Therapeutic cannabis and CBD—the most popular product within this category—are becoming legal even in highly conservative Asian countries such as Malaysia, where a few years ago possessing a small amount of cannabis could result in life imprisonment. This positive change of view towards the cannabis plant is largely due to the efforts by organisations, doctors and experts who see cannabis as a medicine with no side effects.
CBD: Natural Medicine
Natural medicine welcomes patients who were let down by the high cost of pharmaceutical drugs and their side effects and find a therapeutic alternative in homeopathy and other disciplines using plants. More and more people are walking into dispensaries looking for CBD, indicating a shift towards cannabis as a therapeutic solution. In countries such as Scotland, medical marijuana clinics are already up and running.
CBD offers an immense therapeutic potential and great medical benefits in its own right. Epidiolex, a cannabinoid pharmaceutical drug that is basically pure CBD can be already prescribed for treating certain types of epilepsy in children. CBD-based medical strategies offer different advantages. This is an authorised drug complying with strict control standards. Among CBD’s medical properties, we could mention its antitumor effects; neuroprotective features; analgesic, anxiolytic, and antidepressant properties; and antipsychotic, antiepileptic, and antioxidant benefits.
Trichomes are where the magic happens—the part of the plant where most cannabinoids come from. Breeding new hemp varieties that produce a great amount of resinous trichomes is the best way to sustainably produce CBD oil in countries where only hemp growing is legal.
Pharmaceutical Drugs vs. CBD
Pharmaceuticals are designed to treat specific symptoms instead of the whole system, producing secondary effects. CBD has a positive effect on our biological balance, it modulates the transcription of more than 1100 genes that make up signalling molecules to naturally reduce swelling in our central nervous system, also exerts a positive influence on our immune system—restoring homeostasis in both the immune system and the central nervous system. The endocannabinoid system is a network consisting of CBD receptors throughout the body. In fact, our bodies have more CBD receptors than any other kind of receptor.
This scientifically proven evidence has sustained the use of CBD, triggered online sales, and caused a surge in licence applications for home growers seeking to produce their own medical cannabis. In Spain and many states of the United States, CBD can be bought in the form of edibles, cosmetics, topical medications, vape juice, sprays, and oil.