Despite limited research by the U.S government perhaps in part due to the powerful lobbying of Big Pharma, the benefits of Cannabidiol (CBD) were not really exposed until this miracle plant chemical made national news when it was documented helping to stop epileptic seizures a few years ago. There is much to learn about this particular molecule as we move forward with legalization despite our current federal government’s demonization and lack of support.
What is cannabidiol (CBD)?
CBD is one of several chemical compounds making up the cannabis plant. It is non-psychoactive and does not produce a euphoric “high” as its more well known molecule brother, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
The effects of CBD on the human body have been overlooked for years due to our government’s focus on THC and the resistance of Big Pharma to conduct research.
As of recent, potential medicinal benefits of CBD have been exposed through years of countless success stories, preclinical trials and millions of consumers determined to find alternatives to prescription drugs for common ailments. This cannabinoid appears to be very promising as an:
CBD is currently used by patients in a myriad of forms, such as an oil, lotion or a concentrated wax. Depending on the chronic condition, patients may ingest CBD as an edible, vape oil, concentrated wax or use rectally. The variety of forms should be sought and extracted from high-CBD strains of cannabis plants.
How Does CBD Affect the Body?
CBD is one of over 80 chemical compounds residing within the resin glands of the female marijuana plant known as cannabinoids. These cannabinoids bind to our special cells within our body, known as cannabinoid receptors, activating the receptor and producing a biological response.
Cannabinoid receptors are everywhere within our body heavily concentrated in our nervous system and in most organs, such as our skin, reproductive organs and digestive tract. It is believed these cannabinoids are keys to our receptors unlocking various cells within the body. This delicate, balanced interaction makes up the larger endocannabinoid system or (ECS).
The ECS is a complicated chain of cell receptor proteins often referred to as the most complex neurotransmitter system in the body partaking in so many body activities, including:
- Immune Function
- Skin & Bone Development
- Motor Control
It is known the ECS provides primarily four functions, including neuroprotection, stress recovery, immune stasis, and optimum energy regulation.
Cannabidiol is able to interact naturally with our cells called endocannabinoids producing a myriad of therapeutic effects. Similar chemical composition of CBD and our endocannabinoids is partly the reason. But, it is relatively not understood how this plant compound positively effects many of our body activities.
CBD: Cannabinoids Help in Other Ways
Scientists discovered CBD effects more than activating cannabinoid receptors. CBD interacts positively with other cell receptors effecting body functions, such as:
- Vanilloid receptors (pain modulation)
- Adenosine receptors (sleep-wake cycle)
- Serotonin receptors (stress and mood balance)
More studies are currently being conducted and will most likely result in discovering further benefits of cannabidiol.
The medicinal benefit of cannabidiol is almost unbelievable considering our outdated and unjust laws have made it very difficult for to people to use and combat modern disease.
CBD can affect our bodies in many ways at once. Thus, it is considered a polypharmacological and used by many patients to aid with a multitude of ailments, including:
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Motor Disorders
- Psychotic Disorders
The evidence is so overwhelmingly positive cannabidiol helps certain conditions; the video below documents several persons using marijuana to combat their epileptic seizures.
New cannabis trials are providing new insight how CBD could open a new window into schizophrenia research as we know CBD counter effects the psychedelic effects of THC helpful for schizophrenia patients.
CBD has also been called the “new wonder drug” by many who have suffered from anxiety. It is a natural alternative to many of the addictive prescription medications without the harmful side affects. The cannabinoid may relieve symptoms of social anxiety and is calming without the psychedelic affects that THC may produce.
Miracle Plant Medicine
Although cannabidiol is a very powerful medicine on its own, this miracle compound is intensified when combined with other naturally existing cannabinoids within the cannabis plant. “Full Plant Medicine” is in debate with the notion a combination of cannabinoids, including CBD, THC and many others work in harmony producing a myriad of therapeutic effects within our bodies.
There are certain high-CBD marijuana strains to be scouting when either extracting, vaping, smoking or making high-CBD edibles. A few of the known high cannabidiol strains include:
- Charlottes Web
Fortunately there are many other sources already made from high-CBD strains, including canna butter, coconut butter, various edibles, vape products, tinctures and concentrates. Always review the label ensuring the products are cannabis derived along with CBD and THC content.
Is CBD Legal?
Good question. Ill just address the US as the laws vary in other countries. The DEA recently delivered a new rule and lumped it in with “cannabis extracts” and deemed it illegal. It is disturbing to know our government still classifies CBD as a schedule I drug or marijuana as a whole.
Below is the DEA statement relating to CBD and why it is illegal:
“For practical purposes, all extracts that contain CBD will also contain at least small amounts of other cannabinoids. However, if it were possible to produce from the cannabis plant an extract that contained only CBD and no other cannabinoids, such an extract would fall within the new drug code 7350.”
The cannabis laws are chaotic and in dispute for political and profitability reasons. Hopefully our communities across the country force our federal government to reclassify and reduce restrictions on cannabis so further beneficial and therapeutic discoveries are realized; not only with CBD, but all the cannabinoids this miracle plant has to offer.
by Christopher Haas May 14, 2017