CBD: A Healthy Promise
But what is the CBD ?
Cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, has become a hotly debated topic in the news, with its properties are promising.
CBD (which is the acronym for Cannabidiol), is a molecule found in hemp. It is the second cannabinoid the most studied cannabinoid after its famous cousin THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). It is also the cannabinoid which is usually found at the highest concentration in industrial hemp and the second highest concentration in medicinal hemp.
Where do we find him ?
CBD is naturally present in the cannabis plant, which has different species, Cannabis Sativa (hemp useful/industrial), Cannabis Indica (Marijuana), and Cannabis Ruderalis. By convention, cannabis that is low in THC and high in CBD is generally referred to as hemp.
Small aside on THC
THC (Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) is the cannabinoid that is found in the highest amount in the plant ofIndica cannabis, recreational use). This molecule has strong psychoactive properties that can lead to analtered cognitive and psychic abilities, drowsiness, dependence and loss of control It's around these psychotropic effects that recreational use has developed, with the consumer seeking to "get high". For all these sale, possession and use are illegal in many countries for these reasons, although there is usually avarying application of legislation by different governments in place. Since THC and CBD come from the same plant, they are often associated or confused. However, the consumption of CBD has no psychotropic effects. In addition, a 1974 study showed that when both molecules are consumed simultaneously, CBD attenuates the psychotropic effects of THC.It is therefore important to differentiate between industrial cannabis (Sativa), which contains less than 0.2% THC and its cousin to the Cannabis that we will call "recreational" (Cannabis Indica) which contains much more, from 15% to 20 %, depending on where it came from. For example, a comparison could be made with the citrus family. Everybody knows that citrus fruits are only not a particular fruit, but a family of fruits, with oranges, lemons, pomelos, etc. Likewise, the genus Cannabis is known for 2 species in particular, which are hemp and Majijuana. Although they appear to be identical visually, their properties are quite different.
Why is CBD so interesting for health ?
This molecule, discovered in the 1940s, has a molecular structure close to THC, but without the effects of THC, psychotropic drugs, drunkenness or euphoria. Since the year of its discovery, cannabidiol has been the subject of more than 1500 publications, more than half of which have been published in the last 10 years, thus showing the growing interest of the scientific world in this molecule full of promise. You want to stay healthy and enjoy optimal living comfort. Then it is in your best interest to do the CBD is your ally, since we all have an endocannabinoid system (ECS). The scientific community is constantly discovering extraordinary virtues at the CBD.therapeutic. These include a powerful anxiolytic, pain reliever, and antioxidant, etc.
- CBD and cardiovascular action
- CBD, anti-inflammatory action and immunity
- CBD and brain action
- CBD and cancer
- CBD and nausea
- CBD and smoking cessation with cocaine and opiates
- CBD and Osteoporosis
- CBD and obesity
- CBD and weight loss
- CBD and migraines
- CBD and Alzheimer's disease
- CBD and depression
- CBD and Parkinson's disease
- CBD and sleep disorders
- CBD and sport
- CBD and chronic pain
- CBD and Post Traumatic Stress Disorders
- CBD and asthma
- CBD and anxiety
- CBD and dystonia
- CBD and epilepsy
- CBD and schizophrenic
- CBD and Autism Spectrum Disorders
- CBD and glaucoma
- CBD and hepatitis
- CBD and Cohn's disease
- CBD and osteoarthritis
Did you say Endocannabinoid System ?
The endocannabinoid system (ECS), and one of the most important players in cell homeostasis, and one of the largest medical discovery of the 20th century. It was only in 1988 that its existence was discovered. Its functions are numerous and all the physiological processes of our body can involve its intervention. One could say, taking a great shortcut, that the SEC is the system of systems(osseous, respiratory, cardiac, hormonal, digestive, nervous, etc...) It is the great self-regulating system of our body, it influences all bodily functioning, whether physical, mental or emotional.SEC uses cannabinoids to transmit certain signals and regulate homeostasis.
Clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (CDE)
According to Dr. Ethan Russo, neurologist, psychopharmacology researcher, and author recognized in numerous scientific journals: "Clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (cannabinoids produce by the human body) could explain why so many people are sick."Dr Russo is a medical director at Phytecs, specializing in the development of therapy for spike targeting endocannabinoid deregulation associated with inflammatory and metabolic diseases, at eczema, cancer, depression, migraine and insomnia.The phytocannabinoids present in certain plants such as hemp are comparable to the endocannabinoids naturally produced by the human body.
A little bit history :
Mankind has been using hemp since the dawn of time! Traces of its use by man have been found by archaeologists in Eastern Europe but also in the Japan at the same time about -11,500 and -10,200 years ago for the oldest. It could therefore be one of the first plants domesticated by man. Indeed its culture presented several significant advantages. Its resistant fibres allowed the manufacture of fabrics and ropes. Its seeds oils in addition to tasting good were very satisfying. Its resin was also used for its properties medicinal. Wars of conquest, migrations and trade have allowed hemp to spread over all the continents. In 600 B.C. the Chinese and Europeans used its fibres to make clothing, and when Gutenberg first printed the Bible, he used hemp paper. This paper will be used until the 19th century. Later in the early 20th century, cotton imported from the United States replaced hemp as the main source of hemp for the making clothes. In spite of this, it was still used for military clothing during the two wars worldwide, as the strength of hemp fibres is far superior to that of cotton. Nowadays, hemp is still used in a multitude of fields, weaving, ropes, paper, animal husbandry, and so on, and agriculture, but also in the field of construction and thermal renovation of buildings, medicine, etc. It is interesting to note that until 1937, 80% of the medicines sold in pharmacies were based on cannabis. The Cannabis Sativa was among the first plants used in homeopathy.1937 is a special year for the cultivation and consumption of hemp. Harry Anslinger (known as the Mc Carthy of drugs) drafts the Marihuana Tax Act to levy taxes on hemp products, and cannabis. But also to fight crime, since hemp marijuana was accused of causing violence and disorder. The confusion between industrial hemp and cannabis marijuana is then maintained out of interest by the growing industrial lobbies of paper, cotton, pharmaceuticals and oil.Thus, all the actors of the hemp sector were impacted, from the producer to the consumer, including all the commercial intermediaries, and prescribers, such as dentists, doctors and veterinarians.These taxes led to a drop in hemp production in the United States of America, which very quickly resulted in an global meltdown. In North America, after the November 6, 2018 elections, 33 states allowed the use of marijuana for the purpose of "growing".10 of which were associated with its recreational use. Canada legalizes adult cannabis use across the country on 17 October 2018. In France, the use of hemp for recreational or medical purposes has been prohibited since 1953, when it was withdrawn from the French pharmacopoeia. In 2018, after the age of 65, the ANSM (French National Agency for the Safety of Medicines) will reconsider this position by stating than that it is appropriate to authorise the use of cannabis for therapeutic purposes. Portugal has legalized therapeutic cannabis since 2017.