Medical Marijuana: Five Facts that Will Change Your Mind
As the argument continues over whether marijuana is beneficial as a medicine or just a plant that people grow to get high, some scientist have looked past this argument to change the way people think about pot. THC is well known, and a primary component of the argument over medical marijuana since that is the compound that causes people to get high. However, marijuana has many compounds in it, not just THC. Scientist have focused on another compound called cannabidiol (CBD,) and in this article we discuss five things that make CBD important
It Is All in the Genetics
One of the big arguments against pot as medicine is the fact that it makes you high. Well, that was the old truth. The new truth is that through selective breeding, growers have found a way to grow marijuana plants that have no THC and more CBD. CBD does not make you high, but it carries many wonderful properties for curing disease.
Using this technology, there should no longer be a problem with growing medical grade marijuana if the plants are grown to produce CBD so that they do not contain THC.
Did you Hear That?
That is a big joke when it comes to people who smoke pot to get high. The THC is psychoactive, and people can become paranoid. CBC is non-psychoactive, so it is not used by people who want the recreational high that proponents of medical marijuana fear. There is no high with CBD.
As a medication, this formula, without the THC, is better because it reduces the number of side effects that people would experience with regular marijuana. Because there is no change of mentality with CBD, it becomes more stable even at higher doses. As far back as 2011, studies have shown that CBD is safe at higher doses. That means the medical dose of CBD is scalable and potent.
CBD Has a Wide Range of Application within Health Care
CBD has been shown to be effective as an antiemetic to help people overcome nausea and vomiting. It has been shown to be an anticonvulsant to help people who suffer from seizures. It has been shown to be an antipsychotic which can be useful for people who suffer from certain psychological disorders, such as schizophrenia. It has been shown to be a very good anxiolytic and antidepressant that can help people who suffer from anxiety and depression. It has been shown to be an anti-tumor drug, and that is promising for people who suffer from cancer. It is an antioxidant and may help people with neurodegenerative disorders.
CBD has a lot of potential. As a newer discovery not much has been done in the way of clinical trials with humans. Most of the studies involve animal test subjects. The good news is that there are now two clinical trials underway that focus on the CBD for Schizophrenia and Epilepsy.
CBD Takes Down the Negative Aspects of THC
So far, it is impossible to overdose on THC or CBD. Also, it appears that CBD cancels out THC. For patients who take marijuana but do not like the high, they can take or use CBD to help remove the negative attributes caused by THC. Those include the paranoia and the sleep induction caused by using too much THC.
Marijuana is still a Crime
Source: Marijuana Industry Group
With the exception of just a few states, within the United States, possession of marijuana is still illegal. That is true for many places around the world. While we are making progress with showing how effective marijuana can be for medical purposes, we are not there yet. The good news is that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is listening. They gave approval for a trial of CBD to help children who suffer from epilepsy. This trial may be the gateway for expanding approval for other trials that document the positive sides of medical marijuana.
These five little facts provide a glimpse into the big picture that is medical marijuana and CBD. While there is still controversy, there is also progress. In 2003, the U.S. Health and Human Services applied for and received a patent that details the use of CBD as a viable medication for some neurodegenerative disorders. That was 12 years ago. So the progress has been slow. It helps though for people to understand the true nature of CBD as a medication and how it is different from THC. It helps to show that medical Marijuana can be used without a high and that when used correctly there is no need to worry about recreational use as that is something totally different from medical marijuana.