Cannabinoids or CBD is an abbreviation of Cannabidiol which is one of the two chemicals contained in marijuana. Cannabidiol is not the same as THC or tetrahydrocannabinol. The chemical composition of CBD is more identical to the active ingredient of cannabis. However, the body does not metabolize CBD the way it metabolizes THC. Instead, it passes through the liver intact and may travel across the blood-brain barrier to reach the brain.
In recent years, there has been a significant amount of evidence linking THC and CBD with various forms of cancer including: glaucoma, colon, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and pancreatic cancer. The discovery of this relationship between cannabis and chronic pain came about through a systematic review of over 5000 cases with reported pain and age. These studies revealed that individuals who consumed cannabis regularly were more likely to suffer with chronic pain compared to those who rarely used the substance.
It has long been suspected that using cannabis may lead to a decrease in appetite. For example, a number of adolescents who start using cannabis as young as 14 often continue to report an appetite decline well into their adult lives. Although appetite is commonly decreased by many other drugs, it is particularly reduced when an individual quits using cannabis. This phenomenon is called the ‘cannabis effect’ – if you reduce appetite when you use cannabis, you are less likely to use cannabis in the future. While there is some evidence that appetite is decreased as a result of long-term cannabis use, this evidence is extremely preliminary and more studies are needed to verify this theory.
Cannabidiol, the main chemical in cannabis, has been shown to have many similar properties to the neurotransmitter endorphin. Endorphins are a powerful natural analgesic and mood stabilizer, which make it possible to alleviate pain and treat depression. The CBD in the cannabis plant has been found to be very similar to endorphins, which has led to a lot of research being done on the subject. One recent study concluded that CBD could potentially provide a natural form of relief from chronic pain in patients with Crohn’s disease and depression.
Another area of medicinal sativa that is being investigated with the potential to benefit people with diseases of the mind and body is CBD. Many people who grow the cannabis plant for medical purposes supplement the plant with CBD to help counteract the effects of the plant when used as a pharmaceutical remedy. Studies are currently being done to determine whether CBD has any effect on the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, as well as possibly treating anxiety and psychosis. If successful, CBD could become a very valuable addition to the range of products already available on the market for the purpose of combating the symptoms of these diseases.
The potential impact of cannabis on the appetite is only one of many potential benefits of quitting smoking cannabis. However, many experts would agree that reducing consumption can have significant positive implications on a number of mental health issues. Those who consume cannabis on a regular basis will have found that they consume a high amount of energy and find it difficult to focus. Withdrawal from using cannabis will allow an individual to better control their energy levels and allow them to be more focused.