Medicinal marijuana refers to the use of cannabis and its basic extracts which are used to treat and or alleviate some of the most serious illnesses and medical conditions of our time.
What is Cannabidiol or CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a molecule of the cannabinoid family, with multiple medicinal properties, which in its natural form is found as an important component in Cannabis plants.
However, unlike the famous Tetrahydrocannabidol (THC), CBD does not possess its characteristic psychoactive properties.
Why have we heard so little about the CBD?
In fact, medicinal cannabis plants, rich in CBD, have been used empirically for centuries in many cultures. In Victorian times, for example, the cannabis plant was used to treat pain, anxiety, nausea, and joint pains.
However, due to the “playful boom” that THC obtained since the mid-twentieth century, cannabis growers were selecting the plants with the highest levels of THC in each new generation.
This unnatural selection led to strains with a high CBD content becoming scarce. In such a way that until relatively recently we have returned to look at the virtues of medical marijuana.
The resurgence of the CBD
The resurgence of the CBD did not occur until a few years ago when the CBD-rich varieties (rich and with high percentages of CBD) were rediscovered, and the medicinal properties of CBD or cannabidiol were once again on the scientific agenda.
Since then, plants with high CBD content and their seeds have become “star genetic lines”.
What type of diseases can cannabidiol (CBD) be used?
Thanks to its medicinal properties, hemp extracts from plants rich in CBD, are gaining worldwide recognition due to its proven usefulness in the treatment of multiple diseases.
Next, we mention in more detail some cases in which we can resort to the use of cannabidiol.
Neurological and neurodegenerative diseases
Scientific studies published in important high impact journals make clear the advantages that can be obtained from the use of this type of cannabinoids as adjuvants in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, Tourette’s syndrome, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, autism, and insomnia.
The use of CBD gives the patient a better quality of life by relieving their symptoms (pain or memory loss), likewise slows the deterioration of their condition.
Psychological and psychiatric diseases
Regarding these types of diseases, it has been proven that Cannabidiol has an important role. More specifically in the treatment of pathologies such as anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and eating disorders.
The CBD acquires its role in the cerebral and immunological processes that regulate pain and inflammation, through a complex biological mechanism at the cellular level. This analgesic capacity is very useful in diseases such as arthritis, muscular and musculoskeletal pain, rheumatic pain, fibromyalgia, chronic oncological and non-oncological pain.
In addition, it has been shown that, along with the treatments commonly used for pain relief, such as opioids, analgesic therapy with Cannabidiol is a potent adjuvant, offering the possibility of reducing the doses of those, and, incidentally, its Adverse effects.
Chronic, metabolic and endocrine diseases
Medical cannabis for diabetes, cancer, glaucoma, among others, has become a source of relief for many patients. A study of the 2013 American Journal of Medicine, with a follow-up of almost 5000 patients for 5 years, concluded that Cannabis possessed protective properties against Diabetes, decreased obesity, oxidative stress and the neurotoxicity characteristic of elevated glucose levels. which is why it is an excellent alternative for the treatment of neuropathy and diabetic retinopathy.
Diseases of the respiratory system
Cannabidiol has shown a beneficial effect on diseases such as asthma, and its effectiveness is being studied for other bronchial conditions such as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), among others.
In addition to having a bronchodilator effect such as beta-agonist drugs, medical marijuana has immuno-modulating action, intervening in the inflammatory nature of the disease.
Can Cannabidiol (CBD) cure cancer?
The mechanism by which cannabinoids interact with our cells has been studied in detail for decades.
A special type of receptor in cell membranes called precisely “cannabinoid receptors”, plays an important role in a variety of physiological processes.
These include appetite, pain sensation, immunity, mood, and memory.
Beyond this study, more recent studies show cannabis molecules as a possible arsenal in the battle against the dreaded cancer disease.
There are many published scientific research papers on the use of cannabinoids to treat cancer.
In a scientific journal of great renown, the Nature Reviews Cancer, has been published an article which demonstrates with high reliability and under laboratory standards, that cannabis molecules such as CBD, manage to get to inhibit tumor growth, both in crops Cellular in vitro, as in animal models.
The renown scientific journal Nature reviewed and published a free access compilation of articles and papers regarding the various interactions and uses of cannabis to treat cancer.
More equally important research is being conducted by hundreds of scientists as part of the International Cannabinoid Research Society. They have been investigating the great potential cannabinoids have in the cure of cancer and other diseases.
There are documented cases of patients, both adults, and infants, in full remission. That is, with an apparent cure of this disease as soon as the symptoms do not recur.
These reported cases have surprised the medical community because thanks to the use of Cannabinoids, their prognosis changes radically.
Patients, after having been evicted due to their refractory disease to all therapeutic possibilities (chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and immunotherapy) decided to hold on to this last hope, with really surprising results.
Apart from the desired therapeutic effect, cannabinoids are very well tolerated, unlike chemotherapy or radiotherapy whose adverse effects are devastating.
In addition, they do not produce generalized toxic effects, hair loss, nausea, weight loss, and neither attack the healthy cells of the organism.
In conclusion, a medical revolution is already taking place in the world, and in this, the millennial Cannabis plant comes to be seen as a more than adequate option in the treatment of multiple diseases.
The in-depth study of the different types of cannabis molecules has given us the possibility of handling the safest and most reliable, such as Cannabidiol.
This promises to be from now on a strong hope that opens in the middle of the patients’ dark panorama.
Even those who have been evicted by medicine and pharmaceuticals that prevail in health systems.