What is CBD Anyway?
CBD (Cannabidiol) is all over the news today, and for good reason. CBD, a chemical compound found in plants from the Cannabis family, is being shown to help with a staggering array of ailments to the human body ranging from the common to the more serious. It is important to know that CBD is non-psychoactive (it will not make you high), unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Due to decades of marijuana prohibition, many people believe that CBD only comes from Marijuana and is therefore still illegal in most states. This is not true, however.
Marijuana and Hemp are both from the Cannabis family and both produce CBD. However, because hemp only contains minuscule amounts of THC, it is legal in all 50 states if formulated in accordance with the law. Section 7606 of H.R.2642 – Agricultural Act (Farm Bill) of 2014 states that:
“(2) Industrial hemp. — The term “industrial hemp” means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”
The Agricultural Act of 2014 further states:
“a State department of agriculture may grow or cultivate industrial hemp
if– (1) the industrial hemp is grown or cultivated for purposes of research conducted under an agricultural pilot program or other agricultural or academic research; and (2) the growing or cultivating of industrial hemp is allowed under the laws of the State in which such institution of higher education or State department of agriculture is located and such research occurs.”
Forty states that currently allow cultivation of hemp for commercial, research or pilot programs include: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Despite ongoing positive legislation, there still exists legal debate over CBD legally derived from industrial hemp. At the federal level it remains ambiguous as to whether CBD itself is considered a Schedule 1 Drug, and the current laws regarding cannabis and CBD are contradictory. The DEA might argue yes, but in reality, CBD derived from industrial hemp does not meet the criteria for a Schedule 1 Drug. As of this writing, new legislation is currently in committee that may, once and for all, clearly move industrial help and its derivatives off the Schedule 1 Drug list.
What are the Potential Benefits of CBD?
Now having gotten that out of the way, there many resources regarding how CBD products may help you. Most of our partners provide exhaustive information on the potential health and wellness benefits of CBD, and we encourage you to visit their sites as well. All of our products are purchased wholesale directly from the manufacturers.
Our friends at Green Flower Botanicals have given us permission to provide you with their summary regarding the potential wellness benefits of hemp extracts with CBD. CBD is only one of over 85 components found in the cannabis family that belong to a class of molecules called cannabinoids. Of these components, CBD and THC are usually present in the highest concentrations and are therefore the most recognized and studied. CBD and THC levels tend to vary in amount and ratio among the various strains of cannabis. Marijuana grown for recreational purposes often contains higher levels of THC than CBD, and this is why hemp can be the better choice for a CBD product.
By using selective breeding techniques, cannabis growers have managed to create strains which contain high levels of CBD and levels of THC that are almost zero and well below the legal limit. Because the medical benefits of cannabis are becoming more well-known and new markets are being established, these strains are becoming more popular and hemp is rapidly re-emerging as a significant industry, both here in the US and abroad.
THC is the compound in marijuana that produces the “high” that has historically driven it’s use. Unlike the THC in marijuana, CBD from hemp does not have psychoactive effects. CBD derived from hemp has a clinical advantage as a medicinal therapy, which many health professionals prefer because of its minimal side effects. CBD is non-psychoactive because it does not act on the same pathways in our bodies as THC. THC acts on pathways called CB1 receptors which are highly concentrated in the brain and are responsible for the mind-altering effects of THC.
A 2011 review published in Current Drug Safety concluded that CBD “does not interfere with several psychomotor and psychological functions.” The authors add that several studies suggest that CBD is “well tolerated and safe” even at high doses.
CBD Shows Promise to Have a Wide Range of Benefits
Although CBD and THC act on different pathways of the body, they seem to share many of the same medical benefits. According to a 2013 review published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, studies are showing CBD to potentially have the following properties:
|Potential Properties of CBD||Effects of these Properties|
|Antiemetic||Combats nausea and vomiting|
|Anticonvulsant||Combats convulsant activity|
|Anti-inflammatory||Combats inflammatory disorders|
|Anti-oxidant||Provides anti-oxidant benefits|
|Anxiolytic/Anti-depressant||Combats anxiety and depression|
Multiple other studies have found CBD to possess other potential benefits to combat issues such as:
- Anxiety and depression
- Insomnia and sleep disorders
- Pain and inflammation
- Arthritic pain and inflammation
- Gastrointestinal symptoms
- Symptoms of Cardiovascular disease
- And the research continues…As do countless testimonials.
While research to date is promising, it is far from over and few conclusions can be drawn at this time. Green Flower Botanicals (who love research as much as we do) provide a complete research database on Cannabidiol (CBD) as a treatment for various conditions. We encourage you to visit their website at www.greenflowerbotanicals.com.
CBD And How It Heals: The Endocannabinoid System
Every human being (and all other mammals), possess an Endocannabinoid System. This system is a network of specialized receptors that regulate many bodily systems which help nurture and heal the body. When the Endocannabinoid System is deficient or not working properly, a number of minor or more serious conditions can occur. There are many ways to nurture the Endocannabinoid System, which can include some fruits and vegetables. However, no known substance feeds our Endocannabinoid System as efficiently as pure CBD oil. Once you begin feeding this system, it is not uncommon to experience a noticeable or possibly dramatic improvement in health.