C annabis is a genus of flowering plant in the family Cannabaceae and is an annual, dioecious, flowering herb. The Cannabis plant has a history of medicinal use dating back thousands of years across many cultures. It appears to be an up and coming topic of contention but why? People hear the word cannabis and do not correlate it directly with healing but rather an illegal drug that can get you high. This plant’s medicinal value is outmatched to any modern medicine and there is scientific data to prove it.
Hemp, cannabis and marijuana are common names for two plants but have a confusing history. The only difference between them is their use. “The term ‘hemp’ commonly refers to the industrial/ commercial use of the cannabis stalk and seed for textiles, foods, papers, body care products, detergents, plastics and building materials. The term ‘marijuana’ or ‘cannabis’ refers to the medicinal, recreational or spiritual use involving the smoking of cannabis flowers. Industrial hemp contains only about 0.3% – 1.5% THC (Tetrahydrocannabinoids, the intoxicating ingredients that make you high) while marijuana contains about 5% – 10% or more THC.”
CBD the acronym for cannabidiol seems to be the key in the revolutionary war on pain relief, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-cancer, anti-epileptic, bone stimulating properties and other ailments and benefits. Documented investigations have reflected as such. It is a non-psychoactive and will not produce a high. The natural science behind CBD is in Endocannabinoid Modulators. “The endocannabinoid system is a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors located in the mammalian brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems, consisting of neuromodulatory lipids and their receptors.” This receptor system plays a significant role in regulating neurotransmitter function. This is the central component to health and healing in every human and some animals.
CBD is currently being used in various forms to help assist in the human healing process. Some processes are in herbal formulations for in gestation for optimal health and longevity. This is the route most likely questioned but yet explored. Poor health and a lack of a cure through pharmaceutical drugs have led some to experiment this product. In addition, no known side effects have been reported but medication interactions are still possible.
Other products are produced through luxury beauty lines without harsh chemicals. The skin is the biggest gland of the human body and all products applied to the skin are ingested through the skin. Another amazing product that is used on the skin is in the form of an emollient or salve, some mixed with camphor or arnica or both to ease pain and inflammation. As this industry grows more and more products are being created with the amazing medicinal properties of CBD.
We need to get away from the stigma of the word CBD and focus on the healing aspects. Educating others on its medicinal properties is at the root of turning this scientific breakthrough on its head to become more accepted.
“Cannabidiol can both inactivate and enhance various cytochrome P450 enzymes in the liver—and this can potentially impact a wide range of medications. Drug interactions are especially important to consider when using life-saving or sense-saving drugs, drugs with narrow therapeutic windows, or medications with major adverse side effects. In particular, those who utilize high doses of CBD concentrates and isolates should keep this in mind when mixing remedies.” One should seek the advice of a medical professional when taking CBD with any medication to avoid adverse reactions.
Indiana University Department of Medicine