Lotus Medical now carrying Mary’s Medicinals New CBD Capsules.
What are CBDs and their effects on the Endocannabinoid System?
By K.L & C.S
Colorado is leading the charge in our nations shifting perception of marijuana. Being on the front line of the legislative changes, we are seeing that shift first hand in Colorado. Where once, we encountered a mostly anti-marijuana stigma, we are now happy to be witnessing a widespread focus on the medical benefits of this wonderful plant. That shift has put the microscope on the specific compounds within marijuana that offer such great medicinal benefits. One of the most prominent of those compounds is Cannabidiol, or CBD.
Many of the remaining medical dispensaries, as well as recreational dispensaries are carrying more products that are either strictly CBD or CBD heavy. Mary’s Medicinals, provides Lotus Medical with CBD patches which are either all CBD or a one to one ratio of CBD and THC. As well as a topical CBD crème you can apply to sensitive areas and their new CBD Capsules.
According to leafscience.com, there are five important facts to know about Cannabidiol.
- CBD and THC are the two major elements in marijuana (there are usually more than 60 compounds in marijuana).
- CBD is completely non-psychoactive meaning is does not get you “High”.
- CBD has a plethora of medical benefits. Mary’s Medicinals verify they are effective for treating inflammation, diabetes, cancer, mood disorders (including PTSD and ADD), protects the brain against neurodegenerative diseases (including Alzheimer’s, anti-convulsive, anti-anxiety, anti-psychotic, anti-nausea, anti-rheumatoid arthritis, used to treat symptoms from HIV) and shown to eliminate anxiety and depression.
- CBD reduces the effects of THC. Neither compound presents a risk of lethal overdose.
- CBD is still federally illegal. Even though it has proven breakthrough medicinal properties, it is still categorized with marijuana as a schedule 1 drug.
CBD’s vast benefits are thanks to receptors in our central and peripheral nervous system, called the Endocannabinoid system. According to “Clearing the Smoke: The Science of Cannabis,” CB1 receptors are in the brain and nervous system. CB2 receptors are found in the immune system as well as in your heart, liver, kidneys and pancreas. These receptors send and receive messages or synapsis through the body and the CBDs inhibit specific synaptic transmissions caused by conditions such as Parkinson’s and epilepsy and more. The American Epilepsy Society puts this process into layman’s terms by describing it as a “surge protector”, stopping and protecting from negative messages and synapsis from the brain. This creates a mechanism that works in conjunction with the CBDs to send and receive signals that counteract a variety of ailments.
The endocannabinoid system also eliminates any possibility of overdosing from marijuana. The National Cancer Institute explains this is because “cannabinoid receptors, unlike opioid receptors, are not located in the brainstem areas controlling respiration, lethal overdoses from cannabis and cannabinoids do not occur.” As a result, no matter how much marijuana you consume, the THC and CBD utilize the pathways of the endocannabinoid system separated from the pathways affected by opiates, which does affect respiration.
Lotus Medical is proud to be a part of the industry and will always support vendors and consumers that believe in the overall health and wellbeing that can be attributed to medical marijuana.
Bradley E. Alger (2014) Seizing an Opportunity for the Endocannabinoid System. Epilepsy Currents: September/October, Vol. 14, No. 5, pp. 272-276.
“Can You Overdose on Marijuana?” LeafScience.N.p., 26 Aug. 2014. Web.19 Jan.2015
Clearing The Smoke: The Science Of Cannabis, PBS- Montana PBS- February 28 2011- watch.montanapbs.org/video/1825223761/
“5 Must-Know-Facts About Cannabidiol (CBD).” LeafScience.N.p., 22 Feb.2014.Web.19 Jan.2015.