Where has CBD been hiding all these years?
CBD, or Cannabidiol as it is technically called, is finally being allowed out.
As it is derived from the frowned upon cannabis plant it has certain negative stereotypes assigned to it, so, society has made it hide.
Which is a shame, because CBD is naturally harmless, and always has been.
As you may or may not know, CBD is the non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis and found on sale legally in many countries. THC is the bit that affects the brain, the bit that is illegal, and a criminal offence for possessing in a lot of countries.
But just because CBD’s not psychoactive, doesn’t mean it doesn’t do anything.
You can buy CBD products in your local high street, from your local chemist, and in a myriad of other places online. People of all ages are learning about this product, from young mothers to the elderly.
Just in case you don’t know much about CBD; Cannabis plants are made up of hundreds of cannabinoids which are chemical compounds that act on cannabinoid receptors in cells that alter neurotransmitter release in our brains. These releases have different impacts on the body and mind, which can be researched and understood in scientific tests.
Hemp, which I am sure you have heard before, is usually rich in CBD, and you can often find bags, purses, paper and fuel. The mind is boggled by how we haven’t truly made the most of this valuable resource. Fuel for crying out loud! Everyone nowadays needs that.
Naturally, the connection to cannabis has deterred some people from trying it. Studies suggest that millions of people in any country in the world think that CBD is illegal, just because it is derived from cannabis. Six out of ten people think the effect of taking the naturally-derived oil is the same as smoking cannabis…
It couldn’t be further from the truth.
You can probably understand how all these years of bad press about the plant has confused people; “One part of an illegal plant is bad, and people go to prison for selling it (and in some countries sentenced to death). But, the other part of the plant is available to buy at my local pharmacy or health food shop, completely legally?”
That is confusing.
As educational and scientific studies are being undertaken, open-minded members of society are only now understanding the potential in this amazing compound, it is at last becoming available to the masses. Hopefully soon, the world will be accepting CBD with no prejudice.
But why is this discovery being made now? Where has CBD been all these years?
That comes down to a few factors;
Cannabis laws are all over the place when looking at it on a global scale. Some countries’ governments think CBD is helpful for the body’s endocannabinoid system and therefore don’t consider it as a criminal act. Some believe it has no medicinal value, so send people to prison for decades for having a few milligrams of cannabis at the bottom of their pockets.
In the western world, CBD is being researched and they are realising that it can be made available without punishment. THC’s psychoactive properties are still considered illegal. However, CBD causes no known damage to brain cells. So, why not make it available to the world? Whatever the reasons, why forbid people to consume it?
Now the laws are relaxed people aren’t under threat from arrests and criminal records. If more people are comfortable buying it, people will want to buy into this new and exciting product. That leads us to the next point…
This is probably the reason next in line. Like most things in our modern lives, if there is money to be made in a product, existing, new or revamped, the fat cats are going to be finding any opportunity to get involved. The more fat cats investing, the more will follow, and before you know it the product explodes!
This is what is happening with CBD. Society is finally relaxing its views on products derived from cannabis. As this progresses, the stigma behind cannabis will fade.
Genetic manipulation and cross-breeding plants are getting easier and easier. The cost of playing around with them is getting less and less.
In the past, there was no real demand for CBD products. Trying to improve the stability of a CBD dominant cannabis strain wasn’t worth the time and money. Now, however, investors are now realising the true potential of CBD products.
Hemp extract is a good addition to anyone’s lifestyle. The human endocannabinoid system is waiting to be activated which will regulate and balance many processes in the body.