Dr. Ethan Russo believes that some challenging syndromes, such as migraine headaches and fibromyalgia, are actually due to an endocannabinoid deficiency. In China migraines and fibromyalgia might be addressed as imbalances in Qi (pronounced “chi”). Qi is the concept of vital energy. Is the endocannabinoid system the same as Qi? Do they at least overlap?
I ordered an ounce of “Heavy Lifter” CBD flower from Starseed Botanicals a few weeks ago and they were out. Instead of letting me know this, they “upgraded” me to their Lifter Private Reserve (PR). When I looked over the lab tests I saw that Lifter PR had 11% CBD – a little over half of the CBD content of the Heavy Lifter
A 2019 study has found that CBD’s effect may not be restricted to it’s effect on the endocannabinoid system. CBD also acts on receptors that bind the neurotransmitter serotonin (5-HT1A) that is involved in anxiety and on receptors that bind vanilloid (TRPV1) that is involved in pain.
THCA is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in high levels in the marijuana form of the cannabis plant. Smaller quantities are often also found in the hemp form of cannabis. In the U.S. hemp is defined as any cannabis containing over 0.3% delta-9 THC. The THCA content doesn’t count (according to most interpretations of the 2018 Farm Bill). In the E.U. hemp must have 0.2% delta 9 THC or less.
People take CBD (cannabidiol) for a lot of reasons. Project CBD has developed a list of conditions and research on the effects of CBD on each condition.
Some of the more common reasons that people take CBD include:
In the post “Vape, Don’t Smoke” I discussed how to vape hemp flower – the herb that we get CBD from. Many people want to vape a liquid CBD product that is not as messy or smelly as flower. The video below has some great information on all the different options for vaping CBD “vape juice” and concentrate.
The January 5, 2019 issue of the Wall Street Journal included a piece by Alex Berenson entitled “Marijuana Is More Dangerous Than You Think.” It is based on an upcoming book Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence. Berenson argues that legalization of marijuana has resulted in increased violence and mental health problems.
We know that smoking is bad for your lungs. It turns out that smoking marijuana does not seem to cause lung cancer the way that smoking tobacco does. Is this because marijuana smoke has fewer carcinogens than tobacco or maybe because it also contains some cancer-fighting chemicals?