Cannabidiol: The Cannabinoid That Could!
The Last CBD Guide You'll Ever Read.
If you’re reading this book, odds are that you’ve heard about the alleged wonder plant extract “Cannabidiol” which is more commonly known as CBD. Over the past four years, CBD has gained international attention and has been reveled for its medical properties.
However, like many people who are still trying to wrap their heads around this international health craze, proper research is always warranted prior to using any substance. People have become far more conscientious about what they put into their bodies, and this is something we applaud at The Owl Instinct.
It’s very important to fully understand the supplements, medicines and foods we put into our bodies. We have learned over the years that to blindly trust “authorities” on any particular subject isn’t the best course of action.
The informed consumer is the responsible consumer. However, researching any type of cannabinoid is not as simple as it looks. While there is a lot of information available online, it’s difficult to know whether or not the source of the information is reputable or not.
Additionally, it also seems that cannabis-based materials come with extra baggage. By “baggage”, we are referring to the political ideologies that either want to stop the wave of legalization or promote it. Many times, these two extremes debate over the efficacy of the plant exaggerate and sometimes just straight out lie about the benefits and the risks of the plant.
What we aim to do throughout this mini guide is to create a thorough, easy-to-read, breakdown of CBD and Cannabis. Obviously, our main emphasis will be CBD, however you can never simply talk CBD without talking about the cannabis plant itself.
We also aim to provide more insight on the history, medical research, dosage and administration, as well as commonly asked questions from every-day people just like you.
Our mission at The Owl Instinct is to help our customers get a clear understanding of CBD. We believe that informing our customers will give them the necessary tools to find the right approach to starting with Cannabidiol for better health.
We also are going to be simplifying the medical terminology surrounding Cannabidiol and the physiological benefits you can obtain from the compound. We understand that the vast majority of consumers do not have a medical background, and all the “sciency” jargon can be confusing.
Therefore, we hope you enjoy this guide for what it is – A complete easy-to-read guide to CBD and You.But first, let’s start at the beginning.
The History of Cannabidiol
While CBD has only recently gained attention in the global arena, the fact of the matter is that medical cannabis has been around for thousands of years. The cannabis plant contains hundreds of cannabinoids, the most common ones being CBD (Cannabidiol) and THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). However, the plant also contains terpenes and flavonoids that all play an important role in improving our health.
The earliest uses of cannabis dates back to China roughly 6,000 B.C. Some scholars speculate that cannabis/hemp was one of the first crops that helped dawn civilization as we know it. However, the first dated records of cannabis being used as a medicine goes back to roughly 2700 B.C.
Since then, the use of cannabis spread throughout most civilizations and became a staple in the economies of many empires. From India, Europe, the Americas and Africa…cannabis seemed to be everywhere.
This is largely due to the diversity of what can be done with the plant, and the fact that it is incredibly easy to grow in most climates.
Cannabis eventually made its way to the West during colonial times. Hemp finally made its way to the Northern American Colonies around the 1600s. In fact, the colony of Virginia had laws that made it illegal to “not grow the crop”. Several other colonies had similar laws on the books.
For thousands of years, shamans, healers and physicians wrote about the potential relief found from the cannabis plant. Soon after, cannabis became a staple in the diet of humanity and the “go to remedy for many conditions” up until about the 1900s.
When Cannabis Went Out of Style
In the early 20th century, cannabis medicines were found virtually everywhere. It was considered one of the most beneficial medicines known to man at the time. Additionally, with technological advances, the use of Hemp also grew in importance.
In fact, in 1937, Popular Mechanics exclaimed “Hemp, the Billion Dollar Crop”. You must understand that during those times a billion dollars was unheard of, and no other crop was able to pull in those numbers.
With an estimated 50,000 products able to be produced by hemp, not to mention the physiological benefits of the plant, the future of America and the world seemed to be “green”.
However, shortly after the prohibition of alcohol ended in the United States, those charged with enforcing prohibition laws were out of a job. During that time, Harry J. Anslinger was in charge of what would eventually become the DEA.
Harry J. Anslinger, was a seasoned prohibitionist with harsh racial views of the world. Once alcohol prohibition ended, he needed to find a “new enemy” of America to continue his zealous campaign of “keeping America pure”.
He teamed up with Newspaper mogul, Randolph Hearst to spread negative propaganda about a new menace “Marihuana” where he would write outlandish claims about the plant. Catering to a predominantly racist middle class (during the early 1900s), he convinced Americans that cannabis was a violent inducing, evil drug that would warp the morals of anyone who consumed it.
He published articles about how people under the influence of marijuana allegedly killed their family or sold themselves for pleasure and more drugs. He made Americans believe that one single toke from a marihuana cigarette was enough to turn any sane man mad.
He even testified before Congress where he said some of the most racist things you can imagine, too racist to be repeated in this book.
Nonetheless, his efforts paid off and in 1937 the United States passed the “Marihuana Tax Act” which didn’t necessarily make marijuana illegal, but did make it illegal to grow without a license.
The prohibition of Marijuana only lasted up until the end of World War 2 where the U.S government re-legalized the plant to help with the war effort. Once the war was over though, the plant reverted back to its “illegal” status.
The War on Drugs
In 1971, Richard Nixon declared the “War on Drugs” which was essentially a smoke screen to break up peaceful protests. Nixon had a lot of problems with public support during the Vietnam war.
On one hand, he had a civil rights movement to deal with, and on the other he was dealing with anti-war protestors. Despite the fact that he was recommended by a scientific panel, known as the Schaefer Commission, to legalize marijuana…he moved it to the most restrictive category for illegal drugs.
Why did he do this? Nixon noticed that both anti-war protestors as well as civil rights activists smoked cannabis at their rallies. Understanding that he couldn’t constitutionally break up peaceful protests, he used cannabis as a method to justify his use of police force to do so.
Since 1971, the War on Drugs have sent more than 20 million people to jail and cost more than 1 trillion dollars. Additionally, his actions have wreaked havoc in places such as Colombia, Mexico and even in the Middle East and beyond.
Cannabis Makes a Comeback
It wasn’t until 1996, when California first legalized medical marijuana, that cannabis started its comeback. The movement was spearheaded by people affected by the HIV/Aids epidemic.
California ruled that it should be legal to consume cannabis if it helps you medically in any way. California had some of the most relaxed medical cannabis laws in the country and maintained this position until recently.
Several other states joined in by legalizing medical marijuana and giving patients the right to grow or get a caregiver to grow for them.
It wasn’t until 2012 that cannabis was first legalized as a recreational substance in Colorado and Washington. Since then, more than half of the US states have legalized marijuana in one way or another.
Prominent figures such as CNN’s Sanjay Gupta started speaking about the benefits of CBD and THC, and since then the momentum for cannabis-based medicines have only grown. Today, CBD is legal in all fifty states and we’re only a stone’s throw away from full legal cannabis in the entire United States.
While cannabis might have had a rocky road, we are genetically hardwired to consume the plant. Our own endogenous cannabinoid system interacts with the plant on a molecular level. This is the reason it has shown such great benefits when using it.
As we continue in this new era of medical marijuana, we are learning more than ever about the benefits, potential risks and ideal titration data.
Throughout this book, we’ll be talking about the right ways to use CBD.
Before you read any further. The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act dictates that we are required to inform you that the efficacy of CBD oil products in general have not been “confirmed” by the FDA in relation to any medical ailment. The only recent medication that has been approved by the FDA is Epidiolex. The information in this document is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
The book is designed to educate the reader about CBD, how it works and so forth. This is not considered Medical Advice.
It’s always important to seek the assistance of a qualified medical professional prior to utilizing any of the information provided in this book.
How To Use This Guide
In order to make it easier for our readers, we have broken this book down into a few sections. These sections include;
- Chapter 1: An Introduction to Cannabidiol
- Chapter 2: CBD and Your Health
- Chapter 3: Research and Studies on CBD
- Chapter 4: How to Administer CBD Oil Correctly
- Chapter 5: Common Questions Answered About CBD
In addition, we have created a section that deals with finding the right supplier for CBD products that can deliver consistency and quality with every purchase. We’ll be informing our readers on what to look for, red flags and much more.
Now that we have all of this out of the way,
Let’s start with the book!