CBD & CBD Oil: What are they?

Cannabis has been part of the human experience for thousands of years, yet only in the last half-century has CBD cannabis oil been investigated by medical researchers for its potential health benefits. Here is what we’ve learned:

A Brief History Of Cannabis

The marijuana plant was first recorded by ancient peoples as far back as 12,000 years ago. Its use during this time was thought to be focused on clothing, paper, and even pottery. It wasn’t until 2737 BC that the Chinese emperor, Shen Nung, was the first to record the medicinal purposes of cannabis.

At this time, Emperor Shen Nung discovered that cannabis had remarkable pain-relieving qualities. Jump centuries down the road to 2017 and cannabis is being reinvigorated by research and public support due to its remarkable potential as a medicinal treatment.

In today’s society, the marijuana plant is beginning to drastically change the medical field. Researchers are starting to show cannabis as a potential treatment in patients with:

The main question behind all of this research is: what in cannabis gives this plant its amazing medical qualities and traits?

The Wonder of CBD Cannabis Oil

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The answer is none other than cannabidiol, also known as CBD. What is CBD oil, you ask? CBD oil is, simply put, is oil extracted from cannabis containing high concentrations of CBD. CBD is an organic substance known as a cannabinoid. The marijuana plant is made up of nearly 100 different cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are the chemicals and compounds that make cannabis genetically unique.

Out of all of the cannabinoids, however, there are two that scientists have been focusing on: THC and CBD. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is known as the cannabinoid in the plant that gives consumers their psychoactive or euphoric high.

THC, like CBD, has shown potential as a treatment used for many medicinal purposes, including chronic pain relief, nausea, and anxiety. There is one cannabinoid, however, that has stood out above the rest for its potential medicinal qualities WITHOUT the high.

You guessed it: CBD.

CBD is the non-psychoactive cannabinoid that is being researched for its remarkable treatments of patients with epilepsy, cancer, PTSD, and even Parkinson’s.

It is not all about just “getting high” anymore, it’s about changing the lives of millions of people across the nation.

Why CBD Cannabis Oil Works

Every single person has cannabinoid receptors in their body, titled the CB1 and CB2 receptors by neurologists. In this way, our body is made to consume cannabinoids. CB1 receptors are mainly found in the brain and are thought to be responsible for the euphoric relaxation users experience as well as anticonvulsive effects. CB2 receptors are more commonly found in the immune and peripheral nervous systems and are responsible for the anti-inflammatory, antiemetic effects of cannabis.

This explains why we have found our bodies to be so responsive to CBD. And because CBD mainly attaches itself to CB2 receptors throughout our bodies, CBD has no psychoactive effect – a true compliment to its various medicinal purposes.

Charlotte’s Web is among the most well-known CBD oil products in the world. It became famous for its treatment of seizures in children across the nation. The interesting thing about Charlotte’s Web is that it is a hemp derived CBD oil product and not cannabis-derived. This difference is what allows Charlotte’ s Web to be a nationwide product, and not legalized states.

Hemp extracted CBD products contain less than 0.3% THC which makes them federally legal. The newest hemp extracted CBD oil product is Rick Simpson Oil. Rick Simpson Oil is becoming extremely well known for its potential in cancer treatment.

Types of CBD Oil Products

CBD cannabis oil or tincture is by far the most effective way to ingest CBD into your system. By putting only a drop of CBD oil under your tongue, you are getting CBD into your system faster than any other product on the market. However, there are still many other ways to consume CBD.

In today’s marijuana industry, CBD has become something that is in very high demand for the medical and recreational storefronts. Due to this, many growers are beginning to focus on rich CBD flower strains. Smoking a strain rich in CBD content is going to have similar medicinal qualities, but it is just not as effective for long-term use. There are now many CBD rich strains such as Harlequin, Sour Tsunami, and Purple Diesel.

edible-brownieCBD has even been extracted and infused into lotions, medical patches, bath salts, and even in capsule form. Mary’s Medicinal is one of the first companies to begin putting CBD into different topical forms. They have products such as their Muscle Freeze, which is a very similar product to icy hot except, it does not get hot or cold.

The topical gives a numbing sensation to the generalized area of use. CBD topicals are excellent for consumers who are needing treatments for skin ailments, arthritis, and even just chronic body pain.

The potential medicinal purposes of the CBD cannabis oil has sparked a widespread interest in the medical qualities of the cannabis plant. CBD is one of the most used and well-known cannabinoids within the plant, despite there being such a large variety of cannabinoids.

 Coming to a Store Near You – CBD Cannabis Oil

As the cannabis industry continues to grow, the medical possibilities of the plant will continue to be discovered. The use of CBD and CBD oil is a great start to the widespread use of medical cannabis. Many individuals now using CBD instead of narcotic prescription medications.

CBD is the cannabinoid which has helped bring the national debate over cannabis to the light. It is this type of research and science that is making the cannabis industry so remarkable. Instead of just talking about “getting high,” cannabinoids such as CBD have changed the tone of legal marijuana.

Updated 3/22/2018 by: Joey Wells

Originally Posted: 7/5/2017