A professor of Botany, Department of Botany, University of Lagos, Dele Olowokudejo, said: “Quite an interesting situation. You know that in those countries where it is legalised because of the obvious medicinal and therapeutic benefits, there were legislations and strict regulations pertaining to its distribution, sale, possession and use….including certification.
He said studies have found that cannabis seed extract has antioxidant effects owing to its cannabidiol content, which regulates the immune system and could help in neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, neuropathic pain, Alzheimer’s disease and so on. “Cannabis possesses strong anti-inflammatory properties. It is therefore highly useful in relieving pain resulting from an injury, infection or any autoimmunity disorder,” Amibor said.
“The data is exciting but pretty complex in that different pain measures responded differently to the drug effect, to the expectancy, or both the drug and expectancy combined—so we’re still trying to figure out what is behind the differential data with different kinds of pain measures,” said Maisto. “The next step is studying the mechanisms underlying these findings and figuring out why giving instructions or CBD itself causes certain reactions to a pain stimulus.”
Cannabinoids are present in Cannabis sativa and occur naturally in the nervous and immune systems of animals. They are structurally related to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or that bind to cannabinoid receptors.
De Vita and Maisto used sophisticated equipment that safely induces experimental heat pain, allowing them to measure how the recipient’s nervous system reacts and responds to it. “Then we administer a drug, like pure CBD, or a placebo and then re-assess their pain responses and see how they change based on which substance was administered,” said De Vita.
In 2014, a British research team found that the results of these animal studies were also applicable to human heart conditions.
Researchers believe there are at least two active chemicals in cannabis that have medicinal applications: cannabidiol and tetrahydrocannabinol.
There are products like THC edibles that are being used today to help relieve symptoms or treat various diseases. CBD is also being used to treat various medical conditions.
3. Eases anxiety
Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, impacts the brain without a high, and tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC, has pain relieving properties.
CBD oil is made by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant, then diluting it with a carrier oil like coconut or hemp seed oil.
Scientists have discovered that some cannabinoids have a variety of positive effects under laboratory conditions, including:
Many have spoken about the immense potential for cannabis oil to be used successfully in cancer treatment.