CBD, three letters you’ve probably seen thrown around when reading about medical marijuana. What is CBD and what does it stand for? CBD, or Cannabidiol is a chemical compound found in the Cannabis plant. Unlike THC, CBD does not produce any psychoactive effects. Instead, it is part of the Cannabis plant that holds the highest medicinal value. Research has found it to be effective for treating inflammation, pain, anxiety and spasms associated with multiple sclerosis. As the research on Marijuana’s medicinal properties develop, CBD is becoming a major focus of scientists, researchers and doctors alike.
The research of CBD did not get much attention until the late 90s. Even so, CBD rich strains were used for medicinal purposes dating back to the 1800’s. It was reported that Queen Victoria used CBD-rich cannabis to relieve pain from menstrual cramps. Over the years, research has found that breeding for maximum THC has all but eliminated CBD in the cannabis plant. This makes sense as consumers were more interested in the psychoactive effects versus medicinal value. As medical marijuana becomes more mainstream, the need for strains rich in CBD properties has grown. Through careful genetic selection and selective breeding practices, researches are now able to grow CBD rich cannabis strains that hold extremely high medicinal value.
CBD and Cancer
Search the internet for “marijuana cures cancer” and you’ll find numerous studies and articles on the positive correlation on cannabis and the reduction of cancer cells among users. Is it true? Can cannabis cure or stop cancer cells? It seems the answer is yes. According to projectcbd.org, doctors at the California Pacific Medical Center Research institute have discovered that CBD is a very potent inhibitor of cancer. Documented, medical research has proven that CBD inhibits the ID-1 protein gene which is a major conductor of cancer cells. (Article – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18025276). CBD has been proven to slow and/or stop the metastasis in patients suffering from other forms of cancer.
Strains with high levels of CBD
Harlequin (10-11% CBD)
Sour Tsunami (9% CBD)
Omrita Rx3 (9-12% CBD)
Cannatonic (13% CBD)
Providers of CBD Specific Strains
http://thegreencross.org/ – San Francisco, CA
http://www.the-farmacy.com/ – Hollywood, CA
http://www.harborsidehealthcenter.com/ – Oakland, CA
http://www.elementalwellnesscenter.com/ – San Jose, CA
http://www.greenergymeds.com/ – Boulder, CO
Other Medicinal Uses for High CBD Strains
- Eating disorders
- Pain associated with Multiple Sclerosis
- Post traumatic stress disorder