CBD & Me
How CBD Changed My Life
Cannabinoids (e.g.; THC and CBD) are the source of a lot of controversies lately and I could not be happier. These controversies are mainly due to ignorance and the DEA making cannabis a schedule 1 drug, which is part of the most restrictive drug category putting it in the same class as heroin. Why am I happy about this?
I am happy about the controversy because now a discussion is finally happening that needs to happen. We are speaking about marijuana in everyday conversation and it is no longer a subject we are keeping to ourselves or amongst our groups of friends. The problem is when we speak about cannabis we are pretending that it fits into a one size fits all category and that is simply not the case.
I do not want to use this blog post as a discussion about all of the strands of marijuana, however, I do want to discuss the differences between CBD and THC and how one of them changed my life.
CBD and THC are not the same. One is psycho active and the other is not while offering numerous potential therapeutic applications. Do you know which is which?
THC, the cannabinoid that gives you the euphoric feeling and stimulates hunger is not the substance offering the wide variety of potential health benefits. CBD, the substance that has changed many peoples lives, including my own is frequently lumped in with its mind altering cousin THC. Because of this confusion, you have many people in the medical community speaking out against marijuana without really understanding the difference between the two and this is very dangerous in my opinion.
I will not lie and say that I have never appreciated THC however it is CBD that has had a profound effect on my life. I am 38 years old, have an auto-immune disease, have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADHD and on top of that have dealt with chronic inflammation from 2 back surgeries.
I have been prescribed a small pharmacy in my life and had to take over 8 medications at one time. The scary thing is no one really understood how all of those drugs would interact, leaving me to be a test dummy. What I received with these medications was a reality I never wished for and years and years of frustration attempting to feel normal. The bipolar medication alone was enough to put me in a looney bin.
Truthfully, I thought all cannabinoids were the same and that the joint I was smoking smoked provided me all of the health benefits that all of those Facebook posts had promised. These misconceptions are also equally dangerous because when someone reads the cannabis is good for people with bipolar disorder, they run the risk of making their condition worse IF they are using THC.
The potential benefits of cannabis for people with bipolar disorder come from CBD, not THC. In fact in a study titled "The Relationship between Bipolar Disorder and Cannabis Use in Daily Life: An Experience Sampling Study" shows cannabis with THC (not CBD) can be associated with positive emotions while increasing manic and depressive conditions. I can confirm this and frequent panic attacks from personal experience.
CBD is studies have shown it acts as an "atypical antipsychotic" and to be in line with typical antipsychotic prescription drugs.
CBD has other potential benefits according to a 2013 study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology including being an anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, antioxidant, and an anxiolytic. It can also be used to treat neuroinflammation, epilepsy, oxidative injury, vomiting and nausea, anxiety and schizophrenia! Believe it or not, there is more including there being therapeutic value for medical indications including bipolar disorder, cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Huntington Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, PTSD. Rheumatoid arthritis and Tourette's Syndrome.
I started using CBD a little over a year ago and I have been able to eliminate all of the prescribed medication I have been given to fight pain, inflammation, PTSD and my Bipolar Disorder. Eliminating all of my prescribed medication has also eliminated all of the horrible side effects I dealt with and have allowed me to live a normal
, happy and healthy life. I am not a doctor and more importantly, I am not your doctor so it is a must you have an honest discussion with your medical professional about incorporating CBD into your health plan.
You may find that your doctor is not familiar with the differences between CBD and THC, so please be prepared to provide your own research and make your own case for why you want to try CBD products.
CBD changed my life and I believe it can change you and your loved ones too.
Have an awesome week and remember, Live Mana!
Joshua T. Berglan