Search
Articles The Great CBD Hunt of 2011

The Great CBD Hunt of 2011

By Mark Wunder | June 03, 2012 23:32:49 PM PDT
The Great CBD Hunt of 2011

Steep Hill Labs, a cannabis testing facility in Oakland, announced “The Great CBD Hunt of 2011”. SHL is offering a reward for previously unknown cannabis strains producing CBD content above 3%. Account Manager Wilson Linker confirmed that they had not yet seen any new strains since they began offering credit for free potency tests in January. However, most marijuana strains out there have been selected for THC and not CBD. “CBD-rich” cannabis is more than 4% cannabidiol by weight (without respect to THC content) or more than 2.5% CBD if CBD exceeds THC. For a frame of reference, check out the menu at the this dispensary that lists available strains of medicine with their THC and CBD content.

THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the best known cannabinoid in marijuana, but another cannabinoid, CBD, has recently come to popular attention. CBD stands for cannabidiol and is being studied in Italy, UK, China, South America and Israel for its effect on: inflammation, cancer cell suppression, muscle spasms, nausea, anxiety and as an anti-depressant. In addition to specific health benefits, CBD changes how THC effects your body, limiting negative side effects. “The range of effects of the phytocannabinoids on pathophysiological processes is truly impressive, and suggests broad applicability in their future therapeutic application.” - A tale of two cannabinoids: The therapeutic rationale for combining tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol

The paper cited above is an excellent overview of THC and CBD. As it turns out, the cannabinoids modulate each other to cause different effects in humans than if they were used alone. CBD doesn’t bind to CB1 receptors in the brain or CB2 receptors throughout the body but actually blocks THC activity as a CB receptor antagonist. Some CBD moderates THC psychoactive effects and acts as a neuroprotective agent to reduce short term memory loss. Smoke pure CBD and then THC and you would not feel effects from the THC. To paraphrase the paper’s conclusion: CBD and perhaps other cannabis components achieve synergy with THC consisting of potentiation of benefits, reduction of adverse effects and lower toxicity.

The lack of psychoactivity of CBD makes it an appealing therapeutic tool when used alone, but combining THC and CBD provides significant benefits as well. Cannabis strains high in CBD and THC achieve a more functional, daily cannabis therapy regimen compared to high THC only medicine. Here is a testimonial about how CBD has helped manage illness.

Imagine a discreet THC/CBD-rich tincture that would not cause couch lock or a distracting head high. The safety of CBD has been well established in clinical trials in England where Sativex, a prescription plant derived THC/CBD mouth spray, is available in Canada and the UK for multiple sclerosis patients suffering neuropathic pain. Marinol, the first generation attempt at making THC pharmaceuticals, failed miserably in part because it did not include any other cannabinoids besides THC or any plant material. As people become more aware of the benefits of CBD and THC, CBD-rich strains will become more popular for medical use.

Comments
 
Avatar
Guest | Apr 25, 2012
 
Alcohol will extract unwanted plant matter. It makes the oil greenish black. Yes, naptha has toxins in it, but the reason it works is that it is made up largely of n-hexane. N-hexane, while flammable, does not leave a significant amount of residue when the extraction and evaporation is done properly. If you can get your hands on a fairly pure grade of hexane, the end product will be pure honey oil with a negligible amount of impurities. Reagent grade has a high percentage of hexane but is expensive. Try to find some food-grade hexane. It's less expensive.
Avatar
Guest | Apr 25, 2012
 
Alcohol will extract unwanted plant matter. It makes the oil greenish black. Yes, naptha has toxins in it, but the reason it works is that it is made up largely of n-hexane. N-hexane, while flammable, does not leave a significant amount of residue when the extraction and evaporation is done properly. If you can get your hands on a fairly pure grade of hexane, the end product will be pure honey oil with a negligible amount of impurities. Reagent grade has a high percentage of hexane but is expensive. Try to find some food-grade hexane. It's less expensive.
Avatar
Guest | Apr 25, 2012
 
Alcohol will extract unwanted plant matter. It makes the oil greenish black. Yes, naptha has toxins in it, but the reason it works is that it is made up largely of n-hexane. N-hexane, while flammable, does not leave a significant amount of residue when the extraction and evaporation is done properly. If you can get your hands on a fairly pure grade of hexane, the end product will be pure honey oil with a negligible amount of impurities. Reagent grade has a high percentage of hexane but is expensive. Try to find some food-grade hexane. It's less expensive.
Avatar
Guest | Apr 25, 2012
 
Alcohol will extract unwanted plant matter. It makes the oil greenish black. Yes, naptha has toxins in it, but the reason it works is that it is made up largely of n-hexane. N-hexane, while flammable, does not leave a significant amount of residue when the extraction and evaporation is done properly. If you can get your hands on a fairly pure grade of hexane, the end product will be pure honey oil with a negligible amount of impurities. Reagent grade has a high percentage of hexane but is expensive. Try to find some food-grade hexane. It's less expensive.
Avatar
Guest | Feb 27, 2012
 
Rick Simpson started out using industrial hemp in making, what he calls Phoenix Tears, which is another name for cannabis oil or hash oil. He was having very good success with cancer. However, I do not like the solvent he was using in the process. Naphtha is highly toxic and one spark will set off an explosion. We have been working with CBD rich strains and now have 4 that we are growing for our collective: Harlequin, Cannatonic, Sour Tsunami and Purple Dragon. All are over 4% CBD. We make tinctures using 190 proof alcohol. www.synergymmj.com
Avatar
lindzzz | Aug 25, 2011
 
If you can try and cross to make your own strains, why not try and benefit people? CBD is being found to have many medicinal qualities and the number increases all the time. If you get a reward for it then it is a double bonus!
Avatar
Guest | Jul 9, 2011
 
Excellent point guest/may29,2011. Industrial hemp is mainly CBD with small amounts of THC, in it's chemical comp. and I would have to say the THC/CBD combo,is the key to potent and sustained pain relief. In my own experience hybrid strains truly offer the best actual pain releif, for medium to high pain levels.
Avatar
Guest | May 29, 2011
 
There already is a CBD only strain. It's called Industrial Hemp. Hemp has less than .03% THC but it is very high in CBD, which is why it's useless to smoke it. But I've wondered if anybody has experimented from obtaining CBD alone from hemp flowers and if CBD alone does the healing, or whether, rather, whether THC is also needed. Has anybody ever done any research on CBD medicines alone?
Avatar
smokestack | Apr 7, 2011
 
if they made a CBD only strain that doesn't have psychoactivity there would be no reason for it to be illegal.
Avatar
Guest | Apr 5, 2011
 
0Hortonian Approximation Tue April 5, 9:30 PM PST San Mateo CA, 94403 My legal name is Nathanael Carroll Horton, and I would like to petition for a Presidential pardon. end of message. 0I was born in Boston, Massachusetts on December 27th 1985. For the past several years I have been on medical leave from Brown University in Rhode Island. More specifically, I have been on medical disability for what has been misdiagnosed simply as "bi-polar disorder type I". I am actually an autistic savant who also suffers from an extremely treatment resistant form of manic-depressiveness. I have spent the past several weeks formulating both my algorithms and words. I wish to make one radioerview with a respected global network. Please respect my privacy. I also wish to reassure anyone concerned;I'm feeling well, thank you for asking. end of lines. 0For the past 10 years I have been conducting a global computer science thought/machine coded experiment. This is my life's work. My magnum opus. I don't have much time to explain, for that I am sorry. I will do my best. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Help_desk I helped launch my first startup on the edges of Silicon Valley when I was a freshmen at Aragon High School. The Aragon Robotics team has been in continuous operation for about 11 years and has a yearly operating budget of about $8k. Not bad for a company I helped start in a failing California Public High School. My difficulty with everyone and myself is that I cannot express fast enough because you are all too slow and I am too tired. I will do my best. end of line. 0This message is written in my unique style of calculus and writing. My intention is to simultanously; unconciously and deliberately record both a prototype universal machine code/human interface. This is called parallel processing and is the key to increasing human productivity if people choose to be more productive. "The problem is Moore's law." end of thought. I helped launch my first startup on the edges of Silicon Valley when I was a freshmen at Aragon High School. The Aragon Robotics team has been in continuous operation for about 11 years and has a yearly operating budget of about $8k. Not bad for a company I helped start in a failing California Public High School. Job creation is a myth. In a couple of weeks I have already laid down light years of quantum information archived, encrypted, and made public under CC licensing and Open Source design. In other words, I created a job this morning. What have you done lately? 0.....In conclusion, I have a "new" economic theory I call {Hortonian Approximation}. Rebooting the dismal scienceIn conclusion, I have a "new" economic theory I call {Hortonian Approximation}. The dismal science needs a reboot......0000000....1234567890reboot......00.0.0987654321primesPizeroinfinity0z making inumme
Avatar
Guest | Apr 2, 2011
 
0Hello World
Avatar
SkillitHits247 | Mar 28, 2011
 
Wow, this is great information; testing the potency levels of strains should be the only testing experiment allowed, no more trying to re-making it into a pill element ONLY TO BENEFIT THE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES/GOVERNMENT. Besides each plant will have different THC and CBD percentage varies from different grower and the nutrients they use. THC & CBD elements give its best benefits in it's natural form; SO DON'T TRY TO MAKE IT INTO A DIFFERENT FORM.
Avatar
Chief | Mar 25, 2011
 
I didn't know that CBD was the reason for bringing down inflamation. That's great if they can get someone to fulfill this need. I think they should since there are about 60 million plants being grown in the US alone. Maybe one of those will be something that someone has developed using their own techniques.
Avatar
| Mar 19, 2011
 
There r a alot of places that tell u the levels of the thc, cbd and i forgot the other. Its hard, u just have to find them. It is great to know this info though.
Avatar
HolyKush | Mar 11, 2011
 
Wow, very interesting. I have seen a place in Santa Barbara that puts up their CBD and THC data. They send it out to labs and usually have it posted once they get the results. It will be cool to see if CBD can help with cancer or any other illness.
Avatar
Medicator | Mar 11, 2011
 
That is interesting and informative. I didn't know about this combination aspects of THC and CBD. The more we know the better and this may help patients a lot more in the future. I think more dispensaries should post both levels so those needing meds can get the best strain for their particular illness or need.
Avatar
PhilosopherOG | Mar 11, 2011
 
ZThis would be a break through in terms of circumventing recreational abuse and would definitely allow for destigmatization. also, the mode of ingesting THC or CBC is a healthy alternative lifestyle. and, this mode of medicating doesn't make you wreak, is discrete and responsible. I like the idea of CBS but will alway enjoy a good toke just like a relaxing glass of wine, tea, or a swim in the lake. Overall, this is great for chronic users or abysses.