What's the deal with CBD?

    by John Reid / February 26, 2019

    CBD grows naturally from hemp. After hemp buds are trimmed, CBD is extracted and becomes CBD oil. However, the contextual story of CBD cannot be captured in a simple formula (wuh wuh...)


    The complicated and tumultuous history of hemp is interlaced with marijuana. For centuries cannabis (hemp and marijuana) was used as medicine because of its beneficial properties.

    The theme of cannabis’ story in the 20th century largely centers around marijuana. In recent years, lingering negative stigmas set by propaganda, prohibition, the war on drugs, and improper use are eroding, and with the rediscovery of CBD in the 21st century we have an evolved understanding of cannabis. No longer a taboo drug, conversations about cannabis are happening everywhere from office water coolers to waiting rooms of doctor’s offices. The fact these conversations are happening is a small victory in the evolution of cannabis and CBD will play a big part in bringing cannabis back to medical books and facilities.

    What is CBD?

    CBD is naturally occurring chemical compound found in cannabis plants. Cannabis seeds require an environment with a lot of sun and wind for fresh air to develop plants buds that are harvested each fall. Everything from seed to mature plant is regulated by the DEA, which removed hemp derived CBD off the list of Schedule I substances in 2018.

    A safe, non-addictive substance, CBD is one of many phytocannabinoids found in cannabis with therapeutic effects. Since the discovery of the endocannabinoid system in 1992, scientists have learned that CBD attaches to the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the body to regulate the immune and peripheral nervous system.

    What is CBD oil?

    To make CBD oil, a long process of running ground up CBD flowers through a machine using a solvent that makes the oil. After a few hours, in a highly complicated process, the end product is a highly potent and therapeutic CBD oil.

    The DEA regulates the cannabis plant, but once cannabis is made into a product, such as CBD oil, the FDA oversees regulation of safety, efficacy, and quality of each product via trails tests. Unfortunately, because the DEA had labeled CBD a schedule I substance until the 2018 Hemp Act was approved, little research on CBD could be done. As of writing this, the FDA can only say they need to complete further research to have a comprehensive understanding of the effects of this compound. 

    Relief Scout requires good manufacturing principles (GMPs) and 3rd party testing of all vendors to meet rigorous standards set forth by the US Hemp Authority. While we wait with bated breath for the FDA to move forward, we are reliant on progressive research in nations like Israel and 3rd party oversight so you know the CBD that goes in your body is both safe and effective.

    What are the benefits of CBD?

    Anecdotal evidence and clinical research has shown a great deal of promise for the health benefits of CBD. The way in which CBD interacts with the human body via the endocannabinoid system is really incredible and makes sense as to why the compound has such a sweeping effect on various conditions.


    So why are we just discovering CBD now?

    With known benefits for anxiety, insomnia, arthritis, and many other conditions, why are we only finding out about this now? By the time CBD was isolated by American chemist Roger Adams in 1940 and defined in chemical structure by Israeli organic chemist Dr. Raphael Mechoulum in 1960, propaganda lead fear of cannabis was deeply embedded in social constructs of the United States. During the Great Depression, massive unemployment and increased public resentment of Mexican immigrants who brought recreational marijuana to the US after the Mexican Revolution of 1910. By 1937, The Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 banned both hemp and cannabis sales in the US. Thus, cannabis has always had an uphill battle largely stemming from political rule and misconceptions as an “evil weed.”

    After marijuana grew in popularity through the 1960s counterculture, the support of the DEA conservative parent groups lobbied for strict regulations throughout the 1970s. This would lead to the 1980s War on Drugs. All along, CBD was seemingly a victim of rhetoric and lack of understanding as a safe, non-addictive, and natural medicine. The 2014 Farm Bill legalized the sale of hemp after a CNN program increased attention to the use of CBD in seizure disorders. Since then, the 2018 Farm Bill allowed for interstate commerce of hemp derived products legal in all 50 States. This opens up the opportunity for CBD to be rediscovered and researched in the United States.

    What are people saying about CBD today?

    Today, CBD is being taken for both medical and recreational purposes. Across generations, from millennials to baby boomers, anecdotal reports are astounding. Most commonly CBD is being used for anxiety, depression, insomnia, and other chronic pains. Small dosages, even micro dosing, is the proven approach to optimize the effects of CBD based on the preferred method of consuming CBD.

    There are many options and lots of conflicting information popping up every day. To save you time from combing through information about the safety of taking CBD, Relief Scout has created a 60 second questionnaire that recommends a good fit product at small starting dosages to effectively find the right dosage for your individual needs.

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    John Reid

    John Reid

    John has over 13 years of experience in finance and consulting. John has joined the industry-wide mission to educate and introduce people to the value of this often misunderstood component of the hemp plant. When not working with the Relief Scout vendors, you can find John and his wife enjoying the great outdoors and surfing in San Francisco. And if you ever want to talk music, John is all ears.


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