Your Complete Guide to CBD

Brief History of CBD Oil

Many people assume that CBD is a new and innovative supplement, however, CBD has a rich history. Roger Adams, a chemistry professor at the University of Illinois first discovered CBD in the 1940s. Adams separated CBD oil from the hemp plant to study its properties and found it had many benefits.

Modern CBD history began in 1946 when Dr. Walter S. Loewe conducted the first CBD test on lab animals. The tests were performed to prove that CBD doesn’t cause an altered mental state.

Further research continued in the 1960s on primates, and finally, the first CBD oil meant for therapeutic use was released by the British Pharmacopoeia. The research continued over the next few decades. Another discovery was made in 1980 by Dr. Mechoulam who ran a study which showed cannabidiol could be a critical factor in treating epilepsy.

The Benefits of CBD Oil

The stigma surrounding CBD is starting to disappear as the benefits are finally beginning to be understood. CBD supplements made from industrial hemp are legal in all 50 states, in the UK, and many other countries around the world. Scientists are still researching CBD and conducting experiments that reveal its beneficial uses. One question many people often ask is ‘what’s the difference between hemp and marijuana?’ Let’s take a look…

To understand the differences between hemp and marijuana, I’ll start by discussing cannabis. Cannabis is a plant family that includes many species such as hemp and marijuana.
Although they come from the same plant family, they have distinctly different purposes and uses. Here’s an example, cabbage and turnips are both different vegetables, however, they
both belong to a plant family called The Brassicaceae (or Cruciferae) family.

What Are the Differences Between Hemp and Marijuana?

Hemp and industrial hemp refer to the strain of cannabis plant that is grown for
agricultural products such as textiles, seeds, and oils. Industrial regulation restricts
THC yield greater than 0.3% (more on TCH coming up).

Marijuana, on the other hand, is known for its flowering plant tops. The flowers are
bred to contain high THC content. The average content of THC contained in marijuana
is about 10%, and plants are illegal to grow without proper licensing in participating

Today, there are two simple distinctions between hemp and marijuana:

HEMP- A non-psychoactive plant primarily for use in clothing, paper, biofuels, bioplastics, dietary supplements, cosmetics, and personal care products, and foods. Hemp is cultivated outdoors as a large crop with both male and female plants being present to foster pollination and increase seed production.

MARIJUANA- Cannabis sativa is specially cultivated to enhance its THC content to be used for medicinal or recreational purposes. Marijuana plants are typically grown indoors, under controlled conditions, and growers remove all the male plants from the crop to prevent fertilization since fertilization lowers the plant’s THC level.

What is Cannabinoid?

Cannabinoid [kuh-nab-uh-noid]

Cannabinoids are chemical compounds which include cannabinol and the active constituents of cannabis. At least 113 different cannabinoids have been isolated from the cannabis plant. The best-studied cannabinoids include tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), and cannabinol (CBN).

THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. Some of the therapeutic qualities of THC include pain relief, relaxation, appetite stimulation, and insomnia.

CBD, or Cannabidiol, is present in many strains of cannabis at low levels. Some of the popular uses of CBD include relief from chronic muscle pain, convulsions, and inflammation.

CBN, or Cannabinol, is usually formed when THC is exposed to UV light and oxygen over time. CBN has some psychoactive properties, but not nearly the level of THC.

You may be surprised to learn that there is a system in our bodies comprised of receptors that interact exclusively with cannabinoids like CBD. It’s known as the Endocannabinoid System, and it is the reason we benefit from CBD.

The Endocannabinoid system is made up of a network of receptors and was discovered in the late 1990s. CBD bonds with our body’s CB1 and CB2 receptors, helping to maintain vital health functions and restore the homeostasis, or balance, within the body.

Contact Wize Nutrition Therapy Today For More Information About CBD Oil

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