can benefit from its medical properties.”
Have you tried a high CBD strain or otherwise experienced any important or inspiring CBD benefits? Let us know in the comments below…
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