CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound that’s present in the hemp plant. For years, there has been a stigma surrounding CBD, but as more research is done, that stigma is beginning to dissipate. There's a lot of interest in CBD today, and many scientists feel CBD is worth deeper scrutiny as a medicinal drug. There are several types of CBD that are worth mentioning:
Full-spectrum CBD includes additional cannabinoids in its harvesting and production. Besides straight CBD and other cannabinoids, this derivation typically includes "healthy" fats such as omega-3 and omega-6. It may also contain vitamin E, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, and calcium..
CBD isolate contains fewer components. In fact, it may be up to 100 percent pure CBD. CBD isolate is being researched as potential symptomatic relief for inflammation, swelling, and more. CBD has only recently gained popularity among patients searching for alternative options to prescription drugs such as painkillers or tranquilizers. Its evolution has been short but interesting:
British pharmaceutical company, GW Pharmaceuticals, begins medical trials using CBD. This opens the flood doors for scientific study into the use of CBD as a possible help for everything from anxiety to seizures. This would later lead to the creation of Epidiolex, a drug legalized to treat childhood epilepsy.
Charlotte Figi finds relief from hundreds of seizures daily. Her parents believe CBD is the reason. Other desperate parents of children with Dravet Syndrome begin moving to Colorado to use CBD.
Charlotte Figi’s story becomes a televised documentary on CNN, titled Weed, featuring respected doctor Sanjay Gupta. Her story helps spark interest in CBD as a medicinal drug and begins an important conversation on the possibilities offered by the cannabinoid.
President Trump signs the Farm Bill into effect in December. This legalizes the growing, production, and distribution of hemp in America and takes hemp off the list of Schedule 1 Controlled Substances. It also legalizes CBD derived from the hemp plant so long as it contains less than 1% THC and is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
CBD becomes legal for medicinal purposes in 47 states. As more research takes place, it's plausible to expect regulations regarding CBD to loosen.
Epidiolex, the cannabinoid drug manufactured in the UK and used to treat childhood epilepsy, is moved from a Level 1 Controlled Substance to a Level 5 drug. This allows physicians to prescribe the drug without being an official participant in the DEA drug-monitoring program. It also allows for off-brand production of a generic drug.
As more becomes known about the possibilities of CBD, scientists become more intrigued. Is it possible that hemp, an herb that's been around for at least 50,000 years, could be an answer to some of America's ailments? CBD is now available for purchase without a prescription to adults across the country for those wishing to explore its capabilities.
While we are not medical professionals, and cannot prescribe CBD to anyone, CBD education is at the top of our list of priorities. If you have questions about our CBD products and testing results, we are happy to share!