Understanding Why CBD Became so Popular
By Space Coast Daily // December 20, 2019
Truth be told, marijuana is probably the most universal drug there is. It is at the heart of many prominent cultures and ideologies.
Like any misunderstood thing, marijuana has been notorious as a gateway drug to more hardcore stuff. This definitely rings some truth when it comes to recreational use.
It is the misuse of marijuana that has caused it to remain prohibited in the US since 1937. However, ever since California liberalized and decriminalized medicinal use after studies pointed out its health benefits, a legalizing frenzy started all over the US, and perhaps the world.
Studies show that cannabinoids are the main components of the Cannabis plant. Most experiments have concentrated on the three main cannabinoids, THC (delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD (cannabidiol) and CBN (cannabinol), also referred to as “Cannabinoids.”
THC is responsible for the high you get, CBN is a THC sub-molecule, and CBD is a non-psychoactive component. The significance of CBD is that since it has no possibility of being abused, it has been the subject of much more research than THC and CBN.
Safe and non-addictive
CBD was found to be extremely safe and non-toxic on the basis of multiple studies done on humans and in vitro on various doses of CBD administration.
Also, when added to food, it does not cause catalepsy, does not affect the physiological parameters (blood pressure, heart rate, and temperature of the body), and does not affect the digestion process whatsoever.
The only finding that might cause alarm is the fact that, when administered in a high enough dose, CYP450, an enzyme responsible for the breaking down of toxins, increases in concentration.
Ease of access
Unlike its psychoactive cousins, consuming CBD brings no high. Since there is no chance of abuse, CBD is easily found and acquired.
There is even a CBD vape pen available for the nonsmokers out there. Smoking CBD has a high bioavailability, which reaches 25% and up to 50% in some situations.
It implies that the body processes Cannabinoids at a faster rate compared to other forms of intake and brings more of it into your bloodstream.
CBD is an anti-inflammatory with many health benefits. It helps in fighting stress, insomnia, pain, high blood pressure, diabetes, and even addiction.
The family of CBD plants is probably one of the oldest crops to ever get domesticated. That being said, it is only recently that humanity was able to unravel the countless health benefits of cannabis. CBD has been proven to aid even with elevating of mentally ill patients’ symptoms.
While anxious and depressed people usually use pharmaceutical products as a treatment, CBD provides an unparalleled way of treating them without any side effects.
The patients won’t get hooked on it, and, unlike non-drug treatments, it can actually improve libido. The most fascinating health benefit rewarded from CBD is that it acts as an inhibitor for cancer cells.
This was concluded from animal-based studies only, but it is still a great indication of CBD’s health benefits.
Coming to a conclusion, cannabis is one of the most prominent natural drugs not just today, but ever since the start of human civilization.
Thankfully, we have started to realize what real gem marijuana and CBD specifically are, and that’s why they have become so popular.