Besides the THC. A closer look at CBD & Terpenes.
For years the focus in the medical cannabis community has been centered on tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Although it is the most abundant cannabinoid found in cannabis it certainly is the not the most beneficial part of the plant. THC does provide patients with a lot of pain and nausea relief, but also comes with the sometimes unpleasantly psychoactive head high that have the ability to restrict our mental ability.
Cannibidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid of marijuana that actually can act as an anti-psychotic (inhibiting the absorption of THC. and also possesses a wide range of therapeutic benefits. Not limited to but including beneficial relief for pain, nausea, migraines, muscles spasms, seizures, GI tract issues, stomach pain, tumors, schizophrenia, inflammatory diseases, down’s syndrome, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy, autoimmune diseases (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes), cataract formation, uveitis, emphysema, gastric ulcers, oxygen toxicity, neoplasia, undesired cellular apoptosis, radiation sickness, and treating neurological damage in Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and HIV dementia. When present in high quantities, CBD enhances THC’s positive effects while negating many of the negatives. It is clear that both cannabinoid’s coexist in the plant for a reason, often acting synergistically.
In addition to all of the cannabinoids that have numerous health benefits, there is a whole other realm of medicinal benefits derived from things that cannabis, as well as fruits and herbs hold in them. Terpenes. Terpenes make up the majority and essential oil. Which are used in all sorts of household cleaning products for their fragrance and sometimes antimicrobial effects. Terpenes have been used in aroma therapy for thousands of years. Terpenes are what give different cannabis strains there specific medicinal effects that set each strain apart, as well as the taste and smell. One way to look at it is that the terpenes of a cannabis strain are like its fingerprint, each strain having different amounts of some of the 120 different terpenes found in cannabis so far.
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