As many of you may have heard the cannabinoid CBD (cannabidiol) has been reclassified as a schedule 1 drug. Schedule 1 is a classification of drugs by the DEA that are deemed to have a high potential for abuse. The drugs in this classification also have no currently accepted medical treatment use in the U.S. Right now Heroin, LSD, Peyote, MDMA or “ecstasy”, GHB, Quaalude, Khat, Bath Salts, and Marijuana (cannabis, THC, CBD) all fall into that classification. We may never quite understand what the reasoning behind adding CBD to that list was. There are countless stories, several TEDX talks, and documentaries on CBD, its many medicinal benefits, and families that CBD has given life and hope back to. How could someone possibly say that CBD has no medicinal benefits? There may be (for reasons beyond us) "no currently accepted medical treatment use" for CBD but placing CBD on the schedule 1 list will make it just that much harder for the medical community to be given access to it for trials and research.
So what is CBD? CBD is a cannabinoid found in cannabis, otherwise known as cannabidiol. Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds in cannabis that provide relief to an array of symptoms including but not limited to pain, nausea, inflammation, and even seizures.Cannabinoids work by imitating compounds that our body already naturally produces called endocannabinoids. To be put simply endocannabinoids help with communication between our cells and when there is a deficiency in endocannabinoids a person starts to feel unpleasant symptoms along with physical complications. The relief that one feels when intaking cannabis is the cannabinoids working to help level out the deficiency in the person's body. When ingested the cannabinoids bind to receptors in the body. Different cannabinoids will bind to different receptors and have different effects depending on where in the body they bind to. THC binds to receptors in the brain referred to as CB-1 whereas another cannabinoid CBN binds to receptors in the body referred to as CB-2 receptors. CBD is the main non-psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis. When combined with THC the CBD tends to lessen some of the less appealing effects that high levels of THC can cause.
What does CBD help with? CBD provides a natural anti-anxiety, anti-epileptic and antipsychotic effect without the "Head High" that comes from THC. CBD doesn't have much of a noticeable effect on a person when ingested alone and when added together CBD can help lessen the paranoia and panic that some people experience from THC.While THC levels in cannabis flower can reach the upper 20% and lower 30% a high amount of CBD falls around the 5%-10% range.
Many people have heard of the wonderful effects that CBD can have on patients who experience seizures. CBD has been helping many children with Dravet syndrome. Dravet syndrome is a seizure disorder that can cause a person to have thousands of seizures a month and can start in children as young as infants. With the help of high CBD strains such as Charlotte's Web (named after Charlotte Figi) many patients see significant decrease in monthly seizures and some have stopped experiencing seizures all together.
Although CBD became famous for its pain relieving, insomnia relieving, anti-anxiety with PTSD sufferers, anti-psychotic for those with schizophrenia, and anti-epileptic effects with seizures, there are many more things that CBD helps with.
One recent study found that CBD helps lessen the cravings for cigarettes. In a double blind, placebo-controlled study smokers were given a CBD inhaler or a placebo inhaler and were told to take a puff off the inhaler every time they had a craving to smoke a cigarette. The placebo group saw no decline in the amount of cigarettes smoked while the CBD group saw a 40% decrease in the amount of cigarettes smoked. This shows promise for how CBD might be effective in helping people get threw the withdrawal symptoms, and possibly not just withdrawal from cigarettes but other substances as well.
A study written in the Journal of Clinical Investigation found CBD to be an effective treatment for Acne. Researchers used a cannabis derived cannabidiol on human pores and found the CBD was a highly effective sebostatic and anti-inflammatory agent.
In a 2011 study done on the effects of CBD treatments on fibromyalgia. Researchers compared fibromyalgia patients using CBD to treat their symptoms with patients who treated fibromyalgia symptoms with the usual opioid pain relievers, anti-inflammatories, and corticosteroids. They found that the patients using the cannabis derived CBD had a great reduction in pain and symptoms associated with fibromyalgia while the other group found little to no change in symptoms nor improvement.
A study was published in the Journal of Neuroscience in 2007 that showed that cannabidiol halted the formation and accumulation of prions, the proteins that cause neurodegenerative diseases such as Mad Cow and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. In the study CBD helped the mice live an additional week compared to those that were not given the CBD.
The anti-inflammatory effect of CBD has worked wonders on those who are effected by Crohn's disease.Not only does it help with the inflammation that sufferers experience but it has been shown in conjunction with THC to interact with the system that controls gut function. This is something that people with Crohn's have issues with.
Scientists used animal test subjects and cell cultures to find that CBD reversed inflammatory responses and served as durable protection from the effects of multiple sclerosis. Mice with 10 days of CBD treatment had shown significant motor function and progression of there conditions. This allowed scientists to come to the conclusion that CBD might be an extremely effective treatment for the progression of MS and to reduce certain aspects of the disease.
Cannabidiol is an amazing cannabinoid that has so many potential uses and can treat so many different issues and ailments. It has beat out many of its pharmaceutical counterparts in effectively treating and reducing various symptoms. As time goes on more and more uses for this amazing cannabinoid seem to be discovered.
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