What's CBD?

CBD – Cannabidiol – is a compound in marijuana that has significant medical benefits, but does not make you high. Let’s understand how it works and how it can help you or someone you know.
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“What kind of medicine do I need?” For most people, you go through the hassle of setting up a doctor’s appointment and taking whatever drug is prescribed to you. Then you deal with the side effects and work throughout the day with a handicap, and figure out when you will need your next refill.

There are a lot of nasty side effects for prescription drugs currently on the market*.

That’s why I’m surprised that a lot of people don’t try CBD, an all-natural medicine with fewer side effects.

That’s like saying refusing a free consultation with a new lawyer. Why wouldn’t you do it?

This is why I am writing this article and [producing CBD locally in Hawaii]. In a minute, I’ll tell you what CBD is, what the benefits are, and how it works, but first let’s go through some common excuses for not trying CBD.

Common Excuses For Not Trying CBD

  • I don't smoke weed

  • Marijuana is illegal

  • I don't want to get high

  • I will fail a drug test

I hate to break it to you, but all of those reasons are dumb.

Smoking weed and using CBD are two different things. It’s like comparing a space ship to an airplane.

CBD is legal in 44 states and growing. And now the World Anti-Doping Agency, used by the Olympics and UFC, now allows CBD for its drug testing.

CBD doesn’t get you high. It is one of the 85 known compounds in cannabis, and only one of those compounds (THC) is psychoactive.

Also CBD derived from hemp is not the same as marijuana. There’s almost no THC in hemp.

For the most part, no one will test positive for CBD oils that contain nearly no THC. Although you should make an educated decision if you have a drug screening at your work.

So now that we’ve answered those objections. Just keep reading. If you are still against trying CBD at the end of this article, don’t do anything. You weren’t going to do anything anyway. But if you want to take advantage of mother nature’s amazingness, you know what to do.

What is CBD?

So what’s CBD anyway?

This can get a bit technical but do not worry, I will keep it long enough to cover the material, but short enough to keep it interesting (mini-skirt theory).

Cannabidiol (CBD), is a chemical compound of cannabis that has significant medical benefits. But unlike the other well-known compound in cannabis, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is non-psychoactive.

Yup, you read that correctly: CBD doesn’t get you high.

CBD is also non-addictive, making it a great natural medicine with some serious life-saving potential. 

But why didn't anyone talk about CBD during the decades of increased marijuana popularity? Keep reading and I’ll you how it became popular and why it was neglected.

The CBD Movement

The CBD movement began when the family of five year old Charlotte Figi began looking for alternatives to treat their daughter's rare form of epilepsy called Dravet syndrome. Charlotte was having 300 seizures a week, one every 15 minutes. After years of rushed trips to emergency room, they had tried every type of medication- including experimental ones. 

CBD in 2012 was not easy to find. High THC content was all the rage for marijuana users, and the people who grew marijuana aimed to create the most potent THC potent cannabis for decades. (In fact, cannabis used to be 7% THC, today it's well over 20%.) Luckily, the Figi family found a Colorado family that was producing a strain that was high in CBD and low in THC, and after adding CBD oil to Charlotte's daily routine, her family saw her seizures go from 300 a week to zero.

Charlotte Figi, before and after CBD.

"I didn't hear her laugh for six months. I didn't hear her voice at all, just her crying. I can't imagine that I would be watching her making these gains that she's making, doing the things that she's doing." - Paige Figi

 

Charlotte's story was featured on CNN, NBC, 60 minutes, among many other news sources. She became the "girl who is changing the medical marijuana laws across America." This began a movement and led to the astounding discoveries of CBD. Today, we know that CBD has a huge impact on a wide range of medical conditions. How wide? Here's a list:

  • Acne

  • ADD/ADHD

  • Addiction

  • Aids

  • ALS

  • Alzheimer's

  • Anorexia

  • Antibiotic resistance

  • Anxiety

  • Atherosclerosis

  • Arthritis

  • Asthma

  • Autism

  • Bipolar

  • Cancer

  • Colitis/Crohn's

  • Depression

  • Diabetes

  • Endocrine disorders

  • Epilepsy/seizures

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Glaucoma

  • Heart disease

  • Huntington's

  • Inflammation

  • Irritable bowel

  • Kidney disease

  • Liver disease

  • Metabolic syndrome

  • Migraine

  • Mood disorders

  • Motion sickness

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Nausea

  • Neurodegeneration

  • Neuropathic pain

  • Obesity

  • OCD

  • Osteoporosis

  • Parkinson's

  • Prion/Mad cow's disease

  • PTSD

  • Rheumatism

  • Schizophrenia

  • Sickle cell anemia

  • Skin conditions

  • Sleep disorders

  • Spinal cord injury

  • Stress

  • Stroke/TBI

Why CBD Was Overlooked

At this point you might be asking yourself, "If CBD is so great, why are we only talking about it now?" I thought the exact same thing myself. After doing some digging, I found that the reason why CBD was overlooked is because its tied to the history of marijuana becoming illegal in America. 

The very talented Joe Rogan explains this much better than I ever could.

Long ago, hemp was commonly used for many things. Experts suggest that the use of hemp began back in 8000 B.C. George Washington wrote the declaration of independence on hemp paper. Abraham Lincoln used hemp seed oil to fuel his lamps.

 

So what the hell happened?

Propaganda.

 

A man named William Randolph Hearst led a marijuana prohibition to protect his newspaper company. The reason he did this was simple: Hearst's company owned a ton of trees that sold paper and it was in danger of being replaced hemp. Hemp is ideal for producing paper because trees take as long as 30 years before its able to produce paper, while hemp only takes months. 

Hearst's brilliant use of propaganda through false advertisements made marijuana illegal, and hemp was criminalized when the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 was enforced.

Here are some of the false advertisements Hearst used.