10 CBD Facts You Need To Know
CBD is gaining popularity rapidly in the United States and across Europe in recent times but many people are unaware of it’s storied past. CBD is used currently for a number of factors from health to recreation to recovery. Let’s have a look at the top 10 CBD facts.
CBD Comes From The Cannabis Plant
CBD is a derivative of the Cannabis Sativa plant also known as hemp. CBD replaces THC as the active ingredient of the buds or flowers of the marijuana plant. The only difference between hemp and marijuana is the THC content. If it is under .3%, it will classed as hemp and anything over .3% will be classified as marijuana.
CBD Was Illegal Until 2018
CBD comes from hemp which has a storied past and was even accepted the US government in lieu of taxes for hundreds of years until prohibition in 1937.
The Farm Bill was a long time coming but it finally found it’s way to Donald Trump’s desk in 2018 for signing. The bill labelled any cannabis plant with under .3% THC as hemp and any with over .3% as Marijuana. Europe also introduced similar legislations, understanding the importance of industrial hemp to the economy.
The resulting explosion in popularity of Hemp begs the question, why didn’t it happen sooner?
CBD works with the Bodies Endocannabinoid System To Heal
The Endocannabinoid system is a series of receptors located throughout the human mind and body.
The receptors and broken down into CB1 and CB2 receptors.
CB1 receptors are generally found in the peripheral nervous system and the central nervous system. They are found in brain and the spine.
It’s main functions include:
Health And Disease
Motor Activity and even addiction response
CB2 Receptors are generally found in the peripheral nervous system and can help to keep the immune system healthy while also dealing with many gastrointestinal issues such as irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease.
CBD feeds these receptors which are responsible overall for maintaining health and balance in the human body.
The Endocannabinoid System Works with Endocannabinoids and Phytocannabinoids
Endocannabinoids are the ones that are produced naturally within the human body and these bind with the CB receptors to keep the body functionality normally and to keep the individual healthy.
Phytocannabinoids are the ones found in plants such as CBD and THC. Since Endocannabinoid deficiency can lead to a ton of health problems. Supplementing with CBD has a healing hand in a huge range of illnesses due to the amount of receptors around the body are their varying functions.
Humans aren’t the only ones with Endocannabinoid Systems
Almost all mammals with a backbone have an endocannabinoid system and that includes dogs, cats, horses and guinea pigs to name a few. Since animals are subject to many of the same illnesses as humans, CBD can be an effective way to combat a huge range of illnesses in pets from Diabetes to Cancer to Arthritis to even Colic and Laminitis in horses and boredom and stress in Parrots.
It’s no surprise then that CBD for pets is growing almost as fast as CBD for humans.
Endocannabinoid Deficiency Plays A Part In Illness
Endocannabinoid Deficiency is a clinical theory suggesting that when a person or animal is short on Endocannabinoids that it can lead to a wide range of health issues including migraines, Fibromyalgia, PTSD and Irritable Bowel syndrome.
In short, if your body is not producing enough cannabinoids on it’s own then introducing Phytocannabinoids from plants such as hemp can help to cure the deficiency and maintain balance and health in the individual.
CBD Oil And Hemp Seed Oil Are Completely different
People ask this all the time. Are CBD oil and Hemp oil the same thing? Yes they are, but when we were are talking about hemp seed oil, then it is different. CBD comes from the Buds of the hemp plant and full spectrum oil will contain all the cannabinoids and comes with the entourage effect for maximum healing. To be classified as hemp the plant must contain under .3% THC which is another cannabinoid. Hemp oil and CBD oil can be classified as the same thing, once we are not referring to hemp seed oil.
Hemp seed oil comes from the seeds of the plant which contains almost no cannabinoids with minimal THC and minimal CBD. Hemp seed oil is whoever an effective remedy for skin and hair health and it is packed with nutrition making a perfect addition to any diet.
There is a lot of ambiguity here and it has led to a lot of confusion, especially on Amazon. CBD is banned on Amazon and this has led to many companies labelling their product as hemp seed oil or hemp extract to avoid being taken down. If you are buying on Amazon, make sure that you check the reviews and the product info to say, full spectrum or hemp extract and not just hemp seed oil!
The Entourage Effect In CBD
Something mighty happens when you bring all the components of the hemp plant together as an oil and that is the entourage effect.
Full Spectrum Oils have come to dominate CBD isolates because of the Entourage effect. This is when all the cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenes of the plant work together as a team for the maximum healing benefit and it has shown to be much more effective than isolates.
While the entourage effect may only be a theory still, it is becoming clear that full spectrum is better than isolates for healing.
CBD Can Mitigate The Effects Of THC
THC is the first cousin of CBD and it has a few more sinister side effects to look out for. THC is the cannabinoid that is responsible for making people high and while small doses of THC can have positive effects on sleep and anxiety, it appears that too much marijuana can actually have the opposite effect and can also lead to psychosis and paranoia.
CBD is a negative allosteric modulator of the CB1 receptors that THC binds too, which makes the THC less effective. Users who take CBD and THC together feel a lot less anxious and a lot less high.
The health benefits of taking both CBD and THC at the same time is still under investigation but the initial research appears to show a positive correlation.
CBD Is Replacing Traditional Pain Medications
One thing that is not in dispute is CBD’s ability to combat pain and inflammation. This is making CBD a powerful remedy to the side effects of Arthritis but also leading to widespread use among athletes whose busy schedules and tough workouts, leave their bodies worn down and inflamed. Traditional pain killers work but they can also come with nasty side effects and can mix badly with other medications or steroids, causing serious issues. CBD is a natural and 100% safe way to relief pain.
CBD Is Replacing Xanax For Anxiety
Xanax is an effective Anti Anxiety medication but it is highly addictive and your body quickly becomes immune to the effects leading to higher doses which can eventually cause problems such as dependance and overdosing.
CBD is quickly replacing Xanax and is also an effective anti anxiety medication that comes without the side effects which may be why many are making the switch to CBD. CBD also regulates the impulsive drive of addiction and this may also help to get people off of Xanax and other addictions.
CBD Has Been Used As Medication For Thousands Of Years
Cannabis as medicine first showed up in Ancient China thousands of years ago. In 2,700 BC Emperor Sheng Neng wrote extensively about the medicines of the time, mentioning hemp as a major medicinal property.
Hemps use as medicine has continued throughout the world since then. It is widely accepted that Queen Victoria took cannabis as medication to relieve her menstrual cramps with Sir J. Russel Reynolds quoted in 1890 as saying:
” Cannabis is one of the finest medicines we possess.”
The use of cannabis as medicine is scattered throughout history going back thousands of years in Egypt, The Netherlands, Ancient Greece and the Middle East.
CBD As A Compound Was First Discovered In 1940
While humans have been cultivating hemp for thousands of years, the compound CBD was only discovered in 1940 by Roger Adams and it was first synthesised in 1963 by Raphael Mechoulam. CBD is one cannabinoid out of at least 60 in the cannabis plant and there may 100’s yet to be discovered fully.
CBD is a $5 Billion Dollar Market in 2019
In the 1930’s, before prohibition, Hemp was labelled as the billion dollar crop. In 2019, post prohibition, it has easily exceeded this number and is set to be worth a whopping $22 Billion in 2026 with a 125% growth expected in the interim.
Hemp was a crucial part of early America and if it weren’t for corporate greed, hemp may remained the main crop for paper, fuel and textiles. Instead we have caused irreparable damage to our planet, oceans and forests by using fossil fuel and wood to fuel our nations.
CBD Stops Seizures In Their Tracks
CBD stops kids from having seizures and the evidence is becoming undeniable. There are noe tons of examples of kids having multiple seizures where CBD has stopped it in their tracks and it’s not just seizures that cbd is helping. It is also a highly effective remedy for tons of other ailments and it is non toxic like so many other pharmaceuticals.
There Are A Ton Of Ways To Take CBD
CBD oil may have hit the mainstream in oil form but it has gone onto to be taken in a huge number of ways. Companies continue to innovate year after year and we can even CBD infused Teas, Coffees, Soft Drinks and Gummies.
Each way to take CBD comes with it’s own benefits:
An oil is probably the best way to take CBD and will lead to the maximum amount of CBD entering the blood stream and is effective for a huge range of ailments from insomnia to cancer.
CBD Creams are also hugely popular. They can be applied directly at the point of pain or inflammation making it a perfect choice for athletes and arthritis to get relief from sore and inflamed muscles and joints.
CBD Capsules are perfect for those on the go or want to get their recommended daily dose quickly without any fuss.
CBD Flowers is a category that is experiencing growth. CBD is being smoked just like marijuana without the psychoactive high and side effects. CBD flowers should leave the user feeling more relaxed and focussed.
CBD Edibles is also becoming a huge category including chocolates, gummies and pretty much every other treat you can think of now coming in a CBD form.
A lot of people will start the day with a dose of CBD oil and then will microdose using the other forms throughout the day.
Hemp is a plant that was targeted for prohibition in the 1930s and that had a hugely negative on the planet and the environment in the name of corporate greed and we are delighted to see this overdue legislation come into effect. We look forward to see where Hemp goes over the next 5, 10, 20 years and beyond.
Aidan Lehane is an entrepreneur who has a lifelong passion for CBD, Hemp and allowing people to find an effective natural remedy to many of their pains and illnesses.
Aidan has been a constant advocate for cbd and hemp legalization for over 2 decades and is often found researching & creating blogs and videos about CBD, on the Great Hemp Youtube channel while testing and reviewing countless products for quality and effectiveness.