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BONUS SIDES EFFECTS OF CBD

BONUS SIDES EFFECTS OF CBD

BONUS SIDES EFFECTS OF CBD

In dramatic contrast to most drugs, CBD has many side effects, but they are mostly good, like reducing cravings for drugs, food, cigarettes.  It turns out that CBD can balance the mind and body in more ways than previously thought possible.

CBD is the second most common cannabinoid, after the famously stoning THC.  CBD is completely non-psychoactive -  meaning that it won't get you stoned, but it is incredibly medicinal, its has natural anti-anxiety, anti-epileptic and antipsychotic effect with almost no appreciable side effects.  

 

Most of today's marijuana has very little CBD in it, because growers over the past forty years or so focused on selecting plants with the highest THC content.  However, practitioners discovered that some unusual types of marijuana were turning out to be extremely good for people with spasms and seizures.  Lab testing revealed that these special types of marijuana contained elevated levels of CBD (cannabidiol).  Further research revealed that CBD tinctures placed under the tongue of epileptics would releive their seizures in seconds.  

Presently, the medicinal use and cultivation of strains high in CBD has gone through the roof.   Despite being totally non-stoning and without any perception bending or addictive qualities, CBD was ruled to be a narcotic by the Federal Government.   This decision left physicians and scientist with a clear understanding about the nature of Federal control of substances, for everyone knows that CBD has no street value what so ever, and that the people only use it as a medicine.  By calling CBD a narcotic without medical value, the Fed has lost possibly all its credibility among any practitioners and patients alike.

 

In places where medical marijuana is legal, one can still purchase CBD strains and products.  Getting arrested for the possession of CBD anywhere in the US is extremely rare, so functionally, patients right now are not likely to come in harm's way.  Still, if you have a child whose life you believe has been saved by CBD, who needs a constant legal supply, then your only option is to move to a medical mariuana free state like Colorado or anywhere on the entire west coast of America..

 

 

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD
 

If you are taking CBD, say for Crohn's, a side effect might be that you can deal with past trauma much better.  CBD is an anti-anxiety and anti-inflammatory medication, so it makes sense that it would help in PTSD.  Most veterans are smoking high-THC weed and most are unaware to vaguely aware that CBD exists.  If the PTSD sufferer likes getting stoned as a side effect, they can add some CBD in oral form, or use strains that have both of the medicinal cannabinoids - CBD and THC - to see if the mixture is better medicinally and even recreationally.   

The scientific and ancedotal evidence suggests that the mixture of cannabinoids is much better for both recreational and medicinal effects all round.   The terpenes (essential oils) play a part in how THC and CBD work.  For example It's been shown that chewing on terpene rich peppercorns alleviates symptoms of paranoia from the THC.  Other studies find that one kind of terpene makes THC more potent as well.  


 

Schizophrenia  &  Psychosis

Marijuana has mixed results in treating psychosis-schizophrenia, but many kinds of cannabis based medicines have yet to be studied in the clinic .  THC has been shown to cause panic attacks and paranoia in healthy people, even in veteran users, once in awhile.   In schizophrenia, some patients symptoms get worse as well, while others improve.   Positive or negative results can depend on the dose, where only a few mg help but 100 mg is a disaster. 

A group of German researchers in Translational Psychiatry compared antipsychotic Amisulpride with CBD in 42 schizophrenia patients. Both treatments were deemed effective, but the lower side-effect profile of CBD won the day.

 

Crohn’s Disease & Gastrointestinal Disorders

If you were taking CBD for seizures, the side effect could be that your tummy feels and works a little bit better.  CBD has become a choice medication for Crohn's, with partial or complete remission of the disease being the norm.  In Crohn's disease, digestion is compromised, where the lining of the intestines is heavily damaged and the immune sensor system is screwed up.   CBD promotes healing of the membranes and is especially effective in dialing down an overactive immune system - that cause emptying of the colon erratically along with cramping and pain.  



Multiple Sclerosis - MS

Mice with 10 days of CBD treatment showed superior motor skills and showed progression in their fitness.   If you're taking CBD to help you sleep better, and have a latent (sleeping) case of MS brewing, a bonus side effect of CBD could silently save the day.   Cannabinoids, including both THC and CBD help moderate and normalize nerve activity and have been shown to cause nerves to regenerate (grow).   Scientists at the Cajal Institute studied animals and animal cell cultures and found that CBD reversed inflammatory responses, which stopped the deterioration of the cells (myelin) that protect the nerve fibers.   

 

Insomnia - Sleep Disorders


One of the side effects of CBD in some people is tiredness, which is obviously a bad thing if you need to get things done.  CBD works by dialing down receptors that are involved with the feelings of excitation and energy production.  Now CBD does not necessarily make everyone tired.  In the case of a person that is over stimulated and going so fast that they can't concentrate on anything, then CBD can actually deliver a better more consistent energy flow.   

People that take CBD report that while they can get sleepy, but by the next day after a good night's sleep, they feel more fresh and alert than ever. There are certain strains, typically Cannabis Indica, that cause a couch lock effect, so much so that people can't move off their bottom.  This kind of weed is know as night weed... for obvious reasons.  Adding some CBD oil in with night weed might work even better.



 

Drug Addiction
 

Patients taking CBD for Crohn's or Epilepsy can find that cravings go down, such as smoking and eating less.  

In studies it was found that Marijuana smokers weigh significantly less than non-smokers, which is counter intuitive, since some varieties of marijuana cause the munchies.  It appears that after they're done munching, later on, habitual food consumption is lessened, and they tend to eat less over the long haul.  

In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, 24 smokers received either an inhaler of CBD or placebo (no CBD). Participants were asked to take a puff every time they had an urge to puff a cigarette. Over a week, placebo inhalers were smoking the same amount of cigarettes as usual.  Those that were taking CBD smoked 40 percent less. These kinds of results extend to treating opiate addicts, where clinics round the world are finding that cannabis having success treating addiction.  

 


Acne & Skin Disorders
 

Imagine taking CBD to treat your disease and your skin clears up?  This is an effect of CBD for some people.  A study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation and the National Institute of Health found that CBD can help treat acne.  Researchers dosed cannabis-derived cannabidiol on human sebaceous glands and and found that it is highly effective sebostatic and anti-inflammatory agent which inhibits lipid synthesis.  In other words, CBD was found to cut down overproduction of oil in the skin, which builds up, and acne bacteria grows, to form pimples.  Obviously this points to the use of topical CBD creams, and we'd love to see more testimonials and research in this area.
 


 

Diabetes & Blood Disorders
 

When you think about marijuana and CBD, most people don't think about blood sugar.   The man or woman on the street, probably thinks the opposite, that marijuana is bad for blood sugar and weight issues.  But no, that's not what actually happens in humans nor animals, according to many scientific and clinical studies worldwide.


For example, one study using CBD observed the development of diabetes in nonobese diabetic mice and CBD helped prevent it.  The found that CBD did not directly affect glucose levels, but the treatment prevented damage to tissue from insulin and high blood sugar cellular shock.  

 

"Our results indicate that CBD can inhibit and delay destructive insulitis and inflammatory Th1-associated cytokine production in NOD mice resulting in a decreased incidence of diabetes, possibly through an immunomodulatory mechanism shifting the immune response from Th1 to Th2 dominance." - Autoimmunity. 2006 March
 


 

Fibromyalgia & Phantom Pain
 

Phantom pain and fibromyalgia were both considered as psychosomatic - it's all in your head, imaginary conditions at one time, by too many physicians.  The study of these two conditions led to a deeper understanding about what pain actually is and what can cause it.  The sensation of pain can come from a multitude of sources, the nerves of an area this is injured, inflamed, there can a signal crossover short circuit - where pain radiates from the wrong location, or in phantom pain, where then the sensation of pain continues in a body part that has been amputated.

 

Cannabis and cannabinoids can help treat all these types of pain, by helping the circuitry work properly, which means to shore up nutrition and function of the nerves and their supporting cells.  And Cannabinoids including CBD have been shown to be neuroprotective as well, making the actual physical hardware stronger against failure.  In addition, phytocannabinoids have been shown to kill tumors while assisting regeneration of nerve cells.  All three of these properties are found in CBD, combined with it's minimal side effects, make it perhaps the ideal drug- or herb, whatever you want to call it.

 

CBD dosing is tricky and should be optimized.  CBD as a whole plant extract usually works better in combination with a little THC and several terpenes that occur naturally but may be removed in processing.  The body also grows receptors in response to cannabinoid intake, and it takes the body two weeks or so to achieve equilibrium.  This means that titration - dosing increase - to find the minimal effective dose - takes time.... so experienced physicians usually start with a small dose, day 2-5 mg, and then add 2-5 mg every two weeks until optimal results are achieved.

 

Mad Cow Disease
 

It's a long shot that you'll ever get mad cow disease, but if you happened to be exposed unknowingly, CBD might protect you.  Mad cow disease is a condition where a small protein called prions multiplies in the body.  The source of prions comes from infected animal organs, particularly cow brain.  In prion infection, the body tries to assimilate prion protein, but it turns out to be a very bad building material.  

These rogue proteins are implicated in an expanding number of conditions.  Human cells that end up using these small protein components are structurally defective and don't function properly.  

Cannabidiol or CBD has been shown to halt prion reproduction, with infected mice increasing their survival rate.  The effects in humans is under study, with mixed results so far...  At the end of the day, this is yet another potentially beneficial side effect of CBD.  


Finding that minimum effective dose given the type of individual and condition is the challenge that needs to be approached with knowledge and common sense.  While there is so much evidence that organic whole plant CBD is a fantastic medicine,  it should be noted - to get the most benefit from any medicine, it should be taken in the minimum effective dose, whether that dose be 1000 mg for a cancer patient or 5 mg for an epileptic child. 

 


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FURTHER READING


 

THC & CBD - WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

*THC & CBD, Indica and Sativa - They are like sisters, both beautiful, both women, both with their own distinct character. THC and CBD are two of the most abundant medicinal and recreational ingredients in marijuana. Both cannabis components are highly medicinal, but only THC gets you high, while CBD does not.

*In this article we explain the basic differences between THC and CBD and how they work together.  We also put together a comprehensive list of the most popular THC and CBD strains in America today (2017).

*"I've seen magic strains from time to time. A fellow brought me a strain with two names, called Salmon Creek and Big Bud. It was 21% cannabidiol (CBD). Now, getting 21% THC is fair enough, but this was 21% CBD, and 8% THC. That could be a very useful strain medicinally because CBD is important. It's things like that that blow me away, rather than the strain that I'm focused on for medicinal value." - Dr. Paul Hornby  read more

 


 

BEST CBD STRAINS - CALIFORNIA & NEVADA  - 2017

Example : *HARLEQUIN STRAIN
*CBD: 7%
*THC: 10%+
*CBD:THC: 2:5
*Genetics: Colombian Gold, Thai and Swiss Landrace
*Class: Hybrid, Sativa-dominant
*Effects: happy, relaxing and relieve without sedation, alertness with mild euphoria.  
*Aromas and Flavors: fresh pine forest, cherry notes, herbal, spicy, sweet, woody
*Citrus, Earthy, Mango, Sweet
** values for CBD and THC are averages and can vary substantially.  Check the certificate of analysis for more accurate information.
*Where to buy: San Diego, CA, Los Angeles, CA,Las Vegas, NV,  Harlequin Weedmaps  read more


 

PERFECT MARIJUANA - HOW TO BLEND YOUR STRAINS

*By blending different strains correctly a more optimal individualized medicine can be created.

*"Patients ask, can mixing strains make a better medicine? Rec users ask, can mixing strains make for a better high?"   The answer to both these questions is a definitive yes.

*There are many forms of cannabis based medicines and recreational substances.  There are various forms of hash oil, dabs and butter, hash itself, kief, and hundreds of different strains of marijuana to choose from.  The main ingredients in cannabis are the phyto-cannabinoids, terpenes, essential oils, and an assortment of minor organic and nutritional substances.  

*"A mixture of Charlotte's Web and Doug's Varin might deliver one of the most sane, inspired and medicinal highs of all time."   read more


 

 

TECHNIQUE TO FIND THE SWEET SPOT DOSE OF CBD AND THC

* Dr. Margaret Gedde: In a muscle spasm with pain, cannabis is a really good muscle relaxer.  Both THC and CBD goes into the muscles really well in a topical pain rub.  The cannabis can penetrate skin, because of its oily nature, it goes right through the skin, into the tissues.  So it treats muscles spasm, either through the topical root or by the oral route, swallow down by mouth edibles where the cannabinoids is processed through the liver.  

 

* It actually become hydroxylated and turned into a somewhat different form. It’s that edible root that will give the best deep relaxation, and pain relief, and it lasts the longest.  This is because we get these hydroxyl forms.  So in muscle spasm. the pain signals are sent effectively to settle down a nerve generating the pain.   

* Cannabis can be used in those various forms, it does seem to work in general for pain relief, and for  long-term maintenance and management.  The swallow down dose is going to be the most effective.  It  gives the longest lasting effect, but we find the very best effects are when people can layer their dosing, and use the topical, and yeah, something quick, either inhaled or under the tongue, and also use swallow down.  read more


 



 

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