7 Interesting Things That You Might Not Know About CBD

7 Interesting Things That You Might Not Know About CBD

  • Did you know that CBD is a potent mood-altering molecule? It might not be intoxicating like THC, but it can affect one’s mood such in the case of clinically depressed individuals or a patient with PTSD.CBD oil is undeniably a mainstream topic these days, but how much do we really know about it?
  • CBD Was Illegal Before It Was Discovered
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    The world doesn’t know about cannabidiol (CBD) until 1940 when Roger Adams, a University of Illinois chemist, first identified and synthesized it. And CBD was illegal before its precise molecular structure was clearly explained in 1963 by an Israeli scientist named Raphael Mechoulam. In 1964, Mechoulam also elucidated the precise molecular structure of THC.
  • Three years before Adams first identified CBD, cannabis was made illegal by the federal government with the passage and implementation of the Marihuana Tax Act (1937). The act clearly stated that cannabis resin or any extract from the resin was considered “marihuana” (The Evil Weed). Cannabidiol and tetrahydocannabinol were found in the resin. Hence, CBD was prohibited by federal law even before the world knew about its exact molecular structure.
  • CBD Oil Is Not Intoxicating, but It Is Mood-Altering
  • CBD oil is basically marketed as non-psychoactive. However, if we are going to consider the fact that it can lift the mood of someone suffering from depression and other mood disorders, we can say that it is psychoactive – in a good way.
  • Nevertheless, we understand why cannabidiol has always been marketed as non-psychoactive. CBD clearly affects the mind since it can relieve the symptoms felt by people with anxiety, PTSD, and depression. However, it’s better to label it as non-psychoactive so as not to confuse it with THC, the chemical compound that gives a person a “high.” Because, apparently, when we hear the term psychoactive, we automatically think of marijuana, or of the sense of euphoria that is associated with marijuana (or THC).
  • CBD Oil Promotes the Growth of New Brain Cells
  • Cannabidiol (CBD) doesn’t only protect the brain cells; it also stimulates the growth of new ones, a process called “neurogenesis.” The two areas in the hippocampus – subgranular zone of the dentate gyrus and subventricular zone of lateral ventricles – continuously produce new brain cells or neurons. And these parts of the brain have a dense concentration of cannabinoid (CB1) receptors.
  • According to a 2019 study conducted by some Brazilian scientists, the activation of CB1 receptors in the brain stimulates the creation of more neurons. And this process gives emphasis to the role of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in the embryonic and adult neurogenesis.Moreover, CBD is not the only key player here, THC also promotes neurogenesis. While THC directly binds to CB1, CBD interacts with the CB1 receptors through other pathways.
  • CBD Can Both Come from Hemp and Marijuana
  • CBD is oftentimes associated with THC and marijuana. Hence, it can be so easy for people to mistakenly consider it as psychoactive just like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This happens because a lot of people think that CBD only comes from marijuana, the popular source of THC. However, the truth is cannabidiol can be found in the hemp plants and in marijuana plants.
  • CBD is found throughout the stalk, flowers, leaves, and even seeds of both hemp and marijuana. The difference is that CBD is naturally lower in marijuana, and it is naturally higher in the hemp plants. On the other hand, THC is naturally lower in the hemp plants, and it is naturally higher in marijuana.Because hemp plants have a higher concentration of CBD, it also goes to show that they can be the best sources of CBD extract products like CBD oil.
  • CBD Is the Same, Regardless of the Source
  • Cannabis plant and hand with pharmaceuticals.
    Whether it’s from hemp or marijuana, the molecular composition of CBD is the same. However, just like what was said earlier, hemp plants contain a higher concentration of CBD than marijuana plants.
  • CBD Is Good for You Even If You Are Not Sick
  • A lot of people think about using CBD only when they feel something wrong – or once they are sick. However, CBD can be beneficial even if you are healthy. CBD plays an important role in the endocannabinoid system, and we know for a fact that the ECS helps in promoting balance and wellness.
  • CBD strains found in hemp oil n a glass jar and hemp seeds
    Moreover, hemp-derived CBD oil is also a natural source of vitamins and minerals, such as the B complex vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, calcium, and magnesium. CBD oil also contains proteins, fatty acids, and other important nutrients necessary for optimum daily functioning.
  • CBD Can Also Be Good for Your Pet
  • cute pug puppy pet dog eating weed, Cannabis sativa, leaves sitting next to dropper bottle of CBD oil for animals, isolated on white background
    All mammals such as dogs and cats have an endocannabinoid system (ECS), the bodily system with which cannabinoids interact. And the good thing is that, there are also available CBD oil products that are specifically designed for pets, such as CBD treats, oils, and liquids.
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