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CBD is CBD no matter where it comes from

With new found information, we are learning more about cannabinoids and where they come from. We’ve come a long way since the scientific breakthrough when CBD was first isolated from Mexican marijuana by Roger Adams and from Indian charas by Alexander Todd, both in the 1940s. A couple decades later, in 1964, scientist Raphael Mechoulam was able to identify and isolate THC for the first time. Being able to identify and isolate these cannabinoids for the first time was the first step in discovering the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). This biological system can be found in just about any living thing with vertebrae and is meant to bring homeostasis. Furthermore, we now know that cannabinoids are the chemicals which give the cannabis plant its medical and recreational properties, which stimulate the ECS.

It is important to know that “both hemp varieties and marijuana varieties are of the same genus, Cannabis, and the same species, Cannabis Sativa. Further, there are countless varieties that fall into further classifications within the species cannabis Sativa.” [1]  When it comes to the comparison of the plant’s CBD potency, hemp plants naturally produce more CBD than THC (the psychoactive component), while marijuana produces more THC than CBD. Although a difference in the plant’s cannabinoid count, there is no difference in the plant’s cannabinoid therapeutic value. CBD derived from hemp and marijiana have the same effects. In fact, organic CBD from any source will function and affect the ECS the same. Franjo Grotenhermen of the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines has been quoted saying, “CBD is CBD. The human body does not care where the molecule comes from.” While there is little known about CBD’s metabolites compared to THC, understanding what we already know about CBD’s metabolism in the body is also of equal importance.

Discovered through the cannabis plant, cannabinoids are more relevant to our bodies than we ever could imagine! There is evidence to support the claim that scientists have discovered cannabinoids, similar to cannabis in breast milk. This evidence, tells us that we are first exposed to endocannabinoids (internal cannabinoids) at birth. The human body contains cannabinoid receptors specifically designed to process cannabinoids. The fact that we are naturally exposed to cannabinoids at an early age, suggests that the stimulation of ECS could be connected to our early stage health. [2]

CBD has also been found in other plants, other than cannabis. These plants include: Echinacea, Liverwort, Electric Daisy, Black Pepper, Helichrysum umbraculigerum, and cocoa. [3] The ECS is a very complex system, which is critical to our daily lives, so it’s no surprise that Cannabinoids can be found in more than just Cannabis.

Scientists believe there are many different endocannabinoids. The most studied and understood endocannabinoids are anandamide and 2-AG. Anandamide and 2AG occur naturally in the mammalian brain and body. The body knows how to naturally bind the matching receptors. Because it has been proven that CBD stimulates the ECS, CBD will stimulate the ECS regardless of where it came from. Whether from hemp, cannabis, or a common herb, CBD is CBD.

[1] http://www.jstor.org/stable/1220524?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2544377/

[3] https://medicinal-foods.com/5-edible-plants-containing-cannabinoids/

 

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