What is CBD ?
CBD –The Miracle Cannabis Compound
The green rush is occurring world-wide and the demand for Cannabidiol (CBD) is on the rise. CBD first got noticed after this unique plant chemical stopped an epileptic seizure on U.S. national television. Soon after this researchers and chemists have come to uncover the vast medical benefits of this miracle compound. It became known through research that CBD can stop spasms, reduce inflammation, calm anxiety, and soothe patients in chronic pain.
However the questions still remains, what is CBD? How does CBD work? What’s the difference between CBD and THC? We as CBD Biotechnologies (Pty) Ltd would like to answer these questions to help our customers become more familiar with cannabidiol and to develop an understanding of this miracle organic chemical compound.
- What is CBD?
Cannabidiol is a chemical compound found in cannabis plants. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), also a chemical compound found in cannabis, CBD is completely non-psychoactive. This means that you cannot get ‘high’ from CBD, irrespective of how much you consume.
CBD does however have a relaxing effect on the human body and pre-clinical trials have found that CBD shows the following healing properties:
- Anti-tumoral agent
2. How does CBD work?
CBD is one of over a 100 cannabinoids found in the trichomes of female cannabis plants. Humans, horse and dogs are among the mammals that have special receptors called cannabinoid receptors.
Many of these receptors are concentrated in the central nervous system, while others are found in the organs of the body, including the skin, digestive tract and reproductive organs. The cannabinoids act as agonists and can be explained by using this simple example; the agonists can be seen as the keys and the cannabinoid receptors as locks. By consuming cannabis, you are introducing agonists into
the body that interact with different locks on the cells of the body. All the cell receptors together make up a larger endocannabinoid system (ECS).
The ECS is described as the greatest neurotransmitter system in the body. The ECS aids with basically everything, including your mood, memory, motor control, immune function, reproduction, pain perception, appetite, sleep and bone development.
The ECS plays a crucial roles in the human body, including neuroprotection, stress recovery, immune balance and homeostatic regulation. CBD has a similar composition to chemicals that the human body produces naturally, called endocannabinoids. CBD falls under phytocannabinoids and because of it’s similarity to endocannabinoids it can interact with the cells in the human body.
It’s not often that a plant compound can make headlines over and over again. CBD is a phytocannabinoid with some serious lifesaving potential and thus CBD deserve to be distinguished from THC, it’s psychoactive cousin.
3. CBD VS. THC
The main difference between CBD and THC is that CBD isnon-psychoactive while THC is psychoactive. Although both these chemical compounds are cannabinoids, they interact with the cells in the human body in different ways.
On a micro level, THC attaches itself to the orthosteric site on the endocannabinoid receptor mainly situated in the central nervous system called CB1, where CBD attaches itself to the allosteric site of CB1, resulting in different effects experienced by the human body.
Although the main focus is on CBD and THC, there is an interaction between terpenes and cannabinoids extracted from the cannabis plant that work together in what scientist call the ‘entourage effect’. Thus, to use cannabidiol with various selected terpenes enhances the calming and healing effect of CBD.
As cannabis-based medicines and topical creams have made it into the market place, more and more cannabis related success stories make their way into the world of media, of which these three stories made major headlines.
4. CBD Success Stories
Charlotte Figi, is a six-year-old miracle who suffered from an untreatable form of epilepsy called Dravet syndrome. While the average child laughs around 300 times a day, Charlotte had temporarily lost her ability to communicate. By the time she was two years old her parents literally tried all medications to cure her and nothing worked.
After enduring 50 seizures a night, her parents managed to get her a medical marijuana card in Colorado. What the Figi’s didn’t know was that their choice would result in a massive social movement, and more importantly bring her daughter back to life.
Literally after her first dose of high CBD oil, her seizures immediately stopped. She has since emerged out of her catatonic state and her parents got the chance to meet her for the first time. She has featured on a CNN documentary that documented her miracle story.
Rick Simpson, is another survivor who was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma skin cancer after he discovered three suspicious spots on his neck. Rick Simpson retold his story
as follow: “It was 2002 and the doctors had given up on me because I had more than one unsuccessful operation on three pigmented lesions on my face’s skin. As soon as these were removed, they would return being even more infected. Since I had been studying plants as a hobby for years, one day as I was looking at my wounds in the mirror, I remembered a study from the University of Virginia that said that THC, an active component of cannabis could cure cancer. I took some cannabis oil I had prepared beforehand from the cabinet and dripped a few drops directly on the wound.”
“After four days I removed the bandages and I couldn’t believe my eyes! The wound was no longer there, and my skin was regenerated1 I immediately started talking to people about how I had cured skin cancer with cannabis oil… Everyone laughed at me, but then eleven and a half years have passed, and the cancer still hasn’t returned.”
Shona Banda had been battling with Crohn’s disease that had her bedridden most of the time and if not bedridden, she had to walk with a crane. She was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2004, after which she underwent several surgeries and was prescribed several pharmaceuticals. As she completed her prescriptions, her conditions worsened until she was considered terminal.
Shortly after this, Shona almost gave up hope, until she came across Rick Simpson’s video documentary called “Run from the Cure” which inspired her to consider medical cannabis as a last resort. She started using cannabis oil in a capsule form three times daily.
After a few days Shona was able to walk without a crane. She also began to eat and sleep better and started putting on weight as she started to gain strength. Soon after she started using the cannabis oil, she gave up on her pharmaceuticals completely. Today Shona is a healthy and active woman and she published a book titled Live Free or Die.
When asked about her recovery, Shona stated; “ I am not in my death bed. I’m working for the first time in 4 years, I was not able to work. I’m hiking, I’m swimming, I’m able to play with my kids, I’m able to do things. I’m so busy now it’s not even funny.”
These are three of many success stories related to medical cannabis and it’s miraculous healing properties.There are many more related stories that tell the tale of how cannabinoids have healed and relieved people from chronical pain.
After being aware of the benefits of CBD and the untold healing properties that it possess, CBD Biotechnologies has decided to launch their own range of CBD based medicinal products and topical creams to make a difference in the lives of people suffering from chronical pain, anxiety and inflammation. These products can be expected to enter the market place along with the launch of their online store by August 2018.
“As one of the first cannabis companies in South Africa, we believe there is room to make a difference and improve the lives of many people in Southern Africa”, David Anderson, MD of CBD Biotechnologies. Keep an eye out for the new products coming soon and see how medicinal cannabis grows throughout Africa.