Misconceptions about CBD Debunked
Cannabis has gotten a wave of new momentum following Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s documentary regarding the medicinal properties and benefits of cannabis. Cannabidiol – or CBD – has been given the title of being medicinal because it treats without giving a person the signature high cannabis has been known for. THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol is that cannabinoid or the non-medical type which has gotten much more attention in the past. Both of these play important roles in medicinal marijuana treatments, but there are several misconceptions which need to be cleared up. Here are eight of them.
1. CBD is medicinal but THC is recreational
CBD will not get you high, but it sure has had its share of a buzz. There has been a surge of interest surrounding CBD. This is the non-intoxicating component of cannabis that has significant therapeutic properties. Many start-ups and Internet companies have begun to jump on the CBD craze and have promoted it as a miracle oil that can stop seizures and shrink tumors. It can ease chronic pain and do all of this without getting a person or a child stoned.
Project CBD gets inquiries from patients the world over who are looking for CBD or the medical part of the marijuana plant. They do not want the recreational part or THC which gets you high. The reality is that THC does have some amazing therapeutic benefits. Scientists at Scripps Research Center in San Diego revealed that THC can inhibit an enzyme known to promote the formation of a signature type of plaque which is associated with Alzheimers. The government acknowledges that THC is an effective anti-nausea medicine, and it also views it as a bonafide appetite booster.
It has Schedule III drug classification, a category for substances with little potential for abuse. The whole plant, however, still is deemed a dangerous Schedule I substance with absolutely no medicinal purpose or value.
2. THC is the bad cannabinoid but CBD is the good cannabinoid
Drug warriors often take this stance. They tout CBD but demonize its counterpart. Those who demonize the substance always exploit any good news about CBD so that it can put down THC even further. Why is this ? It is down to the fact that CBD will not make a person high like THC. Project CBD rejects this notion as being old-fashioned reefer paranoia and embraces whole-plant cannabis therapies.
3. CBD works better without THC
THC and CBD actually work better together. Studies have been done that prove that CBD and THC interact in such a way that they complement their beneficial effects. Studies have revealed that CBD potentiates the anti-inflammatory properties in THC.
Scientists at California Pacific Medical Center found a combination of CBD and THC has greater potency and antitumor effects together than when taken individually. Tests were done on cell lines in brain and breast cancer patients. Clinical research demonstrates that both of them together are much more effective on neuropathic pain than either taken alone.
4. Pharmaceuticals are vastly better than whole-plant medicinals
The government has determined that specific components found in the marijuana plant have medicinal value. The plant itself, however, has no medicinal value. This single-molecule pair of blinders reflects the cultural bias as well as the political bias that allows Big Pharma to remain in charge. Single-molecule medicine is the major corporate or the FDA-approved route. Yet, it is not the only way to go and it is not always the best way to allow cannabis therapies to flourish.
There are several hundred compounds including flavonoids, aromatic terpenes, and minor cannabinoids in cannabis besides THC and CBD. All of these have specific healing abilities. When combined, they are considered by scientists to have an entourage effect. This implies that the whole plant is better than any of its single-molecules. The FDA is not exactly into approving plants for medical use.
5. Psychoactivity is an adverse side effect of CBD
While the reality is that CBD is not psychoactive, the general view is that cannabis itself is. The war on drugs is mainly on the power of the drug to get people high. Big Pharma has no problem synthesizing medicines to act like marijuana with the high. But, it is not obvious why mild euphoria is negative for a sick individual never mind a person who is healthy.
To the ancient Greeks, euphoria mean having health. Euphoric qualities of marijuana are not exactly an undesirable side effect. They are deeply important to some of the therapeutic value the cannabis offers. According to Dr. Tod Mikuriya, cannabis should be thought of as a medicine. That it can produce some intoxicating feelings as so many other drugs do should not be a reason to dismiss it altogether.
6. CBD is legal in every state
Those who import CBD-infused hemp oils continue to claim it is legal to market their products anywhere in the US as long as they contain under 0.3 percent THC. This is not true as federal law prohibits US farmers from growing hemp commercially. The sale of imported low-THC products is permitted but only if the products not made from any part of the plant like the flowers and leaves.
Of course, there is a catch. Cannabidiol cannot be extracted or otherwise pressed from the seed. CBD can, however, be extracted from the flower, the leaves and in small ways from the stalk. When hemp oil purveyors say their CBD comes from the seed they naturally lose their credibility because this is just not the way it is done. Congress might eventually decide to exempt manufactured hemp and CBD from the current laws on the books. Legislation like this would not be necessary if CBD derived from marijuana grown elsewhere was really legal in all states.
7. CBD only laws are perfect for everyone
Fifteen state legislatures have passed low-THC laws. Other states are expected to do the same. Some states have restrictions on where the CBD products come from and which diseases the CBD can be used to treat. Some states do neither of these things. The laws allow the use of CBD oil made from hemp or cannabis as long as it is under 0.3 percent THC. CBD heavy remedies with little THC do not, however, always work for each patient.
Parents of epileptic children have discovered that adding THCA, the raw, unheated variety of THC, controls seizures better than anything. There are some epileptics that swear by THC strains of marijuana rather than CBD-oriented products. The majority of patients, therefore, are not completely served by these laws. Patients need access to a wider array of cannabis remedies and not just low-THC remedies. A single-size fits everyone approach does not fit with regard to cannabis therapies and neither does just one compound or one strain.
8. CBD is the same no matter where it is from
The flowers and leaves of various industrial hemp strains might be a viable source of CBD, but hemp is not at all an optimal source of CBD. In fact, industrial hemp usually contains a lot less cannabidiol than CBD-heavy cannabis. Massive quantities of industrial hemp are needed just to get small amounts of CBD. This raises the risk of toxic contaminants because of hemp’s nature to draw heavy metals out of the soil in which it grows. Single-molecule CBD that is made in a lab or extracted from industrial hemp does not have the necessary medicinal terpenes and secondary cannabinoids that cannabis strains have which are essential to enhancing CBD and THC therapeutic effects.
It is a little early to pull out the information from the study to reinforce the idea that cannabinoids are non-toxic on the brain. But, it does suggest that there is little negative impact on brain function even after long-term usage. It is even being found that cannabinoids can play a major role in alleviating PTSD, depression and anxiety. One day, cannabis-based medicines could be a safe alternative to anti-depressants.