Everybody’s heard of CBD. For some of us, that’s the extent of our knowledge on the subject. CBD is a thing. I’ve got to let you know that CBD and other cannabinoids are booming in research and popularity right now. CBD is not the only cannabinoid we should be looking at. Oh, there are others. So I’ve taken it upon myself to create a mini series but goes over cannabinoids, and this is part one. So let’s get into it.
We’re going to start with CBD because it’s the most widely known and popularized cannabinoid in the bunch. CBD stands for cannabidoil, which is quite literally the natural oil extracted from the marijuana plant. It was discovered in 1940. It is used orally or inhaled. It has no psychoactive effect, because it has very little or zero THC content.
According to Dr Eddie Fatakhov, MD on centerforinternalmed.com, CBD can’t get you high, because it does not bind to brain receptors like THC does. It is non-toxic and nearly free of side effects. CBD does stimulate the CB1 and CB2 receptors, which is good for a number of reasons. Here’s a list of these:
- May rid the brain of beta amyloid protein, which is a plaque found in the brain of patients with Alzheimer’s
- Positive impact on depression
- Positive impact on anxiety
- Reduced fear, paranoia, lower intestine inflammation, and blood pressure
On the website herbceo.com, you can also find a lot of information about CBD. It is been known to reduce stress, manage pain, and treat epilepsy or seizures. Although there has been a lot of research on CBD, the medical research is limited because studies conclude a definite impact on the brain but lack specific observable outcomes and prescribed treatments. Most states have no laws on CBD because of its very low to zero THC content. It is legally classified as hemp or hemp oil. This means it can be legally manufactured and sold.
Herbceo.com also offers information on CBG, which we will cover next. CBG stands for cannabidoil. This is another kind of cannabinoid that has no psychoactive effects because it contains less than 1% THC. This considered to me the mother of all cannabinoids because other cannabinoids are derived from it’s acidic form, which is CBGA. CBG has used for treatment for eye related conditions like glaucoma, vasodilation, decreasing inflammation, it’s antibacterial properties, to control bladder dysfunction, and a few things studied in mice, such as inhibiting cancer cell growth, protecting neurons, and appetite stimulation.
CBG is the subject of ongoing research. Is legal under the agricultural act of 2014 in the United States as long as it is not produced from the flower of the plant. One author, Toketemu Ohwovoriole wrote on verywellmind.com an article that was medically reviewed by Steven Gans, MD.
This author says that CBG is found in smaller quantities than other cannabinoids this is because it starts out being derived from CBGA and is converted to CBD or THC over time. This is why younger plans contain higher quantities. This is also why CBG products are rare and expensive. However, they are gaining in popularity and some strains of CBG have higher quantities of CBG and are cultivated for that reason. Examples of these are White CBG, Super Glue CBG, and Jack Frost CBG. It is processed by the endocannabinoid system, imitating the natural compounds made by the body.
Whether you use marijuana or not, whether you use cannabinoids or not, or even if you’re just interested in learning more about it, the internet has a wealth of information on cannabinoids that is worth reading. We all know these industries are booming right now and probably will be for the foreseeable future. It’s our responsibility to be informed consumers or just knowledgeable citizens. After all, legislation surrounding and involving marijuana and cannabinoids is different from state to state and changing all the time. It’s up to us to be able to navigate these different terms and understand what they mean. Until next time,