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    Real Scientific Hemp Oil – Part III - The Journey from Commodity to Medicine

    Part I of this series describes Real Scientific Hemp Oil (RSHO) and the present state of hemp in America. Part II expanded more on how RSHO enters the body and its beneficial effects. Here in the final Part III, we will delve more into the medical benefits of Cannabidiol (CBD) and will discuss the “Entourage Effect”.

    As the many benefits of RSHO are discussed throughout the article, readers should also remember that there is also a value proposition as these many benefits become better known. The product development and growth potential of Medical Marijuana, Inc’s (MJNA. PK), PhytoSPHERE Systems and CannaVEST Corp (OTC: CANV) might prove to be an extraordinary opportunity as new discoveries related to cannabinoids unfold. Many of the products are being developed by the subsidiary US Hemp Oil, so you may want to visit the site to learn more about the many new products on the horizon.

    I wanted to start this final installment of this three part series by discussing the benefits of using CBD-rich oil to ease pain because of the associated quality of life benefits. I then wanted to focus on the research of CDB and cancer. The aim is to show that to truly benefit from the CBD-rich oil found in RSHO we should first make sure we have a life worth living. Then we should move to extend that life for as long as possible. And finally I wanted to discuss how a synergistic approach to health using the “Entourage Effect” might offer the best approach to abate the symptoms that erode our health.

    Pain Relief

    The ability to manage pain is directly correlated to one’s quality of life. According to Dr Alan Frankel, CBD “will be used to treat chronic pain, anxiety and other mood disorders, as well as being a neuro-protectant and a very helpful anti-cancer drug.” (Citation 1)

    CBD has become known as an extremely powerful anti-inflammatory. While inflammation is normally treated with corticosteroids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), the improvements in quality and understanding of CBD content increases the opportunity for the inflammation and associated pain to be treated with cannabinoids.

    Dr Frankel goes on to say that “CBD works against pain primarily in the peripheral nervous system. It does not work like typical pain meds by affecting the central nervous system; it works at the neuro-synapse. When we sustain injuries, often the pain is acute and disappears completely. Other times we have persistent or intermittent pain, but it is still not that big of a deal. However, with many disorders the pain is either part of the underlying problem itself (Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Disease, etc) or the pain becomes a syndrome of its own. In other words, the pain takes on a life of its own and is now crippling the patient.” (Citation 2)

    CBD has also been associated with the relief of back pain. Suffers, (like those suffering from other type of pain) being treated with drugs can experience fatigue, organ damage or even become dependent on pain medications. Having a natural alternative with no side effects is certainly preferential. This is one of the most important points when we think about the current treatments for cancer.

    Fighting Cancer

    According to the Stanford Medicine Cancer Institute website “There are over 50 chemotherapy drugs that are commonly used” to treat cancer.(Citation 3) The site goes on to name numerous side effects associated with the cancer treatments. When most people think of chemotherapy and other cancer treatments, they think of side effects such as hair-loss, nausea and loss of appetite. But the side effects can be much more debilitating, causing long-term and sometimes even irreversible damage. For example some treatments can cause kidney damage, mouth ulcers, “lung and heart damage (with high doses)” and while rare “secondary malignancies”. (Citation 4) That’s right; cancer treatment may even cause cancer.

    Allen Badiner wrote in his article High on Health: CBD in the Food Supply “CBD has no side effects and becomes very effective as an anti-psychotic when given in larger doses. With more antioxidant potency than either vitamin C or E, CBD has consistently demonstrated neuroprotective effects, and its anti-cancer potential is, by all accounts, enormous. Sean McAllister, PhD at California Pacific Medical Center said "CBD could spell the end of breast cancer," and claims it could render chemotherapy and radiation a distant 2nd and 3rd options for cancer patients.

    Don Abrams M.D. at UCSF says the studies point to "a remarkable ability of CBD to arrest cancer cell division, cell migration, metastasis, and invasiveness." The vast impact of the endocannabinoid system on human health explains and validates anecdotal reports of cannabis used effectively for a wide range of health conditions.” (Citation 5)

    We are really just beginning to unlock the potential of CBD. Many people had previously thought that it was THC, the psychoactive component in cannabis plant, as the primary cannabinoid having the most medicinal properties. But it’s really CBD, the non-psychoactive component in cannabis, that is providing the most health benefits.

    This is what makes a product like RSHO so important. RSHO is sold with CBD concentrations between 10%-25% and a Certificate of Analysis comes with each product that specifies the CBD concentration. You would think that this would be the end over the story, but there is more. When CBD is used in conjunction with terpenes, the resulting synergetic effect can produce benefits that could not be achieved with the individual components.

    The “Entourage Effect” – A Synergistic Approach

    Terpenes are produced by cannabis and other plants and help to provide that aromatic distinction that helps us identify different varieties of plants. But in the plant world, they serve the purpose of attracting insects for pollination or deterring and repelling predatory insects that might damage the plant.

    The terpene’s aroma could be s signal to an insect to stay away or the chemical makeup of the compound could actually kill the insect that eats it. The point is that they are very diverse in their makeup and when diverse strains are used in conjunction with CBD, they have the potential to provide a wide variety of synergetic benefits still yet to be discovered. The phrase “Entourage Effect” is a reference to the synergistic benefits that the terpenes and CBD provide.

    Dr Ethan Russo spoke in regards to the “Entourage Effect” that “cannabinoids and terpenoids can work in concert, synergistically to abate symptoms of pain, inflammation, depression, anxiety, addiction, epilepsy, cancer, fungal and bacterial infections including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA, which kills more Americans nowadays than AIDS) and other illnesses.” (Citation 6)

    What seemed like a simple plant, victimized in society, is yielding surprisingly new alternatives to achieving health and wellness. It seems senseless that that hemp plant can’t be grown in America anymore. When George Washington was growing hemp on his farm in Mt. Vernon, VA, I’ll bet he had no idea that the country he helped found would ban such a wonderful commodity. And if he understood the health benefits of CBD-rich oil, I think he would be even more appalled. But luckily Real Scientific Hemp Oil (RSHO) is here for us today.
    This is Part III of a three part series on Real Scientific Hemp Oil. Part I can be found here. Part II expanded more on how RSHO enters the body and its beneficial effects and can be found by clicking on the link.

    Disclosure: I am an investor in MJNA and (OTC: CANV). This article was written on behalf of Medical Marijuana, Inc.


    Citation 1 - Website link: http://www.greenbridgemed.com/2010/07/16/chronic-pain-and-cbd-cannabidiol/
    Citation 2 - Website link: http://www.greenbridgemed.com/2010/07/16/chronic-pain-and-cbd-cannabidiol/
    Citation 3 - Website link: http://cancer.stanford.edu/information/cancerTreatment/m
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