CBD: Cannabis after one year in Canada

One year after legalization of cannabis, today cannabis edibles become legal if not purchasable until December.
Over the past year, Canada’s research into medical uses of cannabis, especially CBD, has galloped ahead. Many other countries are also investigating this topic.

Interestingly, the original uses for severe epileptic conditions appear to be just one of many benefits. The Arthritis Society of Canada is advocating for the use of CBD in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. In my reading, I have come across information on immunological and inflammation/pain benefits which would explain the enthusiasm of the Arthritis Society.

People with intestinal issues are also seeing positive results. If immunological effects are true, then that would make a lot of sense.

Human beings have a natural endocannabinoid system which may be involved in regulating physiological and cognitive processes including fertility, pregnancy, pre-and post-natal development. appetite, pain sensation, mood and memory. (Wiki)

Regular foods such as carrots, cacao, black pepper, echinacea, ginseng, etc. contain cannabinoids at much, much smaller concentrations.

Getting good CBD oil may not be a simple matter. First, there are organic vs herbicide/pesticide-treated plants. Then there is the issue of plant variety. Is the variety chosen high in CBD as opposed to THC? Growing conditions, harvesting conditions, curing conditions, methods of extracting the oil –all have an effect on the end result.

Interesting to speculate how much suffering could have been avoided if cannabis had been researched properly from the 1900s!

Interesting to compare the Quebec experience of legalization with Ontario’s. Ford’s Ontario has only limited legal availability and is not making money as the price stays high while Quebec has much wider distribution, is making money and the prices are dropping. Hmm. Who might be benefitting from Ontario’s plan?