When you have a headache, you take an anti-inflammatory. Back pain? Pop some pain pills. Panic attacks or anxiety? Swallow a couple Xanax. Don’t mind the side effects; you can battle those pesky new ailments with more pills or holistic remedies.
Forget the pills…
For years researchers have known that Cannabis provides a wide range of medical uses for pain management, nausea, asthma, eating disorders, inflammation and more. It hasn’t been clear until recent years that the compound Cannabidiol (CBD), also found in the plant, plays a significant part in alleviating medical conditions without the psychoactive qualities of THC.
Recent studies, have shown that CBD may have the capability to treat more ailments than any single pharmaceutical drug on the market.
In Zuardi’s research abstract he wrote, “The last five years have shown a remarkable increase in publications on cannabidiol… studies have suggested a wide range of possible therapeutic effects of cannabidiol on several conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cerebral ischemia, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, other inflammatory diseases, nausea and cancer.”
Illustration of the current and potential medical uses of Cannabidiol as per a 2008 study exploring CBD
A German study published last March explores the effects CBD has on those suffering from Schizophrenia. Whereas THC shows a negative impact on Schizophrenics, causing increased anxiety and agitation, preliminary reports suggest that CBD may provide anti-psychotic effects helping to stabilize the patients while causing fewer side effects than any anti-psychotic drug on the market.
Strains that have shown the highest levels of CBD include; Sour Tsunami, Omrita RX3, Jamaican Lion, Cannatonic, and Harlequin. The CBD levels in these strains range from approx. 4% – 12%.
CBD has played a large role in my own quality of living. I suffer from severe scoliosis with a 50 degree curvature which causes extreme discomfort and pain in my mid to lower back. As a result of my scoliosis I also encounter pain in my ribs, tender joints and intense migraines that can derail entire days. There are days where my productivity and mental focus is severely inhibited.
With the addition of CBD, my pain goes nearly unnoticed and I am provided with a clear alertness. The problem is the difficulty of locating CBD-rich strains to alleviate my ailments. Very few collectives have been educated on the benefits of providing CBD strains for patients and very few resources are available for research on the abundance of medical uses it provides.
If you are interested in learning more about CBD and its benefits, or would like to locate collectives that provide safe access to these tested meds, I recommend bookmarking projectcbd.org for the most reliable information regarding Cannabidiol. There you can find everything from current scientific studies, to strain guides, and leading providers of stabilized CBD-rich strains.