What is CBD?
You may have heard people talking about CBD or CBD oils and have wondered what is that? Well that is a good question because CBD is becoming increasingly popular in a number of different applications. Let’s explore CBD together in this straightforward guide to CBD!
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a cannabis compound derived from industrial hemp applications that has a number of significant medical benefits. However, the interesting thing about CBD is that it does not make people feel “stoned” and it also counteracts the psychoactive properties commonly associated with THC.
CBD derived from industrial hemp is non-psychoactive and different from the THC dominant strains of cannabis and provides a wonderful medical option for people who suffer from a number of common ailments such as pain, inflammation, anxiety, spasms, seizures, and psychosis just to name a few. CBD derived from hemp is preferable in these types of medical applications because there is little to no lethargy or dysphoria associated with them as compared to their THC-rich cannabis cousins. The CBD is extracted from the hemp plants’ stalks and stems.
The interesting thing is that there is a lot of scientific and clinical research that highlights the importance and the effectiveness of CBD as a potential treatment for a wide-array of conditions such as alcoholism, arthritis, diabetes, schizophrenia, MS, chronic pain, depression, PTSD, epilepsy, antibiotic resistant infections, and a host of neurological disorders. Most of this research has been sponsored or conducted by the United States Government.
Perhaps, the most fascinating aspect of CBD is its anti-cancer properties. The research conducted so far has been extremely promising on this front and has been picked up by a number of illustrious labs and universities not only in the United States but across the world. So far all studies indicate that CBD appears to be safe even at extremely high-doses which means that its potential as an effective cancer fighting solution is very promising!
For a long time in the United States getting CBD oils was extremely difficult. Almost all cannabis in the country was exclusively THC-rich strains and there was very little industrial hemp production, but that trend is changing fast.
In the spring of 1998, the British Government gave a pharmaceutical company, GW Pharmaceuticals, permission to grow cannabis for use in clinical trials. GW convinced the government that CBD-rich strains of cannabis where the way to go, and they agreed. We can thank GW and the Home Office of the British Government for being a big-part of the reemergence of CBD-rich cannabis strains.
Interestingly enough, there are many examples throughout history of CBD being used in medical applications. In the 19th century Queen Victoria used CBD to ease her menstrual cramps. Also, there have been numerous animals studies over the years that have consistently shown that CBD not only lessens anxiety considerably, but it also reduces the frequency and intensity of seizures.
When medical marijuana was gaining traction in the United States most of the cannabis was THC-rich, but now the trends have changed and there has been the birth of a whole new CBD industry in the United States and around the world thanks in large part to a growing industrial hemp industry.
CBD is increasingly becoming more and more popular in the medical and health industries since it offers a ton of health benefits without the psychoactive properties generally associated with THC-rich strains of cannabis. Continued research consistently returns positive news regarding the potential of CBD and more and more people and companies are creating high-quality CBD products that can be used in a number of different ways to help aid healthy living!
Please take the time to learn more about the incredible benefits of CBD. It could change your life!