1. CBD is considered a medicine in the UK
Selling cannabidiol, or CBD, in the U.S. has not always been an easy path to travel. This may come as a surprise or be unfamiliar news to you. While it is now legal in all 50 states, there still remain some biases and a substantial lack of research regarding the benefits and possibilities involved with this cannabis derived substance. Unlike in the U.S., CBD is entirely legal in the UK — the one caveat is that it must be derived from an industrial hemp strain which is EU-approved, and it must not contain any THC. While cannabis remains illegal, CBD products are becoming more and more popular in the UK, with a large number of supporters advocating for the multitude of benefits.
2. It may not be legal to fly with CBD oil*
In the US, flyers remain confused about whether their products are safe to take on flights. Although the 2018 Farm Bill made hemp CBD products legal on the federal level, individual states maintain the right to make the sale and possession of CBD illegal. Thus, it is important to do your research before flying with products. Some ground rules are that products with more than 0.3% THC are classified as marijuana, if a product does not explicitly state its THC content: it will be taken. Also, if a product has been opened, it may be taken by TSA. The acronym ‘FLOW’ is an easy way to determine whether your product will be approved: F: Flowering Strains, L: Lab tested for purity and potency, O: Organic, W: Whole Plant. If you don’t want to deal with the risk of having your items confiscated, your best bet may be to ensure you can buy the product legally when you land.
3. The Egyptians were the first to use it topically
While different countries such as China and India cultivated early usages of CBD, the Egyptians likely developed the first holistic use of the substance. Although the historical timeline lacks concrete dates, cannabis was likely being used in Ancient Egypt approximately 5,000 years ago. In fact, many speculate that Egyptian writing contained a load of themes based on cannabis. To complement speculations, there exists more concrete evidence that CBD was medically used in Ancient Egypt. For instance, in assessing their pioneered development of papyrus, researchers have found references to cannabis. Plenty of Egyptian Papyri contain information about illness and cures and the use of cannabis as a treatment; in the Ramesseum III Papyrus, it is documented that cannabis was used to treat eye wounds: “celery, cannabis is ground and left in the dew overnight. Both eyes of the patient are to be washed with it in the morning.” In addition, in the world’s oldest complete medical book, The Ebers Papyri, in Formula No. 821 there is writing that discusses cannabis as a remedy for cramps in women!
4. It can be therapeutic for dogs too
Given its wide range of benefits for humans, it isn’t that much of a shocker that CBD can also be of use to our furry friends. While there have been no formal studies demonstrating this, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence that points to its potential. Similarly to with humans, many dog-owners have verified that CBD has helped treat their dog’s pain, particularly in relation to epilepsy. Canine epilepsy is incredibly common in dogs, and understandably, can be quite distressing to owners. Unfortunately, many medications used to treat canine epilepsy can cause harmful side effects. In addition, even with medication, around 30% of dogs with epilepsy continue to have seizures. The AKC Canine Health Foundation is hoping to be the first to hold a clinical trial to study the CBD as a treatment for canine epilepsy.
5. CBD has potential to Help During The COVID-19 Pandemic
This one is bound to blow your mind. No, we are not saying that someone with coronavirus will be instantly cured with the help of some lavender oil. However, Cannabis-compound’s anti-inflammatory properties have given rise to much intrigue in assessing COVID-19 and its possibilities within that. Although more concrete research is necessary, several studies have outlined CBD’s promising benefits in helping to alleviate COVID-19 symptoms as well as speed up recovery process. For instance, recent research found that not only can CBD assist with managing inflammation, but it can help patients to cope with common anxiety disorders that arise. In addition, researchers who examined CBD’s potential for complementing anti-viral therapies cited an Ebola study where patients were treated with CBD — the researchers noted that patients recovering from coronavirus may experience similar mental stress as a result of chronic physiological stress. In April, Canadian scientists published a study regarding CBD as a treatment for COVID-19 in which they determined that several cannabis strains with high levels of CBD could help block proteins that would be expected to yield entry for the virus.