Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over 100 cannabinoids, or chemical compounds, found in the cannabis plant. CBD is easily the second most popular and widely talked about cannabinoid following THC, the cannabinoid known for its psychoactive properties responsible for feeling high. CBD’s popularity has exploded in recent years as the medicinal properties of this non-psychoactive compound have come to light through research and testimonials. Medical marijuana is now legal in 29 states and Washington D.C. with more states legalizing access to cannabis every year. Celebrities, athletes, and severely ill children are speaking up and demanding access to cannabis medicine, catching the attention of the media and the public more intently.
CBD, on the other hand, differs in important ways from THC. It provides a counterbalancing effect to the psychedelic euphoria caused by THC. This only applies when it is taken together, of course — for instance, when smoking marijuana. However, when you take CBD without the THC that’s in marijuana, you are likely to experience only the pleasant side.
This is a hugely beneficial effect of CBD. Free radicals are the culprits when it comes to oxidative damage and inflammation. But CBD’s antioxidant properties can help to combat the negative effects of everyday exposure to elements that increase the production of free radicals. These elements include pervasive, but hugely unsurprising, things like:
MMA fighter Joe Schilling describes (paraphrased) how cannabis oil killed cancer in his father, “I was able to visit my dad in the hospital. My dad’s prognosis was that he was going to die soon from cancer. He agreed to Cannabis Oil therapy, with CBD but not THC. There was cancer in his lung, cancer in his brain, cancer in his chest, a massive tumor was on his neck. We gave CBD oil to him for something like 7 months. He decided against chemo, he did not want to do it.” Schilling notes his father’s poor diet choices and refusal to take vitamins and states, “the doctors did their tests and graphs, you know the things that they do, and amazingly, 90% of the cancer was gone. I have no doubt what so ever that it was the CBD oil that killed the cancer because he was doing absolutely nothing else correctly. The 10% of the cancer that was still alive was surrounded by dead cells and was going to die out too.”
Correct Answer: Each batch of flower AND finished product should be tested by a state certified testing facility for potency, legality and safety. These test results should also be made available to any patient that requests them. These tests should certify 3 things: the amount of CBD contained in the product, the amount of THC in the product (the starting hemp plant material must test below 0.3%), and the lack of mold or toxic pesticides.
Hemp is a bioaccumulator, meaning it is capable of absorbing both the good and the bad from the air, water, and soil in which it’s grown. This makes it all the more important to know that your CBD oil comes from organically grown hemp that can be tracked to its US-grown source. The last thing buyers want is for their CBD oil to have accumulated toxic substances such as pesticides, herbicides, or heavy metals. For decades, farmers have used pesticides to protect crops against insects, disease, and fungi – and have used herbicides to control weeds – but we’ve known for quite some time that chemicals used to harm other species can also be harmful to our own species. That’s one big reason behind the global push to go organic. People are starting to prioritize organic crops, whether you’re talking about fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, livestock feed – even textiles like cotton, wool, and flax.