the cbd molecule— cannabidiol.
The CBD molecule was first discovered by the American chemist, Dr. Roger Adams and his team at the University of Illinois in 1940. In 1942 Dr. Adams won a patent for his method of isolating CBD. However, the structure of CBD was not fully understood until 1963 when it was reisolated by Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, a pronounced Israeli chemist. Dr. Mechoulam was the first to discover THC as well as the one to elucidate CBD once and for all. “The publication on CBD caused no scientific ripples”, he states in a 2007 journal interview, “over the years, however, interest in CBD has gradually increased [and] there are hundreds of publications on it now.”
Research on CBD has soared exponentially in the past 50 years to the point that we now have an FDA approved cannabidiol products being used in practice to help patients with seizures. In October of 2017, a New Drug Application was submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to seek approval of CBD isolated from marijuana for the treatment of two pediatric seizure disorders. Approval was granted on June 2018, making Epidiolex the first plant-derived cannabis compound approved as a drug by the FDA.
how is a cbd isolate product created?
The process to create an isolate starts with a full spectrum extract which contains a symphony of compounds. Then the extract must go through a thorough isolation process in which the CBD molecule separates from all other elements of the hemp plant. This includes the separation from other cannabinoids, terpenes, oils, and waxes, leaving behind only pure CBD molecules. This makes CBD isolates an ideal choice for consumers that want to obtain the benefits of pure CBD without having any risk of exposure to THC.
how does cbd isolate interact with the body?
A CBD isolate acts indirectly on the receptors found throughout the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is an intrinsic system found within the body and its job is to regulate all of the bodies other systems such as the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems. This is how it keeps the body in a state of balance.
The ECS consists of two receptors located all throughout the body. They are called CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors can be primarily found on cells in the brain and throughout the nervous system. CB2 receptors are located on cells in the immune system.
Once CBD is absorbed by the body, it influences these receptors indirectly. It does this by enhancing the production of cannabinoids that the body naturally makes while inhibiting the enzyme that breaks down cannabinoids. This leads to increased concentrations of both naturally occurring cannabinoids and cannabinoids coming from plants.
Once high levels of cannabinoids are occurring throughout the ECS, signals are being sent to receptors within the system of the body that needs regulation. This is how CBD works to regulate and promote a balance in the body.