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Highless Weed - More Cannabidiol CBD Less THC
Medical Marijuana AKA Highless Weed
What would be the response to widespread availability of a highless weed strain that exhibits many of the same medical marijuana benefits as its more potent sibling without the psychoactive euphoric high that has been constantly rolled as the primary reason for continued government prohibition of the natural plant? That is the question that will likely be debated with advances in designer strains of highless weed that contained increased amounts of the cannabinoid Cannabidiol and far less amounts of the cannabinoid THC. THC is, of course, the psychoactive substance that binds to cannabinoid receptors (namely CB1 and CB2) primarily in the brain of marijuana smokers. Cannabidiol is a lesser known cannabinoid that follows similar pathways but does not bind to these receptors as the THC does. Highless weed looks to be promising for those with specific medical conditions such as inflammation. However, it is certainly not going to be a complete replacement that will satisfy all users. Speaking strictly in terms of medical marijuana, there will be many conditions that simply will not respond well to the highless weed (perhaps ADHD, depression, alcoholism). While plants with high ratios of THC to CBD have been growing in research centers around the world for quite some time, it was in 2012 that an Israeli company named Tikun Olam bred a nearly completely THC-free plant given the name Avidikel. The THC content in the foliage is less than 1%.
A Graphical Look At The Cannabinoids And Health Effects
Medical Conditions Suitable For Highless Weed
Cannabidiol has been studied for medical use for decades now, ever since the 1980s discovery of the cannabinoid receptors. The following conditions and illnesses have all been studied with results showing evidence of improvement and/or symptom relief through the use of high-CBD highless weed:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis (due to CBD's anti-inflammatory effect)
- Liver Inflammation
- Heart Disease
- Breast Cancer
- Neurodegeneration from binge drinking alcohol
On top of studies showing that patients with the above conditions could all be good candidates for the use of highless weed, there are other beneficial side effects. For one, THC-less weed can greatly reduce psychotic episodes and schizophrenic behavior that can sometimes accompany high doses of regular marijuana. The anti-social isolation of a marijuana smoker can possibly be eliminated. The typical memory interference of THC that has lead to terms such as stoner is also not as significant in highless weed.
Legalization Issues With Highless Weed
It looks as though the legalization of substances that contain a combination of cannabidiol and other cannabinoids is still as turbulent as the push for marijuana freedom itself. However, with the breeding of new plants that contain hardly any THC at all it will be interesting to see what direction things take. After all, most of the public outrage that is put out by the conservative portion of the population stems from the psychoactive effects of the plant. However, as with anything it is almost a certainty that pharmaceutical companies will look for ways to maintain their grip on the plant and extracts in order to keep profits high. The following is the legal status of Cannabidiol (and by extrapolation likely highless weed) in various countries:
USA - Cannabidiol is not a controlled substance
Canada - Cannabidiol is a Schedule 2 drug
Please leave a comment if you know of the legal status for your specific country. There is likely to be a great deal of overlap when it comes to drug enforcement laws if such a highless weed plant goes mainstream. The smell and look of the THC-less plant is the same as its high-inducing counterpart. This could lead to mistaken arrests for the plant. In the United States at least, the burden of proof is on the prosecution, but there have certainly been many cases of people being arrested for similar looking plants and getting charged with possession. One example of this could be the latest wave of Spice and incense products. An arrest could be life-interfering and expensive even if innocent.
High-less Weed And The Future
Marijuana is illegal in Israel where the new highless weed plants are grown. However, the company has been introducing the strain to interested patients through the country's medical marijuana initiative. The United States and other countries could be the next in line if the trials go well. Also, medical wellness centers throughout the country have been introducing high CBD strains and other products with their regular line. One of the newest such products is from a company called Dixie Elixir which has begun selling hemp-based CBD products at dispensaries and at their website. Dixie Dew Drops, Scrips (pills), and Salves are all part of their DixieX line. We can expect a lot more action in the arena of highless marijuana and CBD-infused products in the future.