I’ve been smoking cannabis for some time now. Without aging myself let’s just say I began smoking when Harry was still meeting Sally and Bill Clinton was wiping semen stains off intern dresses with a knowing wink.
Back then we just smoked. There was no vaping, although we had cheap bongs and such. Edibles were limited to Betty Crocker instant brownie mix with some Mexi-Cali bud thrown in for good measure. Dabbing was in its infancy, as you had to have a literal rig, meaning some sort of large, garish heating contraption to light your meticulously culled concentrates. THC content? We kind of knew about it, but typically our knowledge of potency was based on appearance and how lit the bud got a person. You felt super mellow, relaxed and could sleep better? Yeah, you were smoking on that Hydro. Didn’t feel much of anything at all, but suddenly your back ache was gone? Sorry, you were smoking on that Brown Frown. Good luck getting figuring out why you weren’t getting high off that shit.
Back then we simply didn’t have a clue about THC and CBD ratios. It hasn’t been until recently that even smart people, you know, people like scientists, have started to discover the myriad of ailments alleviated by CBD–THC’s non-psychoactive (the stuff that gets you high) cousin. This isn’t from a lack of trying on the part of scientists mind you, as cannabis remains illegal under federal law thereby making any attempt at researching it in direct violation of the law.
As we enter the 21st century, however, cannabis culture has, in turn, become a bit more sophisticated. We now know much more about how cannabis can assist with debilitating health conditions such as cancer and epilepsy. This is not to imply cannabis is some sort of “miracle drug” as some would have you believe. It has its limitations as anything else, although it is useful in ways that cannot be denied.
Even though CBD shows much promise as a medicine, it remains illegal in many parts of the world. CBD is classified as a Schedule I drug in the United States and a Schedule II drug in Canada. Nonetheless, according to a 2013 review published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, studies have found CBD to possess the following medical properties:
|Medical Properties of CBD||Effects|
|Antiemetic||Reduces nausea and vomiting|
|Anticonvulsant||Suppresses seizure activity|
|Antipsychotic||Combats psychosis disorders|
|Anti-inflammatory||Combats inflammatory disorders|
|Anti-oxidant||Combats neurodegenerative disorders|
|Anti-tumoral/Anti-cancer||Combats tumor and cancer cells|
|Anxiolytic/Anti-depressant||Combats anxiety and depression disorders|
Additionally, CBD has been known to counteract some of the negative effects of THC, such as increased heart rate, dilated pupils, etc.
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CBD : THC ratio infographic (courtesy of Eaze)
My name is Petey Wheatstraw, also known as Charles Stevens. I’m an avid marijuana smoker, writer, devoted father and non-profit minion– not necessarily in that order. A Chicago native I’ve lived off and on in the Bay Area since 1996. Seven years ago I finally settled here to capture the changing face of our communities.