Who knew marijuana was so serious? The medical community is finally considering cannabis as the medicinal plant is has always been. Thanks, CBD! Because CBD presents without intoxicating effects, modern medicine is warming to using CBD for pain, depression, nausea, and a host of other physical and psychological conditions. Recent research on the topic is also critical to the cause of easily accessible medicinal cannabis.
If you’re curious about using CBD for pain or simply like to know more about your marijuana, kick back and receive the knowledge.
What Is CBD?
For an in-depth discussion on CBD, check out 420 Pony’s previous article on CBD vs THC and how each affect the body. The quick summary is that while THC is the rockstar that everyone knows as the life of the party, CBD is a lesser known cannabinoid that still plays a strong supporting role in how cannabis works.
CBD’s long scientific name is cannabidiol and it’s heavily present in most strains of cannabis just like THC. It comprises up to 40% of the extracts in cannabis in spite of being only one of over 100 active cannabinoids in the plant. Marijuana has a lot going on.
When you consume marijuana, THC molecules enter your body and latch on to CB1 or CB2 cannabinoid receptors in your brain. These receptors are located in the hypocampus where coordination and short term memory live. CBD doesn’t appear to work that way at all, however.
CBD And Pain
When CBD gets to the brain party, it decreases the presence of a fatty acid called amide hydroxylase or FAAH. FAAH’s job is to break down another substance called anandamide. Anandamide is an endocannabinoid that naturally occurs in all mammals.
In turn, endocannabinoids have a few jobs too. They regulate physiological functions like pain, mood, appetite, and one’s perception of reality. Therefore, when CBD inhibits FAAH, FAAH doesn’t break down anandamide as effectively. That leaves more of this natural endocannabinoid floating around inside us. This enhances CB1 activation.
Interestingly, CBD blocks THC from the CB1 receptors like the 90s New York Knicks stopped everyone in the paint. So the CBD in your cannabis is actually muting the THC.
CBD gets really busy in your body, though, so that’s not all it does. It also encourages secretion of 2-AG, yet another endocannabinoid that turns on CB1 as CB2 receptors. These receptors are are clustered in the outer nervous and immune systems. CBD simultaneously mixes it up with G-protein coupled receptors and ion channels. This results in medicinal effects like reducing the perception of pain, moderating the temperature of the body, and reduce inflammation.
CBD’s effects on G-protein coupled receptors soothe neuropathic pain.
Growers Change The Industry
In light of all this, some cannabis growers are shifting their focus to creating CBD dominant or CBD rich strains of marijuana. In these plants, the psychoactive effects are nil. CBD promotes all of the body functions detailed above without imparting any of the intoxication that THC does.
According to Project CBD, cannabis raised for hemp historically contained higher concentrations of CBD. In a way, the current shift is really a return to cannabis’ roots.
Using CBD For Pain- How To Consume It
CBD oil is made the same way cannabis compounds like BHO are- through extraction. CO2 extraction is the most popular and oils like coconut can also be used. You can vape or dab the CBD oil just as you would wax or shatter.
Some prefer to take their CBD in a tincture. This is an alcohol or glycerin suspension that extracts the active ingredients from cannabis. A few drops of the tincture in tea, food or neat produces the desired effects.
CBD is also mixed into creams and salves for topical applications.
Why Way You Like It, CBD For Pain Is Here To Stay
It’s an exciting time for cannabis, indeed. After so many years of being locked out of the mainstream culture, marijuana is finally seen in a whole new light. This fascinating plant certainly deserves a break and it simultaneously provides a break for those suffering from chronic pain and other conditions.
Awesome job, ponies. See you again soon with more cannabis conversation.