During recent years CBD has become very famous. After numerous stories of almost magical recoveries of people who used CBD oil to treat their disease or condition, now everyone wants CBD and expects equal results. But is it really what they need? There is quite a bit of misunderstanding about CBD’s place in cannabis therapeutics. It has been given a huge advantage over THC. Heightened media coverage and state legislators responding to demand with CBD-only laws have given rise to a few pervasive myths, including one that equates the sole medical value of cannabis with CBD. The truth is that you may come to your doctor’s office and discover that THC is what you need to treat your condition. Many people become suspicious when that happens.
Patients Who Might Benefit from CBD
Types of patients who can greatly benefit from a CBD treatment are most often epileptics; some patients with severe auto immune disorders; multiple sclerosis patients; some Parkinson’s patients; patients with bi-polar disorder; and people with ADD come to mind. As it turns out, CBD is most suitable as an anti-spasmodic and anti-anxiety remedy. It can also be beneficial with patients who are fightingand inflammation, though THC was found to be more consistently effective in this area. However, and this is interesting in cannabis research, THC and CBD utilize complementary and different pathways to fight inflammation. In general, CBD would be recommended for patients who cannot tolerate too much THC.
THC & CBD Working Together in Cancer Treatment
Many cancer patients think that CBD is the active cancer-fighting component in cannabis – which is yet another myth about CBD. The truth is that THC has been the go-to compound for helping cancer patients for many years. More precisely, and this is something that recent research has shown, is that THC doesn’t act alone. CBD, while having anti-cancer properties in its own right and working on different pathways than THC, boosts THC’s effectiveness by mitigating its undesirable effects, and allowing for higher doses of THC to be administered for greater clinical efficacy and safety.
It Is Time To Change The Myth
CBD has long been overshadowed by THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the primary active ingredient in marijuana, because unlike THC, it does not produce a psychoactive “high.” CBD has nonetheless long been known to have useful anti-spasmodic, anti-epileptic, anti-anxiety, and anti-psychotic properties. Stories such as the one of Charlotte Figi are great but they also help in this myth creation. When the story broke, Charlotte was a 5-year-old girl, who suffered continual epileptic seizures from a rare disease known as Dravet’s syndrome. Her condition has dramatically improved after she was treated orally with an extract of CBD-rich cannabis. There’s even a strain, rich in CBD that carries her name. It’s called Charlotte’s Web. In response to growing demand, numerous strains of CBD-rich varieties have been developed by breeders in the U.S. and across the globe.