Cannabis is a substance produced by the Cannabis sativa plant, sometimes known as the hemp plant. Over the years two distinct cultivars of Cannabis sativa have been developed. The first one, often called ganja or marijuana, produces extremely high levels of THC, which produces an altered state of consciousness that some people find pleasurable and employ for recreational use. The second type is usually called hemp, and has been developed for its fibers, which are used to make baskets, macremay, and is woven into fabric for clothing. It has very little THC, but is high in CBD — an oil that is effective against several health challenges and is being investigated as an anodyne for many other diseases and illnesses.
CBD from medical seeds hemp plant is currently being used to treat the following health problems:
Tics, seizures, tremors, and spasms associated with degenerative nerve diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease. It is also widely prescribed by pediatricians to moderate petit mal seizures in children with epilepsy.
Sleep disorders. CBD has been shown to have a positive effect on patients with mild sleep apnea disorders, relaxing the larynx and windpipe to help keep the flow of air into the lungs open all night. It is also used as an aid in sleep for people with anxiety and stress problems who need just a slight boost to enter deep sleep, often called the REM dream cycle.
CBD helps relieve nerve numbness in hands and feet that often leads to a tingling sensation that can cause the hands to become ‘clumsy’ when handling tools or typing, and which keep people awake at night with foot palpitations.
Common nausea and loss of appetite can often be moderated with a drop of sublingual CBD oil.
Joint and muscle pain and inflammation can be treated topically with CBD.
As always, you should consult your family medical practitioner about any of the above problems if they become chronic.