The marijuana plant was first recorded as far back as 12,000 years ago. For years the cannabis plant has been used for clothing, paper, and even pottery. However, 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, it was discovered that cannabis had remarkable pain-relieving qualities. Jump centuries down the road to 2017, and cannabis is still being researched for its remarkable medicinal purposes. The marijuana plant is beginning to drastically change the medical field in today's society. We are starting to see cannabis being used to treat cancer, diabetes, epilepsy, Alzheimer's, anxiety, depression, and even just chronic pain. The main question behind all of this research is, what in cannabis gives this plant its amazing medical qualities and traits?
The answer to that question is none other than the cannabinoid, CBD. What is CBD? The marijuana plant is made up of nearly 100 different cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are the chemical and genetic makeup of the marijuana plant. Out of all of the cannabinoids, there are two that scientists have been focusing on; THC and CBD. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the cannabinoid in the plant that gives consumers their psychoactive or euphoric high. THC is also used for many medicinal purposes, such as chronic pain relief, nausea, and anxiety. However, there is one cannabinoid that has stood out above the rest for it extreme medicinal qualities; CBD (Cannabidiol).
CBD is the non-psychoactive cannabinoid that is being researched for its remarkable treatments of patients with epilepsy, cancer, PTSD, and even Parkinson's. Why does CBD have such a strong medicinal purpose? Our body is made to consume cannabis. Every single person has cannabinoid receptors in their body. There are CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are mainly found in the brain and are responsible for the euphoric and anticonvulsive effects. CB2 receptors are more commonly found in the immune system and the rest of the body but are responsible for the anti-inflammatory and gastrointestinal effects. This explains why we have found our bodies to be so responsive to CBD. CBD mainly attaches itself to our CB2 receptors throughout or bodies. This is why CBD has no psychoactive effect and has a variety of medicinal purposes.
Charlotte’s Web; commonly known for its treatment of seizures in children across the nation. The interesting thing about Charlotte's Web is that it is a hemp derived 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 product is Rick Simpson Oil. Rick Simpson Oil is becoming extremely well known for its anti-cancer qualities.
CBD 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. Granted, 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.
CBD 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 medicinal purposes of the CBD cannabinoid have 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 but, there are a variety of different cannabinoids
The vast variety of different cannabinoids, along with their medical qualities, has drastically changed medical treatments. 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. People are now using CBD instead of some of their prescription medications. CBD is the cannabinoid that 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 and their medical qualities have changed the tone of legal marijuana. It is not all about just "getting high" anymore, it's about changing the lives of millions of people across the nation.
Article By: Justice Council