Important Facts About Cannabidiol
According to Medical Daily, cannabidiol is revolutionizing the medical industry. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of many different types of cannabinoids found in cannabis. With its distinct lack of psychoactive effects on the user, the substance is a great candidate for use in some medications and will not get you “high”. The reason CBD doesn’t get users high is that it “does not bind to the CB1 and CB2 nerve receptors in the brain” (Borelli, 2016) as opposed to other types of cannabinoids. Cannabidiol has been used in many experimental medicines and studies show again and again that it is very useful as a drug to cure or manage ailments like anxiety, Parkinson’s, cancer-related pain, addiction, neuropathy, arthritic pain, and it even reduces seizures in children.
Endoca is a website and e-shop dedicated to blog-type posts about the use of CBD as a medicine. In a post from January 2017, they speculate that scientists will unlock new and helpful information about cannabidiol and other cannabinoids by the end of 2017. Scientists have already found a use for cannabidiol in treating multiple types of pain and anxiety. Cannabidiol is one half of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and is non-psychoactive, which means it won’t make you high. Medical marijuana plants are farmed to be specifically high in CBD and low THC if any. They are predicting that new therapeutic uses for cannabidiol will be found in 2017 and that together with THC, it could possibly reveal a solution to many unsolved medical problems.
Despite many studies finding that CBD has healing and medicinal properties, it is still illegal. The DEA continues to classify it as a Schedule 1 drug, alongside the likes of methamphetamines, ecstasy, and heroin. Even with the THC removed, it is an illegal substance. Despite this, the FDA recently gave GW Pharmaceuticals approval to do trials on a drug called Epidiolex, a pharmaceutical containing 98 percent CBD which contains no THC whatsoever. It is currently only used for infants with critical cases of epilepsy.
According to HuffPost UK, in October 2016, the UK moved to classify CBD as a medicine. The Medical Healthcare Regulatory Agency pushed for reclassification, though before this, you could purchase CBD capsules as a “nutritional supplement”. UK’s MHRA wanted to recognize cannabidiol’s therapeutic effects. As of January 2017, CBD as a medicinal substance is under review. It may eventually be used in trials with placebos like other medicines are subjected to, but while it is under review, it is still available for purchase.
Cannabidiol as a stand-alone substance has multiple health benefits. For many different diseases or disorders, CBD can be a life saver. StuffStonersLike.com says that it “reduces nausea, vomiting, suppresses seizures, combats psychosis, inflammatory disorders, neurodegenerative disorders, anxiety, depression, and can even diminish tumor size and kill cancer cells.” In addition to its expansive list of benefits, CBD also reduces the negative effects of THC. THC, another type of cannabinoid that can have negative effects on users. Things like paranoia, drowsiness, and memory loss, which the THC in the whole cannabis compound causes, is reduced by the CBD. This can be helpful for patients who use THC as a medicine, particularly for autoimmune disorders, to reduce inflammation. Another use for medicines with high THC concentrates include apoptosis, or cell suicide, causing cancerous cells in the body to “kill” themselves. An interesting finding is that the cancerous cells are the only ones affected, leaving healthy normal cells to thrive. This use also does not have the horrible side effects of chemotherapy, like killing healthy non-cancerous cells, hair loss, pain, immunodeficiency, and nausea. More research needs to be done, but scientists are well on their way to revealing the medicinal qualities of CBD and THC.
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Endoca News (2017, July 05). 5 Facts on cannabidiol or CBD and how it affects our health in 2017. Retrieved August 02, 2017, from https://www.endoca.com/blog/discovery/5-facts-cannabidiol-cbd-affects-health-2017/
Biles, M. (2017, January 16). CBD – The Myths And Facts. Retrieved August 02, 2017, from http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/mary-biles1/cbd-the-myths-and-facts_b_14103666.html
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