What can CBD do for you? More importantly, what can’t it do? We’re about to find out. In this feature, I’m going to show you everything from what it is and how it works, all the way down to effects, dosing, and specific conditions that benefit from treatment with cannabinoids. Then we’ll look at some of the legal issues surrounding it in a country where cannabis is still illegal.
Does Cannabis Have Potential as Medicine?
Many people have already made up their minds on this question based on personal experience or second-hand anecdotal evidence. But science has been slow to catch up with a popular opinion on the matter of cannabis as medicine. This is slowly changing though as prohibition falls across North America and around the world. In 2011 Health Canada approved the first prescription cannabis drug in the country. The future potential of this plant seems to be limited only by the imagination of researchers who are discovering new ways it can benefit our health.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, belongs to a class of compounds called cannabinoids. These are found throughout nature in plants like echinaceapurpea that have been used in traditional medicine for centuries. The primary purpose is thought to be a defense against predators or competitors for scarce resources including soil nutrients and sunlight. Sour diesel CBD, like many broadleaf weeds, has evolved these molecules specifically to deter insects from eating its leaves (at least partially) by making them taste bad; THC does this job best though with an estimated potential value of up to 138,000 baht per kilogram (Ratsch 1998).
CBD is different than THC in that it does not produce the euphoric feeling associated with smoking pot. It’s also thought to modulate the high produced by THC. This means it can be combined with low doses of weed to produce desired effects without undesirable side-effects like anxiety or paranoia that some experience at higher levels. It also appears to reduce inflammation caused by excessive immune system activity which suggests it may have benefits for autoimmune conditions where this response has gotten out of hands, such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Sour diesel CBDis often isolated from sources rich in THC because it is easier to extract via non-chemical methods like CO2 extraction. This ensures a product that will not produce a high and provide a more reliable dosing option for those who want to remain clear-headed.