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What is CBD? Cannabidiol (CBD) is by far the most studied natural cannabinoid. Thousands of peer-reviewed studies indicate that CBD possesses almost unbelievable clinical potential. CBD stands for cannabidiol, the most prominent naturally-occurring cannabinoid component found in cannabis that comprises up to 40% of the plant. After THC (Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD is by far the most studied natural cannabinoid and is the cannabinoid that possesses the greatest therapeutic potential. According to many scientists, physicians and researchers, CBD may be the single most important cannabinoid ever discovered. Cannabidiol was first isolated in the 1930s and 1940s. Its structure and configuration were fully described in the 1960s by Professor Raphael Mechoulam and his team of researchers in Israel. As of 2013, PubMed.gov—a service of the National Institutes of Health—has indexed over 1,100 studies on cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is “a cannabinoid devoid of psychoactive effect,” and may have broad clinical potential for an astonishing spectrum of ailments.
CBD—It’s About Keeping Healthy People Healthy. Even though it seems like cannabidiol (CBD) is something new, it has been used by humans since the dawn of civilization. CBD is a natural constituent of hemp, a plant that has been utilized for centuries as medicine. But CBD itself was only identified in the 1930s and 1940s, and its specific chemical structure was not documented until 1963. The research didn’t end there; many scientists now consider CBD to be the single most important cannabinoid ever discovered. You may hear more about THC (Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol) in the news—it’s the cannabinoid that gets you “high”—yet non-psychoactive CBD may be the cannabinoid superstar. CBD is overwhelmingly responsible for most of the health and wellness benefits of the cannabis plant. And new benefits are being discovered all the time!
Why would hemp (instead of marijuana) be grown for cannabidiol (CBD)? Hemp is already rich in cannabidiol and naturally low in THC, whereas most marijuana is just the opposite (high THC, low CBD). When hemp is cultivated from specific cannabis varieties that naturally have high levels of CBD, it doesn’t make legal or practical sense to obtain CBD from marijuana. Through a combination of special plant cultivars, advanced plant genetics, and growing techniques, an exceptionally high percentage of CBD can be produced naturally and consistently in the hemp plant. Through the application of proprietary technologies, certain companies have perfected a means of extracting CBD from hemp with an almost 99% purity rate, creating legal and non-psychoactive CBD-rich hemp oil. Because the FDA considers cannabinoids derived from hemp to be “food-based” products, no legal restrictions on their production exist in the United States and in most of the industrialized world. When derived from hemp, CBD rich oil is the best way to obtain the benefits of the cannabis plant legally.
Cannabinoids and the Endocannabinoid system. One hefty word that belongs in every CBD believers vocabulary is cannabinoid. Cannabinoids (CBD) is the chemical compounds inside the Hemp plant that have been reported to provide relief to an array of ailments. These (Cannabinoids) work their magic by imitating compounds our bodies naturally produce, called endocannabinoids, which activate to maintain internal stability and health. To put a complex system simply, they mediate communication between cells, and when there is a deficiency or problem with our endocannabinoid system, unpleasant symptoms and physical complications can occur. When CBD is consumed, cannabinoids bind to receptor sites throughout our brain and body. Different cannabinoids have different effects depending on which receptors they bind to. This concept is the cornerstone of CBD therapy, and the results are so promising that these cannabinoids have been synthesized for legal prescription use. Some synthetic cannabinoid medications include Marinol, Nabilone, Sativex, and Rimonabant. While these synthetic forms are effective, research shows that herbal CBD can contains a far wider variety of therapeutic compounds and the Hemp plant contains at least 85 types of cannabinoids, many of which have shown great value.
If one ingests CBD-rich hemp oil, will they fail a drug test?
It is unlikely, and here’s the science: Immunoassays developed to detect THC metabolites usually have certain degrees of cross-reactivity with CBN (another cannabinoid) but have minimal or no detectable level of crossreactivity with the ring-opened compounds such as CBD, CBC (cannabichromene), and CBG (cannabigerol). This means that CBD can adopt a very different conformation compared to THC. This ring-opened property of CBD causes the antibodies not to recognize the molecule and, therefore, CBD itself cannot trigger a positive result on a drug test.
How is Hemp turned into CBD oil? Co2 Super Critical Extraction...
In the world of Hemp concentrates, CO2 is the one extraction method that has universal acceptance. Almost every commercial extractor would like to be able to run a CO2 system. The only setback is the equipment, which requires a substantial investment. But with any good investment, a reward often follows, and that is exactly what has happened with the quality and purity of the HempLife Today™ CannazALL™ CBD product line.
The system starts with 2 pounds of material being loaded into the extraction chamber. Then the accumulator is put under pressure, bringing the C02 to supercritical levels. The pressured CO2 is then allowed to run through the extraction chamber. The solid extraction (CBD oil) gathers at the bottom of the chamber, while the supercritical CO2 passes through two other chambers before being recycled and gassed off. In the meantime, a batch of the oil is ready to go in the lower extraction chamber. Once the system is no longer under pressure, the extracted oil is weighed and after some finishing procedures, the final product is ready for consumption.
CBD’s time is here
For decades, cannabis activists and growers were focused on cultivating high-THC strains of cannabis, and struggled to convince the world of its medicinal benefits. The medical cannabis movement continues to tout the therapeutic properties of THC, but is facing a critical sea change as research continues to reveal the immense health benefits of CBD—without a need for the “high” from THC at all. In fact, there have been more scientific studies on CBD in the last decade than in the years since its discovery. The results of this research have been so promising for so many ailments that it might be non-psychoactive, non-addictive CBD that finally brings cannabis prohibition to an end. As the push for cannabis legalization continues, the demand for access to CBD for research, clinical trials, and drug development will only increase. Hundreds of scientists from pharmaceutical companies—including GW pharma, Merck, Pfizer, Eli Lilly, Bristol-Myers Squibb, AstraZeneca, and Allergan—are already regularly attending meetings of the International Cannabinoid Research Society. The question is, will the rest of the world be ready?