If you have watched any documentary or news report about medical marijuana in the last 2-3 years, I’m sure you have heard the term CBD being mentioned. But what is it exactly? Is it as magical as they say it is? And why?
Most people know what THC is. THC is practically a household name, but there are many other interesting compounds contained within cannabis. We are going to focus on CBD’s. CBD is short for Cannabidiol, which is one of the other unique compounds in marijuana. Several decades ago, breeders eliminated these compounds in their breeding process because they don’t give the “high” effect consumers wanted. CBD is found in industrial hemp cultivars, and many ruderalis strains.
Because of CBD’s unique properties for not having psychoactivy, people have began looking at its uses for medicine. Finding it doesn’t bond with the CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors like THC, it has shown to effectively work as an anti-psychotic, anti-convulsive, and pain relieving medicine. It is currently being tested for its anti-cancer properties.
There are reports of its ability to eliminate seizures, such as the case Charlotte Figi. A young girl who was having up to 300 grand mal seizures a week, found relief with the use of CBD cannabis. This strain was named “Charlotte’s Web” after this brave girl. There are many similar reports of people responding positively to this type of treatment.
I got my hands on a clone called Sour Tsunami that was said to be a high CBD strain. I had to take their word for it. Sour Tsunami was created by Southern Humboldt Seed Collective. The genetic make up is kinda confusing. It was sour diesel crossed with N.Y.C diesel repeatedly back to sour diesel, then that was bred into a Southern Humboldt local strain called “Ferrari”, then back to sour diesel to finish it off. That is a lot of sour diesel!
I grew one plant, and have to admit, it was a funny looking girl. She was vine-like, produced small to medium flowers, but looked delicious. After drying and curing for 2-3 weeks I decided to have it tested by a lab. The results were astounding. She tested at 17.4% CBD, and 0.5% THC. Practically no THC, and the smoke proved it. There was a very mild fuzzy headed effect for about 5-10mins then it was gone, but so was my joint and muscle aches.
This personal test showed me that it does in fact have very beneficial medical properties. It might actually be magic. The research is still being done, the numbers are still coming in, but I feel this CBD thing is the real deal.
Some other high CBD rich strains to look for are Harlequin, AC/DC, Omrita RX, Cannatonic, and any combination of these. There are lots of others, even seed breeders who are focusing on capturing the cbd dominant strains in seed for for everyone. An example is CBD Crew, which is made up of several well known breeders such as Mr. Nice and Shantibaba, and Jamie from Resin Seeds. They have teamed up to collectively breed, and test strains for their medicinal properties. The medical benefits of cannabis is something that many people have been talking about for years of course. I am just glad to see scientists and the community taking a closer and more serious look at this plant for it’s medicinal uses.
What is CBD,