WHAT IS HEMP & CBD OIL?
Hemp is a plant. It is the same species of plant as cannabis. But unlike cannabis, hemp contains very low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), less than 0.3%. It is legal to sell hemp and hemp products in the U.S. But it is not legal to isolate cannabinoids from hemp to include in foods or dietary supplements. This is because one of the cannabinoids, called cannabidiol, is approved as a prescription drug. Since it's a prescription drug, it can't be included in dietary supplements. Hemp flowers, leaves, seed, seed oil, and protein are used as food and/or medicine.
A question we are starting to receive is whether CBD derived from cannabis is more beneficial than CBD derived from hemp.
Simply looking at its pure form, CBD is CBD.
CBD oil also known as Cannabidiol is a non-intoxicating marijuana/hemp extract. According to healthline.com “it is a popular remedy used for many common ailments.” CBD is one of the chemical substances (up to 104) present in the cannabis and/or hemp plant scientifically called the Cannabis Sativa. The compounds found in cannabis are known as Cannabinoids.
CBD oil can be made my extricating CBD from the marijuana/hemp plant.
Another popular chemical substance found in the marijuana/hemp (or cannabis) plant is Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the psychoactive cannabinoid that is responsible for the ‘stoned’ feeling when marijuana is taken. CBD though from the same plant does not give a feeling of being ‘high’ which is quality makes it dissimilar from THC and medically legalized in some states. CBD is a popular choice for those who seek to enjoy the full benefits of CBD oil without any “stoned” or “high” feeling.
CDB oil is used as a treatment for a wide range of medical problems ranging from pain relief to inflammation, anxiety, insomnia and even epileptic seizures.
HOW DOES CBD WORK IN THE BODY?
The human body is made up of the Endogenous Cannabinoid System (ECS) which is responsible for the synaptic plasticity, neuromodulation, and development of the central nervous system and the peripheral system. The ECS consists of cannabinoid receptors among other substances that respond to the intake of different cannabinoid substances. The receptors can be found in various parts of the body. There are over 65 molecular targets of Cannabidiol in the human body. These target locations and receptors allow CBD oil to deliver its therapeutic benefits to the individual without any need to worry about any euphoric effect (caused by THC). For CBD to properly function, it is necessary that it is the important substance in any CBD based product; the higher the concentration of CBD in a product, the better your chances of enjoying its maximum benefits.
BENEFITS OF CANNABIDIOL OIL (CBD Oil)
CBD has numerous advantages when consumed by a person. Aside its benefits, what makes CBD so acceptable in the medical world are the absence of effects produced by THC when it is destroyed. The effectiveness of Cannabidiol rests on its widely spread receptors and target locations in the body, allowing a higher area of functioning. Let’s see some benefits of using CBD.
Protects against bone problems
Cannabinoids assist in the bone cycle of a human body – the process which allows old bone material to be replaced by new materials. When CBD is consumed, it hinders the activity of an enzyme responsible for destroying bone-building parts of the body. This action of CBD helps in reducing associated bone problems (aka bone diseases that are usually prevalent during old age. In cases where damage has been done to the bone, CBD facilitates the process of bone cell formation, speeding up the healing of broken bones and other bone problems.
Provides protection and Healing benefits for the skin
If you need CBD oil for its aesthetic benefits, you have not made a wrong choice. The skin contains a significant number of CB2 receptors in the body. When CBD oil is applied as a lotion, salve, antioxidant or oil, it can repair damaged skin cells caused by pollutants and sun’s rays. CBD based products that are effective in treating acne, psoriasis, and promote skin healing are also available. The use of higher concentrations of CBD oil in treating skin cancer is also gaining popularity. Nevertheless, this is one aspect of CBD benefits that is still under research with little evidence.
Helps with Stress and Anxiety
This falls among the common uses of CBD. The use of Cannabidiol in cases of stress and anxiety began centuries ago. CBD in higher concentrations is effective in reducing anxiety symptoms in patients.
Provides Relief from Pain
Another common use of CBD is relieving pain. Following research, discovery has been made on the components present in cannabis that makes it an active pain-relieving substance. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) in the body is responsible for functions that involve regulating pain. Since CBD impacts the pain receptor activity in ECS, it can relieve an individual from even chronic pain. Combining CBD and THC is an effective means of treating pain related to sclerosis and arthritis.
Reduces Cancer-related symptoms
The side effects of cancer medication and treatment like nausea, vomiting, and pain can be reduced or alleviated by CBD. Following research conducted on about 177 cancer patients, combining CBD and THC helps reduce pain when compared to other pain relief drugs. Another research explored the inhibition of breast cancer cells by CBD in mice.
The benefits of CBD in cancer cells are still undergoing research and evidence supporting the claim is negligible.
The ability of CBD to have effects on the EDC (endocannabinoid system) and other nervous systems has influenced researchers to believe that CBD can provide benefits for neurological disorders. For example, studies are ongoing for the effectiveness of CBD against epilepsy. Presently, there is only one scenario where using cannabidiol treatment for epilepsy has significant scientific evidence.