CBD Nation Takeways

on January 15, 2021

CBD Nation Takeways

In this CBD Buzz roundup, we will review the original article, Facts can save lives- 10 Powerful takeaways from CBD Nation posted by Forbes, on the 2020 full-length documentary on hemp and CBD’s benefits from the scientific community. 


Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of 113 cannabinoids found in cannabis plants and accounts for up to 40% of the plant extract. It is the second most common of the active ingredients of cannabis (marijuana). While CBD is an important component of medical marijuana, it is extracted directly from the hemp plant, a relative to the marijuana plant. Although CBD is a component of marijuana, it does not, by itself, trigger the "high." 

In recent years, CBD has gotten popular gradually.  The streaming documentary, CBD Nation, is the first full-length film dedicated to the deep roots of the cannabis plant compound.

It features leading experts in cannabis and medicine. Raphael Mechoulam, the Israeli scientist who discovered THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is also featured. The 83-minute film displays 60 years of frequently overlooked written studies and ongoing research.

This project changed the mind of director David Jakubovic about his views on CBD. When asked if he wanted to make a documentary about the science of medical cannabis, he refused, knowing nothing about it. However, after watching a TED Talk from Dr. Dedi Meiri, a biologist who runs the world's leading cannabis lab at Technion University in Israel changed his mind and started shooting CBD Nation.

Rylie Maedler is one of the many powerful personal stories CBD Nation has to tell. She was diagnosed with a rare degenerative condition at age seven, which, in her case, caused tumors to eat away from her facial bones. Today, she remains the only known individual in the world whose bones have regenerated. 

During the CBD Nation project, David Jakubovic came to realize that cannabis is far from a gateway drug. It is a drug separate from narcotics. We can no longer afford to be in the dark with the facts. Facts can save lives. 

CBD Nation Featured Interviews

Dr. Reggie Gaudino explained that all organisms that come out of the water have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) and are related. If there’s a receptor for them, there must be something inside humans that triggers the receptor. According to him, you have several systems that do their thing, and the ECS sits on top of all of them and makes sure that they are in control. 

Raphael Mechoulam reported that their findings, published 37 years ago, state that Cannabidiol blocks epileptic seizures in patients. Parents like those in this film did their research and found out that Cannabidiol can help children with epilepsy, which is just one of many conditions that we know cannabis medicine treats. 

Dr. June Chin, an osteopathic physician, said there are many cannabinoid receptors throughout our entire body. Endocannabinoid parallels the immune system, so there is no physiological process in our body that is not affected. 

David Jakubovic stated the medical uses of cannabis. These include its therapeutic effects as an anticonvulsant, an antidepressant, and an antibacterial, reducing nausea and vomiting in cancer patients, treating glaucoma, asthma, and pain.

Leonard Leinow, a cannabis grower, told his story that he is one of the first people that started growing CBD-rich cannabis. He always thought CBD was important but since most of the industry and its growers had been dominated by people who promoted the "high" lifestyle. 

Dr. Sue Sisley, a medicine specialist, explained her patients who were benefiting from this plant made her skeptical and dismissive. When she began to lose a lot of veterans to suicide she became more open to alternatives and that pharmaceuticals were not helping them. Pain pills, benzodiazepines like Xanax, have the potential to cause euphoria, and we don't condemn those pills but they also come with a long list of side-effects. Yet when it comes to this natural God-given plant, we treat it like it's so dangerous, when in fact, it's far safer than most of the prescriptions she writes for people every day. 

It’s great to see research is being conducted and documentaries are being produced to help clear up misconceptions about the industry. We’re excited to see additional pieces of work, like CBD Nation, available through streaming providers like Amazon.