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CANNABIS 101: Intro to CBD

Posted by Thom Dyer on

Introduction to CBD Course Description:

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Have you ever wondered what CBD is? What does it stand for and what does it do? Will it get me high?

In this course you will follow a writer who is asking himself these very questions and more! Join me in my research of CBD, and together we will find simple answers to common questions.  

What Is CBD?

CBD is a chemical compound (pictured above) that derives from the resinous part of Cannabis Sativa

Resin is a viscous, often clear or yellow substance found in most trees and plants. 

CBD is an abbreviation for cannabidiol. To be exact, it is a phytocannabinoid (fī-tō- kə-ˈna-bə-nȯid), which are synthesized molecules unique to cannabis. 

Fun fact: CBD gains its therapeutic benefits from these molecules!

CBD and THC (I bet I don't have to define this one) are two out of one hundred phytocannabinoids found in cannabis, both being the two most abundant of the bunch.

CBD is naturally occurring and makes up around 40% of the hemp plant. OK, that ends our brief segment in organic chemistry!  

 

A picture of the cannabis plant with the headline :Will CBD Get Me High?

Will CBD Get Me High?

CBD will not get you “high”,sorry if that disappoints you. There is nothing to worry about when consuming CBD, it cannot induce the intoxicating feeling one would experience after smoking THC.

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This is one of the biggest misconceptions surrounding CBD. I believe many potential consumers hold doubts about its lack of potency and for this reason they do not wish to indulge in products containing CBD.

To repeat, CBD cannot get you high. In fact, studies have shown that CBD can reduce the intoxicating effects caused from THC.

Of course, this all depends on how much you consume of each cannabinoid. 

 

An older gentleman pondering about what CBD is.

Is CBD Legal?

Yes, purchase some today!!

Warning: This next portion contains a history lesson.

There were two major additions to the Farm Bill that made this possible:

- In 2014 the federal government granted the right to grow hemp for research purposes. This monumental change in philosophy led to the eventual legalization of hemp based products, as long as they were less than .3% THC.

- In 2018 the growth, production, and manufacturing of CBD was federally legalized, soon making CBD a widespread product across America.  


A stethoscope under an EKG in the shape of a heart.

What Are The Health Benefits Of CBD?

If you are like me, you are probably wondering what the health benefits are and why I didn't lead off with them.

Well, for many individuals, CBD is a reliable alternative to pharmaceuticals. CBD is 100% all natural and it biologically works better with our bodies, hurray for mother nature!

Specifically, CBD supports the Endocannabinoid System or ECS for short. The ECS is responsible for maintaining homeostasis - regulation of sleep, appetite, and changes in our mood. 

 

A Graph of The Human Body's Endocannabinoid System

 

Hopefully, your body is regularly producing endocannabinoids to help with your ECS. I say ‘hopefully’ because like all other nutrients, your body might not be efficiently producing enough endocannabinoids.

If your body does indeed suffer from this deficiency, then a regular intake of CBD could help maintain a healthy ECS. 

According to Project CBD, extensive scientific research is continuously being done to determine exactly how CBD can treat potential patients. 

I was not aware of how greatly beneficial CBD can be for the human body. Before I was a professor on the subject, I did not know It could help alleviate certain ailments caused from issues like chronic pain and inflammation.

 

 

Logo for the U.S Hemp Authority.

 

Is CBD Regulated?

So, who is in charge around here? That would be The U.S. Hemp Authority. They are the most important voice for CBD, not the FDA despite popular belief.

However, I believe the two separate entities do work hand in hand with each other because nothing escapes the government!

Anyways, USHA approved products are what consumers need to be on the look-out for when purchasing CBD.

!This website only sells products that the U.S. Hemp Authority has given approval to!

We do this because, they have set the standard for which CBD-based products are healthy and viable for consumers and we are proud to follow their trusting guidelines.

 

Required Texts: 

 

 

School books with various courses listed.

 

 

Dyer, Thom, "Cannabis and the Long Battle with Racism - pt. 1". 2020

Dyer, Thom, "Cannabis and the Long Battle with Racism - pt. 2". 2020

Hinkle, Kerry, "Hemp Seed Oil Vs. CBD Oil - Knowing The Difference". 2020

 

 

The content on this site is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. While research has shown that CBD has the potential to help provide beneficial outcomes for several complaints, it is advisable to seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider when you have questions regarding any medical condition and when starting, augmenting or discontinuing any existing health routine. 

FDA Disclaimer: Any statements made within this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. No products produced, manufactured, marketed, or distributed are intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult your physician before beginning any supplements or botanical extracts. If pregnant or breast feeding, consult with your physician before use. For use by adults 18+. Keep out of reach of children.

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