- CBD or Cannabidiol is a chemical compound in hemp with a variety of uses and benefits. With the passing of the 2014 US Farm Bill, CBD derived from Industrial Hemp became legal in all states.
- Hemp is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant species. Marijuana is also a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant species. The 2 plants have a unique difference – Hemp is genetically different in that it does not contain the psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is contained in marijuana and causes one to feel “high”. The legal limit of THC derived from Industrial Hemp is 0.3% THC.
- Hemp is one of the fastest growing plants and was one of the first plants to be spun into usable fiber over10,000 years ago.
In the 1940’s Roger Adams, a chemist who graduated from Harvard University became the first person to successfully extract CBD from the Cannabis sativa plant.
- In 1946, Dr. Walter S. Loewe conducted the first CBD test on lab animals. These tests gave proof that CBD doesn’t cause an altered mental state. Dr. Raphael Mechoulan is often credited as the scientist who discovered CBD when he identified CBD’s three dimensional structure, also in 1946.
- CBD works by stimulating the body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS). CBD stimulates the ECS and works with the body’s endocannabinoids to provide a homeostasis in the body.
- In recent years, uses and benefits of CBD have increased dramatically. People are successfully using CBD to reduce anxiety, to address chronic pain, to dramatically reduce the number of epileptic seizures, and to reduce symptoms related to cancer and the side effects of cancer treatment
- CBD generally comes in 2 forms: isolates (ISO) and full-spectrum.
Full spectrum CBD oil contains an array of CBD and other compounds including the following
- Cannabichromene (CBC)
- Cannabigerol (CBG)
- Cannabinol (CBN)
- Terpenes like Limonene, Pinene, Linalool, Caryophyllene, Humulene
- Vitamins A, B, C and E and Minerals
- Essential Fats & Proteins like Omega 3 and Omega 6