You know, the good thing about science is that whether you believe in it or not it's still true. The bad thing about science? Is that it's always changing. New discoveries make previous knowledge obsolete and thus, we are forced to keep you up to date on all discoveries, because what we said yesterday, however true, today may be a lie.
In previous issues we've talked at length about how THC and CBD are an inseparable pair, and how one balances the other, but overall stating that CBD might be more important than THC and that most of the health benefits of Marijuana are attributed to CBD, while THC mostly just gets you high. But new research have uncovered that maybe THC is not just a pretty face that comes along for the ride, which contradicts most popular media reports and scientific dogma.
Researchers at the University of New Mexico (UNM) conducted a study titled, "The Association between Cannabis Product Characteristics and Symptom Relief", published in the journal Scientific Reports where they found that THC and CBD contents in the plant were the most important factor for optimizing symptom relief for a wide variety of health conditions.
In other words, a THC-to-CBD ratio that can be used to treat an illness/disorder/condition, won't work as well for another.
"Despite the conventional wisdom, both in the popular press and much of the scientific community that only CBD has medical benefits while THC merely makes one high, our results suggest that THC may be more important than CBD in generating therapeutic benefits. In our study, CBD appears to have little effect at all, while THC generates measurable improvements in symptom relief. These findings justify the immediate de-scheduling of all types of cannabis, in addition to hemp, so that cannabis with THC can be more widely accessible for pharmaceutical use by the general public,"
Said Jacob Miguel Vigil, associate professor in the Department of Psychology
The findings were based on real-time measurement data collected from a Mobile app called ReleafApp; the only publicly available, incentive-free app to educate patients on how their type of product (whether it is flower, concentrate or edible), route of administration, Cannabis sub-species (Indica, Sativa or Hybrid) and major Cannabinoid contents (THC and CBD) affect their symptom severity levels, so they can better and most efficiently treat their ailment.
Clearly more research has to be done, but this is already such a great step towards Marijuana de-scheduling, legalization and a better healthcare system, where Opioids take a last row seat, rather than the first row seat they currently hold, where they do more damage than good.
Read more about this at eurekalert.org:
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