Posted on August 15 2019
There are as many strains of marijuana as there are Fast and Furious movies - we’ve lost count. For many cannabis users, the main goal of ingesting/smoking the plant is for the psychoactive (mind-altering) properties in the prominently female plant leaves, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, most commonly known as THC.
Since the 1990s, more and more scientists, medical professionals, and sufferers have used and promoted cannabis for its medicinal properties, choosing a strain with a strong CBD (cannabidiol) level instead, so as to refrain from any intoxicating effects. With the newborn legality of the plant, doors have opened to more studies being done on the short and long-term effects of cannabis, which means we’re only at the beginning of this wonder plant’s reign.
CBD is everywhere. The popularity of gummies, capsules, lotions, and oils have grown at amazing speeds. Children and adults hurting from a long list of diseases and conditions, such as Parkinson's and anxiety, are bringing hope and relief to their once dismal lives, but what exactly are the properties involved in CBD - do they have any effect on the brain psychoactively?
The answer depends on your perspective. Is a child with immense behavioural issues who is calmed by CBD oil having their brain influenced? I’ve found the perfect capsule strain to take when I’m too stressed to write, so I can meet my deadlines, Does that mean I have been intoxicated by CBD?
No, CBD itself - in its 100% pure form - has not yet been proven to have any measurable psychoactive abilities. Most strains of cannabis are a mix of both THC and CBD, and depending on your personal reaction to both, each will affect you more than those sitting next to you. You may need a stronger THC presence to feel any intoxicating effect, yet your old college roommate who could drink you under the table and still look sober might show effects with less.
It may not provide intoxicating effects, however, CBD has been proven to change your body on a molecular level - but don’t be afraid. It’s a mysterious ability, yet has been remarkably wowing the world for decades.
If you’re up for the science behind CBD, an interesting article posted on the New York Times website last May interviews experts who outline the history of CBD and its influence on the medical world. Near the end of the article, it even describes the benefits rather than negative effects it could have on the brain, especially older ones. “...Some evidence suggests that THC is less toxic to older brains than younger and may in some cases benefit older brains...Medical cannabis patients tend to reduce their use of conventional medications over time, which might itself be beneficial to brain structure and function.”
It’s only been a short time since Canada finally acknowledged the abilities of cannabis - the positives far outweighing the negative. If you’ve been wary about trying CBD to see if it will bring more comfort to your life, reach out to your family doctor, nurse, or knowledgeable friend for advice.