The Cannabis analyzed.
This post today on CBD products is to provide some analysis and connection on the properties of cannabis products that support the various claims of medicinal effects of Cannabis products such as CBD Oil.
If you have read my other posts on CBD oils review and on CBD oil as one of the components of cannabis compounds, you will find out about all the acclaimed benefits of cannabis products and the warnings in pregnancy, lactation and for small children. Children are said to be at risk due to fact that they are still growing and developing (brain, bones etc). They growth and development could be affected by use of marijuana and some of its products.
In recent years, hemp and marijuana products have been in the mainstream and people are talking about it. Researcher are on top of it trying to figure out “what and how much” of these products and the benefits to the human body in sickness or in health. I have written some posts reviewing some of the CBD Oils I have.
Today, my goal is to bring to view some of the properties of these components of the cannabis family that might support those acclaimed medicinal benefits.
The reviewed article by MontanaBioTech beautifully displayed the chemical structures that differentiate one component from the other and the different boiling and melting points that make individual extraction possible. This article also used pie-chart format below to display the different components and their properties.
To view and appreciate the distribution and properties read this article Peer Reviewed Research Cannabis Marijuana and Cannabinoids, Cannabidol (CBD), Cannabichromene (CBC), Cannabigerol (CBG), Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), Cannabinol (CBN). by MontanaBioTech
Health benefits of CBD oil products
Certain health benefits have been attributed to the medicinal effect of the Cannabidiol compounds. Some of these I already mentioned in my posts such as used in the management of arthritis, chronic pain, anxiety and depression, seizures, epilepsy, etc. These medicinal effects have to do with the fact that some of these components contain anti-inflammatory properties, some have analgesic effects while some have antibiotic effect.
According to this article, THC has euphoric, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiemetic properties which explains the use in the management of conditions caused by inflammatory conditions and pain such as in arthritis pain. THC has euphoric properties which is the highs seen in street drugs but at low dose such as 0.3% content may be okay and not cause the highs and therefore could be used to relief pain and GI upsets
Cannabidiol CBD) has anxiolytic, analgesic, antipsychotic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antispasmodic properties. This simply means that health conditions such as anxiety, psychosis, seizures or muscle spasms, pain, inflammatory diseases may respond to CBD products. This explains why some clients with MS could say to have found relief with use of CBD products. As well as those with anxiety and depression.
Cannabinol (CBN) has oxidation, breakdown product, sedation and antibiotic properties. This means that CBN could be used to manage microbial infection but the oxidant properties which is a form of free radicles the body produces as a result of food metabolism may not be good for the body. Additional information is required to say if these are positive or negative effects to the body. Unless if the oxidation and breakdown means facilitating the process of food breakdown in the body. The sedative property could relieve insomnia and some sleep disorders.
Cannabichromene (CBC) has anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and antifungal properties which makes it good for health issues caused by infectious agents. Also another component called Cannabigerol has similar properties as CBC.
8-Tetrahydrocannabinol (8-THC) and 9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (9-THC) are similar in properties but 8-THC has less psychoactive properties and are more stable compound therefore may be safer to use than 9-THC.
Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) has analgesic and euphoric properties. Recreational drug users may go after this because of the analgesic and euphoric properties. It is likely to cause addiction and health issues resulting from overdose.
Terpenoid Essential Oil components of Cannabis (the sweet aroma in cannabis)
beta-myrcene is one of the essential oils and has analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, and antimutagenic properties.
What is a mutagen? a mutagen is a physical or chemical agent that changes the genetic material usually the DNA of an organism and thus increases the frequency of mutation above the natural background level (Wikipedia). This means that this oil has the potential to either prevent or slow down mutagens in the body. Therefore the claim that CBD Oil could prevent cancer or help cancer patients is understandable.
This oil also has anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antibiotic properties which are of health benefit to the body.
beta-caryophyllene has anti-inflammatory, cytoprotective (gastric mucosa) and antimalarial properties. Cyto protective to the gastric mucosa means that this oil has the potential to protect the mucus membrane of the stomach against harmful agents (chemicals or bacteria). May be beneficial to stomach ulcer patients. It also has antimalarial effect and could be of health benefit to those living in the tropical region where mosquitos breed like no man’s business causing malaria.
d-limonene is a cannabinoid agonist?, immune potentiator, antidepressant, antimutagenic. Its property as cannabinoid agonist is yet unclear but means that it might potentiate the action of cannabinoids thereby making them more effective. This may also be one of the reasons why CBD oil is used for managing depression.
linalool has sedative, antidepressant, anxiolytic, immune potentiator which makes it possible antidepressant, antianxiety remedy.
Pulegone is one of the terpene essential oil with sweet smell, mostly used in perfumes. It may have the ability to boost memory?, AChE inhibitor, sedative, antipyretic properties.
Another interesting one that might prove why it could serve as memory booster is the 1,8-cineole (eucalyptol), this has the potential to increase blood flow to the brain with sufficient oxygen supply to the brain leading to improved brain function. It is also an AChE inhibitor, anti-inflammatory and antinociceptive agent.
alpha-pinene is anti-inflammatory, bronchodilator, stimulant, antineoplastic, antibiotic, stimulant and an AChE inhibitor. This may be another reason CBD oil is beneficial to cancer management.
There has been claims also that CBD products could relieve the discomforts of premenopausal and menopausal symptoms this could be due to the fact that some such as apigenin contain estrogen the feminine hormone.
There are other terpene essential oils with similar properties such as already discussed. It makes sense when people say that these essential oils and CBD compounds have health benefits. Also when people claim that they found relief from their health issues as a result of using CBD products, hemp or marijuana products, that goes to provide proof that those chemical properties are essentially present and effective health remedies.
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Thank you for reading this post. This is a work in progress and I will continue to work hard to update and provide more information on hemp/marijuana CBD products. Now that everybody is talking about the wonders of this product, there is room for fake products to fill the market especially the fact that FDA has not approved or restrict the use. I will research and find out means of testing the real product to ensure that it contains what it claims to contain. I will find verifiable products out there that deliver on their promise.
It is also worthy to note that MontanaBioTech is a company that deals on marijuana and its products but the important information is that there were testimonies and researches (though inconclusively) that has provided evidence that CBD products from hemp and marijuana has medicinal benefits.
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