This opinion article is based on the cited research and is not offered as medical advice. See the provided resources for more information. Talk to your doctor about what medication and dosage is right for your condition.
Looking for a CBD medication without the THC?
The Guru Dev CBD is the first tincture we’ve found that offers a huge dose of CBD without the psychoactive effects of THC. This has it’s upsides and downsides. Both CBD and THC cannabinoids have their medical benefits, they’re just useful in different cases.
CBD, like THC, is a cannabinoid that is a natural component of cannabis.
The cannabis plant produces CBD. It is a crop that shows evidence of being cultivated by humans for textiles, nutrition, and spirituality as far back as 2,800 BC. Scientists have recently studied the CBD element of the plant to test it as a preventative and possible healing aid for a variety of ailments.
What is CBD useful for?
CBD does not get you high.
There currently exists preclinical research, some of which is sponsored by the US government, that suggests that CBD has anti-spasmodic, anti-convulsive, anti-psychotic, antioxidant, anti-tumoral, and neuroprotective effects. (See below for research citations and links).
CBD also activates serotonin receptors, which leads to a gentle anti-depressant effect.
Research into the medical properties of CBD are piling up, making it impossible to argue against this potentially life saving, positive side effect, all natural medication. Yet CBD can’t do it all. Dr. Sean McAllister’s research at the Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco found CBD to reduces breast cancer cell proliferation, invasion and metastasis by inhibiting Id-1 gene expression.
His best results happened when he combined CBD with THC.
What is THC useful for?
THC gets you high, which is a medically beneficial effect.
One of the common uses of THC is an anti-nauseant for cancer patients going through chemotherapy, which contains cellularly destructive chemo drugs that make it difficult to maintain a healthy appetite. The Catch-22 of the situation is that the body needs proper nutrition to make it through the difficult process of chemo.
THC is used by chemo patients as an appetite stimulant and anti-nauseant.
Along with it’s uses for minimizing the negative side effects of manufactured drugs, the THC found in the nature provided cannabis plant has been used for pain relief and sleep aid in different countries throughout human history. The uplifting side effects of sativa strains are often used for creative stimulant and a general state of well being and happiness. The relaxing and sleep aid side effects of indica strains are often used for pain and muscle relief.
Since the 1950s, these effects have been vilified in US media and law.
There are many speculations as to why this happened, though the strongest arguments lie in the fact that at the time the plant was widely used to create a variety of environmentally sustainable products. The illegalization of cannabis removed a powerful economic competitor. Lucky for patients, this stigma against valuable medication and economic stimulant has faded in the face of scientific evidence and government studies.
Why use a product with only CBD and no THC?
Patients that use CBD only products like the Guru Dev CBD Tincture make that choice because of their medical needs. They are often concerned about the psychoactive effects of THC which can cause interference in everyday activity in patients that are not used to them. CBD only products offer medical benefits with a mild mood stabilizer without the stigmatized “high”.
For serious pain relief, a CBD only product will not work as well.
Talk to your doctor about what medication is right for you.
Indica Vs Sativa vs CBD – How the different strains effect your body.
6 Steps to Becoming a Cannabis Connoisseur – How to work with your doctor to evaluate which medication is right for you.
Research Behind the Cannabis Cancer Cure – Links to more medical studies organized by cancer type.
CBD? – More information on cannabinods.
How CBD Works – Detailed information on exactly how the cannabinoid effects your body.
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