If you google hemp or CBD, you’re likely to find hundreds of articles and links to sites that tout CBD as the end-all-be-all of whatever that ails you. Do you have ______ (insert any ailment)? If you do, you will find an article that links to a page from some site that says CBD will change your life. Before you shrug it off and dismiss it as hype, you might want to look a bit closer at some of those facts.
The deal is this: CBD can actually change lives. Before you run willy nilly out to the corner to try to score some marijuana, let’s break down the differences between hemp, cannabis, and marijuana.
Hemp is a strain of the Cannabis sativa plant. Also called industrial hemp, the plant has been used for hundreds of years to make rope, sturdy fabrics for sails, and paper. The plant went out of favor after the passing of the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. We could get into a debate over why big business interests wanted hemp to be made illegal, but let’s save that for another day.
Hemp is a variety of cannabis. So is marijuana. Needless to say, the major difference is that hemp is mostly non-psychoactive. It has virtually no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the substance that makes you high. Marijuana, on the other hand, has a high THC count.
CBD or cannabidiol is a compound that is found in cannabis, hemp, and marijuana. THC is another. While THC is illegal, CBD is not. CBD is where the healing benefits come in.
Chronic pain sufferers who have used CBD to treat pain have anecdotal proof that it worked to cure _________ ( insert any ailment). But is there any scientific proof that hemp or CBD has any medicinal benefits? The National Cancer Institute at NIH (National Institutes of Health) reports that CBD can play a significant role in pain control, inflammation reduction, and appetite modulation. Further, CBD has shown results in the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS), and has been shown to have “significant analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and anxiolytic activity”. Cancer research indicates that CBD and other compounds from cannabis or marijuana have an impact on tumor growth and can actually kill some cancer cells.
Most people know that one of the side effects of smoking cannabis is appetite stimulation. The “munchies” doesn’t mean the same for cancer patients as it does for others who smoke. CBD and THC both have an impact on appetite and the amount of food that a patient consumes. Receptors in the hypothalamus account for the motivational aspects of eating. In other words, it feels great to eat. This “munchie” effect means that the cancer patient will be able to counteract some of the negative side effects associated with treatment.
Whether it’s anecdotal stories or scientific research that you find when you google hemp or CBD, chances are good that your mind will be changed about the impact of what has been called nature’s medicine plant.
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