CBD (cannabidiol), a substance found in medical cannabis, will one day be recognized as one of the world’s most valuable medicines. CBD produces many of the medical benefits of cannabis but suppresses—or balances—the psychoactive effects of THC. It is a powerful preventive, curative and holistic medicine for some of the most serious diseases plaguing humankind – diseases like cancer and epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.
It’s also a great alternative for anybody who finds today’s cannabis too strong, or who just wants to access the therapeutic and wellness effects of cannabis without its psychoactive properties for whatever reason.
Both THC and CBD are part of an estimated 85 different chemical compounds found in cannabis known as cannabinoids. Each strain of cannabis medicine contains varying quantities of the different cannabinoids, which is why some strains work better for patients than others do. Strains that contain more CBD than THC are known as CBD-rich strains, and have quite different effects from THC-rich strains.
Sungrow, a California medical cannabis dispensary, has made a special effort to provide a regular selection of CBD-rich cannabis medicines for our patients who prefer them. This often includes patients with serious illnesses that respond to CBD, such as seniors, as well as new users who may view its psychoactive effects as undesirable. Patients who began using cannabis in the 1960s and 1970s also prefer CBD-rich medicine since most strains from back in those times contained higher levels of CBD.
Federal crackdowns on outdoor cannabis cultivation in the 1980s and 1990s forced growers to move indoors and plant under high-intensity lamps, which unlike sun-grown cannabis, is a much more expensive (and environmentally destructive) method of cultivation. In order to recoup the increased cost of production, growers sought out ever more potent strains of cannabis, because they fetched a higher price in the illicit marketplace. In turn, underground breeders propagated increasingly stronger strains of cannabis. In the process, the breeders almost eliminated CBD from the nation’s cannabis supply, because it had no value in the underground market.
Before the availability of lab testing for cannabis, breeders had no way of knowing how they were affecting CBD content. And in those days, very little had been discovered about its medical benefits.
Today, Sungrow offers several different types of CBD-rich products and alternative medicine to our patients every day, as well as CBD-rich seeds and clones.