Cannabis, also known as marijuana, is the most common and widely used drug (outside of alcohol) in the world.
The two types of Cannabis most recognised in popular culture are those taken for recreational purposes and medicinal use.
The difference between recreational and medicinal consumption varies country-to-country.
In Australia, recreational use has been decriminalized in Northern Territory and South Australia (this means it remains illegal to sell but you will not be charged if caught with a small amount for personal use).
It will be completely legal in the Australian Capital Territory from January 2020 (commencing 31 January 2020, residents will be allowed to grow two plants and possess up to 50 grams, though sales or other transfers will not be allowed while federal law will remain enforceable).
Medically, it is legal in all states across Australia although the exact protocols vary from state-to-state.
Supplement City is very proud to be one of the first stores in Australia to stock APO Compounds CB₂-MAX (CB2).
CB₂-MAX is effectively a hemp oil that has been infused with a legal dietary cannabinoid called BCP (β-Caryophyllene).
In the Cannabis Sativa plant, there are over 100 identified cannabinoids.
Two of the most common are CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) – while BCP (the active ingredient in Supplement City’s/APO Compounds CB₂-MAX) is the new kid on the block.
Before we explain, it is important to note the difference between Hemp and Marijuana.
Hemp = Is the strongest natural fibre in the world. It is the term to classify varieties of Cannabis that contain 0.3% or less of THC content by dry weight.
Marijuana = Classifies varieties of Cannabis that contain more than 0.3% THC (by dry weight) and is the variety of the plant that gets users “high” (inducing psychotropic or euphoric effects).
Many believe that the term Marijuana is racist.
It is loosely a reference to how Mexicans in the early 1900s used Cannabis regularly as they entered the United States to escape the Mexican Revolution.
“Marijuana” was a term the government used to refer to “Reefer Madness”, which led to widespread negative publicity, the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 and over 80 years of prohibition and ill-informed media and literature coverage.
The hemp based β-Caryophyllene (BCP) is one of the most potent cannabinoids and a full agonist * of the CB₂ (cannabinoid type-2) receptor *.
BCP is considered to be more powerful than CBD, as the latter is a weak agonist of CB₂, and remarkably can be found in every day herbs such as basil, oregano, cinnamon, lavender and black pepper.
While BCP is a dietary cannabinoid, it is found in such small amounts in plain herbs the volume ingested would need to be ridiculous for there to be any therapeutic effect.
The CB₂ receptor is primarily found in the peripheral nervous system (PNS) as opposed to the CB1 receptor which is found in both the central nervous system (CNS) and PNS.
The latter is a target for psycho activity, where is CB₂ isn’t.
It is critical to note that THC is a partial agonist for CB1 and and a weak agonist for CB₂.
BCP has no affinity or effect on the CB1 receptor, and zero impact on the Serotonin or Opioid receptors.
Hundreds of studies have shown that BCP is a highly therapeutic agent and can be effectively used as a treatment for: Alzheimer-like diseases, Anxiety, Atherosclerosis, Cerebral ischemia (brain stroke), Colitis, Depression, Diabetes, Inflammation, Liver disease, Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis.
BCP has also been shown during Cancer studies to show synergy with the chemotherapy drug Paclitaxel on human tumor cells, stimulation of apoptosis (natural cycle cell death) while suppressing tumor growth.
For gym goers and extensive exercisers, BCP has numerous benefits.
It is an effective recovery compound and one of the more potent anti-inflammatory substances.
Thanks to it’s benefits when reducing anxiety and depression, it is noted as a strong stress fighter which then indirectly reduces cortisol.
Supplement City recommends taking APO Compounds CB₂-MAX as an effective post workout recovery agent or a commanding sleep aid.
AGONIST = is a chemical that binds to a receptor. It activates the receptor in question to produce a biological response.
RECEPTOR = an organ, cell, tissue, molecule or membrane. It responds to external stimulus (such as light or heat) or particular substance (like a neurotransmitter or hormone).