How CBD oil may revolutionise modern medicine

Not long ago homosexuality was diagnosed a mental condition and diseases were extracted by evil deities. This is absolute madness. However, both the scientific fields and medical fields have developed and we have moved away from the superstitious nature of the past and we now live in a medically advanced society. Prosthetic organs, blood transfusions and penicillin are just some of the forward strides that medical minds have incepted. However, medicine has taken a steep diversion back towards where it started. How often have you went to a chain or local pharmacy and bought a product which contains botanical plants, hemp seed, aloe vera or green tea. Yet, what is the cause of this and how does it affect the medicine field. Are we beginning to look at the past for answers to contemporary problems? Can the use of CAM (Complementary & Alternative Medicine) be that solution?

This is certainly a question of sociology because it is the behaviours of patients and not the medical industries themselves, they are merely adapting to the consumers. Studies are showing that it is not that consumer’s who are dissatisfied with the medical industry and their products. We have a better quality of life than ever. Most people who use complementary and alternative medicine; use it because it because it either aligns with their personal philosophy and also because it gives them a wider variety of choice. Furthermore, there are much more CAM products being developed and sold in pharmacies. One that is gaining a lot of traction in regards to video content on social media is CBD oil. CBD stands for Cannabidiol and yes, it is in fact derived from cannabis plants. At Origym, during our personal trainer courses we discuss the facts surrounding CBD oil and here are some to be aware of:

  • CBD is 1 of 60 compounds found in the cannabis plant that belong to a collection of molecules called Cannabinoids. Out of all these compounds CBD is one of the highest concentrated compounds so there is an abundance of this resource. By using selective breeding, cannabis growers can create various plants with a high amount of the CBD compound while purposely refraining from growing THC which has psychoactive effects upon the user.
  • CBD is non-psychoactive. It does not cause a high and is approved by medical communities because of this. It has minimal side effects and in 2011 a published review titled ‘Current Drug Safety’ concluded that CBD “does not interfere with several psychomotor and psychological functions”; while other studies found that CBD is “well tolerated and safe” even when taken in high doses.
  • CBD has a wise range of medical benefits. A review published in 2013 by ‘The British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology studies’ found that CBD possesses medical properties such as:
Medicinal benefits of CBD oil.

  • Supressing seizures in convalescent patients.
  • It also combats psychosis disorders.
  • It also combats inflammatory disorders.
  • It is an anti-oxidant and combats neurological-degenerative disorders.
  • It is also combats tumour and cancer cells.
  • Elevates anxiety and depression disorders.
  • CBD seems to offer natural protection against the Marijuana high. Numerous studies suggested that CBD acts to reduce the intoxicating affects of THC such as memory impairment and paranoia.
  • CBD is still illegal. Even though CBD shows much promise as a medicine, it remains illegal in many parts of the world. According to the company, the drug consists of “more that 98% CBD, 2% trace quantities and 0% THC”. ‘GW Pharmaceuticals’ makes another cannabis plant based drug called Sativex, which has been approached in over 24 countries treating multiple sclerosis.

There are various instances in which CBD oil has been affective for terminal disease. In the ‘Case of Elias Cooper’, Elias was diagnosed with chronic lymphoid leukaemia (CLL). The doctor proposed chemotherapy as a treatment. He denied this treatment and looked for alternatives. He came across an online forum speaking about the benefits of CBD. He took his first dose in February 2013. He then ingested oil every day for 3 weeks before he went back to the doctors. His white blood cell count was down 40,000. This was an improvement. He experience side effects of fatigue but after 5 weeks it began to go away. He now lives his life normally in health while taking longer periods between his CBD oil doses.

Medical industries are becoming more affiliated with the benefits of CBD oil and they are developing a pharmaceutical version of CBD; which was recently developed by a drug based company in the UK. The company, ‘GWP Pharmaceutical’ is now funding clinical trials on CBD as a treatment for schizophrenia and certain types of epilepsy.