HEMP: Legal, Natural Relief for PETS and their PEOPLE!

What Is CBD?

You might be reading this because you are interested in natural health options.

Or looking for more effective ways to help yourself or your pet.

Possibly you learned about CBD through your holistic health practitioner, doctor, veterinarian, or even the nightly news. 

The medical potential of CBD was taken to mainstream audiences in 2014 when television documentaries began discussing the almost unbelievable therapeutic value of CBD.  For decades, outdated laws had banned a plant that produces what may become one of the most important medicines for modern disease and news was getting out.

Welcome to the emerging world of CBD.

What is it and how does it work?

Cannabinoids (i.e.; CBD, CBG, CBN, etc.) are the chemical compounds secreted by the cannabis plant.  These work their medicinal magic by imitating compounds our bodies naturally produce. 

CBD is able to interact with cells in our bodies because the molecule has a similar composition to chemicals that the human body produces naturally, called endocannabinoids.  They have their effect mainly by interacting with specific receptors on cells in the brain and body.  These receptors were discovered in the 1980s and have been found in mammals (humans, canines, felines, etc.), birds, fish, and reptiles. At present, there are two known types of cannabinoid receptors, termed CB1 and CB2 with mounting evidence of more.

Unlike the main psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana (THC), CBD does not produce euphoria or intoxication.   

How does CBD help?

Research has shown CBD to have analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-anxiety properties. 

It can provide relief to an array of symptoms including pain, nausea, anxiety, and inflammation. 

Research

Preclinical trials and anecdotal reports over the past four decades have found that the cannabinoid shows promise as an:

The Plant

Non-psychoactive hemp (also commonly-termed industrial hemp), regardless of its CBD content, is any part of the genus cannabis plant containing a ∆-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of no more than three-tenths of one percent (0.3%) on a dry weight basis. Certain standards are required for the legal growth and production of hemp. The Colorado Industrial Hemp Program registers growers of industrial hemp and samples crops to verify that the THC concentration does not exceed 0.3% on dry weight basis.

When therapeutic properties are desired, growers are currently developing more CBD-dominant strains.   Plants can exhibit wide variation in the quantity and type of cannabinoids they produce (i.e.; CBD, CBG, CBN, etc.).

The mixture of cannabinoids produced by a plant is known as its cannabinoid profile. Selective breeding has been used to control the genetics of plants and modify the cannabinoid profile. RxCBD is proud to be working with some of the leading plant geneticists in the world.

The Entourage Effect

While CBD is a powerful medicine on its own, it’s important to note that effects are amplified when combined with other cannabinoids.  This is known as the entourage effect; whole plant medicine as its best!  The entourage effect is the idea that combinations of cannabinoids work together in synergy to produce certain therapeutic effects in the body. This may explain why some patients react differently to varying CBD sources.

The Legalities

The Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill), federally legalized the production of industrial hemp in state-managed pilot programs. These programs allow growers to cultivate, process, and market hemp products.  Under the Farm Bill, hemp plants are cannabis plants that contain less than 0.3% THC. 

As the legal landscape and understanding about the differences in medical cannabinoids unfold, it will be increasingly important to distinguish "medical marijuana" from "medical CBD".