by cindy trethewey
What is CBD or Cannabidiol?
1. CBD otherwise known as "cannabidiol" which is pronounced, canna-bid-dye-all is the second most abundant chemical compound in the cannabis plant. There are over 120 cannabinoids in cannabis and THC is the most abundant with CBD coming in second place.
In recent years CBD has gained popularity for its many potential medical benefits without the intoxicating effects as with THC. Advancements in breeding techniques have now rendered strains of the marijuana/cannabis plant to be 99% CBD and less than .3% THC. These low levels of THC render the plant legal to formulate into tincture forms, edibles, pills, salves, patches and other consumable products which are legal to distribute in all 50 states.
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2. The chemical compound CBD is non-psychoactive and does not render a "high" like its buddy THC, although both compounds come from the same cannabis plant, Sativa L. CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant in a variety of methods as any other herbal tincture on the market today. CBD is as safe as peppermint oil and in that regard, CBD Oil can be extracted to isolate out the THC completely or almost completely depending on the method of extraction. CBD is known to counter and even block the intoxicating effects of THC. It is believed in earlier years, the Cannabis Sativa L. plant that grew in the wild had higher levels of CBD compound in them naturally but over time as the demand for the intoxicant THC increased, the hybrid cannabis and plants and their seeds slowly converted to higher THC strains. Now the trend is returning back to more CBD dominant strains as the benefits of the more calming CBD oil are becoming more popular. There are no known side-effects from ingesting CBD, even in large quantities. The Current Drug Safety review rendered CBD safe and it “does not interfere with several psychomotor and psychological functions.”
3. CBD has an amazing range of potential medicinal benefits to the human body. CBD can be extracted and isolated out as a single compound of the cannabis plant into a white crystaline powder which can be rendered water soluble to add to beverages, edibles and cosmetics. Or CBD Hemp Oil can be carefully isolated from the THC chemical component, allowing the other beneficial cannabinoids of the cannabis plant to remain intact in the CBD oil. This phenomena where the CBD and other plant cannabinoids and terpenes remain and are purposely separated from the THC in the form of a liquified CBD oil. CBD oil extract is similar in consistency as olive oil. The extraction method whereby a blend of cannabinoids along with the CBD compound remain is known to scientists as "the entourage effect."
What remains is a nutritious blend of CBD rich hemp oil. CBD Hemp Oil is considered to be a Super Food - it offers a complete spectrum of natural proteins, with all 20 amino acids used by the human body, including all eight essential amino acids. It contains the perfect ratio of omega fatty acids 3, 6 & 9. CBD Hemp has high levels of enzymes, fiber, vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, D, and E and is rich in essential minerals such as calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, manganese, and phosphorus. CBD is packed full of natural carotenes, flavonoids, keytones, nitrogenous compounds and terpenes.
It is believed the nutritious characteristics of the CBD oil lend it the wonderful health benefits. However, most of the clinical research has been conducted on animals with few human trials.
Here is a small excerpt from an article published in The British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology - Fernández-Ruiz J - Sagredo O, Pazos MR, García C, Pertwee R, Mechoulam R, Martínez-Orgado J. © 2012 The British Pharmacological Society. Published on the PubMed website:
"Cannabidiol for Neurodegenerative Disorders: Important New Clinical Applications for this Phytocannabinoid? "Cannabidiol (CBD) is a phytocannabinoid with therapeutic properties for numerous disorders exerted through molecular mechanisms that are yet to be completely identified. CBD acts in some experimental models as an anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, anti-oxidant, anti-emetic, anxiolytic and antipsychotic agent, and is therefore a potential medicine for the treatment of neuroinflammation, epilepsy, oxidative injury, vomiting and nausea, anxiety and schizophrenia, respectively. The neuroprotective potential of CBD, based on the combination of its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, is of particular interest and is presently under intense preclinical research in numerous neurodegenerative disorders."
CBD neutralizes the intoxicating effects of THC. CBD seems to offer natural reduction in the feeling of the traditional marijuana high. Studies shed light on the fact that CBD lowers the intoxicating effects of THC and mitigates memory impairment and paranoia. The more abundant the CBD compound in the marijuana cigarette, the more relaxed the smoker will feel with fewer sensations of anxiety or that freaked out feeling. CBD is completely safe, even in large doses, it has never been known to cause an overdose of any kind. CBD when made into oil form or processed into foods and beverages is considered a health food by the FDA.
CBD and THC are found naturally in various strengths in all cannabis strains, both marijuana and hemp, as well as, endica and sativa strains alike. In order for a cannabis plant to be classified as hemp, that particular strain is exceedingly low in THC levels.
Some strains of CBD cannabis are known to increase alertness. CBD in some instances counteract the drowsiness and sleepiness effects often associated with THC. Both CBD and THC have been found to present no risk of lethal overdose. However as more people ingest the whole raw cannabis plant in blended smoothies without smoking the cannabis or heating it in any way, anecdotal evidence is beginning to show that eating cannabis raw as a food source is the safest and most medicinal method of ingesting the potential healing agents in the plant. Medical cannabis users may be advised to choose strains of cannabis with higher levels of CBD over THC to reduce the frequency of intoxication.
5. Ancient civilizations have revered hemp as a major priority for the livelihood of their communities. The ancient Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Persians, Greeks, Romans and Assyrians all used hemp for its practical purposes and a staple source of food and medicine.
Prohibition against cannabis started in the United States in 1937 with the Marihauana Tax Act. Prior to this cannabis was considered a medicine that was sold over the counter by pharmacists for a sleep aid and for convulsion among other ailments.
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