By Dalton Rosario
To anybody living under a nugget let me catch you up to speed. At the molecular level Cannabis is composed of a chemical ratio between THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol).
THC is responsible for the psychoactive properties linked to feelings of euphoria, while CBD is responsible for pain relief, anti-anxiety and a myriad of other wonderful effects that we will explore shortly.
THC cannot be present without CBD and vice versa, so the dual nature of these compounds play an integral role in our understanding of the various cannabis strands and their unique medicinal benefits upon consumption.
Academic research centers and medical publications throughout the nation are studying CBD oil to fully grasp its effectiveness in curing neurological disorders like PTSD and other severe conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes. However, its applications are universal.
With CBD extract, users experience a relief from stress, anxiety and pain; but that is just the beginning. Studies in the Journal of Neuroendocrinology have proven a reduction in risk of artery blockage, blood sugar levels, small intestine contractions, seizures, vomiting and nausea.
As cited in Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry, CBD has proven use as an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, inhibiting cancer cell regeneration and promoting bone growth. And to top it off, the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology documented CBD as being neuro-protective, combating neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
The real question is what can’t CBD do. Having since been approved this November by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the form of the drug Epidiolex, there is much to be said about CBD and its multifaceted use.
But breaking down archaic stigmas about cannabis in light of scientific achievement is not where this story ends, unfortunately, as CBD oils are still illegal at a federal level, with statewide inconsistencies for regulation.