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What is CBD
It is easy to be confused about cannabidiol (CBD) and cannabis. They are closely related but have been cultivated for different uses.
For hundreds of years, hemp was grown for making ropes, paper, and clothing. On the other hand, cannabis has been grown only for its Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content. There are cannabinoids - CBD, in both hemp
and cannabis but hemp does not have psychoactive chemicals and does not make you feel “high.”
It is the THC that makes people “high” using cannabis (or marijuana).
Further, it is illegal to have more than .03 percent THC in any product. This information should be clearly noted on any CBD product.
The second most prevalent active ingredient found in both cannabis and hemp is not psychoactive. Dr. Matthew Hapert, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Pathology and Immunology, states in a USA Today article, “(CBD) can mimic molecules found in the endocannabinoid system found naturally in the human body.”
All plants contain naturally occurring compounds called phytonutritents, and CBD (cannabidiol) is part of a group
of phytonutritents called cannabinoids. We only discovered the endocannabinoid system in our bodies in
recent years. Two primary cannabinoid receptors have been identified: “CB1, first cloned in 1990; and CB2,
cloned in 1993.” CB1 receptors are found predominantly in the brain and nervous system. CB2 receptors are primarily in peripheral organs and tissues. This compatibility of hemp oil, containing CBD1 and CBD2, and the presence of our endocannabinoid system is where there seems to be a connection.
Because of the lack of large scale studies, CBD does not have FDA approval. However, the FDA has approved
one CBD-based drug. Epidiolex is a treatment for epilepsy. The National Institutes of Health clinical trials
database shows more than 160 trials involving CBD that are either active or recruiting. These studies include
focus on anxiety, pain, PSTD, chemotherapy, and other health conditions.
Clearly, we need more research to understand more about benefits of CBD. We will keep you posted as more
studies are published.
Note : CBD is not intended to prevent, treat, diagnose or cure any condition or disease and has not been tested or
approved by the FDA.