Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, is associated with a variety of positive effects on the body and mind. It might seem like a fad today, but CBD’s benefits have been known for years―long before the scientific community caught on. Learn why CBD has earned fans throughout history. Check out these seven fascinating factoids about CBD and its popular parent plant:
01 — CBD is one of at least 120 known phytocannabinoids.
That’s a long, scientific word for the chemical compounds found in the Cannabis sativa plant. Some, like tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, contain psychoactive properties. CBD is one of many that do not. The cannabis plant contains a whole alphabet full of chemical compounds―CBN, CBG, CBC, CBV, CBE, CBL, and CBT, just to name a few.
02 — CBD is harvested from female Cannabis plants.
The male of the species serves a vital but limited function: providing the pollen necessary for new seeds. Female plants are much richer in phytocannabinoids―the good stuff, including CBD―and are therefore the more coveted sex by Cannabisgrowers.
03 — Women are better able to experience the effects of CBD than men.
Studies have observed the presence of endocannabinoid receptors in female reproductive tissue. Women, then, have a biological advantage over men for feeling the benefits of CBD. This might explain why the same dosage of CBD can elicit a stronger effect in a woman than a man.
04 — CBD might trigger a positive drug test.
Even though it possesses no psychoactive properties, CBD might trigger a positive test result depending on what “drugs” you’re being tested for. Chin recommends getting a note from a physician who recommends CBD whenever possible: “If you know you’re going to test positive, saying ‘I’m being monitored by my M.D., this is the diagnosis,’ is better than testing positive and having to backtrack. It makes it easier on everyone.”
05 — Women have been turning to the cannabis plant for millenia.
In 1500 B.C., Egyptian women were believed to be using cannabis as a medication to “cure wrath and grief.” By 1000 A.D., The Old English Herbarium recommended a mixture of cannabis and lard to rub onto swollen, painful breasts. In the 1840s, Queen Victoria herself was said to be taking cannabis to relieve menstrual cramps.
06 — It holds promise for opioid addicts.
In a double-blind study of recovering heroin users, their cravings and anxiety for the drug fell when they ingested CBD on a single day. Researchers concluded that their subjects experienced “no serious adverse effects.”
07 — It won’t give you the munchies, but …
CBD has something interesting in common with chocolate. Anandamide, a naturally occurring molecule in the body, is associated with feelings of bliss. Consuming CBD can elevate your anandamide levels―as can consuming dark chocolate or cacao.