Saturday, January 23, 2010

THC and CBD are Synergistic - It's Natures Way, Man

Cannabis...It's all about being natural. Haven't the hippies been telling us this for years?

It's lack of balance that makes skunk cannabis do harm - 20 January 2010 - New Scientist

This article starts off looking like your typical 'Pot Psychosis' rant, until you get into it a bit further.

The good scientists are actually advising that THC and CBD work in synergy. Their studies (on humans and other animals), show that THC by itself, eg; high THC strains, pure THC medicines, can raise the risk of psychosis in at risk subjects. However, when combined with CBD, the psychosis risk subsides. It appears that CBD has anti-psychotic properties that temper the effects of THC.

In another recent study entitled, 'Cannabidiol enhances the inhibitory effects of Delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol on human glioblastoma cell proliferation and survival', it has been found that CBD enhances the cancer fighting capabilities of THC in respect to glioblastoma (brain cancer) cells. The two work as a team to kind of starve the cancer cells to death.

Both of these studies should help the Medicinal Cannabis industry to develop more effective treatments for specific ailments. These and future studies will be extremely important in the development of strains to treat schizophrenia, psychosis and depression, as well as potent, yet safe anti-cancer drugs. Who knows? Chemotherapy may one day be assigned to the history books along with blood-letting and other relics of bad medicine.