What Is CBD
So what is the story about CBD? Why do you hear the name CBD more and more…? What is CBD anyway?
The first person who discovered CBD extracted from the cannabis plant was Dr. Roger Adams in 1940, but it was not until 1963 when the CBD structure was fully elucidated.
That doesn’t say that CBD only existed from that moment. In fact, the first documented use of cannabis-derived medicine goes all the way back to 2737 BC.
It’s said that the Chinese Emperor Sheng Nung used this as a tea to aid with a variety of ailments like memory, rheumatism, malaria, and gout.
Why do we keep hearing more and more about CBD, CBD oil, etc. these days?
The fact is that the medical community not recognized CBD until recently. There was not enough evidence in the past the CBD like CBD oil would help against for example anxiety.
The first real breakthrough came in 1963 when Dr. Raphael Mechoulam successfully identified the stereochemistry of THC. This was the beginning of a long row of discoveries to what would lead to CBD.
In the 1980s, Dr. Mechoulam and his team conducted a study on the potential application of CBD to treat epilepsy as a hypnotic. In the study, they gave daily doses of 300mg of CBD to a group of 8 subjects.
After four months of treatment, half of the subjects stopped having seizures and the other four had a significant decrease in the frequency of their seizures.
Why is CBD not recognized and why is CBD now so trending and not back in the old days?
The problem with this discovery was that it was never publicized like any other breakthrough in that time because of the huge stigma against cannabis during that time until basically 1996.
In 1996 there was in California a proposition called proposition 215 passed by the government.
This meant that in California medical cannabis was legal. Not much later, several other states in the United States followed.
With this legalization, patients in those states had legal access to cannabis and also researchers could expand their studies on cannabinoid medical uses.
This expansion leads to research into the potential of CBD for a big variety of ailments such as chronic pain, epilepsy and much more.
Because cannabis was getting more and more socially accepted combined with the fact that more and more people shared their personal experiences with others, the popularity of CBD rose and rise and is still rising today.
How is CBD made?
To explain how CBD is made we need to go back to the basics, in this case, the cannabis plant.
This plant (cannabis Sativa) can be classified as hemp if it contains less than 0.3% THC. If the same plant contains over 0.3% THC, it’s called marijuana.
Making CBD starts with planting a clone, a previously planted cannabis plant that they source from for example a greenhouse. If you wonder why they use clones, it is because a clone makes it easier to get the exact plant you want (high CBD, low THC) versus a seed where you don’t know the outcome.
Once the clones are planted by hand they get watered as needed depending on the soil moisture level while monitoring the soil for the pH value. Basically, this process goes on from May till October.
October is the month where the harvest begins, they will put the plants up in a barn where they are left to air-dry. It’s dry and ventilated in the barn, so mold and mildew won’t affect the plants.
The plants are kept there for about three to four weeks and are hanging all that time upside down until they are cured.
When the plants are cured, the flower will be stripped and the rest of the plant will be destroyed or sold to other companies to use as roots. The stripped flower will go in a processor that will grind it down to the consistency of the coffee ground.
After that, cold methanol extraction will remove any terpenes (an organic compound that gives its distinct scent) they don’t want.
The final phase in this process is to let the grinned cannabis flower go through the winterization where the grinned flower will be subjected to cold to pull off any fatty acids, lipids and any other stuff that might alter the chemical make-up of the oil.
The last phase of making CBD is making the CBD oil, also called; The destination processes. In this process, they turn the mixture in a warm bath until there is only a leftover of raw oil.
This raw oil goes through another distillation process to get that clear oil color and to remove some contaminants while leaving the terpenes they want in there.
After they make the CBD oil, it needs to be tested for quality and strength by an independent lab.
Also, the oil needs to be bottled or added to soap, lotion or any other product where the oil is used.
What are the benefits of CBD?
This is an interesting topic and hard to answer. CBD has a lot of benefits from which some are proofed and some are just based on what other people said how it benefited them.
One important thing to remember is that nobody is the same, what I mean by that is that everybody can experience CBD differently, also depending on the dose, some need more before they notice any difference in their life.
That being said, here are some things where CBD will improve your life depending on the dose you use.
1. CBD will help you manage stress and anxiety naturally:
One of the most mentioned benefits of CBD is that it reduces your body’s natural stress response and the stress hormones. CBD will kick in right when you need it, bringing you back into a balanced and comfortable state.
CBD helps our brain and bodies access and reduces the breakdown of important chemicals that we need. This results in a life filled with more joy and relaxation. Don’t forget, more relaxation means less stress.
2. CBD help with reducing pain and inflammation:
There are a lot of different products which have CBD in them. It turns out that under the tongue and topical use, CBD products are highly effective for reducing chronic pain and inflammation.
In 2015 there was a study that concluded that mice given topical CBD for arthritis had less inflammation and pain signals after only four days with no side effect.
3. CBD will help you improve your sleep:
Lots of CBD users claim that there sleep improved massively after using CBD oil drops.
There are so many ways in which CBD can support your quality of sleep by reducing chronic pain, anxiety and many other challenges that prevent us from a good old-fashioned sleep.
Ask your doctor how CBD can help you in improving your quality of sleep.
4. Heal without getting addicted:
Oke, this is big. Many people believe that because CBD comes from the cannabis plant that it will be addictive.
Well, that’s far from the truth… CBD is not addictive, so keeping the same dose is perfectly fine and even encouraged. In fact (mind-blowing fact), the more you use it, the better it works. Your body doesn’t build up a tolerance to the compound.
5. YOU WILL NOT GET HIGH:
They prove it, CBD will not get you high, CBD is not psychoactive or psychotropic. Although it comes from the cannabis plant, it only contains small traces (if not 0% traces) of the compound THC, which is the compound that makes you high.
Instead of getting you high, CBD has healing effects, reducing stress, anxiety, pain and much more with complete mental clarity.
See this infographic to see more CBD benefits:
How can CBD improve your quality of life?
This is the topic we all want to know everything about, and the truth is that CBD can improve your life in so many ways, it’s difficult to mention everything. Let’s try to show you how CBD can improve your quality of life.
What you have to realize is if you want CBD to improve your life, start with yourself, ask yourself the question of what you would want CBD to do?
Do you struggle with chronic pain? Do you have epilepsy? Do you have problems with sleep? Problems with Acne?.
There is much evidence where the quality of life improved for the people that have chronicle pain, epilepsy, Parkinson, ADHD, problems with sleep and lots more.
Also, seniors who are taking CBD claimed that their quality of life improved, they sleep better, they can walk easier because of the joint relief and also they can handle the side effects of medicines better because of CBD.
For young people under us, CBD can help with reducing acne, CBD oil has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce acne.
For people who are suffering from a neurological disorder like epilepsy or multiple sclerosis, CBD can help you improve your quality of life massively.
Sativex, an oral spray consisting of CBD and THC has been proven to be safe and super effective to reduce muscle spasticity for people with multiple sclerosis.
When you are suffering from epilepsy, 0.9-2.3 grams of CBD oil per pound of body weight helps to reduce seizures by a massive amount of 36.5%.
CBD can help children who suffer from Dravet syndrome, reducing their seizures.
Important to note: Some people in all the above cases have adverse reactions associated with CBD treatment such as convulsions, fever, and fatigue.
There are a lot more potential benefits regarding the use of CBD, I will point some out for you:
- Antipsychotic effects
- Drug abuse treatment
- Anti-tumor effects
- Diabetes prevention
So as you can see there are a lot of things where CBD can really improve your life but like I said, and I will say it again, some people have adverse reactions associated with CBD, so always, but ALWAY ask your doctor for advice before starting a CBD treatment.
What does Science tell us about CBD?
The difficult topic about CBD is that CBD is way before science, meaning that there are a lot of claims how CBD helps, but a lot of those claims can not be backed up by science. But that doesn’t mean science cannot tell us anything about CBD.
There are already a lot of studies showing how CBD can benefit the user of it. For example, there is scientific evidence that CBD is very effective in treating some of the cruelest childhood syndromes, such as Dravet syndrome and the Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), those syndromes rarely respond to antiseizure medications.
CBD could reduce the number of seizures and sometimes even able to stop them altogether.
Science also suggests that CBD may help with anxiety, also for patients who suffer through the misery of insomnia, so when patients use CBD, they fall asleep much easier and also stay asleep much longer.
I will go much more about this topic, but as you can see there is already a lot of evidence and proof that CBD helps with lots of mental and physical illnesses.
I will close this topic by saying that you ALWAYS, BUT ALWAYS need to consult a doctor to see if CBD is something to try, even if for no other reason then to make sure it won’t affect other medications you are taking.
You can see there are a lot of facts and also insecurities about CBD. CBD can help with lots of mental and physical problems, but not all of them are scientifically proofed.
The good thing is that CBD doesn’t hurt your health and you can try it out for yourself (advise a doctor before you do) and see the result for yourself.
The myth about CBD is that it cures diseases because in most cases it doesn’t, maybe when science knows how to use CBD and in what dose, but for the moment CBD does not cure most of the illnesses but it helps in pain management and lots of other things.
CBD helps you improve quality of life, but it will not cure you completely.