THC vs CBD Part 2 (Why Sell CBD)
When it comes to a cannabis plant, CBD and THC have an inverse relationship. The more THC there is, the less CBD is present. So when there is more CBD present, there will be less THC. Growers have learned to grow marijuana plants with high levels of CBD. Research has shown that THC and CBD work synergistically and that when you combine CBD and THC it creates the best environment for treating ailments. When just using the CBD part of the marijuana plant, you are taking away the aspect of getting high. This is extremely desirable for people that are using it for medical treatments. CBD has made medical marijuana much more open to people using it. Taking away any psychoactivity and making it safe helps promote that the product should be legal.
As more and more research is done on cannabis, it is showing that there are such positive benefits in many areas, including heart disease, diabetes and epilepsy. Epilepsy is especially sparking a key interest of research. CBD has been shown to reduce seizures in patients with epilepsy. Orrin Devinsky is a New York University neurologist who studies CBD in regards to severe childhood epilepsy. He states that he has found significant positive results when treating the seizures with CBD. In a study he conducted, he said patients that receive CBD in addition to their normal medications, had 39% fewer convulsive seizures than patients who followed their normal drug routine. Dr. Devinksy realizes that there is still much research and work that needs to be conducted regarding these trials and outcomes. But also realizes that there are patients and parents of the patients who may be done waiting for more answers. Trying CBD is a viable option and is certainly a valid one if the patient and involved parties are willing to use it.
CBD has also been shown to have positively treat anxiety, depression and schizophrenia. In 2012 German researchers showed the results in giving CBD to schizophrenic patients. These results show reduced psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations and disordered thinking.
CBD has been shown to have anti-cancer properties as well. The California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute in San Francisco had a team of researchers that showed CBD blocking cancer cells from metastasizing. There are really just so many ways that CBD can be used in a helpful manner. But studying CBD has its own set of problems. There are laws and regulations in place that can give scientist excessive constraints on their work. CBD is classified as a Schedule 1 drug by the Federal Government, even though CBD does not make a user high. A schedule 1 drug means that the drug has the potential for abuse and is in no way accepted for medical use. The Federal Government does oversee any marijuana research, but the actual use of marijuana is regulated by state laws. Because of this, scientists who study CBD end up having to follow quite a few restrictive rules.
As research continues on CBD, more and more people are turning to it as an alternative to medicine. A pharmaceutical company in Britain has developed two CBD drugs. They are Sativex, which has a 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC, and Epidiolex which is pure CBD. Sativex is prescribed for painful muscle spasms that happen with people suffering from multiple sclerosis. Epidiolex is prescribed for children who have seizures. Sativex is not available anywhere in the United States, but is approved for use in twenty nine other countries. Epidiolex was just recently approved by the FDA