Although for the past few decades, many countries had banned the use of marijuana even for medical purposes but thanks, in part at least to recent research, attitudes towards marijuana for medical use are changing. What has caused these attitudes to change is the fact that medical researchers have learned how to distinguish between the marijuana cannabinoids which contain CBD and those which contain THC.
CBD (Cannabinol) is what gives marijuana its medical benefits whilst THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is what is responsible for marijuana’s adverse effects on health, the producing of a high and addiction. There were two factors which caused marijuana to be banned around the world and they were the fact that although it was known to have some medical benefits, those benefits could not be segregated from the adverse side effects and second was the fact that too many people had started to use it, not for any medical gain but for a recreational high.
Marijuana is of course just a nickname for the hemp plant, as is cannabis and it was hemp which was found to have been used 4000 years ago by the Egyptians. Throughout history the hemp plant had always been valued for its potential benefits for human health and much later, just before it was banned, other uses for the plant were discovered, such as its ability to be used in garment manufacturing and also as a substitute for paper which means that the hemp plant has the potential to be the planet’s most useful plant for humans.
Since the research showed how to distinguish between CBD cannabinoids and those containing THC, several beneficial health products have started to be produced, CBN Oil For Stress for one. This is oil that helps people with anxiety problems or other stress-related problems and thanks to the recent research, can now be used without fear of any adverse side-effects. CBD is also used in a cream to assist sufferers of muscle pain and as more research is carried out, more beneficial health products are being produced with some researchers even looking to see if CBD can afford any benefits to cancer sufferers.
As scientists find more beneficial uses for CBD whilst still having no dangers of side effects from THC, an increasing amount of pressure is put on governments to once again legalize the growing of hemp, although they may still prohibit its use for recreational purposes. To assist governments in making the decision to legalize the growing of hemp, scientists are working to create a strain of hemp which will contain no THC, only the beneficial CBD. If successful, hemp may become a common product for medicines, garments and even many paper products.