How to understand CBD’s differences and how to obtain them.
Charlotte Figi, a five year old girl, was having approximately 300 grand mal seizures per week. This had been going on for years. Her father Matt was desperately seeking alternatives to her traditional medicines because they were not working very well. He found a video on the internet showing the benefits of CBD oil in the treatment of Dravet Syndrome.
Charlotte’s parents found a flower called R4 which was being sold at a Colorado dispensary under their medical marijuana program. The strain contained high cannabidiol (CBD) and low tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). They purchased a couple ounces and extracted the oil from it.
Marijuana with high-CBD and low-THC is highly desirable for medicinal purposes because of its high therapeutic benefits in the CBD and minimal psychoactivity due to low levels of THC. Charlotte’s first dose reduced the frequency of her seizures down to one per week.
Her parents later met the owners of the largest dispensary in Colorado at the time; the Stanley brothers. The Stanley brothers were growing a high-CBD strain of marijuana that not many people were buying. They got together and harvested this strain, producing a constant supply of medical cannabis CBD oil. They treated Charlotte as well as many other patients searching for similar relief.
The strain became what’s known today as Charlotte’s Web. When this news aired in a documentary Weed in 2013 (on CNN), people around the world, particularly parents with kids having seizures, searched the web looking for this CBD oil. There was barely anything available for them to find.
As per federal law, hemp-derived CBD is legal, but CBD does not come out of thin air. In order to make CBD oil, you must grow high-CBD marijuana plants, legally. Needless to say, the sudden demand for CBD oil mixed with a nation involved in a drug war caused a lot of confusion.
To sort out the confusion, cannabidiol (CBD) is popular for its muscle relaxant properties. By itself, CBD is not psychoactive and it has been found to be effective in treating seizures, even in young children.
CBD is found in both the drug producing Cannabis Indica and hemp producing Cannabis Sativa. Hemp CBD oil is taken from industrial hemp, the C. Sativa species of cannabis. This species hardly makes any amount of the cannabinoid Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), but does produce some amount of the cannabinoid Cannabidiol (CBD). Industrialized hemp production is legal at the federal level, but medical and recreational marijuana is only legal in specified states.