Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Cannabis CAN cure: What is CBD?

Pat Macpherson and CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly; MJ Zach (MedicalJane.com, 12-20-12)
How can this potentially medicinal -- but often abused -- herb, its leaves, oil, seeds, flower buds, and fibrous stalk be so beneficial yet so misunderstood? A calculated propaganda campaign, that's how. As a drug, it is vilified. As a miracle, it is ignored (CARTOON).
WARNING: Avoid intoxication. Wisdom Quarterly advocates only the medicinal use of plants, not their abuse or exploitation. Hemp is miracle. CBD can cure. Little can be said for high-THC.
That's no way to cure cancer!
The cannabinoid known as Cannabidiol (CBD) is the second most abundant cannabinoid in cannabis [and likely the one that is far more effective in producing medical and spiritual benefits, according to Harborside's founder].
Research done by G.W. Pharmaceuticals suggests that CBD could be used for treating symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases, diabetes, nausea, bowel disorders, and many other hard-to-control side effects.
A vilified plant that cures illnesses?
According to ProjectCBD.com, CBD has even demonstrated neuro-protective effects, and its anti-cancer potential is currently being explored.
While it was originally believed that THC was a breakdown product of CBD, it is now known that both THC and CBD are actually metabolites of their decarboxylated acidic forms, THCa and CBDa.
Forest of non-psychoactive hemp
These acidic precursors are decarboxylated (essentially dried) by heat or extraction to produce THC and CBD; only then do they become psychoactive. The compound has medicinal benefits without the “high” that some patients do not desire. This makes CBD appealing to patients who are looking for an alternative to their current meds, which often have opiate-like effects.
“After years of growers aiming to boost THC percentages in their crops, many growers have switched to focusing on producing CBD-rich strains because of the increasing demand by medical users.”
CBD is even known to counteract some of the effects of THC like the “munchies.” Just as THC increases our appetite, CBD suppresses it, which could be ideal for patients watching their weight. More

It makes food, too? The quick-growing plant has seeds that provide a healthy protein and essential fatty acid rich oil, with a rare vegetarian balance of Omega 3-6-9 fatty acids (manitobaharvest.com).
What is HEMP?
Lauren Cox (LiveScience.com)
The "marijuana" (Cannabis sativa) plant has many uses apart from drug use. A distinct form of it, known as hemp [from which high protein food, EFA-rich oil, sturdy rope, sails, paper, cloth, fiberboard, and other useful items are made], can be grown to maximize the fibers in the stalk of the plant or to maximize seed and oil production. Hemp has a trace amount -- about 1 percent -- of the psychotropic chemical THC. More

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