CBD Oil and Its Extraordinary Benefits

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.

The FDA note that hemp plants are legal under the Farm Bill, as long as they contain less than 0.3% THC.

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.

Benefits

CBD may benefit a person’s health in various ways.

According to a 2018 study, reasons for taking CBD oil include:

  • chronic pain
  • arthritis or joint pain
  • anxiety and depression
  • sleep disorder
  • migraine
  • cluster and other headaches
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • nausea
  • cancer
  • 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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2 comments

  1. I’m not sure what the cost is, but cannabis is legal to buy and use medically and recreationally in California, where I live. My Younger Daughter actually works in the cannabis industry and has for years.

    It’s ridiculous that a plant, that anyone can grow, harvest and use without special equipment is illegal or so restricted as to cost $300 a month.

    I’m so glad that it’s working for you! When younger was 14 she had horrible anxiety and panic attacks. The doctor wanted to give her pharmaceuticals. I gave her cannabis. I think it’s a better option for her body.

    Best wishes!🦋

    • Good morning. Great to hear from you. Thanks for your comment and information. Yes, I agree totally with you it is ridiculous that it is not available here. The UK just sell .02% over the counter without a prescription. Here I have to have a specialist appointment (more expense) and there are only two Chemists in Australia licenced to dispense it. Can’t help wondering what the Government’s agenda is on not putting it on the PBS or making it over the counter. Must be more than just a Conservative Government. Take care. Erin

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