Wednesday, 12 April 2017
Cannabidiol: Nature's Anti-Anxiety
A dog barks three blocks away and Sarah suddenly wakes. Like bubbles rising slowly up the side of a glass of pop, her consciousness comes to. Within seconds she remembers that tomorrow is a work day and the tsunami begins. In a rush it starts below her stomach and up into her heart--it feels like it skips a beat. She's now wide awake, feels like she's drowning, must breath purposefully and deeply. Soon begins the nausea and that dull, unwavering ache deep in her stomach, pushing on her lungs.
Sarah used to suffer badly and she still suffers, but at least now she's found something that will help her in the moment, whichever moment it happens to be. The pills they prescribe for anxiety are oftentimes overly sedative and addictive. And one wonders, how can one medication treat all of the many opposing symptoms that come along with an anxiety diagnosis?
As Sarah learned very quickly through this investigation into medicinal Cannabis, the Canna she uses to treat the anxiety she feels at 3 am is not the same Canna she should use to treat her anxiety at 8 am. Sarah's early early morning anxiety requires Tetrahydrocannabidiol to put her thoughts to bed. While her before work anxiety requires Cannabidiol or CBD only because CBD is an anxiolytic, meaning it treats anxiety.
For we anxiety sufferers, this revelation of separating these two medicinal compounds for certain situations was life altering. And for many of us, the process is simply putting different Canna in the bowl, vape, doob, or drop of oil. No big deal!
And of course, it's not quite this simple either. I mean, all of the magic in the Cannabis plant is not only due to these two cannabinoids. There's a whole supporting cast, a whole team of back up singers, a band of brass or woodwinds. And, those two cannabinoids do behave differently when in the company of different ratios of these oftentimes silent partners in the healing. Most mornings, Sarah chooses a CBD only sativa dominant strain or the Oil made thereof. The terpenes and other cannabinoids in a sativa helps to wake her up and begin to think about things other than barfing. While at 3 am she'll choose an indica dominant strain to sedate the body and induce sleep.
The Canna-World is evolving so quickly and mad-scientist/ tree-huggers are seed-breeding their little hearts out creating new ratios of indica/sativa dominance in the Cannabis you can buy. In doing this, they're almost custom making medicine hand-in-hand with Mother Nature. Now, that's a team I'd like to be on!