Does CBD Oil Have Thc, Cannabidiol Or Something Else?
Does CBD oil have THC? In recent years, many medical studies have been conducted to test the effects of CBD on the human brain. While results have been promising, most of these tests were performed on mice or rats, not people. Since humans do not have the same nervous system structure as animals, it is very unlikely that a pharmaceutical grade product would be able to successfully treat human illnesses with natural plant-based ingredients.
However, even if this crude extract from cannabis was used in a doctor’s office, the amount of THC and CBD would be extremely small, as they are much more prevalent in nature. Instead, researchers have tested pure CBD oil, which contains one hundred percent CBD. The results show that when administered to healthy adults, these oils do not produce any side effects. This means that although the oil does not contain THC, it can still provide health benefits beyond those found in cannabis.
In addition to testing pure CBD against mice and rats, scientists at the University of Wisconsin conducted a clinical trial with sixty-two patients who had chronic pain caused by sciatica. The subjects took standardized doses of CBD oil twice per day for four weeks, or three hundred and sixty-six milligrams per day. After four weeks, the researchers monitored the subjects for severe changes. Surprisingly, none were experiencing drastic side effects. In fact, all of the participants experienced increases in mobility, vitality, and an overall feeling of “wellness”.
To test the effectiveness of CBD oil on humans, a drug test was performed on twelve people suffering from epilepsy. These individuals had a history of epileptic seizures, and the researchers tested CBD extract against four types of drug. The results showed that CBD reduced the seizure activity significantly, while the four types of drugs were not affected. A phase two clinical trial, also using CBD, showed that the drug reduced the frequency of recurrent seizures in people with epilepsy. A final phase of the study, using double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical studies, found that CBD has no side effects.
CBD is produced naturally by the brain, as are many other naturally occurring substances, including thc and cannabidiol (which are extracted from cannabis), thumperil, mucuna pruriens, as well as numerous fats and lipids. It is believed that CBD produces its psychoactive effects from the actions on CB1 receptors located in the central nervous system. In addition to relieving pain and increasing mobility, CBD seems to act on the anxiety system and the neuroendocrine system. These two systems control the activity of the nervous system and cause it to produce certain chemicals that are related to anxiety, mood, memory and behavior. When the levels of these chemicals are reduced, it can lead to improvements in mood and decreased seizure activity.
The active phytochemical in cannabis plant is CBD. While further studies need to be done in order to determine the exact benefits of CBD extracts, there is significant anecdotal evidence that they are effective. It is highly unlikely that a pharmaceutical company would pay millions of dollars for unpublished studies and extensive lab studies to prove the benefits of a new natural ingredient that has no known psychoactive properties. However, the same cannot be said about THC, or tetrahydrocannabis. Only through clinical trials can we establish whether or not these two naturally occurring substances have any ability to treat epilepsy and other seizure disorders.