CBD rich strains are great medicine for IBS and IBD. CBD makes cannabis better medicine and protects against the negative effects of THC. Check out my post ‘What’s in your cannabis’ for more information on how CBD protects you from these negative effects.
Project CBD has lots of information on high CBD strains. Below is a patient testimonial from their site discussing the benefits of CBD rich sour tsunami strain for her irritable bowel syndrome:
CBD rich Sour Tsunami
“I am a IBD & IBS patient that has been doing the high cbd sour tsunami hemp oil treatment now since march 4th along with my other diet and supplement regiment. Within a few days great relief to spasms, pain, bleeding and bowel incontinence had been seen. Now up to full dosage and a few weeks into treatment I have much greater relief. Down to one Bm a day from 10-20, and stools are now formed and solid. I have fully adjusted to med and now have energy during day, more stamina, and sleep unbelievably well at night. Some nights I can get 8-10 hrs straight of real REM sleep which has helped healing tremendously. The other effects worth noting are the emotional effects. The oil also keeps any stress and anxiety so common with IBD and IBS under control better than any other med out there and totally safe. The high cbd medicine makes it possible to have great relief, healing and still function during the day with no restrictive effects. I can now leave my bathroom and house and get things done and feel human again! So far I can’t say enough about the effectiveness of this treatment, I still have a few weeks to go. I will report back with new info………” – H.J, Northern California
If you’re interested in reading more individual accounts about the healing power of cannabis, check out more testimonials on Dr. Lister Greenspoon’s site.
The juice of raw cannabis provides unique healing benefits. Plant chemicals known as cannabinoid acids such as CBD-acids, and THC-acids break down quickly after harvest, so these compounds are not available in traditional preparations such as cooked ‘medibles’, smoking, or vaporizing.
The healing benefits of cannabinoid-acids are only present for a short period of time before the chemicals break down, so juicing needs to be done quickly after harvest. Fan leaves should make up the majority of the juice, and adding a small amount of cannabis flowers can be beneficial. Cannabis roots can also be added to the mixture as cannabis roots contain CBD, even in non-CBD producing plants!
Cannabinoid acids have amazing properties including anti-inflammatory properties, nerve protecting properties, and pain relieving properties. In raw preparations, the THC has not been heat-activated so there is not the intense sedation that is found in conventional edibles such as pot brownies. This allows for patients to take much higher doses of cannabinoids without the overly sedating effects that would otherwise be a concern. Raw cannabis shows promise for patients with neurological diseases such as MS, as well as for chronic pain suffers, cancer patients, and patients with autoimmune disease such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, Lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis.
My patients are having fabulous success with raw juiced cannabis. The juice can be frozen to save preparation time. The freezing is typically done in ice cube trays, though it can also be blended with other juices such as apple juice and made into popsicles. Though it’s not yet being done, there is also potential to get the healing benefits of cannabinoid-acids from fresh freeze-dried preparations in capsule form. Topical application of a raw cannabis poultice is also very effective for pain from neuropathy, as well as musculoskeletal pain including arthritis pain.
Plants with high CBD content are best for juicing as they contain more CBD-acids than non-CBD producing strains.
Because of Washington state’s medical cannabis law, patients are allowed to grow up to 15 cannabis plants for their medical use. This means that patients in Seattle and throughout the state can have affordable, safe, and effective medicine for their own personal use without relying on more costly drugs with higher toxicity and side-effect profiles.