The Science of CBD (Cannabidiol) with Dr John Hicks

This was based on an interview with Dr John Hicks, from Los Gatos California, on CBD (Cannabidiol) to help the body heal itself.

How did you get interested in CBD (Cannabidiol)?

I got interested in CBD (Cannabidiol) because I had several young patients with seizures that were out of control. They were on multiple medications and they could hardly function, they couldn’t even stay awake during the day and had to drop out of school.  So what I was looking for was – Are there some other answers? Is there another way to do this without creating those issues and problems? And that’s really where CBD (Cannabidiol) starts to fill in a void.

It’s working by stabilizing the neurons so they’re less likely to keep firing and so it stabilizes the intracellular calcium, it works with the adenosine 2A receptors, it works with the 5HT1 receptors and it’s just rebalancing and remodulating the whole system itself.

Is CBD (Cannabidiol) psychoactive?

With CBD (Cannabidiol) since it’s the non-psychotropic side of the hemp, or marijuana, it doesn’t have the psychoactive activity, so it’s not affecting CB1 receptors. It has been tested up to 700 milligrams a day and really no side effects were noted at all, so it’s margin of safety is great. Also, you don’t have the cannabinoid receptors around the cardiovascular and respiratory centers and the brain stem, so you don’t get the psychotropic side effects, and typically the most common thing is the more you get you may get tired and you may get the munchies.

What are the medical uses of CBD (Cannabidiol)?

Well the uses are very broad, because you look at it as a preventative, so it can prevent inflammation from starting, it helps to remodulate your immune system. So in that, then the next piece of that is decreasing inflammation and it’s neuro protectant it decreases inflammation it prevents ischemic injury and can be used after a stroke up to six hours and it will start to decrease the amount of damage that was done and the progression of the damage. Then it’s great for anxiety it’s anxiolytic at low doses, so that effect is through the limbic system and affecting the amygdala and hippocampus and prefrontal cortex. So it helps to it can allow the extinguishing of fear, so it can be used with post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorders, those types of things. Then it can be used for gut inflammation because it does that on two sides, it affects the microglial cells in the neuro immune system and it topically decreases inflammation. So when you’re looking at something like ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s, any of those, it can help decrease that inflammation and increase the healing speed.

What are the side effects of CBD (Cannabidiol)?

It helps to dis-inhibit and I think that’s really the piece and that’s the whole limbic system piece because that’s sort of where we tie emotion to things and if it reduces the stress of the moment and allows you to enjoy that moment more, then you’re gonna feel better about, it and your participation will be enhanced. Looking at CBD (Cannabidiol) both at M THC will affect the amygdala and help modulate the sensory input. CBD (Cannabidiol) is more specific for sensory input and the emotional pieces, releasing energy is more the CB1 THC piece for that.

Does smoking Marijuana cause lung cancer?

Well actually there been some studies done with smoking it and it really doesn’t create the lung issues that smoking cigarettes did and actually they showed that, for risk of lung cancer, those who had smoked marijuana versus those who had not smoked, the marijuana smokers had a lower incidence of lung cancer than did people who didn’t smoke at all. Because it’s really relieving bronchospasm and then it’s providing large amounts of antioxidants, so delivery systems it’s really going to depend on what the person is comfortable with. The CBD (Cannabidiol) mainly is oils or liquids or capsules, so you’re not going to be smoking that, although you can use a vape pipe and it can be aerosolized, so you could use that.

What is the role of CBD (Cannabidiol) in anti-ageing?

Well I think when you look at what are the pieces that will make me as healthy as I can be, so to me adding CBD (Cannabidiol) is really a beneficial piece. I mean vitamins and minerals, we all sort of know yes we do that a lot has to do with what we eat and when we eat and are we getting good probiotics. I mean there’s a lot of pieces to this, but I think CBD (Cannabidiol) because it potentially prevents so many problems that adding that in a very small amount. You don’t need a lot you know four or five six milligrams a day can be enough as a preventative, to really help.

So you can get topical products with this creams, lotions, there’s shampoos, conditioners, there’s all kinds of applications that, since you absorb it trans dermally, you’re going to get small amounts through that and we don’t really get much of that in our normal diet.

So when you look, at okay, it’s you know it’s neuroprotective it’s anti-inflammatory, it modulates your immune system, it protects your gut, it protects your heart muscles, it increases cell energy, it helps you recover after exercise, so for athletes it can be a big deal because it can increase your performance and your body’s capability to perform.

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