Do you know what the second highest active compound in marijuana is? If you are you stumped, you’re not alone.
Until recently marijuana growers held to the maxim that higher tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) levels were the only goal. There are at least 84 other active compounds that have been identified in Cannabis.
Thanks to increased awareness of marijuana as a medical treatment Cannabidiol Oil or CBD, a non-psychoactive compound, is poised to become as sought after as THC.
Currently CBD Concentrations over 4% are considered high, while THC Levels sometimes surpass 20%, depending on the strain. There are several CBD Strains such as Harlequin and Charlotte’s Web, which was named for a young girl that benefited from a tincture version given to treat seizures.
Cannabis growers are now focusing on High CBD Strains with good reason.
Scientific research is showing Pain, muscle convulsions, inflammation, anxiety, Crohn’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and epilepsy are just a few of the conditions CBD can help with. There is research that it may reduce growth of breast cancer cells when studied in vitro. Medical marijuana Strains with high CBD Levels will continue to increase as consumers become more aware of the potential health benefits offered.
Lawmakers are taking notice as well. Two Florida State Representatives (Katie Edwards D-Plantation and Matt Gaetz R-Fort Walton Beach) are taking steps to introduce a bill that would legalize strains of marijuana high in CBD and low in THC for the treatment of seizures in children.
Dr. Ian Miller, of Miami Children’s Hospital is quoted as saying ”What we do know is that some parents have tried it and have reported very dramatic reductions in seizure frequency and severity,” Miller said. “That falls short of scientific proof, but it’s enough to help us prioritize CBD as an important possible treatment, and to give it priority so that we can evaluate its effectiveness.”
The Florida House Criminal Justice Subcommittee will hold a workshop on January 9, 2014 on decriminalizing certain strains of marijuana that have no euphoric effect but have shown success in reducing the frequency of epileptic seizures.