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7 Interesting Facts About CBD

7 Interesting Facts About CBD

CBD was discovered in 1940

Yet it wasn't until 1963 that it was actually synthesized! There is evidence of Cannabis (and subsequently CBD) use by humans that dates back thousands of years (as far back as 2800 BC), but it wasn't until 1940 that a chemist called Roger Adams isolated it, and the later date of 1963 that Raphael Mechoulam identified clearly its chemical structure.

 

CBD can reduce some of the more undesired effects that come from using THC

 

CBD is a negative allosteric modulator of CB1 which is the receptor to which THC bind directly. This means that it reduces the binding affinity to that specific receptor and diminishes some of THCs effects. After having used this combination - studies have shown that people feel less anxious and less euphoric overall.

 

In Warsaw Zoo in Poland, elephants take CBD to deal with anxiety

An elephant living in Warsaw Zoo called Fredzia, was experiencing stress and anxiety over the death of one of her life companions Erna. She was struggling to integrate and 'get-along' with her new companion and the zookeepers had noticed a significant downturn on Fredzias mood. Since 2020 - they have been administering CBD to her through her food to help deal with this and give her an increased quality of life and negate the anxiety and depression that had befallen her.. 

 

CBD deteriorates when exposed to light

When exposed to UV rays (sunlight) CBD deteriorates... Much like other oils you'll notice that nearly all CBD oils are sold in dark bottles or those covered wholly by a label - as amber and black glass bottles will protect the liquid from this degradation. The sun won't necessarily make the oil unusable - rather they will just lose their CBD potency. Make sure to store your CBD products outside of direct sunlight!

 

CBD is safe for dogs (and pets) and can provide them with great benefit

there are studies that have shown that CBD can be used to treat dogs for arthritis, seizures, and other health issues. It can also support a dogs immune system, increase the health of their coat and (weirdly) improve breath odour. While research in the effectiveness for CBD and dogs is in it's early stages when compared to for humans, evidence so far says great things! You can ready a little more about this in an older article of ours here

 

Queen Victoria used CBD oil

Queen Victoria, who ruled over the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland for 63 years (from 1837 until her death in 1901), used CBD and there are records to confirm it! She used it to help alleviate the pain of her menstrual cramps which was advocated for by her personal physician Sir J. Russel Reynolds and in doing so she reportedly found great relief. 

 

Most people have credited a CNN documentary from 2013 for CBD's rise in popularity

CBD has seen a rise in popularity over the last few years - but what was it that caused the sudden surge of interest? Well - it's told to be in large part because of the documentary released in 2013 called "Weed". Dr Sanjay Gupta, the host and an American neurosurgeon, looked at the many ways that CBD oil was (it still is) helping children with seizures.

You can now watch the documentary itself in full here on Youtube

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