Learn about medical cannabis

CBD history

The first recorded use of cannabis as a medicine occurred in China in 2727 BC. Mankind has used cannabis as a medicine throughout the ages, and it experienced a renaissance in the 19th century. William Brooke O’Shaughnessy, an Irish physician working in India, learned how Indian doctors used cannabis as a medicine for epilepsy, seizures and stress. He studied and experimented with cannabis and eventually introduced it in Great Britain. Cannabis medicine made its way to America and was in the U. S. Pharmacopoeia for over 100 years until 1937 when it was outlawed. Israeli medical researchers, in 1960, discovered the chemical compound known as CBD, or cannabidiol, one of many found in cannabis. CBD became legal in all 50 states in 2014, and the source of CBD, hemp, was removed from the Controlled Substances Act with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill and is now totally legal nationwide.

Where CBD comes from

CBD, Cannabidiol, is extracted from hemp bud, or flower, and stalks by one of two methods, CO2 and ethanol. The CO2 method uses carbon dioxide under high pressure and extremely low temperatures to isolate the CBD oils. The ethanol process involves the CBD oil molecules attaching to the ethanol molecules. The ethanol is then evaporated and recaptured leaving behind pure CBD oil that can easily be vaped or injected into capsules. Another process is known as decarboxylation, or heating the raw material, to turn CBDa, or CBD acid, into CBD, making it readily available in the body’s Endocannabinoid System.

Your endocannabinoid system

All mammals have an Endocannabinoid System with receptors that interact with cannabinoids produced naturally in our bodies. The receptors CB1 and CB2 are located throughout the body and interact with cannabinoids such as CBD and THC. CB1 receptors are in the central nervous system and the CBD2 receptors are in the digestive system. Individuals who experience certain kinds of illnesses are thought to be Endocannabinoid Deficient. Regular use of CBD helps your body achieve homeostasis, or internal balance and stability.

What CBD does

CBD interacts with your Endocannabinoid System and is thought to relieve pain by reducing inflammation. CBD also helps those dealing with depression because it interacts with the brain’s receptors for Serotonin, a neurotransmitter commonly known as the feel good hormone. CBD has also been proven to have a beneficial impact on those with schizophrenia and other mood disorders, and can help fight many forms of cancer.

Broad spectrum, full spectrum and isolate CBD products

KIEF LEAF CBD carries three formulations of CBD oil to meet specific needs of our patients. Broad spectrum CBD oil has all the terpenes, or flavors, and all cannabinoids (at least 110) in the oil except Delta 9 THC. Full spectrum CBD oil has all terpenes and cannabinoids, including Delta 9 THC, although the THC concentration is below 0.3%. The full spectrum oil creates an entourage effect, meaning your body is able to utilize the full array of medicinal properties of the plant. Isolate CBD oil is refined to exclude all cannabinoids except CBD. Patients concerned with drug tests normally prefer THC-free oil in the form of broad spectrum oil (with all the benefits of the plant except THC) or an isolate oil.

Taking a drug test

If you must take drug tests as part of your job, or if you’re facing a pre-employment drug test, visit with us so we can steer you toward CBD products that will not interfere with drug tests. You can trust KIEF LEAF CBD to provide unbiased, accurate information relating to your wellbeing.

CBD is for pets, too

CBD is successfully used to address a particular illness or disease, but also as a regular dietary supplement. CBD products for pets can be used as a powerful painkiller, to stop seizures and spasms, to reduce stress, is an anti-inflammatory, and promotes overall wellbeing.

The entourage effect

Research scientists have recently discovered that combining CBD and THC creates an entourage effect, which provides a more power medicine for specific illnesses. Patients may choose different ratios of CBD to THC to address specific conditions. Examples of CBD:THC ratios include 0:1 as an appetite enhancer and inflammation; 1:3 for anxiety and pain relief; 1:1 for insomnia and fibromyalgia; 3:1 for arthritis and Chron’s disease; and 1:0 for seizures and PTSD.

CBD consumables

KIEF LEAF CBD offers oil, tinctures, topicals, flower, edibles, capsules and vape juices. We help you decide the best product for your situation. Our knowledgeable staff has experience with all of the products we sell.

CBD oil and hemp seed oil

There are two kinds of oil associated with cannabis, CBD oil and hemp seed oil. CBD oil is extracted from the hemp flower and stalks and is often blended with carrier oils like coconut, avocado, and even hemp seed oil. CBD oil is used for its healing properties. Hemp seed oil is derived from the hemp seed, which is one-third oil by weight and contains no CBD or THC. This oil can be used as a dietary supplement as it is high in essential omega fatty acids, making it a great alternative to fish or flaxseed oil. Hemp seed oil is also rich in nutrients like magnesium, potassium, zinc, and iron.