Cannabis and CBD: a Practical Guide on the History and Uses

Feb 02, 2020 at 03:00 pm by pj


 

 

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of the major components of the cannabis plant. Typically used in the production of oils and tinctures, the substance is gaining momentum not only for its health benefits but also due to the way we look at cannabis consumption.

The popular, legalized cannabinoid is a derivative of Cannabis sativa and has been the center of attention in the field of medicine and pharmacology for quite some time. Throughout this article, we will show you just how beneficial it can be for you. Let’s dive right into it.

 

The Anatomy of CBD

Cannabidiol is divided into three specific categories: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and isolated CBD oil.

The CBD isolate is as pure and strong as cannabidiol gets. It contains about 99.9% pure CBD. Normally, those who extract the substance in this form typically use hemp, as it is low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

On the other hand, full-spectrum CBD oils contain the entire plethora of substances, including other cannabinoids (such as THC), terpenes, cannabis chlorophyll, and so forth.

Last but not least, broad-spectrum CBD oil contains the best combination of substances found in both types mentioned above—potent CBD and other substances alike. However, the difference lies in absolute THC restriction, as broad-spectrum oils have all traces of this substance removed.


The Background of This Medicine

The cannabis plant, once we take its flowers, stems, leaves, and seeds into consideration, contains more than 400 chemical components


CBD oils with purged THC, even though coming from the cannabis plant, do not cause the euphoric state known as “getting high,” and such medical observations helped this substance to get fully legalized in many states and countries. Progressive attitude toward CBD oils helps people every day in many ways that will be further discussed. 


CBD can be extracted in many ways, and some work better than others. Most commonly, cannabinoid substances are extracted from hemp. Afterward, they get diluted in particular oils, such as hemp seed or coconut oil, which are carriers known for their high bioavailability.



The Vast Medical Use of CBD

The Endocannabinoid System and Pain Relief

Throughout the history of human civilization, cannabis has been a widely known chronic pain reliever. More recently, contemporary medicine started shedding light on the plant’s benevolent nature, which resulted in its use in chronic pain therapy.

The plant’s substances have a tremendous effect on the endocannabinoid system found both in vertebrates and invertebrates. The ECS, even though not fully understood, regulates some important functions in humans and is linked to sleeping, feeling pain, managing appetite, etc. CBD oils positively affect ECS receptors, pain regulation, and inflammation.

Pain-relieving medications can have numerous adverse side effects, such as kidney and liver damage, stomach issues, brain damage, etc. As far as CBD is concerned, it can be an excellent replacement, yet still should be taken with caution. Make sure you talk to your doctor about the potential side effects of cannabis, albeit they are usually not severe.


CBD Products: Treating Sleep Disorders

People around the world are increasingly struggling with insomnia and other sleep disorders. Stressful lifestyles and the effect of gadgets and computers on our brains are substantial.


Many people turn to sleeping pills as a solution. However, they are relatively expensive and are rarely considered a long-term solution. Despite sleeping better, those who use them experience numerous side effects. 


On the other hand, the American Sleep Association (ASA) provided some useful insights into the CBD products, such as oils (applied sublingually), edibles, capsules, etc.  


Cannabidiol and Anxiety

Taking all mental issues into consideration, anxiety takes the cake as the single most problematic mental condition. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America revealed that some 18% of Americans suffer from it. They are up to six times more likely to be admitted to a psychiatric hospital than those who have no anxiety issues. 


The anxiety disorder is considered highly treatable, yet less than 37% of those diagnosed receive adequate medication. Moreover, anxiolytics can cause severe side effects, addiction, and you may develop withdrawal symptoms once you stop taking them, including possible seizures.

The treatment of generalized anxiety disorder or GAD with CBD has been successful in some studies on animals. Other types of disorders, such as SAD (social anxiety disorder) and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), have also been treated with CBD without the adverse side effects that prescription drugs cause. 


CBD-Enriched Ointment for Skin Issues

A lot of people around the world suffer from different types of skin conditions. For instance, acne vulgaris troubles up to 90% of people at some point in their lives, causing not only massive skin issues but emotional and psychological distress as well.

The pharmaceutical industry offers various products that often successfully treat acne and other skin diseases. Still, beauty industry statistics continue to show that CBD oils, tinctures, and topicals have been proven to contribute significantly to overall skin health.


Is It Easy to Get CBD Products?

It depends on your address. The biggest factor is your state or country’s law on cannabis and CBD products, as well as the options for purchasing these products. 

So far, 33 states approved the use of these products, and there are plenty of dispensaries that distribute them. The other 17 states have somewhat more restrictive policies, with their legislatures continuously changing. 

The laws have recently changed for Florida as well, as smoking medical cannabis was finally made legal last year, and the Sunshine State is hoping for a successful 2020 ballot after the successful petition.