Cannabis has been demonised in the mainstream as a drug that makes you lazy, unproductive and in some cases causes mental health issues. At the same time in some of the alternative health area it has been touted as a wonder drug and the cure for all ills. Somewhere, a little closer to the latter lies the truth.
It can be difficult to find the truth around cannabis without having to do some thorough research from multiple sources yourself. Luckily enough for you I had to do just that, not just for journalistic purposes, but because my son has epilepsy and when he was first diagnosed I had no clue about alternatives like the CBD oil we are trailing him on now. I will explain a little more about CBD in a moment.
Firstly I am going to say, I am not currently a testimony for it’s benefits, my research has led me to believe that it does not work for everyone or at least at certain dosages it does not and we are currently only a week into him trying it and still finding the right dosage. I will follow up at some point, regardless of the results, as I think it is important that there is more clarity about the effects of these treatments.
CBD vs THC
When we look at the makeup of cannabis, it has over 80 cannabinoids. For the simplicity of this article we will look at just 2 which are the ones we know most about. That is not to say that other properties found in the plants will not have medicinal benefits, just that more is known about CBD and THC.
Cannabidiol or CBD for short is a non psychoactive compound in cannabis found in Indica dominant strains. When consuming CBD you will not experience the high that is usually associated with stereotypical cannabis use.
Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC for short is the psychoactive compound found in Sativa dominant strains. When consumed you will get the high from strains of this type.
There are also many cross strains which include both compounds and use the best of both strains to treat conditions which need both THC and CBD.
Before I go any further with this article I just want to say that I am not a doctor and the truth of the matter is there is still a lot unknown about cannabis, mainly due to the heavy restrictions put upon it. Just because a certain strain treats a certain problem in one person, it does not mean it will treat it for you. However you should research and try your best to find out if it will!
Uses for CBD
Some of the known uses for CBD include-
|Antiemetic||Reduces nausea and vomiting|
|Anticonvulsant||Suppresses seizure activity|
|Antipsychotic||Combats psychosis disorders|
|Anti-inflammatory||Combats inflammatory disorders|
|Anti-oxidant||Combats neurodegenerative disorders|
|Anti-tumoral/Anti-cancer||Combats tumor and cancer cells|
|Anxiolytic/Anti-depressant||Combats anxiety and depression disorders|
Unfortunately due to restriction of CBD a lot of evidence comes from animal testing, however we are catching up. GWPharm in the UK has created a pharmaceutical version and has shown early promise from clinical studies, which have been shown to be effective with epilepsy, diabetes/metabolic disease, inflammation, some cancers and mental health issues.
One promising recent study showed a reduction in seizures in one third of children who ingested CBD oil.
A good sign is that there are many trials due to take place over the coming months and years In Australia, the US starting in July and the UK as I mentioned above. So while we still have a long way to go, it is still an exciting time surrounding the potential life changing benefits of CBD and CBD related treatments.
Uses for THC
Some of the know uses for THC include-
- Pain relief
- Nausea & sickness
- Appetite stimulant
- Sleep aid
Perhaps the most exciting thing about THC is it’s ability to kill cancer cells. I was able to find 5 promising studies which show that THC is indeed effective in killing cancer cells-
- The British Journal of Cancer https://www.nature.com/bjc/journal/v95/n2/abs/6603236a.html determined that (THC) and other cannabinoids inhibit tumour growth and although it was only effective in 2 out of the 9 patients, it is still a promising sign and needs more research.
- A study published in the journal Oncogene, from Harvard Medical School Experimental Medicine Department, found that THC could be used to control the growth of certain lung cancers.
- A study published by the US National Library of Medicine determined that THC reduces the viability of human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cell lines and reduced their growth. HCC is the third cause of cancer-related death worldwide
- A study published in the journal Molecular Cancer revealed that THC reduced tumour growth and tumour numbers. They found that cannabinoids inhibit cancer cell proliferation, induce cancer cell apoptosis, and impair tumour angiogenesis (all good things). This study provides strong evidence that cannabinoid based therapies could well be effective for cases of breast cancer.
- A study published in The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics showed that THC as well as CBD dramatically reduced breast cancer cell growth.
I think we really need more openness and honesty, not just around cannabis oil as a treatment for illness, but around many other alternative treatments that do not get the recognition they deserve.
The pharmaceutical industry spent $236 million on lobbying last year which is over $100 million more than any other industry. They do this to suppress alternatives which could damage their profit margins.
Ultimately they make money from sickness, not from cures, this is their business module and we as the people deserve effective, transparent and affordable treatment. The way things are set up currently this is not happening. If you get sick, do your research, spend some time thinking things through and know that you have options.
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Luke Miller is the creator of Potential For Change and author of this article. He believes that spirituality is the foundation for good health and likes to blend psychology and spirituality to help you create more happiness in your life.Grab a copy of his free 33 Page Illustrated eBook- Psychology Meets Spirituality- Secrets To A Supercharged Life You Control Here
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