An Introduction To CBD
One of approximately 70 cannabinoids found in cannabis, CBD (or cannabidiol) is non-toxic and non-intoxicating. Also of great importance, CBD has been shown to be an anti-oxidant, an anxiolytic (to have anti-anxiety effects), an anti-carcinogen (to have anti-cancer effects), an anti-psychotic, an anti-convulsive, an anti-spasmodic, and is also able to reduce seizures and reduce the effects of spasticity.
While CBD is most famous for being a compound found in the cannabis plant, it is also found within the hemp plant. While it must be noted that the hemp plant is a part of the cannabis family, I make the distinction between them because current laws also make that distinction. While hemp is legal in 40 countries (including all 50 states of America) cannabis is illegal in every country of the world except Uruguay.
Differences between hemp and cannabis-derived CBD
The vast majority of CBD products sold online today are derived from the hemp plant. This CBD tends to be extracted from hemp stalks and stems. The quality is enormously variable depending on the quality of extraction and the particular plants used.
However, CBD is considered more effective when it is processed from high CBD cannabis plants. The most famous strain at the moment is Charlotte’s Web, but ACDC, Harlequin and Cannatonic are also quickly growing in reputation.
The problem is, that while the CBD content can be much higher in cannabis-sourced CBD, the THC level can also be higher. This THC level creates a problem with legality, as THC is considered a dangerous substance which is prohibited in nearly every country. Growers are working hard to maximize the CBD level and minimize the THC level, but the reality is that this plant naturally contains THC, and whether or not man writes a law forbidding it, nature isn’t likely to pay much attention to that law.
Medical Conditions Shown To Be Helped By CBD
Much science has been done regarding the medical uses of CBD. In fact, much more science than many in the media and medical professions usually acknowledge.
Here is a sampling of the hundreds of studies undertaken to this point:
- CBD as a potential new schizophrenia treatment
- CBD as a powerful anti-anxiety drug
- CBD as a pain reliever for cancer sufferers
- CBD to treat spasticity caused by multiple sclerosis
- Cannabinoids as a possible cancer treatment
The Legal Status of CBD
With CBD tinctures, capsules, creams and teas being sold on Amazon and eBay the legal status of CBD might feel straight-forward and secure, but these are CBD products made from hemp plants. When CBD is made from cannabis plants the law get a lot murkier.
This legal grey area might give some the idea that we should only collect CBD from hemp plants. This would be a mistake. CBD from cannabis flowers will tend to be grown to much higher levels. It will also contain a proliferation of other cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes and terpenoids – all of which are vital to the effectiveness of the product. In simple terms, CBD works best when surrounded by the other compounds naturally found in the cannabis plant. This is why Charlotte’s Web cannabis is making the news, and why hemp-based CBD products containing only a fraction of the CBD and lacking many of the other compounds are not making the news.
Sadly at this point most of us are unable to buy strains like Charlotte’s Web due to cannabis prohibition. Yet, medical cannabis has been growing quickly as a movement, and so if you live in a state or country where medical cannabis has been legalized it may be possible to get CBD made from cannabis flowers. However until the prohibition of cannabis finally ends it will remain a challenge for most of us.
Let’s use hemp to make paper and textiles. Let’s use cannabis to make our CBD medicine.
There is, however, a further grey area to consider. In certain countries of the world – Canada, for instance, and several countries in the EU – cannabis plants which have a very low THC content are considered to be hemp. This percentage is usually either 0.2% or 0.3%. This means that for very carefully grown cannabis plants CBD can be obtained from cannabis flowers or “buds”.
With growing education of public and politician alike, it is our hope that CBD-rich cannabis plants will be the future of the medical CBD industry. Let’s use hemp to make paper and textiles. Let’s use cannabis to make our CBD medicine.
CBD: Public Awareness and Education
Most people’s opinion regarding cannabis is still affected by the decades of bad press given to “marijuana”. This negative perception has not only been a gross misrepresentation of a remarkably medicinal plant, but has cost millions of lives in the process.
By many people – I would think significantly more than 50% of people in this country – cannabis is still thought of this way: it is called a dangerous “narcotic”. It is thought to lower IQ and make people lazy. It is thought to induce psychosis.
Yet these are gross simplifications and misrepresentations of the truth. The reality is much, much more layered than this caricature. It is not cannabis that can be dangerous to mental health and our brains, it is an excess of THC with insufficient CBD. Unfortunately, many modern day strains of cannabis contain vast quantities of THC and minimal quantities of CBD – and these strains are not medicinal. However they’re also not representative of the cannabis plant in its natural form. These strains are mutated cannabis plants bred to give the maximum intoxication, and with the health benefits bred out of the plant.
And, indeed, in this extreme form of the plant, cannabis can be problematic for mental health. But, and it’s a great big but, in other forms cannabis can be therapeutic and remarkably non-toxic and safe to use.
The enormous differences between THC and CBD must be understood: one can hurt the brain, the other protects it. One can make you lazy, the other can make you more alert. One intoxicates you, the other leaves you clear-headed, one can cause anxiety, the other takes away anxiety, one can trigger psychosis in those predisposed to psychosis, the other is an anti-psychotic.
This extraordinary different – opposite – set of reactions is critical in the understanding of cannabis. The media and the general public must be educated to the full picture, rather than the inaccurate caricature so often painted.
Therefore, when someone tells you cannabis is bad for your health, or cannabis is good for your health, always be wary. These people are either ignorant or not telling you the truth.
The truth is this:
Cannabis can be good for your health, or it can be bad for your health. However, when it contains a lot of CBD and it isn’t smoked there is ZERO evidence that cannabis is bad for health.
CBD in the News
Fortunately this ignorance is breaking down fast, and with it the madness of reefer madness. CBD is becoming a household name thanks to the likes of Charlotte Figi. CBD has been shown to fight chronic pain, spasticity, seizures, cancer and anxiety. It is a remarkably multi-purpose, non-toxic, natural substance that will soon be in everyone’s vocabulary and in every smart person’s medicine cabinet.
The Endocannabinoid System
Our current level of understanding of CBD has only been reached in the last few years, following the discovery of a system of receptors within the human body termed the Endocannabinoid System. This system has been shown to play a critical role in regulating our physiology, mood and immune system. Cannabinoid compounds are able to bind to these receptors which are placed throughout our brain as well as in every major organ in our body.
What is clear is that this system of receptors is critical to human health. We need cannabinoids in the same way that we need vitamins. They are part of a healthy lifestyle.
The Critical Need for more research and Cannabis Rescheduling
Cannabis is currently a Schedule 1 substance in the United States. This means that the federal government considers it among the most dangerous and least medically useful substances in the world. This is patently absurd.
However it is not just a matter of bureaucratic labeling. It is a question of life and death. Due to cannabis being scheduled this way it is almost impossible for medical research into cannabinoids to take place. The DEA has the power to prevent scientists from studying these compounds – and they have done just that. The DEA has systematically and ruthlessly prevented scientists from working with cannabinoids, and the consequences have been tragic.
Consider how many people have died from cancer in the last 40 years. Now take a look at the National Cancer Institute website.
Bear in mind that the National Cancer Institute is part of the United States government’s own Department of Health. It is an extraordinary contradiction that while one department of government insists that cannabis has no medicinal uses another department is detailing the way cannabis kills cancer cells and shrinks tumors.
Why Does Buy CBD Oil Online Exist?
Buy CBD Oil Online is a website which brings together CBD products in all their various forms:
- Skin Lotions/Salves
Our goal is to bring CBD to the people. While the CBD presently being sold is relatively weak – and far too expensive – it’s a start.
It is our belief that CBD will soon be available on Amazon in highly concentrated extract form, derived from the cannabis plant. That will be a great moment for us all. It will be a moment when we can begin to heal ourselves with a natural medicine.
Why does this site exist, you ask? It exists so that day will arrive a little sooner than it otherwise would.