What’s the deal with CBD oil?
CBD has become a term used on the news, posted on billboards, and discussed between friends. While the short acronym might seem simple, it’s a topic that everyone should be learning more about. Ready to learn everything you need to know about CBD? Prepare to be amazed.
What does CBD Mean?
CBD stands for Cannabidiol.
Cannabidiol is one of hundreds of phytocannabinoids that are a part of the genetic makeup of the cannabis plant.
THC is probably a phytocannabinoid you’re more familiar with. Think of CBD like it’s cousin. While these phytocannabinoids are related and come from the same plant, CBD is not psychoactive.
Made famous for the high it induced, THC also provides consumers with many other benefits.
Studies suggest that CBD provides those benefits to consumers, but without the psychoactive “high.”
CBD’s Discovery and Newfound Spotlight
Cannabidiol was discovered by Dr. Roger Adams of The University of Illinois in 1940. This is nearly 20 years before THC was discovered.
While CBD has been around for decades, it made headlines in 2004 when Charlotte Figi’s story was broadcast on national news.
The young girl was diagnosed with a rare seizure disorder known as Dravet Syndrome. The number of seizures a day, sometimes nearly 300, severely impacted Charlotte’s development.
Her parents, Paige and Matt, sought clinical expertise as the condition worsened. Not only could Charlotte not verbally communicate, but she began having to use a wheelchair.
The Figi’s soon learned about CBD, and after trying all clinical options and remedies, were ready to pursue less traditional options.
After giving CBD to Charlotte for a week, her condition dramatically improved. Not only did she experience fewer seizures, but she was able to develop and communicate as most children do.
Charlotte’s single experience with CBD launched the phytocannabinoid into the national and international spotlight in 2013.
The inspiring and thought-provoking story of Charlotte’s experience with CBD rode on the heels of recent recreational marijuana (THC) legalizations in Colorado and Washington.
Suddenly, society began differentiating CBD from its relative, THC. Rather, they stood side by side, and the public demanded to learn and know more about Cannabidiol.
CBD Extraction: Cannabis vs. Hemp
Using a solvent, scientists can extract phytocannabinoids from the cannabis plant. Perhaps one of the most important conversations surrounding extraction has to do with the actual plant.
The cannabis plant contains many other phytocannabinoids, like THC, at very high concentrations. For those seeking the benefits of cannabis without the psychoactive effects of THC, many users turn to CBD. When CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant, there’s no guarantee that high amounts of THC will also be present.
For agricultural reasons in the past, the federal government wished to distinguish the cannabis for the hemp plant. While they are the same plant, anything given the name “hemp” contains less than 0.3% THC. Hemp can also be known as “industrialized hemp.”
When CBD is extracted from hemp, it results in higher concentrations of CBD without the “high” from THC (because it isn’t present in hemp legally).
Research on & Potential Benefits of CBD
The Federal Drug Administration does not regulate CBD, but there are hundreds of studies that have been published that explore potential therapeutic applications for the phytocannabinoid. Ongoing research continues to be proposed and published. In order to understand the potential benefits of CBD identified by scientists, it is equally important to know where and why so much CBD research is being conducted.
What you might not know is that Israel is a huge proponent of cannabis research. The country is, without a doubt, leading the world in THC, CBD, and other cannabinoid research.
This brings us to Dr. Raphael Mechoulam Ph.D., a man that many refer to as the “father of cannabis” began researching cannabis with the blessing of government officials in Israel decades ago. Not only has he identified the structure on many cannabinoids, but isolated the molecules to learn more about specific attributes.
This history of research means that a significant amount of the research published today comes out of Israel.
As worldwide restrictions on cannabis have decreased, more and more institutions are able to dive into the clinical applications of cannabis and CBD specifically.
Before the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp was classified as a Schedule I drug by the FDA. This schedule status made it very difficult for institutions to study CBD in any capacity.
Currently, as far as the FDA goes, there are fewer steps for companies to go through when studying clinical applications for hemp (contains less than 0.3% THC) compared to cannabis.
As CBD grows to become the subject of more findings, it’s important that consumers have access to all of the information available. This way, they can note potential benefits.
Research confirms that the endocannabinoid system, and more specifically the CB1 and CB2 receptors, help the body achieve homeostasis, or balance. While the body creates cannabinoids, adding additional cannabinoids is found to trigger many beneficial responses throughout the body (wherever these receptors are located).
Receptors are located throughout the central nervous system. More specifically, one study states, “The ECS has emerged as one of the key regulatory mechanisms in the brain controlling multiple events such as mood, pain perception, learning and memory among others.”
A body of research has tied a variety of CBD benefits to these essential body mechanisms.
CBD and Mental Health
A recent systematic study examined a collection of 23 studies on CBD and it’s potential impacts on mental health conditions.
The review reads, “CBD and CBD-containing compounds such as nabiximols were helpful in alleviating psychotic symptoms and cognitive impairment in patients with a variety of conditions…”
While more research is necessary, this study suggests a connection between CBD and mental health conditions.
CBD and Inflammatory Conditions
Studies show that the endocannabinoid system, as a regulatory system active in the human body, is “ is intertwined with key processes involved in inflammation.” Learning more about this connection is vital to the further research being conducted on the human body and cannabinoids.
Other published studies suggest a connection between CBD and the body’s inflammatory response. You can find many of them here.
CBD and Skin Conditions
Research shows that the endocannabinoid system is present in the largest organ of the human body, the skin.
The main endocannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2, are locationed in the skin. More specifically, the ECS plays a role in cutaneous skin growth. This pathway suggests that CBD might be someday used for therapeutic means.
CBD Products for Infinite CBD
Infinite CBD is located in Lakewood, Colorado. We are founded on the principle of creating the highest quality CBD products from organic Colorado-grown hemp.
To ensure the highest quality products, we extract our CBD oil exclusively from hemp. Additionally, we lab-test each batch of CBD we produce at third party licensed laboratories; we are happy to be transparent with our customers, and always willing to show off the purity of our products.
We understand each member of our community adds CBD to their wellness regimen for a different purpose. This is why we create a variety of CBD products. Not only can you choose how best to deliver CBD to your system based on your unique needs, but also the potency of the product.
Infinite CBD products can be found in the form of Droppers, Capsules, Gummies, Nano, Topical, and even Pet products.
For our plant-based customers, we offer vegan options. Additionally, to further our commitment to sustainability, our Leaping Bunny Certification guarantees cruelty-free CBD product selection.
As you continue to learn more about CBD, or even try one of our products, we are eager to hear what you think. Please reach out to our team if you have any questions.