Properties of CBD
Let me start off by saying CBD does not get anyone high. THC does.
CBD is extracted from the same plant family as THC, however the psychoactive ingredient THC is stripped from the plant through a complicated process, leaving only CBD.
So far, there have been many claims made as to what CBD does for the human body. Some of them are as follows:
- Sleep aid
- Treats Schizophrenia
- Menstrual cramp relief
- Renews and beautifies skin
- Stops psychosis in its tracks
- Fights graft-versus-host disease
- Slows down Parkinson's and Alzheimer's
- Takes the edge off depression (in some cases a full reversal of depression symptoms occur)
- Calms anger/irateness
- Treats Crohn's disease
- Heals anxiety
- Aids arthritic joint pain
- Promotes overcoming PTSD
- Treats epilepsy
- Combats social phobia
- Battles opioid addiction
- Lowers blood sugar
- Promotes healing in brain injuries
- Treats workout-induced muscle fatigue
- Cures cancer
That's quite a few claims! Are they legitimate? Is CBD the organic, naturally occurring medicine we have been looking for?
The verifiable truth is, effects all depends on your body chemistry.
Not everyone in a double-blind study will find themselves in a better place after an experiment. That should not stop us from trying. After all, if you don't try, you don't know.
It is much too early in the adoption of CBD in order to tell whether many groups of people will have the same effect. There's a lot of science that's required, much more experiments ongoing, and journals pages needed to be filled before we can with specificity say that CBD is a cure-all.
Each one of us humans has body chemistry that is unique and CBD affects us all differently. In order to really know how CBD impacts us, we have to give it a shot.
As far back as 1998, scientists identified a connection between CBD use and beneficial health effects.
The study found that CBD molecules shielded neurons from oxidative stress, a symptom of quite a few neurological illnesses.
That's just the tip of the iceberg. There's quite a few parents in the U.S. that are at their wit's end. Their children suffer from epilepsy or other neurological impairments, and the available medicine is insufficient to treat their conditions.
It can cause insane amounts of stress seeing your child have seizures and not be able to do to anything about it. That's what led some parents to begin looking at cannabis extracts with such vigor.
Some parents have seen miracles happen when using CBD to treat their children. Seizures all but disappear. Children needing constant attention and supervision now can live a much more normal life, in comparison. Charlotte's Web is a CBD line that was started by a mother who was fed up with current treatments for her son.
You don't need to have a neurological condition in order to maximize CBD's benefits.
Scientists have found that humans have an endocannabinoid system- and it has to do with homeostatic regulation. If the body gets disturbed, homeostatic regulation bring it back to a resting state.
When someone gets injured or works out past their breaking point, cannabinoids in the body increase, perhaps to help with inflammation. Some scientists go as far as to say that cannabinoids, and not endorphins, are responsible for that great feeling you get after a nice workout.
The data is still too new, and testing is still ongoing, for any conclusion to be had from CBD. Where we are is scientists throwing out hypothesis and ruling them out just as fast. Eventually a consensus will build. Meanwhile, it is apparent that CBD is not dangerous for the body by any means.
CBD's effect on the body is very interesting in that it affects more than 65 different mechanisms including serotonin, GABA receptors and so much more. These are markers that you would normally have to take daily vitamins to hit, if you wanted to regulate your body chemistry.
Our brains work in multiple layers, and CBD brings all those layers into focus, regardless of what obstacles may be in front of doing so.
Medicinal use of weed goes back thousands of years, starting in Asia. CBD is far newer, more tech-savvy, and with no psychoactive components.
In the early 1800's, William Brooke O'Shaugnessy, an Irish doctor in India, found weed being utilized pretty commonly in Indian Ayurvedic medicine.
After the book he wrote, Western physicians began experimenting and by the end of the 1800's most American and British doctors had put weed to use in their medicines.
Hemp in and of itself has been around in our country since George Washington himself grew it on his farm. It made a hell of a sail!
Weed got a bad rep from a gentleman by the name of Harry Anslinger. Coming from the Bureau of Prohibition, in 1930 he started running the Bureau of Narcotics. The Mexican revolution left an impression on his memory, and Anslinger wasn't too fond of Mexicans and their habits. Mexicans at the time were fleeing their country in droves and immigrating to the USA.
Americans at the time ingested the plant with pills, concoctions, and tinctures, prescribed by doctors. Mexicans preferred smoking it. This preferred method made its way into the deep south, where African-Americans adopted it as well. Anslinger was not singularly racist and prejudiced. He held jazz in contempt as well.
If we were to blame just one person on the deterioration of low-income society due to the war on drugs, Harry Anslinger is the perfect person to lay blame squarely upon. He would fight the American Medical Association on cannabis - saying it caused violence and criminal behavior - and 29 out of 30 AMA members disagreed with him.
Anslinger was a bureaucrat through and through, and played the system like a fiddle.
His political power helped him upend whatever small industry cannabis had become by the early 20th century. In 1937 Congress launched the Marijuana Tax Act. That was the death knell, as it became all too expensive for average Jane to get her hands on some weed.
Fast forward to modern times, and the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 pushed by President Nixon had ultimately pushed the whole of weed sales in this country into the black market.
As the vape industry in this country matures and President Trump sounds the alarms on vaping flavors, this story sounds all too familiar to what we are experiencing in the 21st century as well.
In Great Britain, GW Pharmaceuticals recently brought Sativex to market to treat multiple sclerosis and help with pain management. This was the first medicine released into the market with approval of a government, that had both THC and CBD in it.
Anguished parents brought their children to UK to administer this new medicine, which in some cases were designed specifically for the patient in question. Treating epilepsy in children is tough, psychologically, scientifically and emotionally for both parents and physicians.
After two weeks of treatment, a child patient's seizures stopped completely for a whole week. Before the medicine, the child was having dozens of seizures daily and other drugs were simply not effective at treatment.
For more on this story, please read it in Wired Magazine.