There are at least 85 active cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant. CBD doesn’t have psychoactive effects, meaning you won’t get high by ingesting it.
It is a major phytocannabinoid, accounting for up to 40% of the plant’s extract. CBD is considered to have a wider scope of potential medical applications than tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Cannabis is a profoundly powerful medicine that has been used for thousands of years. We have been able to examine just how the cannabis plant affects our body. What we have found is that it offers far more health benefits than previously thought, from pain reliever to anti-cancer agent.
Cannabidiol has actually been found to negate some of the effects of THC (the psychoactive component in cannabis). More specifically, cannabidiol helps to prevent the acute memory impairment caused by THC.
We all know how important antioxidants are for our health, and we all know about Vitamin C and Vitamin E. What you probably didn’t know, is that cannabidiol is a more powerful antioxidant than either Vitamin C or E.
Cannabidiol can be used to help treat acute pain, postoperative pain, chronic pain and neuropathic pain. This has made it a preferred pain management treatment for cancer patients, individuals with multiple sclerosis, migraine sufferers and people with phantom limb syndrome.
Inflammation is a leading contributor to virtually all known diseases, neurodegenerative disorders included. Because cannabidiol acts as a natural anti-inflammatory as well as a potent antioxidant, it is a very promising treatment option for all neurodegenerative disorders.
Cannabidiol has been found to activate apoptotic pathways in breast cancer cells. Researchers are now exploring the cancer-fighting potential of cannabidiol and the initial results are very promising.
CBD is an antineoplastic agent, meaning it inhibits the growth and spread of tumors. Making it a promising potential treatment option for cancer patients of all kinds.
Cannabidiol is a powerful sleep aid, and pain reliever. It yields serious benefit for our health and even helps fight cancer. As if that wasn’t remarkable enough, it even helps to heal broken bones.
One study shows that CBD lead to an improvement in fracture healing. Scientists have known for some time that cannabinoids can stimulate bone formation and inhibit bone loss, and researchers in Israel may now be paving the way for future cannabinoid drugs aimed at treating osteoporosis and other degenerative skeletal conditions.
Cannabidiol May Help Treat…
Cannabidiol is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, making it extremely beneficial for the treatment of almost every disease we know of. Inflammation and oxidative damage are two of the biggest contributors to disease progression and any health disorder. By fighting both, CBD already proves itself a beneficial treatment option.
The antineoplastic properties found in cannabis have been found to inhibit cancerous development and tumor growth. Stimulating apoptotic pathways in the body allows the immune system to effectively destroy cancerous cells.
MS causes severe chronic pain in sufferers. The body’s immune system actually attacks nerve endings, resulting in constant pain.
Cannabidiol has been found to relieve the chronic pain brought on by Multiple Sclerosis. Although it is illegal in many countries, estimates suggest that between 10% and 30% of MS patients in Europe smoke marijuana to help ease the pain and disabling symptoms of MS.
Seizures and Epilepsy
Much remains to be learned about cannabidiols anti-seizure effects, but researchers agree they are present and powerful. This makes cannabidiol an extremely promising treatment option for epilepsy.
One mother in Calgary is fighting a hospital to get her 9-year old’s medical marijuana prescription renewed. Her daughter suffered from severe epileptic episodes in her earlier years, averaging 30+ seizures per day, some days it was more than 100. Since she started cannabis oil treatment, she hasn’t suffered a seizure in over 18-months.
Sadly the ethical issues surrounding marijuana based treatment still flourish. The hospital is denying her medical marijuana renewal due to a lack of evidence that marijuana is a safe treatment option for her child.
CBD induces antidepressant-like effects in mice according to researchers. THC also possesses antidepressant-like qualities, leaving users feeling uplifted, euphoric and relaxed.
Current research suggests that cannabidiol is an effective, safe and well-tolerated alternative treatment for schizophrenia. It yields anxiolytic and anti-psychotic benefits that help patients with schizophrenia as well as a number of other psychotic conditions, including bipolar disorder.
Cannabidiol treatment “significantly reduces the incidence of diabetes” in mice. From 86% in non-treated mice to only 30% in mice treated with CBD. Results indicate that cannabidiol can inhibit and delay destructive insulitis and inflammatory cytokine production.
The same diabetic benefits of CBD are also responsible for its cardiovascular benefits. CBD attenuated myocardial dysfunction, cardiac fibrosis, oxidative stress, inflammation, cell death and interrelated signaling pathways.
Warning Letters and Test Results
In late February 2015, FDA issued several warning letters to firms that market unapproved drugs for the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of diseases. Some of these firms claim that their products contain cannabidiol (CBD). FDA has tested those products and, in some of them, did not detect any CBD. It is important to note that these products are not approved by FDA for the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of any disease, and often they do not even contain the ingredients found on the label. Consumers should beware purchasing and using any such products.
The links to the Warning Letters and the test results for the CBD-related products are below:
|Firm||Product||State||Purchase Website||Lab Results %(w/w)|
|Canna Companion, LLC||Canna Companion Capsule Size: 4||WA||cannaforpets.com||0.1%||0.1%||CBDA: 0.3%
|Canna-Pet, LLC||CBD Wedges – Canna-Biscuits for Dogs||WA||canna-pet.com||None detected above 0.1% (w/w)|
|Canna-Pet, LLC||Canna-Pet for Cats||WA||canna-pet.com||0.5%||—||—|
|Canna-Pet, LLC||Canna-Pet MaxCBD Capsules for Dogs||WA||canna-pet.com||2.6%||0.1%||CBC: 0.1%|
|CBD Life Holdings LLC dba Ultra CBD||UltraCBD*||AZ||ultracbd.com||None detected above 0.1% (w/w)|
|CBD Life Holdings LLC dba Ultra CBD||UltraCBD*||AZ||ultracbd.com||0.02%||ID only||CBDA: 0.02%|
|Hemp Oil Care||Hemp Pure Vape E-Drops: Peached||CA||hempoilcare.com||negative for cannabinoids|
|Hemp Oil Care||Cibaderm Hemp Salve||CA||hempoilcare.com||—||—||CBDA: 0.2%|
|Hemp Oil Care||Cibdex Hemp CBD Complex Drops – Peppermint||CA||hempoilcare.com||0.3%||—||—|
|Hemp Oil Care||Cibdex Hemp CBD Complex Drops – Unflavored||CA||hempoilcare.com||0.3%||—||—|
|Hemp Oil Care||Cibdex Hemp CBD Complex Drops – Vanilla||CA||hempoilcare.com||0.3%||—||—|
|Hemp Oil Care||Hemp Honey 21% Cannabidiol Oil||CA||hempoilcare.com||negative for cannabinoids|
|Hemp Oil Care||Hemp Honey CBD Vape Oil – Blueberries & Cream||CA||hempoilcare.com||negative for cannabinoids|
|Natural Organic Solutions||CBD Oil Extract Capsules (500mg – 10 Capsules)||WA||purecbd.net||negative for cannabinoids|
|Natural Organic Solutions||Real CBD Extract – CBD (Cannabidiol) Cannabis Extract Capsules (1500mg – 30 Capsules)||WA||purecbd.net||0.5%||0.20%||CBDA: 0.1%
CBN: ID only
|Natural Organic Solutions||21% CBD Hemp Oil Treatment||WA||purecbd.net||negative for cannabinoids|
|Natural Organic Solutions||26% CBD Hemp Oil Treatment||WA||purecbd.net||0.14%||0.45%||CBDA: 0.05%
CBN: ID only
|Twin Falls Bio Tech, LLC||Arisi-Tol||SC||arisitol.com||0.2%||—||—|
|*Multiple samples tested|
|Abbreviations: Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC), Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), Cannabidiol (CBD), Cannabinol (CBN), Cannabidiolic Acid (CBDA), Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA), Cannabichromene (CBC)|
Cannabis, Mother-Nature’s Miracle-Medicine???
The astounding number of medical benefits associated with the cannabis plant make it impossible to ignore any longer.
Marijuana prohibition in North America has slowed research significantly. Other countries have continued to study the medical applications for the cannabis plant, but as cannabis laws relax in America the number of studies are growing significantly.
Even though cannabidiol posses no psychoactive effects, it too has been demonized by health organizations for decades.
Let’s stop ignoring the facts and harness the power of the cannabis plant to help treat the sick.
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