Eight fun facts about CBD

by Edward J. Ross

Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, is a naturally existing compound found in the cannabis plant. This chemical compound makes up almost half of the cannabis plant's entire extract, which is a lot. People have recently discovered cannabidiol, and because of the several benefits associated with it, CBD is slowly taking over the world. Soon it will become the most used chemical substance on earth.

Due to CBD's current rave, many people are curious to know what's so special about it and what exactly differentiates it from its sister compound THC, famous for its psychoactive property.

Questions like "is hemp good for animals?" "What are the effects of THC?" "Are there any health benefits of hemp?" "Is CBD non-psychoactive?" "Who first prescribed medical marijuana?" "When did the cultivation of hemp plants begin?" "What are the chemicals found in CBD?" etc., are answered in our list of fun facts about CBD. THC is a compound found in marijuana responsible for temporary mind-altering and inducing the world-famous "high" state.

Although there are many properties and uses of cannabidiol, scientists believe that CBD has so much more hidden potential to offer. Until we fully discover those potentials, here are some intriguing CBD facts.

1.) Molecularly, CBD is CBD

There are currently two species of the cannabis plant from which CBD is extracted - hemp and marijuana. Both plants can produce CBD, but this agenda that hemp-derived CBD is better and healthier for the body than its marijuana counterpart, which is not true.

At the molecular level, CBD is CBD; it doesn't matter where its source is from; it will still be broken down and recognized by the body as cannabidiol. Franjo Grotenhermen, a world renounce scientist of the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines, said: "The human body doesn't care where the molecule comes from."

To make this intriguing fact about CBD easier to understand, let us look at this simple example: we know that vitamin D is great for our body; we also know that we can get it from the sun or from eating salmon. Although the source from where the vitamin was obtained differs, our body still digests and registers the vitamin as `D` on a molecular level.

Although the percentage of CBD found in one plant differs from another, this difference does not in any way alter the compounds contained in them after extraction. The only aspect of CBD that is affected is its oil Percentage. The percentage of CBD oil can range from 2.5% to 40%, depending on what the manufacturer has planned for his finished product.

2.) CBD is recommended for treating anxiety

A survey conducted in 2019 by Gallup found that out of seven Americans, only one indulges in the form of CBD for health reasons; that is, 14% of Americans use medical marijuana and industrial hemp for medical purposes.

This statistic points out that the use and prescription of industrial hemp and different forms of CBD to patients by medical practitioners have risen as years have gone by. This also means that more patients and consumers are giving into their CBD curiosity and finding out exactly how the therapeutic properties and the entourage effect of CBD work, a knowledge that marijuana users got a long time ago.

Countless scientists have carried out experiments and researches to confirm the effectiveness of CBD in treating and managing anxiety. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) released a report which showed that CBD reduces stress in animals and significantly lowers behavioral anxiety in humans. This fact might not be fun, but it is important to know.

CBD induces a calming effect on the body by positively tweaking the brain's serotonin levels, which solidifies its medicinal use. Serotonin is a chemical substance released by the brain; it is responsible for regulating sleep, digestion, mood, and behavior. Some antidepressant drugs are CBD rich and help regulate and balance your serotonin levels, leading to fewer anxiety attacks.

3.) The Cultivation of Hemp Is Older Than Your Great-Grandparents

The fuss surrounding CBD might give the illusion of the cultivation, and use of the two species of cannabis for medical benefits or recreational purposes began recently, which is incorrect.

The cultivation of hemp dates back about 10 000 years ago; humans began planting and growing cannabis around the same time agriculture was discovered. Carl Sagan, an American astronomer, cosmologist, astrobiologist, and cannabis advocate, proposed that hemp may have been the first crop cultivated by man. However, this hasn't been proven yet; it shows how prevalent the cultivation of hemp was in the past.

4.) Cannabis Was Prescribed in Ancient Greece For Health Benefits

Ancient Greece is known worldwide as one of the first civilized societies to grace the earth's existence. Yes, their knowledge of mathematics, philosophy, art, politics, and astronomy set the path for future generations to build on, but so did their expertise in medicine.

In ancient Greece, cannabis was medically prescribed to patients who were suffering from specific conditions. Doctors also used cannabis to alleviate pain in pain patients. A popular philosopher and physician named Claudius Glen were known to use homemade cannabis mixtures to remedy pain. He said, "Some people, pulling out the juice from it when it is not ripe, use it against ears' pains due to an occlusion, as I believe." 

The book De Materia Medica, which historians believe is the first text that records the use of marijuana as medicine. Volume three states: "Kannabis; is a plant of much use in this life for the twisting of solid ropes, it has leaves like to the Ash, of a bad scent, long stalks, empty, around the seed, which being eaten of reduces sexual activity, but being juiced when it is green is good for the pains of the ears."

5.) CBD Isn't Intoxicating

CBD is derived from hemp plants and marijuana plants, which means it should be psychoactive and intoxicating. Still, its industrial production processes are done in a manner in which all intoxicating properties are extracted from it. The compounds found in CBD are dependent on the type of CBD which the manufacturer desires to produce.

Three types of CBD can be manufactured into cannabis products: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and CBD isolate, each containing different to no level of THC.

The law only allows for CBD products to contain 0.3% or 0.2% percentage of THC; this percentage depends on the country you are in. Due to the cannabis laws and regulations, CBD and CBD oil cannot be intoxicating because they don't contain enough THC to leave consumers temporarily, mentally, and physically impaired.

6.) CBD Is Psychoactive

Among the many fun facts about CBD that exists is the fact that this chemical compound is psychoactive. Many brands like to push the agenda that CBD, CBD oils, and tinctures are devoid of the psychoactive side effects of cannabis. Disregard the recent marketing strategies of brands that claim hemp CBD effects to be "non-psychoactive"; this is not true.

Although CBD isn't intoxicating, it is psychoactive. CBD is psychoactive because it affects and alters its user's cognition, mood, appetite, and behavior. One of the most common psychoactive effects associated with this cannabinoid is the relaxed feeling one gets after consuming CBD products.

7.) CBD Interacts With Our Body With The Help of A System

In the same manner that our respiratory system handles our body's respiratory processes, it is the same way the endocannabinoid system (ECS) handles processes involved in the metabolism of cannabidiol.

The endocannabinoid system is an internal system in charge of all the enzymes and receptors needed for the metabolism of cannabinoids. The ECS is made up of these receptors, enzymes, and, most importantly, endogenous cannabinoids.

The way a person reacts to cannabinoids, be it using in the form of medical marijuana, depends on how his/her endocannabinoid system interacts with cannabis. One hypothesis to explain how the side effects and health benefits of hemp plants and oil is exploitable by humans is the ECS.

Cannabidiol and other phytocannabinoids found in cannabis attach themselves to cannabinoid receptors as soon as they enter the body. After attachment, the receptor activates and produces a wide range of reactions; the type of reaction that occurs significantly depends on which receptor was activated. 

For instance, CBD may activate serotonin receptor 5-HT1A in mice, making it potentially helpful in treating depression and anxiety. Research conducted on rodents may also suppress chronic pain and inflammation by targeting alpha-3 glycine receptors. 

8.) Animals Love CBD

There are other fun facts about CBD; among this list of facts is animal's love for CBD. It turns out that our pets are very fond of this cannabinoid. Different forms of cannabidiol CBD can be given to animals; it can be fused with other ingredients to make treats and meals for dogs, cats, birds, and horses.

Animals, just like humans, possess an endocannabinoid system, which makes the metabolism of CBD or THC possible. In actuality, all mammals possess an endocannabinoid system; it is not only pets that will rush for a CBD product. This is one reason why rats are used for testing cannabis plants, THC, CBD, and hemp oil products.

After the farm bill was passed, many brands began manufacturing industrial hemp and producing CBD products with animals as their target population, producing CBD products to help treat a wide range of health conditions.

Conclusion

Cannabis plants are like little green mysteries; each year, new information and interesting CBD facts are discovered. Hopefully, as the years go by, scientists and adventurers will find new CBD effects on the body and another way in which CBD may be used other than as medical marijuana.

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