CBD – The Healer of the Cannabinoids
CBD – The Healer of the Cannabinoids
When it comes to cannabis, most people understand that THC is the psychoactive compound that makes you feel “high”. In the last 25 years, though, we have learned a lot more about the other components in marijuana. Cannabis contains at least 60 known chemicals called cannabinoids, which activate naturally occurring cannabinoid receptors in your body. As people around the country fight for legalization, it’s important to be as well informed about the plant as we can, especially when it comes to its potential medical benefits. So, what is CBD?
What is Cannabidiol (CBD)?
Cannabidiol (CBD), is the second most commonly occurring cannabinoid (any of the chemical compounds that are the active principles of marijuana) and the non-psychoactive component of cannabis. CBD is better known for its healing effect on the body. CBD will not give you that social isolation like traditional THC strains do. That is good news for people that aren’t looking to be psychologically impaired. While it may not make you feel “high” it can certainly help your body feel a lot better.
Let’s break it down. CBD is a cannabis compound that potentially confers significant medical benefits without making people feel “stoned”, and can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC. The reason it doesn’t give you that “stoned” feeling is because unlike THC, CBD does not bind to the CB1 or CB2 cannabinoid receptors to your brain. Those receptors take in THC and give you that psychoactive effect.
There are two different types of CBD: CBD rich and CBD dominant. CBD rich describes a cannabis strain or product that has equal amounts of CBD and THC (1:1). CBD dominant describes strains or products that are high in CBD but have very little THC content. Typically this means 2:1 or 3:1 CBD to THC.
Research shows that marijuana does not have the addictive properties that other medicines or recreational drugs have. Far too often, opiates are over prescribed in the U.S. and unfortunately, people become highly addicted to them. That’s where CBD plays a very vital role as a pain suppressant. Preclinical studies have indicated that CBD has analgesic (pain-relieving), anti-convulsant, anti-psychotic and neuroprotective effects (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4707667/). So, what ailments does CBD help?
Cannabidiol (CBD) Treats a Number of Ailments
Research has shown that CBD is the compound with the most health benefits of all of the cannabinoids. Take a look at the graph below and see how CBD could be beneficial to a patients’ health.
Here are some additional illnesses and ailments that CBD might help out with:
- The only other cannabinoid that has been examined for anti-convulsant properties in humans is CBD. In 1978 two scientists conducted a randomized experiment on nine epileptic patients. Four of the patients were given 200 mg of CBD daily. The remaining five patients were given a placebo. Two of the four patients who received the 200 mg/daily dosage of CBD became seizure free. For a further look into this study and other Seizure/Epilepsy studies follow this link: http://www.herbal-ahp.org/documents/press_releases/AHP%20Therapeutic%20Compendium-Cannabis%20Epilepsy%20and%20Seizures%20Scientific%20Review.pdf
- As the chart shows above CBD is known for its anti-anxiety and anti-inflammatory effects. Those who suffer PTSD often have to deal with and overcome anxiety and stress on a daily basis. Many of our medical patients who suffer from PTSD have seen promising results by using CBD. The anti-psychotic benefits also help by fostering a calmer mental state.
- From this writer’s personal experiences, CBD rich strains with 1:1 THC to CBD are one of the few effective treatments for my chronic migraines. If you suffer from migraines, you know there are some triggers that warn you of an upcoming migraine. I have found that taking CBD rich strains right when those warnings happen halts the progress of the migraine in its place. It’s very relieving to know I don’t need to take an opioid or a migraine shot to control these horrible migraines.
- In an article written by High Times, a woman with Crohn’s disease was desperate for a cure. She started doing extensive research and found that cannabis could be her answer. She says, “I was unwilling to surrender to the plague of emotional depression and physical defeat. I began channeling my energy into creating a unique raw cannabis based diet for healing. Within six months, I was completely healed of Crohn’s Disease.” She states that three days after taking CBD, her excruciating pain disappeared, and the side effects from the pharmaceutical drugs stopped as well. She has been consuming dietary cannabis now for seven years and has not experienced any outbreaks from Crohn’s Disease since. Click the link to read further into her incredible story: http://www.hightimes.com/read/beating-crohns-disease-cannabis-journey
- In certain documented cases, Cannabidiol is now regarded as a viable alternative to strong pain killers when it comes to chronic pain management. CBD is essentially a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug (a simple pain killer) and as such, although CBD solutions are less powerful than opioid-based pain killers, they are generally considered to have far fewer side effects than these strong painkillers. Additionally, studies have shown that CBD helps with acute pain because of its direct analgesic properties that are less potent than most opioid painkillers. CBD’s synergistic effects against inflammation may mean that it will actually be more efficient against inflammatory pain than conventional analgesics. If you want to dig deeper into a study of acute pain management click the link:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2430692/
- The Clinical Psychopharmacology Unit at the University College London, London, UK did a study with 24 tobacco smokers that were randomly chosen to receive either an inhaler of CBD or a placebo. They were asked to puff the inhaler every time they had an urge to puff a cigarette. Over a week, those who took the placebo inhalers saw no change in their total number of cigarettes consumed, while those who were taking CBD saw a nearly 40 percent drop in their intake. Using the inhaler decreased the number of cigarettes without increasing their craving for nicotine. Learn even more here: http://cannabisclinicians.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/CBDcigarettes.pdf
- A 2013 study showed that Cannibidiol can reduce alcohol-induced neurodegeneration by almost 50 percent. “Alcoholism is a cyclical disease consisting of periods of binge intake, acute physical withdrawal, protracted withdrawal and ultimately relapse, which all may be treated by extended release formulations of CBD.” the researchers wrote. “For example, CBD has anti-convulsant effects (acute withdrawal), anxiolytic effects (protracted withdrawal/relapse), reduces drug-seeking behavior in rodents (craving/relapse), and has neuroprotective properties (binge intoxication).”
These are just a few of the ailments and illnesses that CBD can help address and alleviate. We encourage everyone to take a look at CBD Project’s website on specific conditions and the studies that support CBD as a viable alternative to pharmaceutical drugs. https://www.projectcbd.org/conditions
Another great source is MDHerb (http://www.md-herb.com/). Not only do they have a ton of information on their site about ailments and symptoms, they have medical guides to help educate you on cannabis. They are also rolling out an app that allows you to document different strains and what ailments that strain has helped you with. Learn more about the app here: http://www.mdherbapp.com/
How Do You Get CBD?
If you are fortunate to live in a state with legal cannabis, there is no problem. At LivWell Enlightened Heath we take a lot of pride in the variety of CBD we offer our customers. Here is the breakdown of some of the high-CBD flower and concentrates we offer:
Good Medicine Flower: CBD Rich
Cannaberry Shatter: CBD Dominant 60% CBD & 22% THC*
Luca Brasi X Sour Diesel Flower: CBD Rich
Harle-Tsu Shatter: CBD Dominant 70% CBD & 4% THC*
We currently offer Infusiam Cannaberry and Harle-Tsu Shatter at $30.00 per gram for Rec customers. We have Cannaberry, Luca Brasi x Sour Diesel, and Good Medicine flower starting at $30.00 per 1/8th for Rec customers. We also carry a lot of 3rd party concentrates and topicals that have rich and dominant CBD content.
Whether you have chronic pain or Crohn’s disease, CBD could be worth serious consideration. We encourage everyone that is looking for alternative medicine, or anyone looking to expand their cannabis experiences, to give high CBD products a try. In this article, we have provided you with numerous sources to dig deeper into your personal ailments to find if CBD is right for you. Your personal physician should be your main source of information on how CBD could potentially help you. We truly hope that this article can guide you in the right direction for your personal and medical use of CBD.
*Potency information based on yearly averages. These numbers may vary from batch to batch. Please ask your budtender for more information.