Here at True Blue Terpenes, we’re committed to bringing you the most up-to-date, cutting edge research on cannabis and its constituent compounds. We’ve already discussed some of the latest developments in synthetic terpene research and terpene therapy. Now, let’s turn to another frequently asked about cannabis-related compound: CBD. CBD, which stands for cannabidiol, is an extremely potent and widely applicable chemical compound found in cannabis. And CBD oil research promises to offer some important medical advancements in the years to come.
Some Basic Information On The Effects Of CBD Oil
So before we take a deep dive into the science behind this molecule, let’s get a few of the most basic questions out of the way.
Does CBD Get You High?
NO! CBD is non-psychoactive, which means that it will not affect the way your brain functions. Don’t expect the couchlock or ultra-focusing effects of most weed strains or, in particular, THC.
If It Won’t Get Me High, Then What Are The Benefits of CBD Oil?
So if THC represents the more recreational side of cannabis usage, then the benefits of CBD could best be described as medicinal. It interacts with the same parts of your brain as THC but produces very different results that are currently under close scientific study. Let’s take a look at some of those.
A Brief History of CBD Oil Research
For the longest time, what little CBD oil research there was could most generously described as DIY. That is, it was mostly cannabis users trying CBD oil and reporting how they felt afterword. But all that changed with the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill.
The 2014 Farm Bill: Opening the Floodgates on CBD Research
The 2014 Farm Bill is a massive piece of legislation that contains one small section entitled “Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Research.” This section created an exception to the Controlled Substances Act for “industrial hemp.” Industrial hemp is defined as “the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a [THC] concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.” This means that a state’s Department of Agriculture may grow industrial hemp “for purposes of research conducted under an agricultural pilot program or other agricultural or academic research.”
The Farm Bill: Part Two
As a result of this small legal exception, industrial hemp product exploded and, with it, research into the potential uses of CBD. On top of that, just last year Congress passed the 2018 Farm Bill which allows transportation of hemp across state lines and removes restrictions on the sale and possession of hemp products. The cannabis industry is still reacting to these developments but it’s clear that hemp and CBD research is here to stay.
The Current State of CBD Research
Out of all of these important legal victories, researches have managed to produce some equally important scientific work that is expanding our understanding of CBD. One of the most recent studies is entitled An Update on Safety and Side Effects of Cannabidiol: A Review of Clinical Data and Relevant Animal Studies. This study looked at the treatment of epilepsy and psychotic disorders and compared the side effects of conventional drugs with the side effects of CBD. Most patients who use conventional drugs to treat these conditions reported “tiredness, diarrhea, and changes of appetite/weight. In comparison with other drugs, used for the treatment of these medical conditions, CBD has a better side effect profile.” The authors of the study conclude that “more clinical research is warranted on CBD action on hepatic enzymes, drug transporters, and interactions with other drugs and to see if this mainly leads to positive or negative effects, for example, reducing the needed clobazam doses in epilepsy and therefore clobazam's side effects.”
The Future of CBD Research
Turning from the recent past to the future, we can ask the question: what is the future of CBD research? Well, the easiest way to to answer that question is to take a look at the currently known benefits of CBD which could use further study. So take a look at the next article in this series on CBD research which will take a closer look at the many different domains in which CBD has the potential to shape the future of modern medicine.