The CBD , otherwise called cannabidiol is a molecule of cannabis / hemp which continues to be the heyday of this plant. Despite the controversies related to its use, the fact remains that it remains a key element for various sectors of activity. This is the case with medicine, which for many years has exploited its incomparable potential. It is clear that even science has not yet conducted an exhaustive study on CBD, in order to reveal all its facets. However, we suggest that you focus on the molecule itself and its effects on humans. This, depending on the resources already available at the time of writing this article.
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ORIGIN OF CBD
Indeed, many people talk about cannabidiol or CBD seeds ; but very few know its origin. So let’s focus on this aspect in this subsection. In fact, CBD comes from the cannabis or hemp plant. In order to clear up the understanding, for those unaware of the distinction between cannabis and hemp, let’s talk about it. In fact, CBD has several sister molecules. In this logic, within these figures THC . By that mean tetrahydrocannabinol . Have you ever heard of the famous “high effect”? It is the THC molecule that is the cause. In other words, it is responsible for the psychotropic effects observed in cannabis users. Having said that, let’s get back to our subject. Indeed, the difference between hemp and cannabis is that the former is less loaded with THC than the latter. In other words, the amount of tetrahydrocannabinol in hemp is low compared to that of cannabis. However, remember that CBD, which interests us, comes from both of these plants.
THE ROLE OF CBD FOR THE PLANT THAT PRODUCES IT
Indeed, it is common to read articles discussing the role of CBD in medicine., cosmetics and other sectors of activity the operator. But, rare are these contents which address the importance of this molecule for the plant from which it comes. So, we decided to focus on the subject. That said, what is the role of cannabidiol for the hemp or cannabis plant? It is the defense agent of each of these plants. In fact, it defends one as well as the other, against the cold, parasites and UV-B. For the record, UV-B is a type of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, the wavelength of which is medium (i.e. 315-2018 nm). Not to be confused with UV-A (relatively long wavelength: 400-315 nm) and UV-C (short wavelength: 280-100 nm). Ultimately, CBD is a kind of shield for hemp or cannabis.
THE FAMILY OF MOLECULES TO WHICH CBD BELONGS
In this subsection, let’s now discuss the family of molecules to which CBD belongs . In order to have a view that is both global and specific on this point, let’s first identify the families that we distinguish. Indeed, cannabidiol belongs to the large family of cannabinoids. The latter, in turn, comprises three other sub-categories. Which ones then? In fact, these are endocannabinoids, phytocannabinoids and synthetic cannabinoids. First, the former are cannabinoids produced by the human body. This is what explains the prefix “endo” (inside). So inside the human body. Then the latter are produced by plants. Finally, the latter are the result of chemical synthesis. Clearly, CBD belongs, globally, to the great family of cannabinoids. But, specifically, to that of phytocannabinoids.
THE PHYSICAL REPRESENTATION OF CBD
At the outset, it may seem strange to talk about the physical representation of CBD. Why ? Because we are dealing with a molecule. So, as such, it is very rare or even rare to encounter a physical representation of it. However, we really want to put an image, no matter how abstract, on this famous molecule. So let’s formulate a literary description. In fact, as the French E-Liquid Laboratory (LFEL) so clearly specifies , CBD “(…) is in the form of crystals or a solid powder, colorless and odorless”. You now have a mental picture of cannabidiol.
THE CHEMICAL REPRESENTATION OF CBD
In addition to the physical representation of cannabidiol discussed upstream, it is necessary to focus on the chemical one. Because, in reality, CBD is, let’s face it, more chemical than physical. After all, it is indeed a molecule! That said, we have compiled a list of the chemical components of cannabidiol for you . Here it is: CH 3 , OH, H 3 C and HO.
So what is its formula? Its molar mass? His CAS number? Its crude formula? His IUPAC Name? His PubChem CID? Here they are :
- Formula: C 21 H 30 O 2
- Molar mass: 314.464 g / mol
- CAS Number: 13956-29-1
- Empirical formula: C 21 H 30 O 2
- IUPAC Name: 2–5-pentylbenzene-1,3-diol
- PubChem CID: 644019
STATISTICS OF PUBLICATIONS RELATED TO THIS MOLECULE
Indeed, to better approach the thematic of statistics announced in the title, it is important to carry out a retrospective. In other words, let’s summon the story a bit to lay the groundwork. In fact, cannabidiol, we owe it, in a way, to R. Adams and his team. In fact, they are the first to discover and isolate this molecule in 1940. Years after this discovery, many researchers are interested. But, with the tough cannabis laws hanging over this time, things are stagnating. Publications are scarce. But, the laws are finally relaxed. The pharmacological usefulness of CBD being already known, the publications appear gradually. That said, at the writing of this article, we count more than 4000 publications dedicated to cannabis and more than 250 to CBD. These figures reveal, without a doubt, the extent of this molecule, as the days fade away.
METHODS OF CONSUMING CBD
We should already point out that this aspect is complex. Why ? Because there is a plethora of ways to consume cannabidiol . However, in order not to get lost, we’ve organized them into five broad categories. Thus, within each one, we can give you some specific examples. That said, let’s get to the point! In fact, we distinguish the following consumptions: ingestion, inhalation, cutaneous, intravenous and intramuscular. So let’s see all this in detail.
- Ingestion: CBD is taken as a food (Examples: food, drink and capsules).
- Inhalation: CBD is absorbed (Examples: smoke, mouth spray and e-liquid).
- Cutaneous: CBD is taken through the skin (Examples: cream and patch).
- Intravenous: CBD is taken through the veins (Example: injection).
- Intramuscular: CBD is taken by the muscles (Example: injection).
THE EFFECTS OF CBD ON THE INDIVIDUAL WHO TAKES IT
In the large part which precedes this one, we have gone through the aspects necessary for a good understanding of the cannabidiol molecule. So done, it’s time to move on to its effects on the people taking it (the molecule!). In this vein, what are the points that we can effectively exploit? Here they are :
- What CBD does not do,
- Its effect when taken simultaneously with its counterpart THC,
- Effects relating to physiological functions.
WHAT CBD DOES NOT DO
From the outset, it is crucial if not necessary for us to start with this point. How to explain this? Because, indeed, there has always been a total confusion between CBD and THC. In fact, many people equate the last with the first. However, there is a fundamental difference between the two. This difference relates to the effects observed in individuals. In fact, as we briefly mentioned upstream, THC is responsible for the psychotropic effects observed in cannabis users, for example. In other words, it is this molecule that causes this feeling of “hovering”. Conversely, CBD does not produce this sensation. This is what explains why one of the molecules is illegal, while the other is legal.
THE EFFECT OF CBD WHEN TAKEN SIMULTANEOUSLY WITH THC
To say that CBD is different from THC is good. In this logic, to specify that the denarius has psychotropic effects that the first one does not have, it is even better. Still, just out of curiosity: what if an individual took both CBD and THC simultaneously? We have gone through a few sources addressing this issue. In particular a file from the French E-Liquid Laboratory . Indeed, within it (the file), it is said that CBD tends to attenuate the effects of the THC which we were talking about above. That said, is this type of use recommended? Difficult to answer you positively or negatively. In fact, we would need the advice of a toxicologist or other related professional, given the delicacy of the matter. So let’s continue our exploration of effects of CBD .