What is CBD?
CBD stands for Cannabidiol and it’s found in abundance contained in hemp and marijuana plants. But when we Googled it Christian Book Store and Christian Book Store distributors came right up—that’s not what we’re talking about here. So if you’re looking for a christianbook or a Christian Book Store, you’re out of luck, dude. Anyhow, for decades marijuana growers have tried to breed bud to deliver the most mind-blowing high possible. That bud was chock full of a cannabinoid called THC aka The High Causer (tetrahydrocannabinol). Recently however breeders are going in the opposite direction—creating cannabis with tons of Cannabidiol, a cannabinoid that works to counteract THC. That means high CBD weed won’t get you high. So why would breeders waste their time? Because some patients, including kids, need the healing powers of weed without the euphoria.
CBD vs THC
Cannabidiol and tetrahydrocannabinol are the most abundant cannabinoids found in a marijuana plant or hemp. However pot grown for recreational use typically contains more THC vs CBD. However because of the soaring popularity of high CBD strains and things like CBD vape oil or a CBD tincture for medial use, breeders have been fast at work creating strains with high Cannabidiol levels and virtually no THC at all. Some of these strains include:
- Charlotte’s Web
- Sour Tsunami
You know how pot can make some people sleepy? Studies suggest Cannabidiol acts to promote wakefulness. This could explain why some marijuana strains boost energy while others feel like they zap it. Numerous studies also suggest that CBD acts to reduce the intoxicating effects of THC, such as memory impairment and paranoia. Many other studies suggest it can effectively treat a wide range of conditions from arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, MS, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD, antibiotic-resistant infections, epilepsy and other neurological disorders. Cannabidiol has also demonstrated neuroprotective and neurogenic effects as well. And it has anti-cancer properties too—which are under investigation in the United States abroad.
Lately CBD weed and CBD oil has made news because of its effectiveness in treating Dravet’s Syndrome—an especially debilitating form of epilepsy that affects children and is resistant to current approved treatment methods. Sufferers are plagued by seizures, often up to hundreds a day, that worsen as they age. Some can even be life-threatening. Currently, treatment methods include an eyepatch, specialized diets and brain surgery, but all have mixed success rates. There are of course several pharmaceutical treatments for Dravet’s as well, but unlike medical marijuana they can lead to overdoses and myriad unwanted side-effects.
One of the earliest success stories of kids using high CBD weed to treat Dravet’s involves a young girl named Charlotte. She was given a CBD oil from a strain called Charlotte’s Web—specifically developed to provide her with all the benefits of marijuana without any of the high. In less than 2 years she went from 1,200 seizures a month to just three. The video highlights Charlotte and the strains that help alleviate her symptoms.
CBD Hemp Oil
Cannabidiol is found in hemp and hemp oil. Oddly enough hemp can be legally imported and sold in the U.S. As a result, stateside companies are importing high-CBD hemp oil from countries where hemp is legally produced. Hopefully with relaxing hemp laws, domestic hemp oil will be more readily available.
Future of CBD vsTHC
Synthetic Cannabidiol, called Epidiolex, was recently developed by a drug company based in the UK. It consists of “more than 98 percent CBD, trace quantities of some other cannabinoids, and zero THC.” The company responsible, GW Pharmaceuticals, makes another cannabis drug, Sativex, which has been approved in over 24 countries for treating multiple sclerosis.
Have you tried a CBD-rich strain? Let us know what you thought about it in the comments below…