CBD News Aggregator

Welcome to CBD News Aggregator, a website devoted to the fascinating and exciting world of cannabidiol (CBD) oil products, science and industry. From seemingly out of nowhere, CBD oil has gone from mysterious product touted by medical marijuana users to one of North America’s most popular alternative medicines. And the booming industry has led to investment and speculation of a sort unseen since internet expansion of the 1990s.

For those not in the know on CBD oil and/or the related business world are likely to feel a distinct note of “too good to be true,” whether hearing about the medical benefits of CBD oil products or the money-making potential of ground-floor investment in a fledgling startup. While the latter is, like all financial speculative matters, a crapshoot, numerous medical studies and professionals have backed the efficacy of CBD oil as a palliative for a number of ailments.


 

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One incredibly brief history of CBD in human history

The discovery of cannabidiol (CBD) is credited to Dr. Roger Adams of the University of Illinois in 1940, toward the beginning of a worldwide fascination with chemistry due to technological advances. Adams and his team helped define what we now calculate are some 113 cannabinoids, chemical compounds found in the cannabis sativa plant.

(Flashback: Evidence suggests that the usefulness of cannabis/hemp plants has been known in human societies for at least 10,000 years in South and Central Asia. By 6000 BCE in what is mow modern-day China, the plant was already employed as fiber for textiles and rope, and CBD oil was cultivated as well. Hemp was among the very first plants to be domesticated, and has been for so long that the species’ wild version is extinct. However, Adams et al were the first to get to work in defining and classifying the thing, as in the ways of Western science.)

Adams’s work was the beginning of analysis of cannabis sativa’s astonishing properties, though the CBD molecule was not fully defined until 1963. Though one may be tempted to place an asterisk on Adams’s achievement, as CBD is certainly the easiest to find, comprising up to 40% of a given cannabis plant, consider that the well-known psychoactive chemical tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) was not defined until 1964 by Raphael Mechoulam at Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

What cannabidiol (CBD) is and why is works so well

Incredibly enough, the human body appears hardwired to interact with cannabinoids. The endocannabinoid system (known more popularly as “cannabinoid receptors”) is ready to react with cannabinoids, passing them on to the immune, digestive, and central nervous system. Each of the aforementioned 113 cannabinoids causes different effects when taken in by the receptors; in the case of the most obvious effects, THC can bring on temporary euphoria, increased appetite, etc.

The chemistry involved in the reaction between CBD and the cannabinoid receptors is well beyond, likesay, lightyears beyond the purview of this website, we can summarize briefly in saying that CBD is metabolized in similar fashion to THC but, by reacting differently with neurotransmitters, CBD-only products have no psychoactive effect.

Which is not to say that CBD oil has no effect on the brain, however: For essentially the same reasons CBD is similarly assimilated in the body as THC, CBD has been found to be an effective cure in treating epilepsy. Other medical conditions for which CBD oil products may prove effective include autism, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, inflammation and some skin problems. Psychological conditions such as anxiety, ADD and ADHD may also be treated with CBD.

CBD oil, marijuana and hemp: What is legal where?

Liberalization of cannabis/marijuana law is enjoying internationalization after the 2010s, a decade in which dozens of countries mellowed out on penalizing – and incarcerating – citizens for drug-related offenses.

By 2020, decriminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana (typically five grams) had swept through Europe, with new laws enacted in Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Portugal (where *all* drugs are legal), Russia (no joke), Spain, Switzerland and, of course, the Netherlands. Essentially, the rule in these countries

Better yet, CBD oil products are legal throughout the European Union, with the odd exception of Slovakia. Greater and greater portions of national agricultures are devoted to hemp farms, and among the leaders in CBD oil products in the EU are Germany (naturally), Czech Republic, Denmark, the Netherlands and Poland.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the pond, Canada fully legalized all recreational marijuana and pharmaceutical CBD products in October 2018 – making for yet another reasons for Americans to ask “Why can’t we be more like them?”

And once again, in terms of international mores, it is the United States of America which makes things difficult. As is typically the fashion in matters of consumer liberties, the USA is turning on state by state – and naturally each state makes its own laws with regard to recreational marijuana and CBD oil, to import and transport, to sale and distribution – despite even the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (a.k.a. the 2018 Farm Bill) making the production and sale of CBD oil products legal federally.

Appearing beginning on page 803 (!) of the Farm Bill’s text is Section 10111, entitled “Hemp Production.” This bit of text amends the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, which rolled back hemp production after World War II. “Hemp Production” first defines the term “hemp” to mean “the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts 1of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”

That 0.3% makes clear that this amendment was written with non-THC cannabinoid oil in mind.

And as is typically the fashion of such state-by-state lawmaking, a pastiche of legality has been created with some surprising proponents and some surprising detractors. As of January 1, 2020, types of marijuana and CBD products are legal in Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, Washington state and Washington D.C.

In nine states, not even CBD oil products may be found in retail outlets, regardless of federally legal status: Alabama, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Wyoming. An interesting side note here is that just four of the U.S.’s biggest 50 cities are without legalized hemp product of some sort: Memphis, Nashville, Louisville and Milwaukee.

In 23 states, medical marijuana and CBD oil products are legal: Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah and West Virginia.

Finally, there are the outliers, the most interesting for CBD News Aggregator’s purposes. In the states of Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Texas and Virginia, CBD oil products for medical reasons are legal, but recreational and medical marijuana are not.

Was it like this in the days of Prohibition, too, with laws changing every day, with stories of big police busts and places to go to imbibe freely? Or is the mainstream media’s interest in legalization simply a matter of the booming CBD and hemp product industries? Or perhaps in our politically charged day, more people get off on the minutiae of local politics and the personal interest so many have in the potentially legalized product (nudge nudge wink wink) sure doesn’t hurt, either. In any case, the hemp industry and CBD oil products are certainly the wave of the future – and may just save agriculture on this planet.

The business side of CBD oil and hemp-derived products

What has come to be known as “canna business”, often essentially a catch-all phrase for industries in involved in any aspect of cannabis sativa refinement and/or production, is absolutely booming – and the 2020s only look brighter. Along with exponential-level growth in demand Western and Central Europe, Canada and the United States has come a wave of speculation in startups, SMEs, joint ventures and any associated public trading.

This makes good sense: According to at least one Wall Street analyst, total U.S. retail sales of marijuana and CBD oil products alone could be valued at as much as $75 billion by 2030, should legislation break the right way. That’s not as big an if as it sounds, by the way: Throughout the 10s, lawmakers across the country loosened up or eliminated restrictions on recreational marijuana, medical cannabis and CBD products.

This wave ultimately resulted in a provision within the Farm Bill of 2018 (see above) which made CBD oil and CBD oil-based products federally legal. In 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issues a full set of regulations defining hemp production, manufacture and distribution. These regulations are believed to be capable of doubling the already massive growth industry.

CBD Oil: A civilization-changing product

Call us biased, but we believe that CBD oil could well go down as one of the most important consumer products of the 21st century. Not only does industrial hemp have a proverbial “1,001 household uses” to its credit, cannabis sativa is easily grown in nearly every climate and in a wide variety of soil conditions. Greater demand for canna products is good for U.S. and Canadian farming interests. Simultaneously, CBD oil may provide both physical and financial relief to U.S. citizens with the above-cited medical conditions. With the healthcare system a straight-up mess in the ’States, Americans might certainly prefer a prescription for a natural and reasonably priced alternative to pricey pharmaceuticals.

Now are we truly guilty of hyperbole…? Enjoy CBDNewsAggregator.com!