As it turns out cannabis is a lot more complicated than we thought. It really should have been anticipated when the human/plant relationship goes back more than 8,000 years and cannabis is listed in every pharmacopeia in the last 2000 years. There were good reasons for this and science is just now getting busy and discovering how beneficial to we humans, this plant has been and will become.
The mysteries of cannabis escaped science until 1964. Back then only a few people had much interest in cannabis, jazz musicians, beatniks, Kesey and friends, some surfers in So Cal, Blacks and Mexicans. By then cannabis had been rebranded and was called marijuana, a derogatory and many think racist name, reflecting the government propaganda of the previous 27 years of prohibition.
However, for several years in Israel a team at the Weizmann Institute lead by Dr. Raphael Mechoulam had been working to discover the active ingredients in cannabis, which up until then had eluded them and for that matter all of science. Finally, in the spring of 1964 a breakthrough occurred and they were finally ready to announce their major discovery of THC or D9-tetrahydrocannabinal, the psychoactive ingredient in pot. This proved to be just the beginning, since then more than 85 different cannabinoids have been isolated.
THC is the main psychotomimetic (high/stoned-making) ingredient of cannabis, some estimates say that 70-98 percent of the cannabis (high) results from THC. It has mild to moderate analgesic effects and can be used to treat pain. Other effects include; relaxation, alteration of visual and olfactory senses, ah, those music light shows from the Filmore in the 60’s to the modern shows of Bassnectar and Pretty Lights. Medical studies indicate some success with Neurodegenerative disorders and Multiple Sclerosis.
In the new world of laboratory tested marijuana we have noticed that a high THC strain isn’t always the right answer when considering the sometimes overwhelming number of choices now available.
CBD is not psychoactive and was thought not to affect psychoactivity of THC. However, new studies indicate that smokers of cannabis with higher CBD/THC ratio were less likely to experience schizophrenia like symptoms. CBD occurs in almost all strains. Concentration range from none to about 95% of the total cannabinoids present. THC and CBD are the most abundant naturally occurring cannabinoids. CBD, while not psychoactive does have sedative, analgesic and antibiotic properties.
There is some disagreement about whether CBD increases or decreases the intensity of the high, I definitely feel it has a major affect on the nature of the experience. It seems to potentiate whatever the effect of THC. In the medical marijuana world Cannabidiol is the hot ticket, with many experiments being conducted around the world. In a recent clinical trial with 42 patients suffering with acute paranoid schizophrenia, in a double blind trial patients were given an Atypical anti-pychotic “Amisulpride” and a purified form of CBD, both treatments were associated with significant decrease in psychotic symptoms after 2 and 4 weeks. While there was little difference between the two treatment groups, CBD induced far fewer side effects.
After years of breeding for higher and higher THC in strains, many growers are now developing high CBD plants. Here at AO we are dedicated to bringing our patients the best CBD flowers, concentrates and infusions available.
What is CBD? “Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound in cannabis that has medical effects but does not make people feel “stoned” and can actually counter the psychoactive effects of THC. After decades in which only high-THC Cannabis was available, CBD-rich strains are now being grown by and for medical users.”
Why go for non-phycoactive? “The reduced psychoactivity of CBD-rich cannabis makes it an appealing treatment option for patients seeking anti-inflammatory, anti-pain, anti-anxiety, and anti-psychotic effects without disconcerting lethargy or dysphoria”
Who can benefit? “Scientific studies underscore CBD’s potential as a treatment for many conditions, including chronic pain, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, alcoholism, PTSD, schizophrenia, antibiotic-resistant infections, rheumatoid arthritis, MS, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders.”
For more information on CBD products, please stop by our shop to look through our selection of CBD Products.