The Medical Wonders of CBD
By Mark Wunder | December 09, 2012 20:29:00 PM PSTIn recent times, more and more light is being shed upon the wonders of cannabidiol, also known as CBD. This component, which is found in some amount in most marijuana strains, is known to help relieve chronic pain, convulsions, inflammation, anxiety, vomiting and has even been shown to slow or completely halt the growth of cancer cells. In rare cases, scientists and researches have also had success in treating schizophrenia with CBD. So tell me again why our government won’t recognize cannabis as a medicine? Oh yeah, because of those conglomerate pharmaceutical companies.
While CBD does not create an overpowering narcotic effect, there are subtle differences you will notice between low and high-CBD strains. In those strains with a higher CBD percent (usually anything above 2% CBD is considered high), the bud typically causes users to feel more relaxed and tranquil, also making them a good nighttime sleep aid for those suffering from anxiety. Luckily for you insomniacs (myself included), most high CBD strains are also indica or indica-dominant types. All of the Afghani strains are also loaded with CBD and coincidentally are typically easy to grow. Imagine that, a notoriously potent indica strain that’s packed with CBD. I guess they aren’t all “weak and bammer” huh?
If you do choose to grow your own weed for CBD, another hint is to wait until at least 50% of your trichromes have turned to an amber color. Buds with more amber trichromes have higher CBD contents, but don’t lose the much-needed high from the THC. You can even wait until the trichromes are around 75% amber to harvest, but not much longer than that.
For the best results on treating the above symptoms, most 420-friendly doctors and physicians would recommend choosing a strain with a moderate amount of THC and a high amount of CBD. The reason for this is because strains which are loaded with THC and have little CBD can cause users to become discombobulated, while increasing anxiety. High CBD strains help to soothe this anxiety and generate a more balanced, medicinal and relaxing effect.
Currently, researchers at Philadelphia’s Temple University are studying the effects of CBD and possible medical benefits. Thus far, their research backs up the information we already know about cannabidiol. In tests conducted on lab mice, they also discovered additional information. CBD significantly helped prevent the pain experienced from the infamous chemotherapy medication, paclitaxel. Sara Jane Ward, who is the lead author of the study and a research assistant professor at Temple University’s School of Pharmacy had this to say about the lab tests: “From what we’ve seen so far, it’s almost a complete prevention of the onset of neuropathic pain.
However, some of the researchers were slightly disappointed at their limitation to conduct a thorough study, due to the fact that cannabis and all of its components remain classified by federal law as a Schedule I controlled substance.
CannaConnoisseur | Nov 13, 2011
With legalization, we will learn so much more about the wonders of weed. Only then can we have unlimited researching and testing on cannabis and how it affects patients and users.
lindzzz | Nov 22, 2011
I always have enjoyed strains with a high cbd content. Also I have had cbd capsules, pretty good stuff! We should be more lenient when it comes to researching the benefits of marijuana.
Spacy | Feb 2, 2012
I agree, It's really an amazing plant with many different uses and we keep finding out more about it. Im really interested in cbds. And sense the corporate companies can't patent a plant they and all they're money will fight legalization. They know weed could do the job some of their pills do, and more.
Guest | Feb 29, 2012
I'm curious as to Why the U.S. Government Owns the Patent for it? Talk about Hypocrites, it's schedule 1 meaning they claim it has NO Medicinal Benefit and unlawful to even do research on it. Yet in the Patent they LIST the Benefits. It's TIME they Answer this Question!
Guest | Dec 9, 2012
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