Your body creates it’s own cannabinoids

Yes. That’s true. Your body creates 2 of it’s own cannabinoids. One example of a cannabinoid your body creates is Anadamide. Anadamide was discovered in 1992 by a team of 3 Israeli scientists at a leading Israeli medical university. It’s known as the bliss molecule. Whenever you are feeling overjoyed about something, anandamide is active in your system. Cannabinoids that occur naturally within your body are called endocannabinoids, since endo means “within the body.”

Anandamide discovered by:

  • Raphael Mechoulam: a leading Medicinal Professor at Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
  • W. A. Devane: not much is known about William Anthony Devane, but he is named in many cannabis research papers.
  • Lumír Hanuš: Analytical chemist and leading authority in cannabis research

So, we can see by this that this discovery was not made in some mom and pop backyard laboratory. It was discovered by experts in their field of research.

Big Pharma Uses CBD for Drugs

Cannabinoids occur in the flower Echinacea. One variety of Echinacea is used in traditional medicine. The FDA has approved Epidiolex to treat seizures and sclerosis. It is one of 4 drugs approved by the FDA that contain compounds from the cannabis plant (hemp or marijuana).

Some important facts to know:

  • Cannabinoids are in all sorts of plants – including flowers and herbs.
  • It’s very likely you have encountered cannabinoids in everyday life well before ever trying CBD or THC.
  • Black pepper contains cannabinoids.
  • About 4 FDA approved medications contain cannabinoids (CBD or THC).
  • The FDA approved medication Epidiolex has been studied closely.
  • The CBD in Epidiolex is not as pure as the CBD you can obtain over the counter.
  • An FDA study that states CBD may be harmful in high doses studied only Epidiolex for that report.
  • Epidiolex contains substances that are known to be harmful to the human body, yet it’s approved for human consumption.
  • Substances in Epidiolex include sucralose (Splenda) and ethanol – both which have been proven to be linked to liver and/or intestinal damage.
  • A full, well written editorial on this topic can be found at: Desperately Seeking Harm: Diagnosing the FDA’s CBD Problem

What is a Cannabinoid?

Cannabinoids are compounds found in cannabis plants. They are extracted using hydrocarbons to process them. The three main elements in cannabinoids are hydrogencarbon, and oxygen. Those are also the main elements of our bodies. Suffice it to say that these 3 elements are very common in the world.

Some important facts to know:

  • Some hydrocarbons are not harmful to the human body (e.g. plant oils).
  • Some hydrocarbons are harmful to the human body (e.g. ethanol).
  • You smell and taste hydrocarbons every day.
  • If grown, processed, and bottled correctly, CBD contains no harmful hydrocarbons.
  • You should be very careful about what CBD products you choose to take, there are many bad products or even imposters. (More on imposters in another blog post later.)
  • Some “leading brands” of CBD are not healthy for you. The FDA has fined one popular brand for heavy metals in its CBD.
  • Hemp seed oil is not CBD. (More on this later in another blog post.)

Is CBD Legal?

In 2018, the president signed a Farm Bill, making it legal to grow, sell, and consume hemp CBD products – as long as they contain less than 0.3% THC.

Many states have approved CBD for these purposes. Illinois has approved it for these uses.

Some states have not approved of CBD at all. In other states, approval is different from county to county. Check the status of your state/county.

Why isn’t CBD legal in all states?

  • There is a stigma that CBD and THC are the same thing.
  • People believe that you can get high off of CBD.
  • People believe that CBD is dangerous for you. (The FDA is studying that right now.)
  • People believe that CBD has no health benefits. (The FDA is studying this also.)

What is CBD?

CBD is short for cannabidiol. CBD is a cannabinoid derived from a hemp plant. A cannabinoid is simply a molecule that mostly consists of hydrogen, carbon, and oxygen. Another example of a cannabinoid is THC. You’ve probably heard of that. There’s a lot of good and bad information going around about both CBD and THC. We’ll sort that out for you, just keep coming back and reading our posts. Here are a few other examples of cannabinoids:

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Some important CBD facts:

  • THC and CBD are not the same thing.
  • THC in strong enough doses, causes a psychoactive high.
  • CBD produces no high.
  • If a person takes too much CBD, they often simply get tired/sleepy.
  • Your body makes it’s own cannabinoids.
  • Your body has an endocannabinoid system. (Totally not making that up.)
  • Most marijuana contains both THC and CBD.

What is CBD? (Summary)

CBD is short for cannabidiol. CBD is a cannabinoid derived from a hemp plant. Other examples of cannabinoids include:

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  • THC and CBD are not the same thing.
  • THC in strong enough doses, causes a psychoactive high.
  • CBD produces no high of any sort, no matter how much a person takes.
  • CBD is NOT a drug, it is a dietary supplement.
  • Taking CBD is similar to taking a vitamin.
  • If a person takes too much CBD, they often simply get tired/sleepy.
  • CBD relaxes the mind and has properties to help relax the body.
  • No two people are alike and the CBD amount that works for one person may not work for another.
  • It’s best to experiment a little to find the sweet spot for your situation.

Is CBD legal?

In 2018, the president signed a Farm Bill, making it legal to grow, sell, and consume hemp CBD products – as long as they contain less than 0.3% THC.

What is a cannabinoid?

Cannabinoids are compounds found in cannabis plants. They are mostly hydrocarbons. Most of their structure is hydrogen and carbon. The three main elements in cannabinoids are hydrogen, carbon, and oxygen. Those are the main elements of our bodies too.

Big Pharma Uses CBD for Drugs

Cannabinoids occur in the flower echinacea. One variety of Echinacea is used in traditional medicine. The FDA has approved Epidiolex to treat seizures and sclerosis. It is one of 4 drugs approved by the FDA that contain compounds from the cannabis plant (hemp or marijuana).

Your body creates its own cannabinoids.

Anadamide is one example and was discovered in 1992 by a team of 3 Israeli scientists. Cannabinoids that occur naturally within your body are called endocannabinoids.

When was the endocannabinoid system discovered?

The endocannabinoid system is separated into 2 main components. CB1 and CB2 receptors. The CB1 receptor was discovered in 1988 at St Louis Medical University. The CB2 receptor was discovered by the team of 3 Israeli scientists in 1996 at Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Who should not take CBD?

It’s always a good idea to speak with your doctor before trying CBD. From a study on Epidiolex alone (which is FDA approved), those who take the below medications may experience increased side effects if CBD is used along with.

  • Antidepressants
  • Medications that can cause drowsiness
  • Macrolide antibiotics (erythromycin, clarithromycin, azithromycin, etc.)
  • Heart medications (some calcium channel blockers)

What does the FDA think of CBD?

  • The FDA has not certified CBD for human consumption.
  • The FDA also does not allow us to call it a medicine or a supplement.

Will this status change soon? We think so. Here’s a pair of quotes by the FDA in 2018 about CBD:

There is little indication that CBD has abuse potential or presents a significant risk to the public health. - FDA (2018)
No evidence that CBD causes physical or psychic dependence. - FDA (2018)

Will CBD ever be approved by the FDA?

At this very moment there is a clinical trial going on in Colorado that is sponsored by the FDA. We believe it will lead to the FDA granting CBD food supplement status. Time will tell. We expect the results to become public in the spring of 2021.

What does the WHO think of CBD?

Actually, the WHO has viewed CBD favorably longer than the FDA has. Here’s an image of a quote from the WHO on CBD from 2018:

Follow this link for more information: WHO Report Finds No Public Health Risks Or Abuse Potential For CBD (Forbes magazine)