"The Miracle Plant"
What is CBD?
CBD or cannabidiol is a compound found in cannabis plants that hold the key to a wide variety of medicinal and therapeutic properties. Researchers have been looking at the potential therapeutic uses of CBD and they have found many natural health benefits.
How CBD works:
The human body naturally produces endogenous cannabinoids that bind to our CB1 receptors and CB2 cannbinoid receptors. All cannabinoids, including CBD, produce effects in the body by binding to certain receptors. These receptors travel throughout the body and brain and are responsible for processes such as regulation in mood, thinking, pain sensation, appetite, memory and the immune system. According to Medical News Today, “Researchers once believed that CBD attached to these receptors, but it now appears that CBD does not attach directly to either receptor. Instead, it seems to direct the body to use more of its own cannabinoids.”
Medical News Today states, “Researchers have found no significant side effects on the central nervous system, the vital signs, or mood, even among people who used high dosages.”
Is CBD Marijuana?
Until recently, the best-known compound in cannabis was delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the main ingredient in marijuana. Marijuana consists of both THC and CBD, but they have different effects. Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive, however it has the same variety of medicinal properties marijuana offers, with zero toxicity to humans. Medical News Today states, “The least processed form of the cannabis plant, known as hemp, contains most of the CBD used medicinally. Though hemp and marijuana come from the same plant, Cannabis sativa, the two are very different.” Purified CBD is tested to have less than 0.03% of THC and is federally legal. One mediation, GW Pharma’s new epilepsy treatment, Epidiolex, has been approved by the FDA thus far.
The 2018 Farm Bill amended the term “marihuana” — a term currently found in the 1972 Controlled Substances Act — to exempt hemp, which is defined as a cannabis plant containing less than .3 percent THC. This bill legalized the production and sale of hemp at a federal level.