At Sacred, we have unequivocal faith in the healing properties of cannabis. We aspire to discover the truth, inspiring you to make empowered choices about your health and wellbeing.
What is CBD?
The cannabis plant has two main compounds, CBD (Cannabidiol) and THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). Both of these have health promoting properties. CBD is one of over 60 compounds that are found in cannabis, which are known as cannabinoids. It is low in toxicity, and is legal in most countries.
When used intelligently, it can be wonderfully healing and can alleviate many common health problems. It has revealed itself to be non-psychoactive, unlike THC which is the compound notorious for its mind altering properties, and is associated with “getting high”. Conversely, CBD has also been shown to reduce the intoxication caused by THC. CBD has proven to be anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, antioxidant, and can have neuro protective immune boosting properties.
The Original Herbal Remedy
Used medicinally for thousands of years, the cannabis plant was banned in the 1930s due to fears of misuse and potential side effects of the plant. Many of us were warned whilst growing up about the detrimental effects of “smoking weed”, and may not feel comfortable establishing a relationship with the plant. However, the therapeutic properties of cannabis have been reconsidered and are being explored by researchers, who continue to make discoveries about the potential benefits of the plant.
We want to help repair the damage caused to the reputation of cannabis, as an illicit “drug” so it is time to introduce you to the more caring side of cannabis.
• attacks cancer
• pain reliever
• Reduces anxiety
• Combat nausea
• helps seizures
• Prevents diabetes
Dr. Raphael Mechoulam
Allow us to introduce you to your endocannabinoid system (ECS), possibly one of the most pertinent physiological systems to maintaining optimal health. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are located throughout the body, and regulate biological processes such as appetite, pain sensation, mood and memory.
The system was discovered by Israeli Dr. Ralph Mechoulam in the mid-1990s, who was also the researcher who identified THC. He determined that there are a series of receptors located in the body that are programmed to accept cannabinoids, in particular Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The two receptors that we know most about are known as CB1 and CB2. Whilst the receptors perform different tasks, they always seek to maintain homeostasis within the body.
The CB1 receptors are located within the brain, and also found in both male and female reproductive organs. THC is specifically keyed to work on the site of the CB1 receptors, and when they do, can lead to the consumer feeling intoxicated, inducing feelings of bliss and euphoria. In addition to getting people “high”, THC can also moderate the perception of pain, so is extremely useful as a pain reliever.
Importantly, CB1 receptors are absent from the parts of the brain that regulate heart rate, and respiration which is why users of cannabis need not worry about overdosing. This means that unlike narcotics, which also induce a feeling of high in the user, there is no lethal dosage of THC.
Our CB2 receptors are located in our immune system, and are most highly concentrated in the spleen. The CB2 receptors are primed to receive CBD, and combine to produce an anti-inflammatory effect. The research on CBD is in its infancy, but proves promising.
It appears that when working on the CB2 receptor it can help strengthen our immune systems, and act as an antispasmodic. It is useful in moderating the effects of intoxication caused by THC. CBD is able to “knock” THC off the CB1 receptor, therefore neutralising the effects.
“Go to nature in all singleness of heart... rejecting nothing, selecting nothing and scorning nothing... and rejoicing always in the truth.” John Ruskin 1843
Healing from within
THC and CBD are the cannabinoids with the most research backed evidence supporting their therapeutic claims. There remains dozens, and possibly hundreds of cannabinoids to be discovered and researched. The healing power of this humble plant is nowhere near realised. It seems almost magical that our bodies have been designed with a system ready to receive and assimilate the healing properties of cannabis. We were born to heal.