Cannabidiol in hops? The CBD saga of summer
It all started in 2018 with a webinar in which a renowned scientist presented hops as the world’s leading source of CBD other than cannabis. At the same time, he presented the first products created using CBD oil from hops . and their benefits. Everything was then complicated with the publication, in spring 2019, of an investigation denying the veracity of theexistence of cannabidiol in hops.
It took a few months for everything to cross the Atlantic and shake up the small world of European light cannabis in what is already establishing itself as the saga of the year in the industry. So, info or intox ? Weedy conducted its counter-investigation.
CBD in hops: is it possible?
What do a small smoke and a good beer have in common? A priori, not much. However, there are similarities between the two plants that produce each of these products. Cannabis and hops indeed have a number of points in common. Those who have already tasted both will therefore not be surprised to learn, in view of the similarities between their taste, smell and even their appearance, that the two botanical species belong to the same family : The cannabaceae.
The molecular structure of hops is therefore very close to that of hemp. They also share a number of terpenes common, such as beta-pinene (known for its fir odor and antiseptic properties), myrcene (earthy and spicy), and alpha-humulene (woody, herbaceous and earthy notes). Many studies also tend to prove the existence of phytocannabinoids (cannabinoids of plant origin) elsewhere than in hemp, or in any case of cannabimimetics. These molecules, very close to cannabinoids, are not in the strict sense. However, they come close enough to activate our endocannabinoid system (SEC) and therefore have effects similar to those of cannabis on our bodies.
It is on these scientifically proven elements that the whole case rests. Cold, the existence of CBD in hops is therefore not so difficult to believe, even for connoisseurs of the environment having, in the absence of scientific training, solid knowledge of botany and cannabinoids.
CBD hop oil: real fake miracle product?
So theCBD oil hop : miracle product or unicorn? Back on the twists and turns of the case.
1. Dr. Bomi Joseph’s webinar: CBD can be extracted from hops
June 28, 2018. A webinar is posted on the Kannaway website, marketing legal cannabis products. It is a company that defines itself as the first publicly traded cannabis direct sales company in the United States.
The webinar page has since been removed from their website, but we were able to view a copy.
Dr. Bomi Joseph claims to be the first scientist to formulate the chemical composition of CBD extracted from hops. The purpose of the webinar is to present the story behind the world’s first source of cannabis-free CBD, with the aim of promoting the brand’s new line of hop oil.
2. PotNetwork News investigation: research was tampered with
February 22, 2019. PotNetwork News magazine publishes an investigation indicating that Professor Joseph lied. His title ? A PotNetwork News investigative report: Bomi Joseph’s “hops-derived” CBD was a world-changing cannabis alternative fought over by Isodiol and Medical Marijuana Inc. But he lied about his discovery – and his identity.
Or in French : A PotNetwork News investigative report: CBD ” hop derivative By Bomi Joseph was a revolutionary alternative to cannabis for which Isodiol and Medical Marijuana Inc. But he lied on his discovery – and his identity.
Everything is in the title.
3. Lawsuit against the journalist behind the investigation
July / August 2019. In August 2019, the survey published by the online magazine is withdrawn. A new page then takes its place, explaining that, lack of evidence, the allegations against Professor Bomi Joseph cannot be confirmed and that the article is therefore withdrawn from the site (it is however still available on the editor’s site, Brandon dorfman). The editorial staff of the site also apologizes to the scientist, at the same time as it declares to withdraw all the comments printed about him and that of his research.
Astonishing after the long and detailed investigation which must have taken many hours of research and writing by their team.
It turns out that in the meantime, the company Peak Health Center, working with Medical Marijuana, Inc. (Kannaway’s parent company) on the project, has filed a lawsuit against the journalist behind the investigation. PotNetwork, Brandon Dorfman. Their motive? The article would be defamatory and would in no way serve a journalistic motive. On the contrary, the magazine would have liked harm business interests of Peak Center since it also offers the sale of products derived from cannabis.
For the trouble, they claim nothing less than 10 million, the estimated damage caused by the publication. Just that.
4. Dismissal: loss of the lawsuit against the journalist denouncing the deception
November 2019. California Federal Judge Virginia K. DeMarchi dismiss the libel complaint. The court finds that there is not sufficient evidence of the losses suffered by Peak Health Center, but only too vague allegations of lost business opportunities.
In conclusion: CBD in hops, or not?
We will certainly not know more in the near future, except if the legal saga sets out again for a tour across the Atlantic, which should not be the case since the appeal deadline has now passed. Based on established scientific evidence, However, it does not seem (yet?) possible to say in 2020 that CBD can be extracted in quantity from hops.
The company marketing the product speaks in its official communication of “CBDx ™”, a registered trademark that it describes as cannabidiol extracted from a source that is neither hemp nor cannabis. Strictly sensu, which is therefore DO NOT exactly CBD.
To be continued !
And if you are worried about the fate of this poor journalist at the origin of the investigation, rest assured, he is, at the time of writing these lines, editor-in-chief of the various sites of the magazine for which he investigated. A good publicity stunt may sometimes be worth some legal trouble.
Many news sites have advanced the existence of CBD in hops, and therefore the prospect of a cannabidiol not extracted from cannabis. Info or intox ?
Cbd from hops
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Cannabidiol, more popularly known as CBD, is one of the hottest new trends in medicine and wellness, and patients and physicians across the country are uncovering new uses for this natural extract, ranging from the treatment of epilepsy to pain relief and anxiety. Although the medical evidence confirming the safety and efficacy of these treatments is overwhelming, the DEA still classifies CBD as a Schedule I drug in the U.S., since it’s typically derived from prohibited cannabis or hemp plants. This has left CBD in a legal grey area, as it has been approved in some form by 30 U.S. states, and is widely available for sale throughout the rest of the country despite the federal ban.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has even approved a CBD-based epilepsy medication, but it seems likely that the price of this drug will be exponentially higher than other commercially-available CBD products. There are currently several different bills circulating in Congress that would authorize most forms of CBD federally by way of legalizing hemp, protecting states’ rights to legalize marijuana, or by completely legalizing cannabis nationwide, but conservative Republicans have been finding ways to block all avenues of cannabis reform.
While these bills slowly make their way through the legislative process, a San Francisco-based company just discovered another interesting way around the problem — by creating a new CBD extract sourced from unquestionably legal plants.
Peak Health Foundation just unveiled Real Scientific Humulus Oil (RHSO-K), a CBD oil derived from a new strain of the humulus plant. Humulus is a variety of hop, not cannabis or hemp, and hence this oil is entirely legal in the U.S.. Dr. Bomi Joseph, director of Peak Health, discovered the plant in the Silk Road region of India. Although hop plants do not traditionally contain cannabinoids, this particular variety of humulus has naturally cross-pollinated with wild cannabis, leading to some humulus strains with high concentrations of CBD and even THC.
Joseph told Westword that John Sullivan, a British governor of India in the mid-1800s, ordered his soldiers to collect and farm a variety of plants used for natural medicine, including hops, from around the country. This bit of history provided a clue, and Joseph headed to India to locate the noted plant. “I knew that there was a chance of this [cannabis-humulus cross-pollination] actually happening,” said Joseph, who began to take samples of humulus plants in order to test his hypothesis. “We looked at thousands of samples before we found one or two that had CBD in it,” Joseph said, but once identifying them, “we were in good shape.”
Peak Health selected the humulus strains with the largest natural quantities of CBD, and then cross-bred them in order to arrive at a new variety of hops with even higher amounts of cannabidiol, the kriya brand humulus. This specific plant, which is patented by Joseph, has an 18% concentration of CBD, making it ripe for production of medicinal oils. “This is certainly going to help change the dialogue for not only many parents whose children have epilepsy, but various other world markets which still, of course, consider cannabis part of the United Nations single convention treaty on narcotics,” Stuart Titus, CEO of Medical Marijuana Inc., the company that is distributing this new product, said to Westword.
The new extract is made from humulus, a variety of hop plant that naturally cross-pollinated with wild cannabis in India, and thus is entirely legal to sell.