Cannabis science has become more concentrated over recent years, and now some states are considering whether it’s worth legalizing certain parts of the herb for medicinal reasons, if not the entire plant. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid that’s been the star of the CBD-only legislation sweeping red states. Now more than 23 U.S. states have access to some level of medical marijuana, a massive breakthrough for patients – and the momentum is only going one way.
Americans have become more positive towards medical cannabis, thanks to the increasing safety of products, particularly non-psychoactive oils – people may have used them personally or know a friend or family member that has had success. The word has spread at local level throughout the United States, and marijuana is now, by and large, considered socially acceptable.
Research progresses thanks to improved cannabis access
The less-restrictive medical cannabis legislation has finally allowed top-level scientists to access the plant for research purposes and study it more comprehensively than ever before. Recent studies have highlight the potential of compounds like CBD to treat anxiety, chronic pain, inflammatory conditions and more. The all-encompassing properties of cannabis and the cannabinoids infused in it are an indication of just how influential the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is to the human body.
Many patients have swapped opiate-based painkillers for CBD or medical marijuana flower to combat chronic pain – topical creams are an efficacious technique to manage localized pain. Multiple Sclerosis patients can benefit from both CBD and THC, a psychoactive cannabinoid that is responsible for causing a euphoric high, but one that has powerful medicinal properties as well.
Medical experts are beginning to fill the gaps in their knowledge about how cannabis can affect health, and what therapeutic effect the plant can have. The medicinal value of marijuana is finally being recognized and a number of progressive doctors, who understand that the overall package (effectiveness, lack of side effects) is a more appealing option to many patients than nasty, addictive prescription medication.
The lack of side effects from using cannabis and CBD products especially puts them at a big advantage to some of the medication prescribed for serious ailments. Morphine, oxycontin, Tramadol and more opiate-based painkilling drugs can be addictive and even dangerous if consumed in high dosages. Furthermore, when trying to quit taking such medication, the withdrawal symptoms can be crippling.
Scientists have now identified around 100 cannabinoids but are still finding more. Some of these are more relevant than others, but researchers are endeavouring to understand every compound fully, no matter if its effects are subtle, pronounced or somewhere in between. Each cannabinoid has unique properties, and by getting a clear picture of what they are and how they can best be used in conjunction with other cannabis compounds, the marijuana industry can produce even more powerful therapeutic remedies.
New cannabis knowledge gives cultivators more ideas about how to come up with new, exciting strains as they gerrymander particular cannabinoids in order to increase potency. These clever techniques are helping to improve the quality of marijuana with every generation of plants.
Growers have managed to work out how to isolate specific cannabinoids from the rest of the plant – they have utilized this with CBD to great effect. CBD is known to have an array of beneficial properties and isn’t responsible for the psychoactive high that one typically experiences when using cannabis.
The anticonvulsant properties of CBD are what has made the cannabis compound a surprisingly working medication for a few severe epileptic conditions. Dravet’s syndrome, an intractable form of epilepsy that occurs at infancy, is one such disorder that CBD is being used to treat.
The anti-psychotic benefits of CBD work to ease the intensity of a THC high and can also be harnessed as a medicine for schizophrenia, psychosis and similar mental illnesses. These anti-psychotic effects could help to reduce symptoms of delirium and delusion and eliminate hallucinations – schizophrenia patients are known to suffer from this trio of symptoms. CBD can also eradicate paranoia and short-term memory loss that comes from intaking THC.
The anti-inflammatory qualities of CBD are often more effective than those of approved anti-inflammatory meds, thanks to how the cannabinoid interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system. Both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis patients have found joy using CBD, with science seemingly showing that the compound can protect cartilage around the joints.
3 powerful high-CBD strains to enjoy
The same vital antioxidants found in fruit and vegetables can also be obtained through CBD, THC and other cannabinoids. These antioxidants are excellent for the body, and as a protectant from diseases – some believe the neuroprotectant properties could make cannabis an efficacious treatment for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, however research lacks in this area. CBD could also be the answer to several mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression.
The findings that scientists have made concerning marijuana in the past few years are astonishing, and it’s helping the cannabis industry to showcase the herb in a more positive, beneficial light. Scientists are better informed nowadays about what compounds are in the plant, and how they interact with each other to make cannabis do what it does. This crucial chemical research could give us an opening into finding the cure for conditions that currently baffle scientists. There is already evidence indicating that clinical endocannabinoid deficiency could be the root cause of many ailments.
We know that marijuana has medical potential, which is why it’s essential to thoroughly study the plant to get the most therapeutic benefit out of it as possible.
There are plenty of high-CBD cannabis strains available at dispensaries in states where medical cannabis is now legal. These are totally different to traditional, recreational marijuana strains, and are concentrated on delivering medicinal results, with no high. We’re going to look at Harle-Tsu, Charlotte’s Web and Tora Bora.
This high-CBD strain combines two titans of the cannabis world: Harlequin and Sour Tsunami. This clever crossbreed produces a CBD to THC ratio of 20:1 – growers haven’t finished yet with the strain either, and some Harle-Tsu strains have even nudged 24 percent CBD.
Cannabis doctors tend to rave about Harle-Tsu as an alternative remedy for inflammatory conditions and chronic pain. The CBD in this strain contributes to a mellowing effect, although expect a nice little jolt of energy when the reactions first kick in. Harle-Tsu isn’t going to take yoy into a euphoric nirvana, but it will leave you soothed and relaxed, free of any anxiety, paranoia and otherwise heavy thoughts. If smoking this strain, give the cannabinoids 15 minutes or so to produce a full-body effect – in large doses, the potency of the CBD in Harle-Tsu is perfect for aiding sleep.
The Charlotte’s Web was first developed as a strain to help with treatment-resistant epilepsy. The strain has an impressive 20-plus percent CBD, and minimal THC levels less than 0.5 percent – almost industrial hemp concentrations. Charlotte’s Web is named after epilepsy patient, Charlotte Figi, who was administered CBD oil extracted from the plant. The medication worked wonders, cutting down Charlotte’s seizures from on average 300 per week to just a handful a month.
The Stanley Brothers are to thank for cultivating this famous, life-changing strain of cannabis sativa. The lack of psychoactive effects has made medical cannabis a viable form of treatment for many patients who once would have had reservations on marijuana. High-CBD oils extracted from this strain are sold all across America to treat epilepsy and a whole list of other mental and physical disorders. The miniscule amount of THC means that Charlotte Web products come in under the federal limit, hence why they are sold everywhere and such a popular choice.
Recreational users can also revel in a unique cannabis experience with Charlotte’s Web. The strain improves mood without inhibiting cognitive function or memory – in fact, in a twist for cannabis, Charlotte’s Web may even help to enhance concentration and reduce brain fog. THC strains are known for their creativity; however, these typically sativa-dominant smokes also tend to make the user distracted. In Charlotte’s Web, that unwanted side effect is a thing of the past.
Tora Bora combines L.A. Confidential with X18 Pure Pakistani and the results are quite something. Expect maximum sedation with this 99-percent indica-dominant strain, that has a general cannabinoid profile of 14.5 percent CBD to 6 percent THC – close to a 5:2 ratio. There’s some psychoactivity with this strain, but not enough for it to dominate the trip. Insomnia and chronic pain are unsurprisingly two of Tora Bora’s most common uses, thanks to the pleasant full-body high. The cannabinoids work with CB2 receptors to reduce pain perception. This strain typically has strands of blue and strong, recognizable spicy notes. Tora Bora is loved by growers for its rapid growth time – around eight weeks.
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