CBD causing quite a buzz among medical marijuana scientists and patients. The past year has seen a surge of interest in cannabidiol (CBD), a non-intoxicating cannabis compound with significant therapeutic properties.
Tons of start-ups and e-commerce retailers have jumped on the CBD bandwagon, touting CBD derived from industrial hemp as the next big thing, a miracle oil that can shrink tumors, quell seizures, and ease chronic pain—without making people feel “stoned.” But along with a growing awareness of cannabidiol as a potential health aid there has been a proliferation of misconceptions about CBD.
- “CBD is medical. THC is recreational.” Often people say they are seeking “CBD, the medical part” of the plant, “not THC, the recreational part” that gets you high. Actually, THC, “The High Causer,” has awesome therapeutic properties. Scientists at the Scripps Research Center in San Diego reported that THC inhibits an enzyme implicated in the formation of beta-alkaloid plaque, the hallmark of Alzheimer’s-related dementia. The federal government recognizes single-molecule THC (Marinol) as an anti-nausea compound and appetite booster, deeming it a Schedule III drug, a category reserved for medicinal substances with little abuse potential. But whole plant marijuana, the only natural source of THC, continues to be classified as a dangerous Schedule I drug with no medical value.
- “THC is the bad cannabinoid. CBD is the good cannabinoid.” The Cannabis Hater strategic retreat: Give ground on CBD while demonizing THC. Diehard marijuana haters are exploiting the good news about CBD to further stigmatize THC in cannabis, casting tetrahydrocannabinol as EVIL, whereas CBD is framed as the GOOD. Why? Because CBD doesn’t make you high like THC does. I categorically rejects this moralistic, reefer madness dichotomy in favor of whole plant cannabis healing nature.
- “CBD is most effective without THC.” THC and CBD are the power couple of cannabis compounds—they work well together. Scientific studies have established that CBD and THC interact in synergy to enhance each others therapeutic effects. British researchers have shown that CBD potentiates THC’s anti-inflammatory properties in an animal model of colitis. We encourage each person to discover what works for them and of course if you live in a state where Marijuana is illegal for recreational use then you might want to consider moving to a state like Colorado who has legalized adult use.
- “Single-molecule pharmaceuticals are superior to ‘crude’ whole plant medicinal.” According to the US Government, specific components of THC and CBD have medical value, but the plant itself does not have medical value. Uncle Sam’s single-molecule blinders reflect a clear bias that privileges Big Pharma products. Single-molecule medicine is the predominant corporate way, the FDA-approved way, but it’s not the only way, and it’s not necessarily the optimal way to benefit from cannabis therapeutics. The Food and Drug Administration, however, isn’t in the business of approving plants as medicine. (See the scientific evidence.)