Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a non-intoxicating chemical compound that comes from the cannabis sativa plant. CBD is a naturally occurring chemical in the cannabis plant. CBD is one of over 100 such compounds, known as cannabinoids, that are found in the plant.
Unlike THC — or tetrahydrocannabinol, another cannabinoid — CBD doesn’t get users stoned. In recent years, CBD has grown increasingly popular, with patients and experts reporting that it can be used to treat a range of health conditions, including epilepsy, Crohn’s disease and even anxiety in dogs.
CBD was first discovered in the 1940s by Roger Adams, the former head of the chemistry department at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. In his research, Adams isolated CBD from hemp but couldn’t determine what exactly he’d found. In addition to CBD, Adams also synthesized analogs of THC and another cannabinoid, showing their relationship to CBD.
In the 1960s, Israeli chemist Raphael Mechoulam and his team took the research further, eventually synthesizing cannabinoids — including CBD, THC, and others — and describing their chemical structures for future research. Mechoulam, a professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, still studies cannabis to this day.
In a study released last year, the World Health Organization’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence said CBD may benefit people diagnosed with:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Huntington’s disease
- Inflammatory diseases
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Inflammatory bowel and Crohn’s disease
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Diabetic complications
In the report, the committee noted that “CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential.” Other health care professionals are also using CBD to treat other medical issues, like autism, sleep problems and other mental health conditions.
Unlike THC, CBD doesn’t get users high, an important distinction that has helped drive the popularity of the drug compound.Traditional medications tend to target the symptoms of a specific condition, but CBD goes after the cause of those symptoms, according to Ronald Aung-Din, M.D., a renowned Florida neurologist.
Pharmaceuticals generally stimulate or block receptors to provide their function, but CBD and other cannabis-based treatments interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which naturally binds to chemicals like CBD and THC. This biological effect reportedly enables CBD to treat such a wide range of medical conditions.
Marijuana-based CBD: CBD products that come from the marijuana plant tend to have higher amounts of THC, a combination that some experts claim increases the CBD’s healing effects. As a result, CBD strains with higher amounts of THC can cause both euphoria and stony side effects, like anxiety, paranoia, and dizziness, according to Leafly.
Once a patient has been approved for the state’s medical program, they can go to the dispensary they selected during the application process to buy CBD and other cannabis products.
Hemp-Based CBD: Hemp-based CBD products can be bought over-the-counter at wellness centers and bong shops in most of America.
There is a pair of options for hemp-based CBD users: Products that only contain CBD and others that contain a full range of hundreds of cannabinoids, including cannabinol (CBN), cannabigerol (CBG) and tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV), as well as CBD and a minuscule amount of THC.
All the different chemicals found in the cannabis plant are said to have various healing effects. For example, non-intoxicating CDG apparently helps with sleep and inflammation and kills bacteria.
Pharmaceutical CBD: In June, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first prescription CBD drug, a move that will almost undoubtedly spur more research into what else it can treat.
But is CBD safe? As far as we know, yes, according to the World Health Organization. A 2018 report by the WHO stated that naturally occurring CBD is well-tolerated in humans (and animals!) and does not have any known negative health effects. They also mention that CBD is not associated with the potential for abuse, as experts have yet to find any addictive properties. That being said, it’s still smart to consult with your doctor before taking any new supplements or medications.
The FDA has officially approved the use of CBD for seizures and epilepsy, but that’s not stopping people from using it to help with an array of issues.
At PharmaCanna, we have been receiving numerous testimonials that our high concentration CBD oils, gel caps, and pain creams are helping, amongst many ailments, those dealing with fibromyalgia. We know there are many sufferers of this condition so we thought it may be worth sharing the testimonial with our customers and medical/pharmacy partners.
“I would like everyone to know that I have tried every cream and every prescription my Dr ordered for my fibromyalgia. I have type one diabetes and a lot of nerve damage. My mother bought the CBDiscomfort pain cream for me to try. WOW, what an awesome gift. It works, it really works. After being on my feet all day I can rub this in and feel relief within 20 min. I am now considering getting the Pharmacanna CBDrops oil. I will only deal with Pharmacanna because it is all natural and I trust them. – Sincerely ”
Brenda J. June 13, 2018 (Michigan)
We all at PharmaCanna feel great to be helping people with their health across the country. Word of mouth is spreading like wildfire amongst medical professionals and patients. Our goal of creating a product that would have the highest concentration of CBD in the industry is paying off. We thank all of you that are using our products. We started with the intent of creating a premier line just to place onto the pharmacy we own in Florida, and now we are in 22 states and growing. If you or someone you love & care about suffers from fibromyalgia, arthritis, anxiety, migraines and just pain in general, PharmaCanna may be the option to improve the quality of life. For any questions what so ever, we are here to help.
“I have been using Pharmacanna 3000 CBD oil for about a month. I have chronic migraines, cervical dystonia, and herniated cervical discs. I have chronic daily pain and I am legally disabled and unable to work. Basically, my conditions ruined my career in law enforcement so to find a product that gives me some relief is always a top priority. I’ve been on multiple medications including many off-label medications. The Pharmacanna CBD oil has provided a beneficial way to help reduce the pain and more importantly it appears to be great at reducing the muscle inflammation and tension in my neck and shoulders. This has the benefit of allowing my muscles to relax and not trigger my migraines. I’m not pain-free but there has been a marked difference in my pain since using the CBD oil. I haven’t had to take my muscle relaxants since using the CBD oil that in itself is a huge benefit. It also appears to have a very complimentary effect on my medications, in particular, my pain relievers and migraine medications. I notice the CBD oil does a great job of working with the other medications to bring my pain to a more manageable level. The biggest benefit I feel from using the Pharmacanna CBD oil is receiving the benefits without any psychoactive feelings or results. The last thing I wanted to do is feel high while using any medications or supplements. “
– Fred F.
The CBD market is already expected to top $591 million in 2018. While the early CBD market was often written off as businesses trying to capitalize on the cannabis hype, an uptick of states with required cannabis testing and other regulations have caused a boom in veritably potent and effective CBD products.
CBD is one of the most medicinal compounds in the cannabis plant, helping with everything from arthritis and bug bites to epilepsy and cancer.
“This industry has grown out of nowhere, based on word of mouth marketing. There are no real mass market retailers that are covering it.” — Bethany Gomez, Director of Research for The Brightfield Group, via Rolling Stone
CBD is seen by many as a natural remedy instead of a pharmaceutical or narcotic drug, which gives the compound an additional perception of safety and medical effectiveness that traditional, THC-heavy cannabis doesn’t achieve as easily through its many decades of propaganda. This may make consumers more likely to try CBD products, especially when it starts showing up on the shelves of neighborhood groceries.
Thank you for helping my mom!
I am a Registered Nurse and I also practice a Holistic Therapy called Energy Medicine. I have witnessed my mother get off of Gabapentin using your products. I am passionate about adding more natural ways to deal with so many illnesses that pharmaceuticals have missed the mark in treating pain and chronic ailments with steroids. I spoke with a PharmaCanna rep previously regarding distributing and opted out at the time. I am now on a path that fits my passion and am looking forward to providing your products to my clients. Thanks”,
Alison W. RN-BSN