Second blog entry: October 10, 2016 "Is there a good source of information regarding CBD?"
Rather than try to do my own original research, here is a link to a thorough source of information on CBD, prepared by a pharmaceutical company in the UK, with additional research and commentary by a US authority on the medical uses of marijuana: https://learnaboutsam.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/CBD-brochure5.pdf
Feel free to recommend good sources of information, this is the largest non-medical drug trial in the history of the world.
First blog entry: March 24, 2016 "Is CBD a homeopathic treatment for depression, anxiety, and other stress-related conditions?"
Together with other members of the MMC collective, I have made an attempt at centralizing some research into CBD, with a view to prove or disprove that CBD is an effective, homeopathic treatment for depression, anxiety, and other stress-related conditions.
CBD is widely recognized for being an anti-seizure, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and have other properties which are calming to the physical being, this is a question about its affects on our brain function and moods.
There is commonly 15x more THC than CBD in cannabis. I believe that many, many, marijuana smokers are seeking CBD, not THC, and getting intoxicated by the THC in order to procure the medical benefits of the CBD. There is some research that shows that THC is bad for depression and anxiety, so understanding these two components of our medicine is very important.
I find that CBD increases focus, concentration, and complements exercise. I consider that CBD is a wellness nutraceutical, and that THC is an intoxicant. THC is euphoric in small quantities, but makes me "dim" ("stoner") in larger quantities. More CBD, less THC means more medication, less intoxicant. More hiking and less Netflix. More sleep and less anxiety. Push-ups with a smile, and a sense of vitality and being at the top of my game.
It turns out that CBD also increases our sensitivity to THC. This means that if we increase our intake of CBD, which is not intoxicating, we decrease our intake of THC. We have members of our collective who pierce their THC soft gels because a single drop has the desired effect, and 10mg is too strong.
Thankfully, we also have members who know more about CBD than I do, and happily share, so this can be a lively discussion.
When I did this research, I found a lot of terrible resources, and a some really good ones. Below are the best of this round of purposely limited to a few. Please feel free to send additional resources or comments through the contact button on this website.
The very best article, in my opinion, regarding anti-depression and anti-oxylitic (anti-anxiety) properties, is a review published in 2012: "Multiple mechanisms involved in the large-spectrum therapeutic potential of cannabidiol in psychiatric disorders” http://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/367/1607/3364.short#sec-13
For something a little more scientific, here are summaries form two journal articles published by the Journal of NeuroScience, from 2007:
(1) "Cannabinoids Elicit Antidepressant-Like Behavior and Activate Serotonergic Neurons through the Medial Prefrontal Cortex” http://www.jneurosci.org/content/27/43/11700.full#ref-list-1
(2) "Neural basis of anxiolytic effects of cannabidiol (CBD) in generalized social anxiety disorder: a preliminary report.” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20829306
And, more general, a Time Magazine article from 2012 "A New Marijuana Plant Without the High? It Could Be Good Medicine” http://healthland.time.com/2012/06/04/a-new-marijuana-plant-without-the-high-it-could-be-good-medicine/