IS CBD CANNABIS?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a therapeutic compound extracted from Cannabis plants. Currently, SupHERBals’ CBD products are derived from Hemp using high vibrational, hands on farming methods. While both Hemp and Marijuana are part of the Cannabis family, Hemp is not to be mistaken for Marijuana; there are distinct differences between the two plants. Contrary to Marijuana, Hemp plants generally contain less than .1-.3% Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a percentage too weak for individuals to experience psychoactive symptoms. Nonetheless, Hemp and Marijuana have the same life changing therapeutic properties. When using CBD oils derived from Hemp, one can experience all of the medicinal and spiritual blessings of Cannabis such as relief from pain, anxiety, depression, spasms, insomnia, arthritis, nausea, and more, without getting “high.”
ANCIENT HISTORY OF CANNABIS
Despite some of the negative connotations associated with Cannabis, an array of historical evidence demonstrates that civilizations have utilized Cannabis not only as a resource to create paper, clothing, rope and other vital materials, but also as a superior medicinal treatment for various conditions since its discovery in the ancient world. For example, in 2737 B.C. Chinese Emperor Shen Nung suggested Cannabis tea to treat symptoms of malaria, gout, rheumatism, menstruation, and memory loss. Furthermore, evidence dating back to 1550 B.C. shows that Egyptian physicians prescribed Cannabis daily to treat inflammation, depression, cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, and anxiety. The Egyptian goddess of wisdom and knowledge, Seshat, is even pictured with a Cannabis leaf above her head. According to ancient texts, Indian civilizations also recognized the power of Cannabis. History indicates that “bhang” and other forms of Cannabis were used medicinally and spiritually, offering a sense of divinity and contentment while treating symptoms of headache, insomnia, stomachache, dysentery, and congestion. Cannabis was seen as a powerful resource for hundreds of years, until its peak in the more modern world.
MODERN HISTORY OF CANNABIS
Evidence reveals that Cannabis was also used throughout the more modern world. For example, in 1840 J.R. Reynolds prescribed the Queen of England Cannabis tea for her menstrual cramps, and Cannabis derived treatments became a national medical aid to treat not only menstrual cramps, but also muscle spasms, epilepsy, arthritis, and other conditions. Ten years later, the United States officially recognized the medicinal potential of Cannabis in treating pain, colds, neuralgia, insanity, alcoholism, opioid addiction, anthrax and more. Cannabis was used for decades before issues started to arise throughout the 1920’s and 1930’s. Marijuana users began to be seen in a negative light due to a number of issues including racial and religious discrimination. When the United States finally decided to create the Marijuana Tax Act in 1937 prohibiting the cultivation and use of any Cannabis plant, American Medical Association spokesperson, William C. Woodward, stated that “the AMA knows of no evidence that Marijuana is a dangerous drug.” He also mentioned that a ban on Marijuana and all related plants would prevent future research from revealing more benefits in the medical field.
HISTORY AND USES OF CBD
Thankfully, society at large is starting to move away from the outdated perceptions and regulations surrounding Cannabis. For example, regulations such as the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 re-establish Hemp as a fully legal substance. Partially, this is due to the shift in exposure and research from Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to Cannabidiol (CBD). CBD is a cannabinoid present in Cannabis that holds many healing properties without psychoactive components. It was first discovered by a doctor named Roger Adams in 1940. However, its dynamics and potential were fully revealed in 1963. The British government officially acknowledged medical use of CBD in 1998, when they commissioned GW Pharmaceuticals, led by Doctor Geoffrey Guy, to produce a CBD extract that could be tested in clinical trials.
A plethora of studies have followed the work of Guy and his colleagues, concluding that CBD is a safe and effective treatment for a host of issues. For example, CBD is proven to reduce symptoms of the fourth most common neurological disorder, epilepsy. Epilepsy is a neuromuscular condition where the body is periodically forced into a state of seizure. According to a 2018 study, approximately 50 billion people suffer from epilepsy worldwide, and ⅓ are drug resistant. This means that CBD is a revolutionary option not only for epileptics who want to turn away from prescription drugs, but also for epileptics who have very limited options. Many individuals are turning to CBD as their last hope for a better future, one absent of toxic chemicals that may or may not cause the human body more harm than good.
Epilepsy isn’t the only condition treatable with CBD. CBD has also been proven to reduce symptoms of one of the most common anxiety conditions, Social Anxiety Disorder. According to a study in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, “CBD [is] significantly associated with functional activity changes in limbic and paralimbic cortical areas that have been consistently implicated in the pathophysiology of anxiety” The researchers highlight that CBD treatment is natural and safe in contrast to other toxic medications that may have a series of negative side effects (Crippa et. al, 2011). Other studies show that CBD is a profound treatment for inflammation. For example, a study published in 2015 concludes that there are several inflammation related conditions treatable with CBD. One of the conditions that the study highlights is a type of arthritis called “collagen-induced arthritis.” Overall, the study concludes that pain and inflammation are reduced after CBD treatment with little to no side effects (Burstein, 2015). There is research happening every day concerning the effects of CBD on individuals with cancer, Parkinson’s, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, chronic pain, and more. However, a diagnosis is not necessary to experience the advantages of using CBD. Research has also found that CBD is suitable in treating non-specific pain. Many studies exclaim that our body’s Endocannabinoid system plays a vital role in homeostasis, the regulation of our equilibrium. Researchers believe this correlation could explain why using Cannabidiol results in relief from multiple issues causing imbalance throughout the body, even some that we live with and don’t recognize. Research on CBD is becoming increasingly abundant as time goes by. Additionally, there are hundreds of thousands of individuals who have shared testimonials explaining positive life changes they have never experienced prior to using CBD.