The Many Health Benefits of CBD or Cannabidiol

Cannabidiol, the lesser known and less popular component of the marijuana plant is generating interest among scientists for its medical advantages. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD has non-psychoactive agents that can be useful to treat many illnesses due to its therapeutic effects.

Marijuana (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD)

Better known as CBD, it is one of the 104 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids found in the cannabis or marijuana plant, Cannabis sativa. CBD has non-psychoactive effects, making it of no interest to marijuana smokers. Consequently, Cannabidiol is authorized for sale and people are rooting for it to shake things up in the scientific and medical field. Additionally, research has shown that cannabidiol has anxiolytic and antipsychotic reactions in people affected by schizophrenia. Scientific experiments carried on rats have shown it can eliminate certain tumors and that it has anti-inflammatory effects.

CBD’s anti-seizure properties

In 2013, Charlotte Figi, a young American girl suffering from Dravet Syndrome, was the subject of a documentary that aired on CNN. Her parents tried almost everything to stop their girl from having severe seizures every day until they discovered the video of an epileptic child being treated with cannabidiol. Watched by millions of viewers around the United States, CBD began to be viewed more as a medicine than a dangerous drug. Charlotte’s parents, new to cannabis or any other drugs, acquired Marijuana herbs that had a low concentration of THC, but high in CBD. The oil was tested first before they began administering it to Charlotte in small doses. After a few hours, they noted a drastic change as for the next seven days there were not a single seizure.

Not all patients respond in a similar manner

According to Manfred (a Swiss-based cannabis pharmacist), “not all patients respond to treatment in this way”. Eventually, after the treatment, Charlotte began acting like a normal 5-year-old again. She began talking; laughing, walking and cycling like girls of her age. CBD really had a beneficial effect on the lives of both Charlotte and her parents. It gave them their child back. After the CNN documentary, Frank Manfred’s business received a significant boost as more and more patients began contacting him around the country for their dose of CBD.

More research is needed

From neurological disorders to cancer, CBD has hidden medical values that need more research and investment to show its true potential. That is why scientists are working hard to unlock the secret of CBD in treating illnesses.

Marijuana and Yoga, the unlikely marriage

Cannabis and fitness maybe world apart, but not for all fitness freaks. No no, they are not puffing on a Marijuana cigarette between sets of bench presses or bicep curls. They seem to be more interested in the many benefits of THC during yoga sessions. Taking advantage of the recent legalization of recreational marijuana in a bit everywhere around the USA, groups of healthy people are combining healthy yoga sessions with marijuana smoking.

‘Yoga and Cannabis have gone together’ for a long time, says Mike Ray

A former Wall Street trader, Mike Ray is the founder of Blood Farms and believes that Marijuana has even been quoted in the Vedas and sacred Hindu texts. Similarly, in the 420 Games (an athletic event that includes triathlons, obstacle courses and mountain bike races), organizers and participants make the most to promote the benefits of cannabis. Little by little, these events around Marijuana are making pot smokers look more like athletes than a bunch of hippies lying around in a park.

More research on cannabis can provide proof of its many benefits

The combination of cannabis and sports needs more research as only 15 studies have been published so far. While it is true that marijuana doesn’t affect athletes’ performances, it also doesn’t really show the benefits of cannabis during sweating. However, one thing is for sure – cannabis can reduce pain and/or inflammation after a workout. Dr Jeff Chen from UCLA’s Cannabinoid Affinity Group says “Everyone’s body is different, their usage of cannabis is different, and their response to it is different. Because of the research restrictions, scientists are left in the dark.”

Medical marijuana has been legalized in 29 states across the US

The legalization of marijuana in 29 states in the USA has increased the need for in-depth research on its many effects. For now, researchers and promoters are more interested in the implication of marijuana as a potential treatment for many diseases like epilepsy rather than athletic performance. Their interest, for the time being, is answering an important question of whether cannabis can be a good alternative for addictive drugs like Xanax or opioids.

Experience of users

People who’s combined marijuana and yoga talk of an enhanced experience. Some say feeling a heightened sense of everything surrounding them. One of these users say that the scent of candles, sound of music and air became part and parcel of the environment and flow during their usual yoga session.