We are hearing more and more about CBD Oils and their health benefits. CBD Oil is booming into a multi-billion dollar business.
There is even a Farm bill - an amendment to the Senate version of the 2018 Farm Bill would fully legalize industrial hemp in the United States.
A pilot program was started four years to grow limited amounts of hemp to test CBD oil.
Researchers from major educational institutions, including Johns Hopkins and the University of California at San Diego, are studying its potential uses.
Some are even examining whether CBD might help in treating opioid addiction.
According to NORML-47 states, plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., have passed laws allowing the use of CBD, though with certain caveats.
- (NORML is the nation's oldest marijuana advocacy organization.)
- There is debate about the effectiveness of CBD products
- There is uncertainty about their legality, especially when they come from hemp.
Consumers have little guidance when trying to find facts about CBD in the marketplace; whether the products are safe, what are the ingredients, side-effects and how to use them.
Even the DEA is taking a different approach with CBD oils.
- CBD comes from the word cannibidiol, chemical compound found in the cannabis plant.
- Unlike THC, CBD does not produce the chemical which makes you high and gives you the munchies.
I'm sure you heard about this story.
Matt and Paige Figi had their twins Charlotte and Chase in 2006, giving older brother Max siblings. The twins were 3 months old when after a bath, Charlotte had her first seizure which lasted 30 minutes. The seizures continued to get worse, some lasting up to 4 hours. Charlotte was in and out of hospitals.
Doctors were stumped - scans were normal, blood was normal. They were thinking it might be Dravet Syndrome a rare, severe form of intractable epilepsy. But the seizures, and the length of the seizures continued to get worse and worse.
It was November 2000, when Colorado voters approved Amendment 20, which required the state to set up a medical marijuana program.
Matt, was relentless in his search for something to help his baby girl when he came across a video of a California boy whose Dravet was being successfully treated with cannabis.
- The strain was low in tetrahydrocannabinol, (THC) (that is along word) that's the part of pot that makes you high.
- It was also high in cannabidiol, (CBD), which has medicinal properties that doesn't make you high.
In 2013 when CNN's Sanjay Gupta did a story on Charlotte who at this time had lost the ability to walk, talk and eat. She was having 300 grand mal seizures a week.
Matt and Paige heard about the Stanley brothers, one of Colorado's largest marijuana growers and dispensary owners.
- The Stanley brothers were crossbreeding a strain of marijuana also high in CBD and low in THC.
- Charlotte started a regimen on the CBD oil.
I know I told this story in short form, you should watch the video-it really is amazing.
Charlotte responded to the CBD Oil treatments. Her seizures only happen two to three times per month. She was walking and riding her bike. Charlotte was a different little girl.
The Stanley Brothers changed their name to Charlotte's Web and took their company public.
IRIECBD.com provided us with their research -
THC is the compound that produces a psychoactive effect on the brain, or makes you feel “high”. This high occurs because the receptor sites in the body that THC binds to are found primarily in the brain (CB-1 receptors), and when they bind to these receptors they produce a euphoric effect. To get more information about the medicinal properties of THC, visit the IrieMEDICINALS site here.
CBD prefers to bind to a variety of different receptor sites found throughout the body (CB-2 receptors). CBD produces no psychoactive effects. Consuming CBD does not affect the way you think or function, but can support a variety of bodily systems by binding to CB-2 receptors.
Different cannabinoids have different effects, depending on what receptors they bind to. CBD and THC are just two members of the cannabinoid family, and though they are the most abundant to occur in the plant naturally, they are not the only ones that can bind to receptors in the human body. CBG, CBN and THCV are other compounds that make up this diverse network, and though more research is needed to truly understand their full effects, new potential benefits associated with each one are consistently being discovered and analyzed.
The United States Government provides access to current research on CBD through the National Institute of Health website which you can access HERE.
While IrieCBD cannot make any claims about our products in regards to specific health conditions, we encourage our customers to do their own research on CBD and take advantage of the current reputable research on cannabidiol and other cannabinoids on the NIH website.