Hemp/CBD Oil: Its History and Benefits

37424782764_bc72ef8f5c_bCBD or cannabidiol is one of the hottest topics that has been doing rounds among people for quite some time now. People argue about the benefits that CBD oil brings with it, while some argueabout the potential risks that it may have. While there are limited studies about CBD oil and its benefits, people have reaped its benefits for quite some time now. So much that out of the 50, 29 states of the US have already legalized the use of CBD for medicinal and recreational purposes.

What is CBD oil?

CBD or cannabidiol is one of the many compounds found in hemp and cannabis plant. The oil that is extractedout of the compoundis known as CBD oil. People often confuse CBD oil with marijuana, but in reality, they are different in many ways. Unlike marijuana, CBD oil does not have THC – the compound that is responsible for the intoxicating effect that marijuana is dreadedfor. CBD oil does not have THC, which makes it very safe for human use. Also, the lack of THC means that the compound doesn’t have any psychoactive effects on the body as well.

History of CBD/Hemp oil

It is believedthat the cultivation of hemp beganmore than 10,000 years ago in South-East Asia. Researchers also believethat hempmight be the first agricultural crop to be grown, which served as the foundation of sustainable civilization. The discovery of the medicinal qualities of hempis not new either. There are documents dated as back as 2737 B.C. that suggest hempbeing used by the Chinese as a medicinal herb.

While hemp was not originally cultivatedin the United States, it was brought to the United States in the 1600s by Spanish traders. By 1800s most of the states of the United States started cultivating this plant. Also, the medicinal uses of the plant were increasingly becoming popular among the people of the United States. However, in the 1900s the use of hemp and marijuana was prohibited in most parts of the United States, because of the intoxicating effect it had on the body.

Then it was in the 1940s when a chemist discovered cannabidiol or CBD, which is what led to the legalization of CBD in the United States. The legalization was mainly due to the non-psychoactive effects and the lack of THC that makes sure you only enjoy the benefits of cannabis without worrying about any side effects. These benefits associated with CBD has led the governments to legalize the medicinal and recreational use of CBD.

Now you might be interested in knowing the benefits of CBD oil, well here they are:

It contains natural anti-inflammatory and pain relief properties

Generally, people turn to over-the-counter drugs when they are in pain. However, these OTC drugs might have serious side effects on the body. Thisis where CBD oil comes in with its effectiveanti-inflammatory properties that help in relieving pain effectively. There isalso evidencethat suggeststhat these properties have benefitted people suffering from chronic pain. This is the main reason why most people trust CBD oil for pain managementand reduction of inflammation.

It helps you quit various addictions

A study published in the Addictive Behaviours have found that people addicted to smoking found CBD to be very beneficial in helping themquit smokingwhen inhaled regularly. There are many other studies that supportthis claim. Researchers believe that this property of CBD comes with the ability of the compound to help people suffering from anxiety, mood-relatedsymptoms, and pain. Although there are more studies needed in this field, pilot studies have found CBD to be very effective.

It benefits people suffering from neurological disorders

Many studies haveconcluded that CBD has many properties that help people with neurological disorders. It has anti-seizure properties that benefitpeople who have epilepsy. There are findings that suggestCBD helps in protecting neurons from damage and psychiatric diseases. Also, CBD is known to provide a safe and effective treatment for people suffering from schizophrenia.

As there are more researches conducted on CBD oil, you can expect to find a lotmore benefits that it brings. Pilot studies have found that the compound even helps with cancer, diabetes, skin disorders, Alzheimer’s, and other chronic conditions.

 

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