DETERMINING THE RIGHT CONCENTRATION OF CBD FOR PATIENTS
- November 12, 2018
Over the course of several years, scientists have started made breakthrough discoveries on the potential health benefits of the little green plant marijuana. Back in 1975, a doctor discovered that cancer patients’ nausea subsided after they consumed the plant. Meanwhile, in 2018, medical experts in Australia have started work on the first clinical trials focusing on marijuana-accompaniment therapy for brain cancer patients. Some doctors have even theorized that the fragrant herb’s chemicals protect the brain and prevent traumatic injury. However, like any medication, a specific quantity is required for different conditions. So what steps do doctors take to configure medical marijuana for sick or injured people? Let’s take a look at determinants for the right concentration of CBD for patients.
Spotlight on CBD
In short, CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol, one of the most powerful cannabinoids in the marijuana plant and only second to THC. However, while THC is a psychoactive agent that can produce a high, cannabidiol is not a mind-altering substance. In fact, cannabidiol is not intoxicating at all. Even more interesting, certain percentages of THC and CBD (in a single portion of weed) can counterbalance each other. In other words, specific mixtures of these cannabinoids can be utilized for medical applications.
Within the endocannabinoid system, THC reacts with the CB1 receptor, kickstarting the euphoric psychoactive effects that are characteristic of a high. However, cannabidiol does not interact with that receptor and can (to an extent) blot out THC’s influence on CB1s.
Overall, cannabidiol is applied to a variety of medical problems ranging from anxiety to memory problems (contrary to additional studies about teenage brains and weed). Likewise, CBD (when paired with THC) can reduce inflammation and provide relief for patients undergoing pain management. While some doctors are excited about the possibility of prescribing this alternative medicine, one problem remains.
Unpredictable and Ever-Changing
Since people react differently to cannabis, doctors have to exercise extreme caution when determining what ratio works for which patients. Likewise, one person who consumes a 1:1 THC to CBD blend might require a higher dose (or a lower dose) further down the line. We humans are constantly changing, so marijuana will affect us differently. Age, in particular, plays a significant role in diagnosis and application of cannabis medication.
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