Types of CBD Products for Medical Marijuana Patients
Gone are the days when cannabis was regarded as a dangerous and detrimental drug. As science progresses, so does our understanding of the numerous health benefits this miracle plant has to offer. New studies and research that only confirm its medical benefits emerge every day, and the main substance responsible for this is called Cannabidiol,
Gone are the days when cannabis was regarded as a dangerous and detrimental drug. As science progresses, so does our understanding of the numerous health benefits this miracle plant has to offer. New studies and research that only confirm its medical benefits emerge every day, and the main substance responsible for this is called Cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD.
In order to better understand what exactly CBD is, I’ll first give you a brief definition of what cannabinoids are. In short, cannabinoids are the chemical compounds found in cannabis that interact with your body’s cells. There are over 85 known cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, the chief two being the well-known THC and the recently more notable CBD.
So, CBD is a type of cannabinoid; a naturally occurring substance found in varieties of cannabis plants like hemp and marijuana. It’s the second most dominant substance in cannabis after the widely known THC, and yet, there’s a lot of misinformation circling around about its effects. With this in mind, let me familiarize you more with this recently popularized supplement and its medical benefits.
Even though CBD is the second main substance found in cannabis alongside THC, the two cannot differ more. Let’s compare these two with the intention of getting more familiar with CBD, its effects, and status.
First of all, CBD is not psychoactive like THC is. This means that using, let’s say hemp oil, will not get you in the state known as ‘high’, so there are no hallucinatory effects or euphoria. This makes CBD the perfect medicine suitable for younger children as well.
Secondly, CBD is a legal substance worldwide but only when extracted from the hemp plant, since it has a very low amount of THC and the extracted oil does not alter your sensations and perceptions.
Thirdly, as opposed to THC, CBD does not have the effect of making you sleepy, so it won’t make you feel dozy or affect your alertness when using it during the day.
Lastly, and most importantly, CBD has no addictive effects. In fact, according to some recent studies, CBD can help in overcoming nicotine addiction. This is one more reason why this supplement is so appealing as a medicine, as there are no studies which show undesirable effects of this cannabinoid yet.
How Does CBD Work?
Due to the fact that the human body perpetually produces its own cannabinoids internally, we have naturally occurring cannabinoid receptors throughout the body, most commonly found in the brain and the immune system. These receptors and cannabinoids form our endocannabinoid system, or ECS, which is in charge of keeping us healthy.
There are two kinds of receptor cells: CB1 and CB2.
CB1 receptors, which affect memory, mood, sleep, and pain sensation, concentrated in the brain and the central nervous system, are responsible for marijuana’s psychoactive effects. On the other hand, CB2 receptors are concentrated in the immune system as well as the gastrointestinal system and the brain, and have anti-inflammatory effects.
Since it already produces its own cannabinoids, the endocannabinoid system is merely being supplemented when we consume cannabinoids like CBD. The cannabinoids bind to the receptors making them function at full capacity. By doing this, the cannabinoid receptors can more efficiently fight diseases associated with the brain, the central nervous system, and the immune system.
Instead of interacting directly with the CB1 and CB2, CBD boosts the activity of our cannabinoid receptors and activates others as well. By activating certain receptors, CBD protects us from certain conditions. Let’s say that the 5-HT1A serotonin receptor is activated for example. If this happens, CBD will have anti-depressant effect on our body, but if the TRPV-1 receptor is activated it will have anti-inflammatory effects and so on.
CBD Health Benefits
Now that you got the full picture of what CBD is and what its effects are, let’s move on to explain its health benefits as well.
Decades ago, cannabis was used legally as medication throughout the world. As a matter of fact, its medicinal properties were discovered thousands of years ago when people used hemp seeds as food. In China, it was used as an anesthetic, in Ancient Egypt as a pain reliever, in Ancient India for treating insomnia and migraines, in Ancient Greece for treating inflammation and so on. All that changed during the 1930s, beginning in America, where both the cannabis and marijuana plants became illegal due to a powerful government propaganda. Fortunately, many people today recognize its health benefits as a result of many successful treatments and scientific research that grows by the day.
CBD is the ingredient accountable for these plants’ positive effects and is highly beneficial in reducing nausea and vomiting, suppressing seizures, combating anxiety, depression, psychosis disorders, inflammatory disorders, neurodegenerative disorders, tumors and cancer cells. Many studies and human trials are yet to be done, but from the ones completed so far and from many individual examples (like the one about Charlotte Figi and her successful treatment of a very rare form of epilepsy), CBD can be used for treating the following medical conditions:
- Chronic pain
- ADD and ADHD
- Digestive issues
- Epilepsy and seizures
- Kidney and liver disease
- Skin conditions
- Sleep conditions
As CBD’s popularity progressively grows in the medical world, lots of studies and research can be expected in the coming years. Due to education and different testimonials emerging every day, people begin to realize the medical power this natural substance has. Since CBD is extracted and processed into a variety of medications, each beneficial for a different condition, here are the some of the CBD products available for medical marijuana patients.
Hemp oil is a natural concentrate with a high percentage of CBD derived from industrial hemp, also known as Cannabis Sativa.
Its popularity skyrocketed since CNN’s story on Charlotte Figi, a child with a very rare form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome, broke in 2013. Dr. Sanjay Gupta shocked people around the world, especially the American mainstream, after witnessing the almost miraculous effects hemp oil had on Charlotte. Due to this rare and extreme form of epilepsy, Charlotte had constant seizures very difficult to control by the time she was 2 years old. She even came to a point where she had around 300 uncontrollable seizures a day. Her parents had tried everything, from diets and acupuncture to all kinds of drugs like valium – some of which nearly killed her. After using a CBD Hemp oil, Charlotte’s seizures nearly seized. She is the youngest patient at the time to have used this product, and its benefits are undeniable. The hemp oil had such an amazing effect on her seizures, that it was actually named “Charlotte’s Web”.
Hemp oil is derived from the hemp plant’s seeds which contain no THC. The reason why there are only traces of THC in these oils is due to the outer leafy matter which protects the seeds. Consequently, hemp oil has no psychoactive effect whatsoever, making it suitable for young children like Charlotte and for using it as a dietary supplement any time of the day.
After hemp oil’s proven success of treating extreme forms of epilepsy, medical research and individual testimonials bring about many other uses of this marvelous product. Many people use it as an antidepressant since it doesn’t come with all the side effects antidepressants usually carry. The antidepressant and antipsychotic properties CBD contains, make hemp oil perfect for treating the ever growing anxiety and stress. According to research conducted in the recent years, hemp oil is beneficial for memory, mood, and quality of sleep improvement, so you can battle different conditions with only one product and without the nasty side effects pills are known for.
Cannabis tinctures have vastly grown in popularity in the recent years – and no wonder. In fact, this form of ingesting CBD has been known and used for over a hundred years, until cannabis became illegal in America in the 1930s, and now its popularity is returning with a lightning speed.
Cannabis tinctures are liquid extractions from cannabis high in CBD and usually come in 1 or 2-ounce bottles. It’s the fastest and purest way of ingesting CBD; by squeezing a couple of drops under the tongue so its veins take it directly into the bloodstream. It’s also very effective if you mix it with a drink or incorporate it into your meal.
Since they have a smaller amount of CBD concentration as opposed to hemp oil, cannabis tinctures are perfectly suitable for conditions like mild depression, stress, anxiety and other conditions that don’t include severe pain.
Cannabis topicals are cannabis infused products that come in the form of creams, lotions, skin butter, cooled oils, and balms. Topicals are mostly used for localized pain management, as they are applied directly on the skin’s painful areas. After binding to the CB2 receptors of our endocannabinoid system, the CBD quickly acts as a pain reliever.
Apart from providing quick relief to localized pain as well as treating skin irritations like bug bites, these topicals can be used as beauty enhancement products. Due to CBD’s wide range of antioxidants, there are anti-aging properties that keep your skin youthful and anti-bacterial properties that treat all the bacterial skin infections there are. Two of the biggest skin problems people have, acne and dry skin, are also treatable with these CBD products.
Cannabis topicals are also effective in treating more serious skin conditions like psoriasis and rosacea, although not enough scientific research has been done specifically for these conditions.
High CBD Cannabis Strains
There are two species of cannabis that most strains are derived from – Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa. High CBD cannabis strains can come in either pure or a hybrid form. Since these two species have very different characteristics, the derived strains and the hybrids are very distinctive from each other as each strain is good for different medical conditions.
The Sativa strains are good for epileptic patients with uncontrollable seizures, people that suffer from stress and anxiety, inflammation, fatigue, migraines, depression, muscle spasms as well as for increasing one’s appetite, relieving body pain and insomnia.
The Indica strains are good for reducing anxiety, improving one’s sleep, increasing one’s creativity as well as for better focus, pain relief, combating stress, improved alertness, uplifting thoughts and feelings of well-being and peace.
High CBD strains have a very low amount of THC so you’ll experience no psychoactive effects whatsoever.
All CBD products are different, each with distinct therapeutic benefits, so make sure you do a thorough research regarding this medicine so that you choose the product best suitable for your needs.