Alibi V.26 No.32 • Aug 10-16, 2017 

Cannabis Manual

CBD for Dummies

Ain’t just cannabidiol tears

CBD capsules

You've probably heard of this “miracle, cure-all” cannabidiol before: no high, all the benefits. How is this possible, my dear Rini? I don’t have the time to research anything myself! You fool! I'll tell you what this “cure-all” thing is and how it works, but do your own research! This is why fake news is so popular, you monsters. Anyway, cannabidiol—that miracle drug more commonly known as CBD—is the second most prominent compound found in cannabis, but it's the part that has the most medicinal properties. You know how flower helps a variety of medical conditions—all listed in this very paper, covered by the state of New Mexico's law? Well, most of that is from the CBD found in ye ol' nugglet.

If you're not into technical things, skip this paragraph 'cause it's gonna hit you like a category two hurricane (I don't like technical things, either, so I'm putting it in the simplest terms possible for my own sanity). CBD works by binding to cannabinoid receptors located in the cells that are part of the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is the hotspot for your mammalian brain that controls the central and peripheral nervous systems. When CBD attaches to those cells that are located all over the body, the chemical combination creates a healing effect within the cells and therefore your whole body. Voilà! Science!

The legality of this medicine changed recently because the DEA released the announcement “Establishment of a New Drug Code for Marihuana Extract” that noted, “Under international drug control treaties administered by the United Nations, some differences exist between the regulatory controls pertaining to marihuana extract versus those for marihuana and tetrahydrocannabinols. The DEA has previously established separate code numbers for marihuana and for tetrahydrocannabinols, but not for marihuana extract.” Let's get a collective “What the?” … All this means is that the DEA is piling cannabis and its extracts as well as the solutions of hemp products into one lump crime (although patients of the medicinal marijuana program are completely protected under the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment).

This is a particularly confusing act for those in the medicinal marijuana community (and average citizens) because numerous studies have shown that CBD is beneficial for a (huge) range of medical conditions and issues like relieving pain and inflammation, reducing anxiety, alleviating depression, preventing and fighting cancer, allaying nausea, treating seizures and other neurological disorders, lowering incidence of diabetes, and more. As a medicinal cannabis patient, I've used CBD to manage anxiety and anger that stems from PTSD. I've found that it's very effective in lowering the stress that ignites these and triggers symptoms. It's calming, mentally and physically. The study “Using CBD Oil for Anxiety: Does It Work?” released this year concluded that CBD is a helpful agent in treating anxiety. There are no psychoactive effects, so it's not like you're actually “getting high.” The best comparison I can think of is it's like Xanax without awful side effects like sleepiness, grogginess or sluggishness. CBD doesn’t get one “high” because—in contrast to THC binding directly to cannabinoid 1 (CB1) receptors—CBD acts as an antagonist to the CB1 receptors—when combined with THC, it virtually blocks THC from CB1 receptors and therefore negates the “high.”

There have even been studies such as the one published in 2013 by Frontiers in Psychiatry that conclude that CDB can counteract the occasionally occurring troublesome psychological effects of recreational cannabis use, such as cognitive impairment, anxiety and paranoia. The study emphasizes that there are many variables when testing the effects of CBD (e.g., individual sensitivity, age and potency), but the conclusion is that CBD has “few or no adverse effects,” usually “positive” effects, and the substance “merits further investigation.” There will always be more research to be done and, particularly with medicine, that is what forces society to progress technologically and medically.

Overall the medical community that is involved and informed regarding cannabis research seems to agree that cannabidiol is a good, medicinal drug. If you haven't tried if for yourself and would like to, CBD is available at every dispensary in Albuquerque and independent CBD clinics in the area like the CBD Boutique (122 Bryn Mawr SE and 10126 Coors NW) via supplements, edibles, tincures, vapes and more. Tell them Rini from the Weekly Alibi sent you. Heal better!