And then there was CBD

And then there was CBD

In recent years, each of us has certainly heard the mention of so-called CBD in connection with cannabis. The attention of scientists, doctors and patients themselves is also receiving considerable attention in this direction. Research carried out with this compound points not only to its significant therapeutic potential, but above all to its ability to have an anti-inflammatory effect. So where did CBD come from, how does it differ from THC, and how can it help us? You will find out in today's article.

When did CBD appear?

The first surviving mentions of CBD take us back to ancient China and Egypt. Here, cannabis and a high content of CBD (as opposed to THC) were widely used as an anesthetic, but also to treat a variety of inflammations, pain and other health problems there.

From some sources it is evident that the use of cannabis in medicine was also known to Indians and Arab physicians in ancient times. It helped in many areas, above all it was able to effectively alleviate pain, treat digestive problems or insomnia.

Other references take us to Ireland, to a doctor named William Brooke O'Shaughnessy. He performed many experiments with cannabis in the 1830‘s. However, it was not until a hundred years later that cannabinoids were isolated. Specifically CBD - cannabidiol, isolated in 1942 by the American chemist Roger Adams. Little was known about the specific effects at the time. The fundamental difference between CBD and THC was proved only by Dr. Raphael Mecholam in the 1960‘s. He proved that CBD, unlike THC, is not a psychoactive substance. Later, research began to focus primarily on the treatment of epilepsy and other disorders. Unfortunately, these researches were not recognized until later years, as the general public did not trust cannabis products very much.

Today, especially in the last decade, considerable attention is paid to the research of these substances. CBD in particular is a very widely used ingredient. Its use focuses mainly on the treatment of epilepsy, pain, inflammation, anxiety and a large number of neurodegenerative disorders. The CBD component enters pharmacies in the form of gels, creams, oils, etc.

Where can we find CBD?

All varieties of cannabis also contain a certain proportion of CBD (except THC). CBD ranges from 0 to 95%, depending on the specific variety. At present, CBD is used to produce oils or drops with a concentration from 2% to high concentrations such as 20%. Different concentrations can be found, for example, in cannabis creams, which are very suitable for massaging joints and muscles. Creams are between 5-10% CBD. It can also be found in various foods such as coffee, oil, biscuits or clarified butter - ghee.

CBD - which product is the right one?

As mentioned in the previous chapter, there are many possibilities in this case. But it always depends on the specific problem and needs of the person. For some, drops in the form of oil can be useful, which are then used again according to preferences. For others, it may be, for example, capsules or the inclusion of some foods that contain CBD into their diet. For some, vaporization, in which cannabidiol is inhaled, may be an ideal option. Some people prefer cannabis teas or drinks. Someone who is bothered by the taste of cannabis products can choose external use, in the form of gels, creams and ointments of various kinds. It is important to focus on the problem that specifically bothers you and proceed according to your needs and requirements.

However, if you cannot decide or do not know what to expect from a given product, it is always appropriate to consult either in the relevant store or directly in the pharmacy. What is certain is that CBD cannot be denied its great effects and wide range of uses. Therefore, it is definitely worth a try.