Seven weeks ago I was prescribed CBD/THC oil by my Psychiatrist as I was treatment resistant to medications that I had tried for years for my anxiety. They just stopped working after two weeks no matter what its compound and ingredients were.
Since being on CBD I haven’t had a panic attack or needed to take any benzodiazepines for six weeks. Other amazing benefits which I had not realised would happen is: pain free from my Ostheoarthritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and headaches. So good to be pain free. Bliss.
I have started an online petition on Change.org to lobby the Government to put it on the PBS and therefore make it accessible to all. I would really appreciate if you could sign it. Let’s make this available to all.
CBD is one of many cannabinoids (compounds) in the cannabis plant. Researchers have been looking at the possible therapeutic uses of CBD.
Two of the compounds in marijuana are delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and CBD. These compounds have different effects.
Until recently, THC was the best-known compound in cannabis. It is the most active constituent, and it has a psychological effect. It creates a mind-altering “high” when a person smokes it or uses it in cooking. This is because THC breaks down when a person applies heat and introduces it into the body.
CBD, in contrast, is not psychoactive. It does not change a person’s state of mind when they use it. However, it may produce significant changes in the body, and it is showing some significant medical benefits.
Find out more about the differences between CBD and THC.
Where does CBD come from?
CBD comes from the cannabis plant. People refer to cannabis plants as either hemp or marijuana, depending on how much THC they contain.
Over the years, marijuana farmers have selectively bred their plants to contain high levels of THC and other compounds that suited their interests.
However, hemp farmers rarely modify the plant. CBD oil comes from these legal hemp plants.
How CBD works
All cannabinoids produce effects in the body by interacting with cannabinoid receptors, which form part of the endocannabinoid system.
The body produces two receptors:
CB1 receptors are present throughout the body, particularly in the brain. They co-ordinate movement, pain, emotion, mood, thinking, appetite, memories, and other functions.
CB2 receptors are more common in the immune system. They affect inflammation and pain.
THC attaches to CB1 receptors but CBD stimulates the receptors so that the body produces its own cannabinoids, known as endocannabinoids.
CBD may benefit a person’s health in various ways.
- chronic pain
- arthritis or joint pain
- anxiety and depression
- sleep disorder
- cluster and other headaches
- post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- allergies or asthma
- epilepsy and other seizure disorders
- multiple sclerosis (MS)
- lung conditions
- Parkinson’s disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
There is some evidence to support some of these uses. I can certainly attest to the benefits.
Unfortunately, it is not on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme in Australia so it is extremely expensive. $310 a bottle which lasts a month on the dosage I am on. This is so discrimatory as it is available only to those that can afford it. I would be very interested to hear what it costs in other Countries.
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