An article about the effects or benefits of “nature’s oxycontin”. Whether green, pink, purple, red, blue, orange, yellow, gold or retro -- color doesn’t matter. They come in a variety of colors, textures, robust scents and forms. The rainbow weed is part of the phenomena why this is so awe-inspiring to consumers and called the wacky weed. The color of weed has very little to do with potency. So, let’s dive deeper into the world of wacky weed and review the health benefits of CBD oils and medical marijuana.
Do you suffer from migraines, PTSD, depression, anxiety, cancer-related symptoms, acne, epilepsy and seizures, pain management, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and the list goes on . . . Well, here’s what you may need to know about an ever-so popular, growing billion-dollar market.
Science has shown that low doses of medical marijuana can help control painful, disabling muscle spasms of multiple sclerosis; that cannabidiol or CBD, the non-psychoactive component of cannabis, is an effective treatment for children with Dravet syndrome, an epileptic disorder that produces drug-resistant seizures; that pot can reduce nausea and improve appetite in cancer and AIDS patients, keeping them healthier and more comfortable as they go through treatment; and that, thanks to its anti-inflammatory qualities, cannabis may alleviate the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease.
The most common, known benefits of CBD oils are;
Reduce anxiety and depression
Alleviate cancer-related symptoms
Have Neuroprotective properties
Could benefit health heart
Several other potential benefits
CBD oil has been studied for its potential role in treating many common health issues, including anxiety, depression, acne and heart disease. For those with cancer, it may even provide a natural alternative for pain and symptom relief. Research on the potential health benefits of CBD oil is ongoing, including skin and beauty, among other areas, so new therapeutic uses for this natural remedy continue to be discovered. Though more studies are needed, CBD is thought to provide the following health benefits;
Antipsychotic effects: Studies suggest that CBD may help people with schizophrenia and other mental disorders by reducing psychotic symptoms.
Substance abuse treatment: CBD has been shown to modify circuits in the brain related to drug addiction. CBD has been shown to reduce morphine dependence and heroin-seeking behavior.
Anti-tumor effects: CBD has demonstrated anti-tumor effects and it has been shown to prevent the spread of breast, prostate, brain, colon and lung cancer.
Diabetes prevention: Treatment with CBD reduced the incidence of diabetes and significantly reduced inflammation.
Although CBD is generally considered safe, it can cause adverse reactions like diarrhea, fatigue and changes in appetite in some people. It may also interfere with certain medications. Before you start using CBD or the oils, discuss with your doctor to ensure your safety and avoid potentially harmful interactions.
Is CBD better than hemp oil? Hemp oil is very beneficial containing a lot of antioxidants and omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. Hemp oil is normally pressed from the seeds of the hemp plant, which means it does not contain the same amount of cannabinoids found in CBD oil or Hemp. Extract which are extracted from the whole plant. Hemp seed oil, sometimes referred to as cannabis sativa seed oil, is perfectly good seed oil that's high in antioxidants, omega-3 and -6 fatty acids, but contains no CBD. This means it has absolutely no cannabinoids in it—not CBD, THC, or CBN.
Though there is much to be learned about the efficacy and safety of CBD, results from recent studies suggest that CBD may provide a safe, powerful natural treatment for many health issues. Some products are available for purchase on Amazon, can be found at your local pharmacy and at licensed retail stores (pharmacies) or FDA regulated dispensaries. However, do be cautious about buying online as CBD products can be potentially ineffective, misleading or even dangerous. As more and more people set up marijuana businesses, there is more exposure to risk than ever before with unauthorized dispensaries and inaccurate product packaging and ingredient labeling. So, consumers beware and be cautious -- do your homework.
It is known that Cannabis is exactly 114 times less toxic than alcohol. New research published in Scientific America reports rated Cannabis is 114 times less deadly than alcohol when using the margin of exposure approach, a mode of measurement that looks at a substance’s ratio of toxicological threshold and estimated human intake. “Alcohol, along with heroin, tobacco, and cocaine, fell into the “high risk” category,” while ecstasy and meth were rated “medium risk.” . . . The science cannot be any more transparent. We have the empirical proof that cannabis is less dangerous than alcohol, tobacco, and most restricted substances”.
Now let’s review The THC Tolerance (tolerance to cannabinoids, notably THC).
I recently noticed a few colleagues who have been taking “wacky weed” (medical marijuana, CBD oils or Hemp) for a few years now. After engaging in face-to-face interactions, phone calls, and emails with these folks, I found their behaviors somewhat irrational. They seemed temperamental and emotional and knowing these individuals over a number of years, it was not like them. One day they were saying one thing, the next another. Inconsistent behaviors and mood swings. After discussions, I realized the common thread became “wacky weed”. They were all using some form(s) of CBD oils or such and it was for these obvious reasons I decided to research and write this article. While there are known medical benefits, do we know about the tolerance levels, it’s affects, interaction with other meds, and how to manage to that? Many people think they are experts in this field and are not.
Here are some known facts;
THC Physical. I learned that the tolerance level of cannabinoids or THC activates CB1 receptors to make you feel stoned. The high is essentially an abnormal increase in the activity of CB1 receptors. Once THC is gone, this activity usually returns to normal.
But if you repeatedly expose the brain to THC over a couple days or weeks, the brain takes action to minimize the increase in CB1 receptor activity; the brain fights back so that normal CB1 activation patterns are preserved. To do so, CB1 receptors are reduced, their effects weakened, or genetic expression altered. These mechanisms work to dampen the impact of THC so that in order to achieve the initial high, one must consume more. This is tolerance.
So how does one control or manage the tolerance levels and their behaviors?
The Timeline of Tolerance. If you’re a regular cannabis user, how quickly you become tolerant to THC (which reflects CB1 receptor internalization) depends on the dose and frequency you consume, your use history, and your DNA. Obviously, these factors vary greatly across individuals. There is not one answer – it is unique for each individual. It is best to be under the care of a physician to best treat your particular medical situation.
Treatment. I know that there are alternative medical doctors and treatment centers specializing in neuro and chronic pain management. Reach out and find a local specialist to help you get started and on the right track. Eligible residents may undergo extensive medical marijuana testing and evaluation to determine proper treatment. A personalized treatment plan and pain management option are provided to each patient. Health insurance providers may even cover your expenses depending upon diagnosis. Each state has a listing of board certified institutions that are known Alternative Medical or Treatment Centers, with many green doctors, herbal nutrition centers and official dispensaries opening nationwide. Use caution when selecting where to turn for guidance — always obtain the proper medical consultation and referral before procuring CBD, CBD oils and dosage, at any facility, including over-the-counter or even at your local pharmacy.
Wishing you all the best!
Jean Criss published Cannibis: Breast Cancer Treatment Advancements in a booklet called Cannazine written by 11 Ladies of the Zine in Sept. 2018. It is on sale for $5.00 here. For press inquiries, contact Jean at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jean is an Author, Columnist, Blogger, Breast Cancer Survivor, and Post-Surgical Fashion Designer - passionate about advancements in women’s breast health and wellness.