The active ingredients in the pot plant care called cannabinoids. There are about 100 kinds of cannabinoids in marijuana, but two are the most well known; THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). One gets you high and the other may cure your cancer, but the federal government says both are illegal.
This article looks at CBD, it’s current legal status and the health benefits of this powerful plant-based chemical.
Debate About Legal Pot Continues; CBD Still a Target by Feds
In May of this year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a federal law that says any chemical derivative from marijuana plants is illegal under federal law.
But 29 states and the District of Columbia have legalized the medical use of marijuana. That is because one of the cannabinoids, or chemicals within the plant has been found by numerous peer-reviewed scientific studies to relieve pain and help calm or cure disease.
Unfortunately, THC is the other active ingredient in the plant, and so the positive health effects of CBD are being held hostage to the ingredient that has a psychotropic effect.
But the Medical Effects of CBD Outweigh the Legal Concerns
There have been a few studies over the years that show the health benefits of CBD oil extracted from the marijuana plant.
Some of the research on the medical properties of CBD includes:
- Chronic pain and inflammation can be reduced by CBD. (Source)
- CBD can help treat arthritis and multiple sclerosis. (Source)
- Could help people with depression and anxiety. It is believed that the chemical qualities in CBD act on the brain’s production of serotonin, regulating mood and behavior. (Source)
- CBD can lessen the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. (Source)
- CBD appears to lessen the pain felt from cancer while also eliminating nausea and vomiting caused by treatment. (Source)
- The chemical may even halt the production of oil in the glands that cause acne. (Source)
- The incidence of epileptic seizures can be reduced with CBD. (Source)
- High blood pressure may be reduced when taking CBD. (Source)
One study of people living with multiple sclerosis showed that being treated with CBD oil in an oral spray called Sativex for just a month reduced their pain and muscle spasms.
Another clinical study of people living with rheumatoid arthritis found that when treated with Sativex their pain improved during movement, at rest, and while sleeping.
Yet another scientific study showed that CBD in combination with THC administered via a mouth spray reduced nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy. (Source)
A study of Alzheimer’s in mice showed that long-term CBD administration of CBD reduced cognitive decline.
While more research needs to be done, enough is on the books that numerous states have moved to eliminate restrictions on consumption of CBD. This is at odds with the federal government, who still lists pot as an illegal substance on par with heroin with no medicinal value.
The future of CBD oil to cure a host of disorders remains bright; what we don’t know is whether we will have access to the drug.