While the use of cannabis (marijuana) goes back many thousands of years, medicinal uses and the brain chemistry that makes this herb so intriguing to humanity is just beginning to be understood. It has been said that even Queen Victoria had used CBD-rich Cannabis for menstrual cramps. The special active compounds in cannabis are referred to collectively as “cannabinoids.” The most well-known and talked about cannabinoid is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), because of its psychoactive effects, but studies have found that the other cannabinoids have numerous medical benefits.
Cannabinoids have been divided into subclasses. The following are the most common that you may hear or read about: Cannabidiols (CBD), Cannabigerols (CBG), Cannabichromenes (CBC), Cannabidiols (CBD), Tetrahydrocannabinols (THC), Cannabinol (CBN), Cannabinodiol (CBDL), Cannabicyclol (CBL), Cannabielsoin (CBE), Cannabitriol (CBT), and other miscellaneous types.
Cannabidiol —CBD— is a compound in Cannabis that has medical effects but does not make people feel “stoned” and actually counters some of the effects of THC. CBD is one of the most abundant cannabinoids, contributing up to 40% of cannabis resin and is completely non-psychoactive. Combining THC and CBD have been found to increase clinical efficacy while reducing adverse effects. CBD works synergistically with THC, bolstering its medical effects while moderating its psychoactivity. This means that a plant with a greater percentage of CBD may reduce the intensity of the effects of the THC, which in effect lowers the potency of the plant. After decades in which only high-THC Cannabis was available, CBD-rich strains are now being grown by and for medical users.
Canna Best offers the high CBD strain called Harlequin. Members that have tried Harlequin have reported noticeable pain and anxiety relief.
Some medical benefits include:
Has been found to relieve convulsions and other movement disorders. Is an anti-spasmodic and antiepileptic.
It is also effective in reducing inflammation (anti-inflammatory), anxiety (anxiolytic), nausea (anti-emetic)
It is a powerful pain reliever (analgesic). It is effective in both peripheral neuropathic pain and central pain
It has been shown to inhibit cancer cell growth (anticarcinogenic)
It is an immunomodulator and helps the immune system function more efficiently
It is a neuroprotectant and a powerful antioxidant. It has applications in treatment for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Cerebral ischemia, and brain and nerve damage from stroke.
It is an anti-psychotic and recent research has indicated it is effective in treatment of schizophrenia
CBD could be effective in easing symptoms of a wide range of difficult-to-control conditions, including: rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, PTSD, epilepsy, MS, antibiotic-resistant infections and neurological disorders, to name a few.
Has been found to be effective in treating gastrointestinal disorders like IBD and Crohn’s Disease