What is cbd?
One of 113 cannabinoids produced by the cannabis sativa plant accounting for up to 40% of the plants extract.
Unlike thc (tetrahydracanabidiol), cbd is non psycho active. CBD has this to brag about; you are able to reap a whole host of therapeutic and health benefits without the stoned feeling which accompanies products containing THC.
Due to the history with legality and backward thinking by influential politicians and bodies, more research needs to be conducted to confirm the effects of long term usage.
History of cbd
Cbd has been known about since the 1940s having been successfully extracted by a professor known as Roger Adams.
1946 gave way to the first CBD experiments conducted on lab animals which demonstrated how CBD has a lack of psychoactive affect.
Later into the 60s, British pharmacopia released their first CBD oil product.
Cbd can now be purchased in what countries? What forms?
How does it affect us?
In 1988 the CB1 receptor was discovered in rats. These receptors only reacted to the compound THC and were found in parts of the brain responsible for physiological and mental processing such as high cognition, memory, motor coordination, and emotion.
In 1993 researchers discovered the cb2 receptor which is part of the central nervous system and the immune system.
The cannabinoid receptors became officially known as cb1 and cb2 in both rats and humans by 1995.
CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors that are found in our bodies are also the receptors found in Cannabis compounds. In our bodies a signalling system is present between cb1 and cb2. With the role that the cannabinoids play on the body, the system was officially named the endocanabinoid system.
Anti inflammatory effects, relaxation
Can assist treatment of: PTSD, addiction, anxiety, ADHD, schizophrenia, arthritis and joint pain, menstrual pain, epilepsy and other seizure related disorders, with some evidence of anticancer properties.
I would propose that cbd appears to cure us because it is a natural part of our metabolic food chain that was lost when legalisation issues came into play.
Conclusion and predictions
By welcoming CBD and the marijuana plant back into our food chain, and into our pharmacology, we are likely to discover a broad and varying range of benefits that can be taken from this incredible, versatile and fast growing plant and it’s various compounds and extracts.
If motivated to buy cbd products after reading this article please do so through verified retailers or suppliers to ensure the safety and legitimacy of the products themselves.
Please also do your own research to seek out upto date studies and information. While I used many articles in the development of my understanding, I have been aware of the topic for a long time and have developed thoughts without the intention to write them here and so cannot source everything, unfortunately.
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A natural alternative to the corrupt pharmaceutical industry. Reflecting – ‘the natural versus the institutional’ is a struggle which wears many forms throughout history.