Jul 21

The Discovery of CBD as a Cannabinoid


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For thousands of years, humans have been using cannabis for both its medicinal and ornate qualities. One fateful day in 1945, a British soldier found cannabis seeds in a pumpkin and gave them to his roommate, who passed them along. The journey didn’t stop there. Many years later, Doctor Russell Edgington stumbled onto a compound called CBD while researching ways to treat soldiers experiencing common spasms. When his team sprayed CBD into the bloodstream of their test subjects, an unexpected result occurred: their afflictions stopped.

Cannabidiol, abbreviated as CBD, is the non-psychoactive component of cannabis, and it has garnered tremendous interest from pharmaceutical companies and physicians due to the potential in treating a variety of ailments. Plants with an abundance of CBD often have ample amounts of CBDV and CBDO, as they are derivatives of CBD. Scientists believe that certain portions of the CBDV and CBDO compounds may act as potential treatments for a variety of conditions, including cancer, arthritis, inflammatory conditions, inflammatory bowel disease and more.

With CBD under the microscope, scientists had the power to study the effects of cannabinoids on humans. As it turns out, cannabinoids are really, really interesting. Cannabinoids are extracted from the cannabis Sativa plant and have a wide range of therapeutic effects. They are also responsible for relaxing everything from your muscles and bones, to your brain and immune system. In addition to having a wide range of therapeutic effects, CBD has been recommended as beneficial for immune system health, arthritis, and other inflammation.

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