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CBD or Cannabidiol is one of the hidden molecules behind hemp (Sativa, Indica, etc ..), it has been used for relaxation for generations and was already used in the bronze age. Well, to be honest, they probably weren’t aware of all the molecular components at that time, but they for sure were intelligent enough to notice the positive effects that hemp can have on their bodies. So let’s dive into the Cannabidiol subject and discover why CBD is such a strong topic in 2020.
Before you continue on this page, we recommend you to read The story of Charlotte, a little American girl who stabilized her Dravet Syndrome by using a high CBD hemp Strain named Charlotte’s web. This event was the real beginning of the rise of Cannabidiol and it’s always a good story to know and to tell 🙂
What is Cannabidiol ?
Definition of CBD
It’s a chemical found in all hemp species at differents concentrations, this molecule is from the cannabinoids family, like THC but the effects are far opposed from tetrahydrocannabinol. THC and CBD both act on the endocannabinoid system (for all mammals) but while THC generates a psychoactive effect, Cannabidiol doesn’t make people high.
So … it’s light Cannabis, right?
People like to call Cannabidiol “light cannabis“, but it’s wrong because these terms refer to hemp flowers highly concentrate in CBD with the purpose of being smoked. For medical Cannabis it’s a bit different because flowers contain THC at different levels and people need a medical approbation to use these products, then they can smoke it (not recommended) or make oil or edibles from it.
So this compound cannot really be called “light cannabis” or “medical cannabis” because it’s just one of the molecules of the full plant, it is one of the numerous elements you can find in industrial hemp like terpenes, cannabinoids, wax, fibers, etc …
The Science behind Cannabis
At a molecular level, when Cannabidiol is fully extracted from the plant, it looks like a tasteless and odorless powder. Extracting only cannabidiol while removing all other plant material is difficult and expensive because you need high-pressure CO2 extractor. This separation has to be made to have a pure 99.99% CBD crystals without any THC, the powder is then used to make CBD oil, edibles or cosmetics.
Now it’s getting interesting: Cannabidiol is a cannabinoid that acts on the pain system and Serotonergic system in all mammals brain. It acts on specifics brain receptors like 5-HT1A or 5HT3A which are the same receptor used by opioid drugs like pain killer, anti-depression and sleeping pills.
And what is even better is that CBD/CBDa have very few benign side effects in contrary to the previous drugs. Now we understand why there is a great potential in cannabidiol: It could simply replace a huge quantity of drugs currently used by 5 to 10% of the world population!
Is cannabidiol legal ?
Yes, cannabidiol is 100% legal in the United-States and in 95% of the world countries. The molecule is considered as a food supplement that can be taken without restriction. But you have to be careful of the kind of CBD products that you buy and use because it shouldn’t contain any trace of THC in it. If the product contains even the smallest amount of THC you have to look at the marijuana law in your State. For more informations, you can read the updated 2020 CBD law.
How to take CBD ?
There are plenty of ways to assimilate this cannabinoïd but before diving into this I recommend you to read the most common mistakes while taking CBD, it is an interesting summary to help you to avoid making those mistakes.
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