“Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction.” – Bob Marley
While non-consumers of cannabis disregard this quote, the 420-community always fancies it — although, the majority of them have no clue how the Herb can heal a nation? Well, the legend actually made sense.
Over the course of last few decades, an extensive amount of research has been done on the clinic potential of the components of cannabis and as it turns out, the Herb can actually do a lot more than what people think it can. Although, the subject still requires more research and clinical studies to find conclusive results.
According to Nora Volkow, the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Rigorous clinical studies are still needed to evaluate the clinical potential of CBD for specific conditions. However, pre-clinical research (including both cell culture and animal models) has shown CBD to have a range of effects that may be therapeutically useful, including anti-seizure, antioxidant, neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-tumour, anti-psychotic, and anti-anxiety properties.”
While this article focuses on the ‘good component’ of Cannabis, let’s get our basics clear about the composition of Marijuana.
Understanding CBD: The ‘Good Component’ of Marijuana:
So, the first thing that you need to understand about cannabis is that it isn’t entirely bad. It has 400 components, out of which, we’ll put a contrast between the two popular ones – Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD). While THC is psychoactive, CBD isn’t. In simple terms, THC makes you ‘high’ while CBD cures you.
In terms of medical use, some researches have shown significant effects of CBD-rich medicines on various clinical disorders. Let’s take a glance at some of the studies and their results.
Treatment of Non-Opioid Addictions
Relapse to the use of Cocaine and alcohol generally results in withdrawal symptoms like anxiety, magnified impulsive behavior, etc. So, some studies have shown that CBD-rich cannabis helps patients fighting opioid addictions. It helps in reducing the impulsive-decision making of the patient and the anxiety that follows the drug withdrawal. As it is devoid of addictive properties, CBD-rich cannabis could be used as a handy anti-addiction tool in the coming years.
Treatment of Various Types of Cancers
Yes, it is no longer a 420-club joke that cannabis treats cancer — it actually does and there are results that prove so!
The subjects of the study were the mice that were infected with pancreatic cancer and lung tumour. They were subjected to radiation treatment and varying delivery methods of cannabinoids to see their effects on the growth of a tumour. The most optimal method of the delivery was the slow-releasing of the cannabinoids into their body that increased the time they came in contact with the tumor cells. The health results of the radiotherapy or slow-released cannabinoids proved to be the more efficacious than the results of the untreated animals.
Long Lasting Anti-Depressant Effect
Depression is hitting us real hard. And with passing time, the cases of clinical depression are escalating. The sad part is, the conventional treatment hasn’t been a 100% savior of people and at times, the medicines take too long to kick in.
A study was conducted by Brazilian scientists was conducted on the mice and the rats that were prone to depression. The reports had surprising outcomes. It was observed that a single dose of CBD persisted for seven days after the treatment.
Evidently, CBD increases the level of the chemical called BDNF in the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex of the brain and results in the increase in the number of connections between brain cells. These factors help in reduction in the levels of depression and fighting anxiety.
Long story short, these researches along with plenty of other ones have given solid evidence that CBD-rich cannabis deserves more limelight and focus of researchers for the brighter future of medical science.
Written by: Jimmy Louise
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