The complexity of cannabis as a plant takes us to a discover that it has over 400 chemical entities present. However, more than 60 of them are cannabinoid compounds. Yet, the focus is often exclusively on the cannabinoids THC and CBD.
When you scratch the surface it is easy to understand why.
When people are using weed to get high, they usually want more of the part that will get them there. THC, which stands for tetrahydrocannabinol, is the main thing that gets you high from cannabis, so this is what consumers and users have to regard in selecting cannabis strains.
In fact, THC is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis and is responsible for affecting the mood patterns of users. It is also the thing that consumers of cannabis strains regard in the CBD:THC ratio. The higher the ratio of THC, the more likely the users to get that high from a cannabis strain.
The second most prevalent compound in Cannabis, known as CBD (that’s an abbreviation of cannabidiol, I hope you are keeping up!), is sparking interest. Research has recently shown that it has several kick-ass effects. In fact, it has analgesic (pain killing), anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety properties. The really important bit is that it achieves this without the previously prized “high” or “stoned” feeling that is largely an effect of THC.
CBD compound delivers more medicinal benefits
The potential uses of CBD high cannabis strains are wide-ranging, to an exciting degree. They may offer a significant benefit to people suffering from PTSD, Crohn’s Disease, or Multiple Sclerosis.
The use of high CBD strains could help combat Dravet’s Syndrome. This is a hugely debilitating form of epilepsy that affects children. It is characterised by frequent seizures, often in the region of hundreds a day, which make life almost impossible for the sufferers. Treatments such as wearing an eyepatch, restricted diets, and even brain surgery have brought limited or only mixed success.
A young girl called Charlotte suffers badly from the disease, but has received treatment with a high CBD strain of Cannabis that brought her monthly seizure count down from a horrendous 1200 to a much more manageable two or three. The strain was specifically developed to give her the benefits of the drug without the high. It was named Charlotte’s Web.
Cannabis may be a hotly contested substance, and one that is still widely illegal, but it has benefits as a drug. It has no lethal dose or known serious medical side effects. It is hard to imagine Cannabis as a legitimate medical treatment without a psychoactive effect when it has been so demonized, but ideas can change. Examples like Charlotte have the power to change these perceptions.
In the US, the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has approved a study to examine the effects of CBD on epilepsy, with a specific focus on young sufferers. Hopes for the potential of CBD are high, unlike its users.
More websites have been trumpeting the medicinal effects of cannabis and if you get closer on the persons behind them, they include advocates whose desire is to make marijuana legal again.
But there is more way to go for cannabis advocates to attain the widely-believed cannabis paradise.