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CBD for the world

CBD for the world

Surely when talking about medical cannabis you have also heard about CBD, this cannabinoid is largely responsible for the medicinal properties of cannabis, but we go through steps defining and giving context to understand a little more.

 

Our beloved plant has more than 110 cannabinoids, which are those active compounds that belong to the group of terpenophenols and represent more than 40% of the extraction of marijuana. These are responsible for activating the receptors of the human endocannabinoid system (this topic will be developed in another article) and therefore for the pharmacological effects of the plant. They are also called phytocannabinoids because they are exclusive to cannabis production, while endogenous cannabinoids are those produced by humans and some animals.

 

The most famous cannabinoid previously is THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) responsible for the psychoactive effect of marijuana, although it also has medicinal properties such as analgesic and antispasmodic. CBN, CBG, CBL … etc., the list is extensive and some despite being isolated and identified, few important effects on humans and / or very little research around to determine its benefits in detail.

 

On the contrary, CBD (Cannabidiol) has been extensively studied and with a margin of research to determine in more detail all its benefits. The following healing properties are attributed to CBD and, on the contrary, THC has no psychoactive effect.

  • Analgesic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antiemetic
  • Antipsychotic
  • Antiepileptic
  • Antispasmodic
  • Neuroprotector
  • Regulates blood sugar levels
  • Antibacterial
  • Promotes bone growth
  • Fight insomnia
  • Relieves anxiety
  • Appetite stimulant

 

Depending on the cultivated species, a higher or lower concentration of CBD can be found, usually, without being a rule, finding a higher CBD content means a lower amount of THC, however there are few species and they depend on their care and cultivation, so Even in the extraction of these active components, their concentration and the level of technification with which it is made can vary, since if done domestically, it would be at the mercy of the initial concentration contained in the cultivated species.

 

You want to know more? Attend our symposium on May 12 and 13, 2020 in Bogotá, Colombia and expand your knowledge about the healing power of cannabis.

 

References:

  1. https://geaseeds.com/blog/cbd-cannabidiol/
  2. https://www.royalqueenseeds.es/blog-cbd-el-cannabinoide-mas-desconocido-n52
  3. http://cannabismedicinal.com.ar/historyofcannabis/18.php
Depression and medical cannabis

Depression and medical cannabis

As studies on the beneficial effects of CBD accumulation, it was only a matter of time before the medical community began to investigate the possibility of using CBD as a cure for depression.

 

In 2014, a study conducted with animal models showed that CBD has important antidepressant and anxiolytic properties. The laboratory mice underwent a series of tests and the results showed that when treated with CBD, the subjects showed fewer cases of depression and anxiety.

 

There is no conclusive evidence that CBD can have a positive impact on depression, however, studies have shown that the use of CBD can affect serotonin levels in the body and improve sleep patterns.

 

Research on the connection between depression and physical symptoms has shown that depression and pain share a common neurochemical pathway influenced by serotonin and norepinephrine.

 

Previous research has shown that CBD has antidepressant effects that trigger the release of anandamide, a neurotransmitter responsible for controlling serotonin levels in the human body.

 

It seems that CBD has a future beyond the management of inflammation or chronic pain. It is only a matter of time before all research protocols that specifically establish CBD as a relevant antidepressant therapy come to light, even reducing the use of current synthetic components for the treatment of this condition.

Medical Cannabis in Post Traumatic Stress

Medical Cannabis in Post Traumatic Stress

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is a clinical condition that is suffered as a result of living or seeing traumatic events such as war, hurricanes, rapes, physical abuse or a serious accident. This causes stress and fear in the patient after the event, thus affecting the normal development of his life and that of his environment. For the case in Colombia, the victims of the armed conflict among which are the civilian population, the armed forces and the ex-Colombian guerrilla fighters are highly prone to suffer this condition.

 

This is a condition that must be treated with psychological accompaniment and in which the treatment with medical cannabis can considerably help the treatment of it. All the symptoms of post-traumatic stress are directly related to the sensations of fear, anxiety and stress and it is known that the endocannabinoid system acts in all regions of the brain involved in these processes.

 

Cannabis possesses the cannabinoid THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which, as an exogenous agent, can directly affect the endocannabinoid receptors and alleviate the sensations described, however the dose should be adequate since a high dose can, not only be ineffective, but also which can also disturb the patient in his state of anxiety and fear.

 

At the moment the possible treatment is found in studies and clinical trials to confirm what would be the appropriate doses, however it has been reported that veterans in the United States on their own have opted for the use of cannabis oil without having effective results with other types of treatments, having a notorious evolution in several symptoms such as insomnia, depression, excessive sweating, etc.