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CBD Research

CBD Research

Published by Kalpana Jaggi on Jan 14th 2020

As enthusiasts of health trends, and especially ones linked to aromatherapy, Kalpana NYC has run into a lot of information on CBD in recent years. Celebrities from Kim Kardashian to Morgan Freeman have endorsed CBD as a revolutionary new supplement. However, it has taken a long time to get to where we are today. As part of the cannabis plant, CBD has faced legal restrictions and stigma before it was able to gain its current popularity.

Early 

The cannabis plant has been studied for its medical value for hundreds of years, but it wasn’t until the mid-20th century that scientists started to understand that cannabis contained different chemicals with different effects on the human body.

In the 1980s, an Israeli chemist, Dr. Mechoulam, conducted the first study on CBD and epilepsy. His study showed breakthrough results in the epilepsy patients he treated, However, his research was considered fringe, due to legal restrictions on cannabis at the time, and not widely shared.

In 1996, California passed the first medical cannabis law in the US and allowed qualifying patients access to cannabis treatments. The focus was on the cannabis plants’ main chemical, THC. At this time, plants containing mostly CBD were considered weak for medicinal use.

The Turning Point

That all changed with one well-televised story. In 2013, CNN released Weed, an hour-long documentary exploring cannabis’ medical value. The most moving story from the documentary featured Charlotte Figi, a 6-year-old girl with a rare form of epilepsy. Her family were at their wits end trying to find a treatment for their daughter’s hundreds of seizures per week.

The Figi family learned of the controversial 1980s research on epilepsy and CBD through online groups. They approached a medical cannabis grower in California with their situation, asking the grower to create a high-CBD cannabis plant that would not get their daughter high. Charlotte’s treatment with CBD was life-changing.

The popularity of this documentary led to a movement of patients and parents pushing for legalization of CBD. Medical cannabis growers across the country started to develop high-CBD cannabis strains. Further research was done on CBD that suggested its range of health benefits could be far greater than as an epilepsy treatment alone.

Legalization

After years of legal pressure, and several states passing their own pro-CBD laws, the US passed the Farm Bill in 2018. This measure legalized hemp, a type of cannabis plant with CBD but without THC. This broke the legal restrictions surrounding CBD, as it can now be produced from legal hemp plants.

Today, CBD is sold in stores across the country from 7-11 to Neiman Marcus. It has continued to gain popularity with the endorsements of bloggers and celebrities. Customers claim that CBd has aided everything from sleep to weight loss. While research is still being conducted to determine the full benefits of CBD, the anecdotal evidence that it has helped many is overwhelming.

CBD has a fascinating history, but at Kalpana NYC, we’re more interested in it’s fascinating future. Want to find out if CBD can make a difference in your life? Visit our online shop to try it!

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