6 Surprising Facts About CBD to Inspire You

CBD is well-known and well-loved throughout the UK. Millions of people utilize this incredible compound daily and find that they experience a variety of desirable benefits and effects. Though many are well-versed on the subject, there remain many fun and surprising facts about CBD that even the most studious CBD enthusiasts have missed along the way.

1. CBD Has Been Used For Over 6,000 Years

A rice paddy field in vietnamIt may seem like CBD is a new craze that’s sweeping the nation but in fact, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Humans have been utilizing the hemp plant for over 6,000 years The earliest uses of hemp were to make cloth and ropes, but it wasn't long before people discovered that ground-up hemp seeds were a valuable addition to their exploration of medicines. These early medicines may have been a bit crude compared to what we’re used to now, but it’s quite impressive that the use of hemp has remained relatively consistent throughout the years. Hemp seeds used for medicinal purposes were typically ground and mixed with wine for administration. Ancient physicians would also make plasters out of hemp cloth and combine them with a variety of medicinal botanicals to treat wounds.  Agricultural crops were also important to human development, shaping the way the modern world works. Without the development of agriculture, the population of our species wouldn’t have grown as far as it has. In 1977 Carl Sagan, a well-known astrophysicist, and planetary scientist hypothesized that hemp was likely the first agricultural crop. If this is true, we owe a whole lot to the hemp plant!

2. You Can't Get Addicted To CBD

Addiction is a scary thing. You might not be aware, but coffee and tea are addictive substances. Both of these commonly consumed beverages contain caffeine. And while caffeine doesn’t have the same reputation as many other drugs, it is, in fact, addictive and if you drink coffee or tea daily, you’ll absolutely feel its addictive effects when you don't have it in the morning. One of the many wonderful things about CBD is that it’s non-addictive. You can enjoy your daily helping of CBD without worry. Hemp extracts naturally contain a myriad of different compounds and not a single one is addictive. Not only is CBD non-addictive, but it’s also beneficial for those struggling with opioid addiction. In fact, a 2013 study found that mice addicted to morphine received less of a reward response to the morphine when they had consumed CBD.  The findings of this study suggest that CBD interacts with a part of the brain that responds to opioids. This interaction interests scientists greatly because its development could lead to a treatment for addictive substances.

3. Queen Victoria Used Cannabinoids to Relieve Menstrual Cramps

An old english hallAround 1840, Dr. William Brooke O’Shaughnessy brought cannabis to England. While many believe that it was Dr.O’Shaughnessy who first introduced Queen Victoria to cannabis, it was, in fact, Sir John Russel Reynolds who first prescribed the Queen cannabis to combat menstrual pains.  At this point in time cannabis was actually a commonly used and widely recognized medicine in the UK. Doctors prescribed cannabis to help with a wide variety of different ailments and though they were wholly unable to identify the active compounds the plant contained or articulate how they benefited humans, the effects were apparent and undeniable. The cannabis plant is rich in over 120 different cannabinoids including both THC and CBD, and while Queen Victoria wasn't sipping on a finely crafted CBD tincture, she was most certainly utilizing the power of CBD through her cannabis use.

4. CBD Won't Get You High

Thankfully, CBD is completely non-intoxicating and will not make you feel “high”.  As previously stated, the cannabis plant is rich in active compounds including CBD and THC. One of the big differences between the hemp used to make CBD products and cannabis is that cannabis plants generally have a high concentration of THC and a moderate concentration of CBD. This results in hemp having high concentrations of CBD and very low concentrations of THC.  Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the psychoactive compound in cannabis that is famous for making the user feel “high”. Hemp extracts contain trace amounts of THC (0.3% or less) and will not elicit any sort of psychoactive effects. This means you can enjoy the power of CBD without any of the hazy side-effects of THC.

5. Goats Love CBD

A baby goatThough pet CBD is still facing some legal difficulties in the UK, it's no secret that countless people around the world provide their dogs and cats with CBD daily. What you might find surprising is that Goats really seem to love the effects of CBD!  Goats are one of the most adorable creatures on the planet, and they provide people with a variety of widely appreciated goods such as goats milk, and cheese. Now, these cute little animals are making headlines as yet another creature who benefits from CBD. There are testimonials popping up all over the internet about people treating their goats to the power of CBD. Cannabidiol indirectly interfaces with the endocannabinoid systems of both animals and humans and can provide an array of benefits for a wide variety of critters.

6. You Can’t Overdose From CBD

CBD is one of those fantastic things in life that is not only beneficial but highly enjoyable, as well. Many people treat their bodies to a hearty helping of CBD multiple times a day and CBD edibles tend to be pretty delicious, so it is a good thing that it is impossible to overdose!  The fact that CBD can’t, speaks volumes about its efficacy and safety.

Final Thoughts

Since CBD is completely legal, 100% non-toxic, and historically used, everyone should try it! If you're curious about CBD, pick some up for yourself today and give it a go!