The rise of CBD
The rise in CBD use over the past 5 years has been unprecedented and it continues to grow at an ever increasing rate. So what’s the big deal with CBD? Well, here we will explain the basics of how and why CBD has become a modern phenomena in alternative and natural health. There’s a story behind the discovery of the CBD revolution, but first let’s take a quick look at how it works.
What is CBD and how does it work?
CBD (Cannabidiol) is a compound found in the Cannabis plant. It can be used in several different ways including vapeable CBD E-liquid, oils and tinctures, isolates, creams, balms and edibles. Unlike its close relative THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD is a totally non-psychoactive substance. This allows us to benefit from the many health properties of the Cannabis plant without the negative side effects of getting a high. Because of this, CBD became a very popular option for those seeking a natural alternative to treat conditions such as chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, PTSD, epilepsy, and other disorders.
At first there was skepticism around a natural compound, especially a Cannabis-compound, that could effectively treat such a wide range of conditions including Depression, Anxiety disorders, Cancer and Alzheimer’s. But as medical researchers learned more, and the stories from thousands of people began to mount up, an undeniable truth emerged…CBD works! But how exactly? Well, CBD inherits many of the medicinal properties of Cannabis, such as being anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiolytic. This allows it to provide natural stress, anxiety and pain relief, but there’s more. What allows it to so effectively treat many conditions and maintain health and wellness is how the cannabinoids found in CBD interact with receptors throughout our body. It’s this interaction with the Endocannabinoid System where the real magic starts to happen.
The discovery of CBD
In 1988, the first cannabinoid receptor was discovered in the brain of a rat. Researchers found that these receptors reacted specifically to THC, and were primarily located in regions of the brain responsible for mental and physiological processes such as memory, high cognition, emotion, and motor coordination. Five years later, in 1993, the second cannabinoid receptor was found as part of the immune and central nervous systems. It was then that researchers started to realize that they may be onto something. But these receptors were only found in rodents right? So what’s the big deal?
Fast forward to 1995, researchers discovered that these receptors, now officially referred to as the CB1 receptor and CB2 receptor, were not only found in rats, but within thousands of other species, including humans. Thanks to advancements in technology, knowledge and many, many clinical trials, researchers were able to reverse engineer what they’d discovered. They traced back through the metabolic pathways of various cannabinoids and uncovered an entirely unknown signalling system between the CB1 and CB2 receptors in our bodies. These signalling systems between the cannabinoids and our receptors are called the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). As researchers learned more about the ECS, they discovered that it was a vital component in maintaining the body’s homeostasis, which is the ideal balance between interdependent elements in the body.
To give you an idea of how the ECS helps maintain homeostasis, Let me give you an example. When we become stressed, our mind releases cortisol, which is the compound responsible for how we feel when we are stressed. Cortisol can be helpful when we need to react quickly to a dangerous situation; however too much disrupts the natural balance of our body and mind can result in serious health problems. When certain endocannabinoids are introduced into the body, it not only helps provide stress relief, it helps manage our perception of stress so that we can look at the situation with a clear mind, and make the best decision.
So just to clarify…Scientists discovered that there are systems in our bodies that are solely dependent on their interaction with cannabinoids, and these systems are part of vital functions in our bodies. Basically, our bodies were designed to work with cannabinoids, and they can even be considered as essential to our overall health and wellness. What an amazing discovery!
Of course, this discovery was not particularly good news for big drug manufacturers selling synthetic and very profitable medicines. Combine that with the huge stigma and illegal status the World’s government’s had attached to the Cannabis plant, and you can imagine how hard we’ve all had to work in order to reverse public opinion and try to help people by exposing them to the benefits of CBD? But you can’t keep a good thing quiet forever and now you know about it too. Good for you!
CBG and YCBG
Cannabigerol (CBG) is a type of cannabinoid obtained from the cannabis plant. It’s often referred to as the mother of all cannabinoids. This is because all other cannabinoids are derived from cannabigerolic acid (CBGA), an acidic form of CBG. It is found in smaller quantities than other cannabinoids in cannabis plants. The way CBG interacts with our endocannabinoid system is different from CBD. CBG binds directly to both CB1 and CB2 receptors and is more efficient at delivering its benefits into our systems.
Is CBD legal to use?
For most countries, including the UK, the answer is yes, CBD, CBG and YCBG are completely legal. Over the last 50 years, governments around the world deemed Cannabis illegal because of its psychoactive effects and pronounced it a “gateway drug.” Because of this, the world formed a negative perspective about Cannabis and anything derived or related to it. Now, thankfully, the general opinion has shifted in a positive direction, but there has still been a lasting impact on society’s view and our laws. Every country has its own laws governing Cannabis and its compounds. In the United KIngdom CBD is legal; just so long as it’s THC content falls below 0.2%.
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