Sunday, December 23, 2007

Molecule Of The Year: Cannabiodiol

Banned by the feds for the company it keeps by Fred Gardner

"THC -delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol- is not the only active ingredient in cannabis. At least five other cannabinoids exhibit biological activity, and so do some terpenes and flavonoids. All these compounds are found in the resin stored in the plant's glandular trichomes. They are chemically related. THC predominates in plants bred for psychoactivity (as cannabis plants have been bred for generations in California and elsewhere). Cannabidiol -CBD- is the predominant cannabinoid in plants typically bred for fiber. There are only trace quantities of CBD in high-THC plants because one form of the same gene codes for THC synthase and the other codes for CBD synthase. Thus growers selecting for high THC content get low CBD.

California growers hoping to develop plants with a high CBD-to-THC ratio have been stymied by lack of access to an analytical test lab. In surreptitious tests, "high grade" buds were reportedly in the range of 15-20% THC and 0.1% CBD.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has placed CBD on Schedule I even though CBD has no known adverse effects and doesn't induce "euphoria." The most dire effects attributed to marijuana -tachycardia (accelerated heartbeat), panic, confusion, anxiety, even psychosis- are effects of THC that CBD has been shown to mitigate!

By listing CBD as a Schedule 1 substance and denying growers the means to develop high-CBD plant strains, the government is protecting the American people from an immunomodulator with anti-inflammatory, anti-convulsant, anti-psychotic, anti-oxidant, and neuro-protective properties. In whose interests could that possibly be?"

2 Comments:

Anonymous nick z. said...

More and more items like this are leading me to the conviction that the ruling-class fascists aren't simply stupid when it comes to scientific facts, they are actually using their stupidity as a cover for their sinister malevolence and sadistic intentions towards the common "little people" they have so securely pinned beneath the weight of their police-state.

24/12/07 3:56 PM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...

Well said. That's exactly my contention when it comes to Iraq. It's a well conceived ruse for them to hide behind stupid "mistakes" to explain the hideous, evil nightmare that was their intention to create in the first place.

24/12/07 8:06 PM  

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