When it comes to the plant world, cannabis is quite possibly the most complex among them. Putting aside the myriad of unique flavonoids and terpenes, the cannabinoids alone are a scientific marvel. And if we delve deeper, the singular cannabinoid – CBD (cannabidiol), is steadily becoming the plants’ greatest commodity – which even in its highest concentration, is barely an eighth of the plant’s structure.
Now I’m sure that you are aware of CBD’s diversity, such as its medicinal potential as an anti-inflammatory agent. Or the fact that CBD is more common in the cannabis plant’s non-intoxicating member – hemp. But what about lesser documented facts?
1. The Discovery of CBD Was Sheer Fluke
Shortly after the dawn of cannabis prohibition, an American Chemist, Dr. Roger Adams sought to identify the cannabis plant’s high-inducing compound. During his research, Dr. Adams mistakenly bypassed THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and accidentally located and successfully isolated CBD – thus creating an inventory of cannabinoids, by creating a list and sidelining CBD next to the only identified cannabinoid – CBN (cannabinol).
2. CBD is Psychoactive
The CBD industry is plagued with misconceptions, and the claims that cannabidiol is non-psychoactive is one of the biggest myths in the business. It’s a well-known fact that cannabis is frequently used as a recreational substance due to its intoxicating effects. But, intoxicating does not mean psychoactive.
CBD is currently being researched as a potential remedy for the likes of depression and anxiety. Although scientific studies are ongoing, cannabidiol’s calming effects do show potential. Thus warranting CBD as a psychoactive substance as it can alter one’s state-of-mind.
3. CBD May Counteract Medical Cannabis’s Glaucoma Remedy
Legal medical cannabis first became a reality during the 1990s in California, albeit, with strict policies. In 1996, California legalised medical cannabis for a handful of conditions – one being glaucoma.
The intoxicating cannabinoid, THC, is a proven remedy for glaucoma, however, CBD may prove to be detrimental for the affliction. In 2018, scientists conducted a study, and results found that CBD appears to increase pressure inside the eye of mice.
4. All Mammals Have An Endocannabinoid System
CBD products are not just available for the human species. Many manufacturers focus on CBD infused pet food; most notably for cats and dogs.
But, it isn’t just the traditional pets that reap the benefits of CBD, as a matter of fact, cannabidiol improves the wellness of all mammals because they too have an endocannabinoid system (ECS).
If you are considering purchasing CBD products for your beloved pets, it is important to note that you should opt for a product that is pet specific as they are THC free. Research suggests that THC has a detrimental effect on animals’ well-being.