CBD:Marijuana – Medicine without the “high”

Wouldn’t it be nice to have the medical power of cannabis without the “high” effect – to be able to get the benefits throughout your day without affecting your daily tasks?

Well, good news! Now we can.

CBD, a natural component of marijuana, is the incredible molecule that will once and for all change the world’s perception of marijuana.

Is CBD in Marijuana?

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of the many molecules found in marijuana, and unlike its famous sister molecule THC, CBD will not give you mind-altering effects. This means CBD will not give you the “high” or “stoned” feeling generally associated with cannabis use.

CBD is usually found in recreational cannabis in lower amounts than THC. However, High CBD marijuana strains are cannabis strains with a CBD content that is usually higher or equal to THC’s. These high CBD strains have recently been hitting the medical cannabis market, and their use has been gaining popularity among patients affected by a large number of conditions.

Are cannabis, marijuana and hemp the same thing?

There is a lot of confusion regarding the use of these terms. The truth is that cannabis, marijuana and hemp are all the same plant: Cannabis Sativa. Cannabis Indica instead is a different variety bred in India that is different in both appearance and compound content. All the medical marijuana CBD-rich strains are usually a cross breed between C. Sativa and Indica.

Charlotte’s Web

Marijuana strains with high CBD content are usually hybrids between Cannabis Sativa and Indica, presenting characteristics of one or the other depending on whether they are Sativa or Indica predominant. Some of these marijuana CBD strains have gained in popularity through the media.

This is the case for example of the medical marijuana CBD-rich strain called Charlotte’s Web. This amazing strain takes its name after the 4 year girl Charlotte Figi, who was suffering from Dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy that does not respond to common antiepileptics.

In a world where the use of medical marijuana high in CBD is still controversial in a majority of countries, Charlotte’s mother had the courage to speak up. She told the news about how CBD helped her daughter reduce her seizures from 1200 per month to only three.

After Charlotte’s case, many other parents of sick children began speaking up about their own experiences. That is how we could get to know about the case of the Irish 16 years old, Tina McElligott, suffering of Alpers disease, or about Gavin, the 5 years old boy affected by autism, who started speaking again after repeated administrations of medical marijuana CBD oil.

Marijuana and CBD Benefits

According to a recent scientific review about CBD, this remarkable molecule has shown promising results for the treatment of many different conditions. According to this data, CBD seems to have outstanding anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Is inflammation bad for us?

Inflammation is the way our body fights against pathogens, meaning bacteria and viruses. In order to defeat them, our body generates oxidative molecules that on the one hand effectively fights pathogens, but on the other hand produces organ damage in our body. This is why chronic cases of inflammation can cause severe problems to our body and health in general.

Is CBD making us stronger?

Since CBD seems to fight the inflammatory process on different levels, one could think that our body can no longer defeat pathogens anymore. Nothing could be farther from the truth. CBD, by interacting with important body systems, seems to reestablish our natural defences, as well as promoting balance and general well-being.

What Is CBD in Marijuana used for?

According to scientific literature CBD seems to be effective in the treatment of all the conditions that have their origins in inflammation. Among them we find:

  • Auto-immune diseases
  • Neurodegenerative conditions
  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy

Beside these, research has suggested CBD use to have some efficacy in mental health conditions like:

  • Depression
  • Schizofrenia
  • Anxiety

Is CBD oil better than Marijuana extracts?

CBD oil has the great advantage of being non-psychoactive and containing nutrients like terpenes, and essential fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-6. Both terpenes and fatty acids are very important in our diet and play a crucial role in maintaining our overall health.

Marijuana on the other hand, contains not only these nutrients, but also other types of cannabinoids, included THC, which is the psychoactive compound responsible for that “high” feeling. That being said, having other cannabinoids in the mixture can sometimes be an advantage.

Let’s see how.

Beside CBD, what compounds are also present in marijuana? And how do they

interact with each other?
Cannabinoids, or phytocannabinoids, are the active molecules contained in marijuana. In marijuana strains high in CBD content, CBD is usually the predominant cannabinoid. However in some of them we find an equal amount of THC too. That being said, by using these types of strains, you will most likely not experience any of the undesirable effects associated with THC use, like anxiety or paranoia. According to research, CBD seems to lessen THC’s undesirable effects, while potentiating the medical ones.

Cannabinoids seem in fact to synergise and increase each other’s efficacy, and this is why usually marijuana extracts are more potent than single molecule extracts. This is known as the “Entourage effect”.

Among other cannabinoids present in lower amount in marijuana we find:
CBG or Cannabigerol
CBN or Cannabinol
CBC or Cannabichromene

They all seem to have therapeutic properties, but compared to CBD and THC, scientists have done less research on their effects on the body.

What are terpenes and what do they do?

Beside cannabinoids, other nutrients that are present in marijuana can potentiate CBD effects. We are talking about terpenes, which are molecules naturally present in many plants and that, according to research, seem to elicit important health effects. Usually the CBD oil extracted from marijuana contains terpenes, making marijuana CBD oil even more potent.

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