July 23, 2020 4 min read
Virtually unknown by most people a few years ago, today CBD is a multi-billion-dollar industry that most people have heard about. As the industry continues to expand, more and more people are discovering the benefits CBD can have on their daily life.
While you have probably heard of CBD, it’s probably a pretty safe bet to say there are still a few things you might not know about the increasingly popular cannabis compound. Here are few interesting things about CBD you might not have ever known or considered before.
6 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About CBD
1. CBD is Just One of Over 140 Cannabinoids
It’s no secret that CBD’s popularity has taken center stage as far as cannabinoids are concerned, but did you know, that CBD is just one of over 140 cannabinoids contained within cannabis? Of course, THC and CBD are two of the most well-known cannabinoids around the world, but there are many, many more cannabinoids that exist. Exact numbers are hard to pinpoint, but research indicates there have been 144 different cannabinoids identified. Some of the major cannabinoids aside from CBD and THC include CBG, CBC, CBN, CBDV, CBCV and CBGV, all of which are believed to contain their own unique beneficial properties.
2. CBD Strains Are Becoming Increasingly Popular
The popularity of CBD has soared over the past few years, leading to a sizeable increase in the number of CBD strains on the market. Before CBD became so popular, cannabis strains that were high in THC were the only type being widely developed and cultivated for personal consumption. Today, the variety of CBD strains has expanded to offer many of the medicinal benefits of cannabis without the getting the buzz that THC is famous for.
3. CBD was Actually Discovered in 1940
While CBD officially hit the mainstream in the past few years, it was actually discovered and first extracted in 1940 by Harvard University graduate, Roger Adams. Research was first conducted on CBD in 1946, when it was tested on lab animals, with results offering the first proof that the CBD cannabinoid did not contain any intoxicating effects. Also, in 1946, Ralph Mechoulam identified the chemical structure of CBD. Mechaulam is often credited with CBD’s discovery although Adams was the first to extract it. A landmark study was conducted in 1980, which discovered that CBD contained “potential use” as an antiepileptic drug. Some 30 years later, Epidiolex became the first cannabis-based drug to be approved by the FDA for the treatment of rare and difficult-to-treat forms of epilepsy.
4. CBD Might Counteract the Negative Effects of THC
There’s evidence to support that CBD could counteract the negative effects associated with THC, such as anxiety and paranoia. As early as the 1980s, THC was shown to potentially increase stress symptoms, but in studies that administered THC and CBD together, stress symptoms were cut in half. It’s suggested that this is due to the way CBD influences the CB1 receptor so that less THC binds to it, leading to reduced activation of the receptor itself. While there are some studies that indicate that the stress stemming from THC consumption can be possibly be reduced with CBD, there’s little evidence to support that CBD will somehow “reduce” a person’s THC high. Like many aspects concerning cannabis, more research is needed to prove what many believe.
5. CBD Can Also be Used for Your Pets
Did you know your pets also have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) and that CBD can also be beneficial for your furry friends? Incorporating CBD into your pet’s routine can offer several of the same benefits it does for you. CBD pet tinctures and CBD pet chews are very popular among pet owners. With the tincture, you simply add a few drops to their food and they’ll have access to the same benefits as when you take your own CBD tincture. With the pet chews, your cat or dog will gobble them down, and you can be assured that your pet is receiving a consistent dose of CBD. CBD topicals can also be used on your furry friends, penetrating deep into your pet’s skin to provide possible relief from itchy skin and sore muscles and joints.
6. CBD Oil and Hemp Oil Are not the Same Thing
While most CBD oil tinctures and other products are derived from hemp, CBD oil and hemp oil are not the same thing. CBD oil is extracted from the entire hemp plant, while hemp oil is extracted from hemp seeds. While they are similar in that they both come from the hemp plant, CBD oil and Hemp oil provide very different benefits. Anyone shopping for CBD oil should take note that hemp oil is not the same thing and does not contain CBD.
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