Charlotte's Web is strain of medical marijuana that gained national attention after CNN aired Dr. Gupta's documentary about a little girl named Charlotte who was suffering from over 300 seizures a day. Faced with no other option, Charlotte's family reached out to a family of brothers who cultivated a high-CBD, low-THC strain of marijuana. The strain proved to be an effective form of medicine with little psychoactive side effects. It was named Charlotte's Web after it helped significantly reduce the number of seizures the little girl suffered.
CBD is able to reduce the psychoactive effects of THC in the body by antagonizing the action of THC at the CB1 receptors; CB1 receptors are associated with the psychotropic effects of marijuana. CBD also has antipsychotic properties which can counteract those produced by THC. It can relieve cannabis-induced anxiety as well as anxiety from other causes. Even though it has several unwanted side effects, THC is a vital ingredient for medical cannabis since cannabinoids are more effective when taken together rather than when taken individually.
THC is one of the cannabinoids found in marijuana. It is the psychoactive component responsible for the user feeling “high”. CBD or cannabidiol is another cannabinoid found in marijuana. It does not have psychoactive effects and therefore does not make users “stoned.”
Schedule I substances are those that have the following findings:
- The drug or substance has a high potential for abuse.
- The drug or substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.
- There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or substance under medical supervision
Currently, 27 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana, decriminalized marijuana, or both. Also, 4 states have legalized recreational marijuana and 14 states have legalized a limited form of marijuana by allowing patients access to cannabidiol (CBD).